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Government to declare new state of emergency
Government to declare new state of emergency

Government issues ban on travel to extreme-risk states
Government issues ban on travel to extreme-risk states

Cardinal Duka on the covid lockdown: all must make sacrifices for the greater good
A year into the coronavirus pandemic, the Czech Republic has a higher per capita death toll than any other EU country. The nation is on the verge of another lockdown as cases soar, including of new, more aggressive mutations. Cardinal Dominika Duka recently spoke to Czech Radio about the fear, frustration and fatigue gripping the nation.  

Living without hair focus of new award-winning novel
The Czech Republic’s annual Muriel Award for best comic book of the year was given to the graphic novel Bez vlasů or Without Hair. The autobiographical novel is a joint endeavour by writer Tereza Drahoňovská and Štěpánka Jislová and describes the struggles of living with alopecia, an autoimmune disease causing hair loss.

Czechs increasingly fond of audiobooks
Sales of audiobooks in the Czech Republic continue to grow. In 2020, sales of audiobooks reached nearly CZK 230 million, an increase of over 12 percent on the previous year, suggest the newly published data by the Audiobook Publishers Association.

“I love to approach a story from several different angles” - David Vaughan on his new radio series
No Night So Dark is a new radio series set to premiere this Saturday. It tells the story of the Wels family, which lived in Western Bohemia and later Prague. Their past has since been brought back into memory thanks to the discovery of their archives, which shed remarkable light on what life was like in a Czech-Jewish family during the interwar period. To find out more, I spoke to the series creator David Vaughan, who has played an instrumental role in retelling the Wels family story through several formats. I began by asking him what format he chose for the seven part series.

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Covid drug Bamlanivimab administered to first patient
Covid drug Bamlanivimab administered to first patient

Justice minister intervenes in case of homeless man who stole five bread rolls
Justice minister intervenes in case of homeless man who stole five bread rolls

Teachers and people over 70 to be able to register for vaccination in coming days
Teachers and people over 70 to be able to register for vaccination in coming days

Number of patients in serious condition reaches new high
Number of patients in serious condition reaches new high

Slavia overcome England’s Leicester in Europa League sensation
Slavia overcome England’s Leicester in Europa League sensation

Govt wants to restrict movement, shut kindergartens and some shops
Govt wants to restrict movement, shut kindergartens and some shops

South African Covid mutation confirmed in CR
South African Covid mutation confirmed in CR

Czech puppet masters Hermína Týrlová and Jiří Trnka
In 1946, in the very first year of the famous Cannes Film Festival, the award for best short film went to the animated children’s short Animals and Bandits (Zvířátka a Petrovští). The film was the first international success not only for its creator, Jiří Trnka, but also for the newly founded studio Bratři v triku which had produced it. The golden age of Czech animated films had begun. In the years to come Czech animated films would influence generations of viewers the world over.

National Theatre to host live concert to be broadcast on Czech TV
A live three-hour concert is due to take place on Saturday in the historic building of the National Theatre in Prague. Called Nation for Us – Culture for You, it will bring more than 200 performers to six different stages. The event will be broadcast live on Czech Television.  

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Czech researchers develop unique method for early detection of pancreatic cancer
Czech researchers have developed a unique method to detect pancreatic and other forms of cancer that often go undiagnosed in time to be treated. Their method, based on the lipidomic profiling of human serum, can detect the disease by testing a single drop of blood.

MPs to mull government call for further state of emergency Friday
MPs to mull government call for further state of emergency Friday

France to supply CR with 100,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
France to supply CR with 100,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Zeman expresses support for democracy in Myanmar
Zeman expresses support for democracy in Myanmar

Wednesday Covid numbers see jump from previous week
Wednesday Covid numbers see jump from previous week

Covid drug bamlanivimab arrives in Czech Republic
Covid drug bamlanivimab arrives in Czech Republic

Morcheeba star name for National Theatre concert supporting arts
Morcheeba star name for National Theatre concert supporting arts

Former political prisoner, advocate František Šedivý dies at age 93
Former political prisoner, advocate František Šedivý dies at age 93

Covid-19: Govt debating stricter measures on movement, closing schools and shops
Covid-19: Govt debating stricter measures on movement, closing schools and shops

Football: Sparta Prague team quarantined due to positive Covid-19 tests
Football: Sparta Prague team quarantined due to positive Covid-19 tests

Rockaway Capital becomes Karlovy Vary film fest sponsoring partner
Rockaway Capital becomes Karlovy Vary film fest sponsoring partner

Czech Republic’s historic airline announces plans for major downsizing
Czech Airlines have told the Labour Office that they are preparing to sack up to all of its 430 employees, the daily Hospodářské noviny wrote on Wednesday. The national carrier has been impacted heavily by the coronavirus crisis, is in deep debt, and cannot expect help from the government. Smartwings, which owns Czech Airlines, earlier in February asked the government for a CZK 1.1 billion rescue package, but the request was declined.

Radka Denemarková: “Life always brings me topics to explore”
Radka Denemarková is one of the most widely translated contemporary Czech authors. She has received Magnesia Litera Awards for prose, non-fiction and best translation and, most recently, Book of the Year, for her latest novel Hours of Lead. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages, winning numerous foreign prizes, and make her one of the most celebrated Czech contemporary writers.

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Prague theatre to stage play written by AI, on 100th anniversary of Čapek’s R.U.R.
To mark the centenary of the premiere of Karel Čapek’s famous play R.U.R., which first used the word “robot”, Prague’s Švanda Theatre is rehearsing a play written by artificial intelligence. The play, entitled ‘AI: When a Robot Writes a Play’ will premiere on Saturday evening and will be screened online.  

Six injured in Ostrava apartment building fire caused by explosion
Six injured in Ostrava apartment building fire caused by explosion

Czech cynologist: sniffer dogs over 90 pct effective in identifying Covid-19
Czech cynologist: sniffer dogs over 90 pct effective in identifying Covid-19

Clown Doctors find new ways to bring joy to patients in Covid time
Clown Doctors (Zdravotní klaun in Czech) have been delivering laughter and joy to children and seniors at Czech health care facilities for two decades. Now, with the Covid situation, the organisation is having to meet fresh challenges – and doing valuable work online. I discussed the scope of what Clown Doctors can do at present with director Kateřina Slámová Kubešová.

Covid-19: Czechia third most affected country in the world, worst in EU
Covid-19: Czechia third most affected country in the world, worst in EU

Babiš: students cannot return to school at start of March
Babiš: students cannot return to school at start of March

Babiš to ask MPs to extend state of emergency beyond Feb 28
Babiš to ask MPs to extend state of emergency beyond Feb 28

Czech Airlines announces major round of downsizing
Czech Airlines announces major round of downsizing

Number of new coronavirus cases rose sharply on Tuesday
Number of new coronavirus cases rose sharply on Tuesday

Former president Václav Klaus tests positive for COVID-19
Former president Václav Klaus tests positive for COVID-19

South African coronavirus mutation suspected in three samples taken in Czechia
South African coronavirus mutation suspected in three samples taken in Czechia

Coronavirus: stricter facemask rules coming as Czech legislators rush to adopt special Pandemic Law
Due to the worsening coronavirus situation, as of Thursday new protective facemask rules go into effect, as parliament rushes to adopt a special Pandemic Law. The government is also looking to implement mandatory testing in workplaces and planning for the partial return of children to schools – as early as March 1, if antigen testing is in place.  

Leaked photographs show convicted Czech lobbyist at ski resort
Leaked photographs show convicted Czech lobbyist at ski resort

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Czech freediver breaks world record after swimming 80m under ice
Czech freediver breaks world record after swimming 80m under ice

Transfer of Czech coronavirus patients to Germany gets green light
Transfer of Czech coronavirus patients to Germany gets green light

Majority of Czech industry companies made profit in 2020, according to survey
Majority of Czech industry companies made profit in 2020, according to survey

Czech Republic to sue Poland over Turów coal mine expansion
The Czech Republic will sue Poland over the expansion of the Turów brown coal mine located in the close proximity to the Czech border. The expansion –which should enable mining to continue until 2044 -was approved by the Polish authorities, despite Czech concerns that it would threaten water sources for villages on the Czech side, as well as severely increasing noise and dust pollution.

Hospital bed capacity close to limit, says deputy health minister
Hospital bed capacity close to limit, says deputy health minister

Roman Vondrouš wins Pictures of the Year International award
Roman Vondrouš wins Pictures of the Year International award

Govt. still planning on Monday school reopening – if some conditions met
Govt. still planning on Monday school reopening – if some conditions met

Respirator requirement to start Thursday
Respirator requirement to start Thursday

Senators set to amend pandemics law, spelling potential delay
Senators set to amend pandemics law, spelling potential delay

New office of Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv to open in Jerusalem March 1
New office of Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv to open in Jerusalem March 1

Government approves two variants of required new electoral law
Government approves two variants of required new electoral law

“Up to 80 percent of infected may have ‘British’ coronavirus mutation”, says mathematician
The Czech Republic has lost the battle with the British mutation of the coronavirus, which may be present in up to 80 percent of those currently infected in the country, mathematician René Levínský, who is the director of the Czech Centre for Modeling Biological and Societal Processes (BISOP) told Czech Radio. The government, he says, has yet again been too slow in adopting appropriate countermeasures. Radical new restrictions are therefore necessary.

Boat rentals and caravan salespeople profiting from pandemic restrictions
While hotels owners are fighting for survival, boat rentals and caravan salespeople have seen a huge upsurge in business in recent months. People eager to make plans for the summer, and worried about travel restrictions and closed hotels, are opting for a holiday on a boat or in their own caravan.  

Czech scientists report growing levels of ground-level ozone
Czech scientists have discovered growing concentrations of ground-level ozone around the Czech Republic. The phenomenon, typical mainly for the summer months, now occurs even during winter. It is caused mainly by global climate change, but surprisingly, also by better air quality.

High demand for respirators but stocks being replenished
High demand for respirators but stocks being replenished

No return to schools without tests but winner of tender in spotlight
No return to schools without tests but winner of tender in spotlight

Industry body wants shops reopened and compensation for lost revenues
Industry body wants shops reopened and compensation for lost revenues

Cross-country skier on Charles Bridge
The heavy blanket of snow, which is a rare occurrence in Prague, was a welcome diversion for people hankering for action in the coronavirus lockdown.  

Muchová climbs in rankings after impressive Melbourne run
Muchová climbs in rankings after impressive Melbourne run

Constitutional Court overrules regulation closing retailers
Constitutional Court overrules regulation closing retailers

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Hamáček to stand again for head of Social Democrats
Hamáček to stand again for head of Social Democrats

Edita Kudláčová: Meet the Czech taking over as Europe’s head of public radio
At the start of March, Edita Kudláčová will assume one of the most important jobs in her field: Head of Radio and Audio at the European Broadcasting Union, the Geneva-based body that brings together public service stations all around the continent. Kudláčová has hitherto been spearheading innovation at Czech Radio and when we spoke the conversation centred on the state of the medium today, the future of radio and podcasting – and her plans for the exciting new role.

Percentage of positive tests exceeds 40 percent
Percentage of positive tests exceeds 40 percent

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Demonstration against government restrictions held on Wenceslas Square
Demonstration against government restrictions held on Wenceslas Square

Covid-19: Czechia third most affected country in the world
Covid-19: Czechia third most affected country in the world

Health Ministry to tighten Covid-19 measures if situation in hospitals worsens
Health Ministry to tighten Covid-19 measures if situation in hospitals worsens

Survey: Nine out of ten Czechs in favour of school reopening
Survey: Nine out of ten Czechs in favour of school reopening

Record-high temperatures registered across Czechia
Record-high temperatures registered across Czechia

Number of people requiring intensive care continues to grow
Number of people requiring intensive care continues to grow

Animator Zdeněk Miler, creator of the famous Little Mole, born 100 years ago
The great Czech illustrator and animator Zdeněk Miler, creator of the famous Krtek or Krteček (Little Mole) enjoyed by children worldwide, was born 100 years ago, on February 21. 1921.

Leoš Janáček’s opera “Káťa Kabanová” at the Metropolitan Opera in NY, 30 years on
Leoš Janáček is among the twenty most-played opera composers in the world. Even so, one of his major works, “Káťa Kabanová”, was not included on the programme of the New York Metropolitan Opera until seventy years after its premiere at the National Theatre in Brno. On February 25, 1991, to be exact.  

People protest government restrictions outside deputy PM’s house
People protest government restrictions outside deputy PM’s house

Poland considers introducing more restrictions at Czech borders
Poland considers introducing more restrictions at Czech borders

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Czech Republic to acquire anti-Covid drug Regeneron
Czech Republic to acquire anti-Covid drug Regeneron

Respirators sales soar after government tightens rules on nose and mouth protection
Respirators sales soar after government tightens rules on nose and mouth protection

Rest of February to see unseasonably warm weather
Rest of February to see unseasonably warm weather

Covid-19 deaths in Czechia pass 19,000 mark
Covid-19 deaths in Czechia pass 19,000 mark

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Czech NGO takes part in new initiative calling for ban on biometric mass surveillance in EU
Earlier this week, a group of EU-watchdogs launched a European Citizens' Initiative calling for a ban on biometric mass surveillance.If the petition manages to gather at least one million signatures from seven EU member states it will force a debate on the topic in the European Parliament and a response from the European Commission. One of the organisers of the initiative is Hynek Trojánek from the Czech NGO luridicum Remedium. I asked what led him to take part in the action.

Czech Film Archive begins unboxing treasures from director Ivan Passer’s estate
The National Film Archive announced this week that it has acquired the estate of Ivan Passer, one of the leading lights of cinema’s Czechoslovak New Wave. The archive received boxes stuffed with Passer’s diaries, letters and photographs, alongside annotated film screenplays – and recipes for Czech delicacies such as svíčková.  

GPs to start vaccinating their patients as of March
GPs to start vaccinating their patients as of March

Government preparing crisis scenario for hospitals
Government preparing crisis scenario for hospitals

Number of Covid cases continues to rise
Number of Covid cases continues to rise

Health Ministry to order use of respirators as epidemic worsens
Health Ministry to order use of respirators as epidemic worsens

New podcast focuses on how culture can be used as an instrument of positive diplomacy
Can art be used as a tool towards achieving international peace, or is cultural diplomacy just another tool of international propaganda? How has art been used by great powers in the past? And how can the Czech Republic channel its rich cultural heritage to improve its image abroad? These are some of the questions being tackled in the new podcast Jazzman versus špioni (Jazzman versus Spies) created by the Czech Centres abroad and the Institute of International Studies at Charles University.  

Shops will not reopen on Monday
Shops will not reopen on Monday

PM’s advisor Roman Prymula dismissed for attending football match
PM’s advisor Roman Prymula dismissed for attending football match

Lower house approves 2021 state budget deficit
Lower house approves 2021 state budget deficit

Czech hospitals see record number of people in critical condition
Czech hospitals see record number of people in critical condition

Electricity production in Czechia lowest in 18 years
Electricity production in Czechia lowest in 18 years

Covid-19 vaccination: some 182,000 Czechs received two doses
Covid-19 vaccination: some 182,000 Czechs received two doses

Eurovision contend Benny Cristo: ‘Ain’t no apocalypse as long as you’re here on my lips’
The Czech pop idol finalist Benny Cristo is representing the Czech Republic at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest - again. The 2020 international competition, like most events that normally draw huge audiences, was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. That delay gave Cristo literal pause to write a new song for the contest about love in the age of Covid-19.  

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Government facing huge dilemma as epidemic worsens
The coronavirus epidemic in the Czech Republic has severely worsened. The more contagious British mutation of the virus is spreading like wildfire in some regions and hospitals are dangerously near their capacity limit. At the height of the crisis the government faces a huge dilemma - whether to reopen shops and send children back to school as promised. 

Czech Made - Zetor tractor
The Zetor tractor, which was first produced in Brno’s Zbrojovka plant nearly 75 years ago, has become one of the most famous Czech trademarks and one of Czechoslovakia’s greatest export articles.

Government and opposition parties agree on pandemics law
Government and opposition parties agree on pandemics law

Muchová fails to reach Australian Open final
Muchová fails to reach Australian Open final

National Film Archive acquires Ivan Passer’s estate
National Film Archive acquires Ivan Passer’s estate

Medical Chamber chief: Easing Covid restrictions insane
Medical Chamber chief: Easing Covid restrictions insane

Slavia readying to face Leicester in Europa League
Slavia readying to face Leicester in Europa League

Senate group to challenge state of emergency at Constitutional Court
Senate group to challenge state of emergency at Constitutional Court

Czech Tatra trams in Berlin still in operation after nearly 50 years of service thanks to Covid
The KT4 tram, designed and manufactured by the famous Czech vehicle designer Tatra, has been operating on the streets of Berlin since 1976. The last models were supposed to be withdrawn this month, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the city authorities have decided to extend their service.

Volume of coal mined in CR last year lowest since 1960s
Volume of coal mined in CR last year lowest since 1960s

Australian Open: Czech star Muchová upsets No.1 seed, home favourite Barty
Czech tennis player Karolína Muchová has scored a major upset at the ongoing Australian Open. The No. 25 seed mounted a stunning comeback to oust World No.1 Ashleigh Barty – who had the homecourt advantage. After besting the Australian, Muchová next faces Jennifer Brady of the US on Thursday. Whoever wins the match in Melbourne is set to make their maiden major final.  

Babiš: V4 more economic than political grouping
Babiš: V4 more economic than political grouping

Czech Made: Zetor – one of Czechoslovakia’s greatest export articles
The Zetor tractor, which started to be produced nearly 75 years ago, is one of the most famous Czech trademarks and one of Czechoslovakia’s greatest export articles. Find out more about the iconic tractor in this edition of Czech Made! 

PM: Cabinet ready to accept most opposition ideas on pandemics law
PM: Cabinet ready to accept most opposition ideas on pandemics law

Blatný: Whole country could face higher Covid levels within weeks
Blatný: Whole country could face higher Covid levels within weeks

Shops prepare to reopen under strict hygiene conditions
Shops and shopping centres around the country are preparing to reopen on February 22 within an easing of the lockdown agreed on by the government and opposition. The vast majority of them have been closed since October, with a brief exception in the run up to Christmas and are scrambling to stock up and prepare to meet the stated safety norms. 

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Muchová stuns world number one to reach Melbourne final
Muchová stuns world number one to reach Melbourne final

Number in critical condition with Covid nearing record
Number in critical condition with Covid nearing record

Hungary Today

Friends of Hungary Founder Baron William de Gelsey Passes Away At 100

Baron William de Gelsey (Báró Gelsey Vilmos) has passed away at the age of 100. One of the founders of the Friends of Hungary Foundation, Baron Gelsey lived a life of achievement, faith, and community service. Among his many undertakings as an economist and banker, he was the chairman of Gedeon Richter’s board of directors, […]

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President Áder Receives First Shot of Sinopharm Vaccine

President János Áder has received the first dose of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine against Covid-19. Speaking to state media on Friday, the president urged the public to follow suit and register for vaccination as early as possible, and turn up to receive the jab once notified by their GP. “Let us trust our doctors, our […]

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South-African Coronavirus Variant Appears in Hungary

Hungarian authorities will make some changes to the country’s vaccination plan to ensure that “as many people as possible” receive at least the first shot, and obtain “if not full but significant” protection against Covid-19, the chief medical officer said on Friday. Cecília Müller told an online briefing held by the board coordinating efforts against […]

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Domestic Production of Coronavirus Vaccine to Start at End-2022

Domestic production of a coronavirus vaccine will start in Debrecen at the end of next year, the minister of innovation and technology told a press conference on Thursday. The plant will be set up for the production of vaccines against coronavirus, László Palkovics said. A vaccine under development will be produced in cooperation with the […]

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Teacher’s Unions Want School Closures and More Protection as Third Wave Hits

The Democratic Trade Union of Teachers (PDSZ) is asking the government to close schools as the third wave appears to be hitting educational institutions extremely hard, and the worst is yet to come. Another trade union thinks the government views teachers as “expendable” and critizes the government’s attitude. While higher and secondary education is already […]

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Krone.at

Skifahrer nach Crash gegen Holzpflock bewusstlos
Folgenschwerer Unfall am Freitagvormittag in der Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser! Ein Skifahrer (49) kam vor einer Pistenkreuzung zu Sturz, prallte gegen einen Holzpflock und blieb schlussendlich bewusstlos liegen. Der Mann wurde in die Klinik Innsbruck geflogen.

Nach Reinigung von Heizöltank Bach verschmutzt
Wegen eines Umweltsünders (43) musste die Feuerwehr in Kirchbischl am Freitag ausrücken. Der einheimische 43-Jährige entsorgte nach der Reinigung eines Heizöltanks einige Kübel, die mit Wasser und Resten des Öls gefüllt waren, in den Möslbach. Dadurch wurde nicht nur der Bach, sondern auch die Brixentaler Ache verschmutzt. Anzeige!

In Ostösterreich schon 80% britische Mutationen
Lange haben Wissenschaftler davor gewarnt, dass eine der aufgekommenen Mutationen des Coronavirus schon bald der vorherrschende Stamm sein werden. Während laut Gesundheitsministerium und Corona-Kommission für ganz Österreich die Mutationen einen Anteil von 57 Prozent annahmen, sollen im Osten des Landes bereits bis zu 80 Prozent rein auf die britische Variante zurückgehen.

Südafrika-Variante: 10 Fälle in vier NÖ-Bezirken!
Nach dem Nachweis der Südafrika-Mutation in einem Hort in Wiener Neudorf läuft die Suche nach weiteren Befunden. Wie die „Krone“ und der „ORF“ erfahren haben, dürfte sich ein Mann aus dem Bezirk Tulln in Niederösterreich mit der hochansteckenden Mutation infiziert haben. 

Bankkonto mit 132.000 Euro ist plötzlich „weg“
Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie haben ein gut gefülltes Bankkonto, plötzlich wird Ihre Bankomatkarte eingezogen und Ihr Konto ist „weg“. Und Sie erhalten Tage lang keine Auskunft wo Ihr Geld steckt. Das ist Mario Tomazetich passiert, dem Inhaber einer Elektronikfirma, die u.a. Theaterbühnen in Wien und Deutschland mit Laser, Ton, Licht ausstattet.

Nigeria: 317 Mädchen von Terrorgruppe entführt
Im Dezember 2020 wurden in Nigeria über 300 Kinder von der islamistischen Terrorgruppe Boko Haram verschleppt. Erst vor einer Woche kam es in Kagara erneut zu einer Entführung von Schülern, deren Schicksal noch ungewiss ist. Nun wurde an der Jangebe-Schule im nördlichen Teilstaat Zamfara ein Angriff bewaffneter Krimineller gemeldet. 317 Schulmädchen werden vermisst, eine Hilfsorganisation sprach von bis zu 450 verschleppten Kindern. Eine Sondereinheit soll die eingeleiteten Rettungsmaßnahmen nun verstärken.

Kronprinz „genehmigte“ Einsatz gegen Khashoggi
Ein brisanter Bericht des US-Geheimdienstes CIA bringt neue Details um den Mord an den Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi ans Tageslicht. Laut den Informationen soll der saudische Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman nicht nur von dem Einsatz gewusst, er soll ihn auch „genehmigt“ haben. Khashoggi war am 2. Oktober 2018 im saudischen Konsulat in Istanbul von einem Spezialkommando aus Riad getötet worden.

Corona: Deutsche Todesrate höher als in Österreich
Österreichs Teststrategie und Öffnungsschritte sind derzeit in Deutschland ein viel diskutiertes Thema. Denn die Skepsis und Kritik am Verharren im Lockdown in unserem Nachbarland werden immer größer, zumal ein spürbarer Rückgang der Corona-Zahlen ausbleibt. Jetzt zeigt eine Statistik: Trotz hartem Lockdown seit 16. Dezember verzeichnet Deutschland sogar eine höhere Todesrate als Österreich.

Hunderte Corona-Verstöße bei Karneval in Israel
Bei Feiern anlässlich des jüdischen Karnevalsfestes Purim haben in Israel nach Angaben der Polizei Hunderte Menschen gegen die geltenden Corona-Regeln verstoßen. Beamte nahmen in den Städten Jerusalem, Haifa und Tel Aviv Dutzenden Menschen fest.

Doskozil für Kurswechsel bei Pandemiebekämpfung
Der burgenländische Landeshauptmann Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) fordert einen Kurswechsel zur Eindämmung der Corona-Pandemie. In einem Kommentar auf seiner Homepage erklärte er am Freitag, die bisherige Coronapolitik sei gescheitert: „Die Lösung ist eine Balance zwischen Sozialem und Gesundheit. Der Plan B aus der Pandemie.“ So soll etwa das Testangebot massiv ausgebaut werden.

Trotz Ermittlungen: Brandstetter bleibt im Amt
Der frühere Justizminister Wolfgang Brandstetter (ÖVP) will trotz der laufenden Ermittlungen der Staatsanwaltschaft Wien am Verfassungsgerichtshof bleiben. Das teilte Präsident Christoph Grabenwarter am Freitagnachmittag mit. Brandstetter wird verdächtigt, gemeinsam mit Strafrechts-Sektionschef Christian Pilnacek den Termin einer Hausdurchsuchung verraten zu haben. Er weist die Vorwürfe zurück. Pilnacek wurde vorläufig suspendiert.

Kogler nach Sportgipfel: „Geben keine Garantie ab“
Keine Zusage für konkrete Öffnungsschritte im Breitensport hat das Gipfeltreffen von Sportminister Werner Kogler, Gesundheitsminister Rudolf Anschober (beide Grüne) und Vertretern des organisierten Sports am Freitag gebracht. Die beiden Regierungsvertreter sicherten dem Sport zwar eine prioritäre Behandlung zu, die entscheidende Frage sei aber „Wann ist der Tag X?“, meinte Anschober. Sport-Austria-Präsident Hans Niessl hofft auf erste Lockerungen schon am Montag, 1. März. Kogler will aber „keine Garantien“ abgeben.

Blümel: Vier-Stunden-Showdown mit Staatsanwälten
Polit-Showdown am Freitag bei den Korruptionsjägern der Justiz. Vier Stunden lang wurde der ÖVP-Finanzminister von zwei Staatsanwälten zum Spendenangebot des Glücksspielkonzerns Novomatic befragt. „Ich konnte alle falschen Vorwürfe aufklären“, zeigte sich Gernot Blümel danach gegenüber der „Krone“ überzeugt.

Nun Ermittlungen in Außen- und Finanzministerium
Die Korruptionsstaatsanwaltschaft ermittelt in der Causa Blümel nun auch direkt in den von den Vorwürfen betroffenen Ministerien für Finanzen und Äußeres. Das Finanz- und das Außenministerium haben entsprechende Anfragen der Ermittler mittlerweile bestätigt.

Justiz-Sektionschef Pilnacek vorläufig suspendiert
Justiz-Sektionschef Christian Pilnacek ist, wie am Freitag bekannt wurde, am Vortag nach der Sicherstellung seines Handys vorläufig suspendiert worden. Es geht um den Verdacht der Verletzung des Amtsgeheimnisses - so soll er eine Hausdurchsuchung verraten haben. Ebenfalls verdächtigt wird Verfassungsrichter Wolfgang Brandstetter, der die Vorwürfe zurückweist. Pilnacek wollte sich vorerst nicht äußern.

Novomatic bringt Anzeige wegen Info-Weitergabe ein
Novomatic geht als Reaktion auf eine journalistische Rechercheanfrage weiter in die Offensive. In der Anfrage hatten die Medien dem Glücksspielkonzern eine Sponsoring- und Spenden-Übersicht vorgehalten, die bei Ermittlungen sichergestellt worden war. Novomatic kündigte am Freitag via Aussendung eine Anzeige gegen Unbekannt wegen „rechtswidriger Informationsweitergabe“ an die Journalisten an.

Schokoladenproduktion in Italien erlebt Boom
Lockdowns, Impfchaos, Vereinsamung in der Quarantäne: Weltweit herrscht Ausnahmezustand, psychische Probleme nehmen zu, die Lust auf Süßes steigt. Das sorgt bei Schokoladenherstellern in Italien für Riesengewinne. Marktgiganten wie Ferrero und Co. meldeten für 2020 ein extremes Umsatzplus. 12,3 Milliarden Euro (plus 7,8 Prozent) wurden im Geschäftsjahr 2019/2020 eingenommen. Aber auch viele kleine Schokoladenfabriken freuen sich über kräftige Gewinne.

Palfinger-Werke standen zehn Tage still
Der Cyberangriff auf den Salzburger Kranhersteller Palfinger hat das börsennotierte Unternehmen mit weltweit knapp 11.000 Mitarbeitern von Ende Jänner bis in den Februar hinein gelähmt. 

Magenta steigerte Ergebnis im Corona-Jahr deutlich
Der Netzbetreiber Magenta blickt zufrieden auf das Geschäftsjahr 2020 zurück. „Wir waren gefordert wie noch nie und haben geleistet wie noch nie“, so Konzernchef Andreas Bierwirth. Der Umsatz habe um zwei Prozent auf 1,302 Milliarden Euro zugelegt, das Ergebnis vor Zinsen, Steuern und Abschreibungen (EBITDA) um sechs Prozent auf 496 Millionen Euro. Die Investitionen stiegen um elf Prozent auf 268 Millionen Euro.

ISS: Raumfahrer stellten Kratzer und Delle fest
Im Zuge der Suche nach weiteren Lecks an der Internationalen Raumstation ISS hat die Besatzung vorsichtig Entwarnung gegeben. Zunächst hatten die Raumfahrer mindestens drei neue undichte Stellen befürchtet. Diese wurden nun genau untersucht. Das Ergebnis: „An einer Stelle ist ein Kratzer, an einer anderen eine Delle“, sagte am Freitag Kosmonaut Sergej Ryschikow.

Kuba entwickelt seine eigenen Corona-Impfstoffe
Das kommunistische Kuba will seine Bevölkerung mit eigenen Impfstoffen gegen das Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 schützen. Gleich vier Präparate werden zurzeit in klinischen Studien getestet. Noch im ersten Halbjahr will man alle Bewohner der Insel mit einem selbst entwickelten Vakzin impfen. Zwei von diesen Impfstoffen - Soberana 01 und Soberana 02 befinden sich in Phase III der klinischen Tests und könnten schon bald zugelassen werden. Schon demnächst will man mit Impfungen starten.

Rekord für Februar: 20 Grad in Wiener Innenstadt
Was für ein Frühlingstag - und das Ende Februar! In der Wiener Innenstadt kraxelten die Temperaturen auf ungewöhnliche 20 Grad. So warm war es um diese Jahreszeit in der Hauptstadt seit Beginn der Messungen noch nie. Österreichs wärmster Ort war am Freitag Berndorf in Niederösterreich. Hier wurden 22,1 Grad gemessen.

Sterbehilfe im Wiener AKH?: Neuerliche Berufung
Der Prozess gegen eine 54-jährige Wienerin, die ihren sterbenden Freund im Wiener AKH getötet hat, wird möglicherweise ein drittes Mal verhandelt werden. Denn der Anwalt hat neuerlich berufen.

Einbrecher knackte sogar Sparschwein
Ein Serieneinbrecher trieb in Bergland im Bezirk Melk sein Unwesen. Dreimal drang er mit roher Gewalt in kleine Betriebe ein. Selbst eine ausgelöste Alarmanlage hielt ihn von einem weiteren Coup nicht ab. Der Täter suchte gezielt nach Bargeld, die große Beute blieb ihm aber verwehrt. Der Sachschaden ist jedoch hoch.

Mann in Scharnstein von umfallendem Baum getroffen
Schwer verletzt wurde ein 47-Jähriger aus dem Bezirk Kirchdorf bei Waldarbeiten am Freitag gegen Mittag.

Apotheken verkauften weniger Grippemittel
Bestimmte Medikamente wurden wegen der Krise im vergangenen Jahr kaum nachgefragt.

Sperren wegen Umbauten
Die Bauarbeiten im Zentrum von Stadtschlaining sind in vollem Gang. Wie berichtet, soll bis zur Jubiläumsausstellung alles in neuem Glanz erstrahlen. Derzeit wird der Hauptplatz neu gepflastert. Infolgedessen kommt es zu Straßensperren und Umleitungen.

„Baba Virus“-Tropfen sorgen für Aufregung
Das Spezial-Wasser „Baba-Virus“ einer Ärztin in Niederösterreich ist noch nicht auf dem Markt und sorgt schon für Wirbel. Das transformierte Wasser (30 Milliliter um 45…€) soll der Zellstärkung dienen und die Virusvermehrung hemmen.

Lehrlingsmesse: Mit Frauenpower zum Traumberuf
Am Freitag drehte sich auf der virtuellen Lehrlingsmesse alles um das Thema Frauenpower. Interessante Shows und motivierende Vorträge zeigten, wie unverzichtbar weibliche Fachkräfte in der Berufswelt geworden sind. Samstag haben Interessierte noch die Chance, die Lehrlingsmesse live auf messe4lehre.at mitzuverfolgen.

Bei Forstarbeiten: Tiroler (40) schwer verletzt
Fataler Unfall am Freitagvormittag in Pfons (Bezirk Innsbruck-Land)! Ein 40-Jähriger ist bei Holzarbeiten schwer verletzt worden. Beide Beine des Mannes wurden von einem Baum eingequetscht, den er zuvor gemeinsam mit seinem Bruder und seinem Vater gefällt hatte.

Räuber nach 17 Jahren doch noch erwischt
An den Überfall wird er sich vermutlich selbst nicht mehr so richtig erinnern können. Doch jetzt wurde ein heute 62-jähriger Oberösterreicher überführt, in Vorarlberg einen Geschäftsmann ausgeraubt zu haben. Spuren, zusammengetragen aus halb Europa, führten zum Landstreicher.