5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s ANO is readying to go into opposition, senior party member Jaroslav Faltýnek said on Tuesday. “We can count to 108 of the lower house’s 200 seats,” said Faltynek, a key official in ANO. “So we expect we will end up in opposition.”

  • The Prague 1 District Court has handed suspended prison sentences of nine to 18 months to seven persons in a case of promotion of neo-Nazism that concerns the National Resistance (NO) movement and that courts have been dealing since 2010. The case of the last suspect, Patrik Vondrak, will be dealt with separately.

  • A number of people have claimed compensation from the Czech state over unwanted side effects from being vaccinated against Covid-19, the news website SeznamZpravy reported on Wednesday. Three of the people have demanded CZK 1 million.


  • The Greek island of Crete has been hit a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, says the US Geological Survey (USGS), with the epicentre near the eastern tip. Some buildings were damaged, and thousands of people were seen leaving their homes in panic. There are so far no reports of casualties.

  • The World Health Organization on Monday recommended that immunocompromised people be given an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine, due to their higher risk of breakthrough infections after standard immunisation.

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