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Trade union leader accuses government of putting economic interests over public health
Trade union leader accuses government of putting economic interests over public health

National Theatre organizes multi-genre cultural event to boost public morale
National Theatre organizes multi-genre cultural event to boost public morale

Coronavirus death toll crosses 20,000 mark
Coronavirus death toll crosses 20,000 mark

New Covid restrictions aimed at lowering mobility due to come in force Monday
New Covid restrictions aimed at lowering mobility due to come in force Monday

Teachers registering for vaccination
Teachers registering for vaccination

Government declares new state of emergency
Government declares new state of emergency

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

Hungary Today

Temperature Rises to National, Budapest Record

Hungary’s temperature rose to a record high on February 26. The mercury hit 22.4 C. in Kiskunfélegyháza, southern Hungary, on Friday, the national weather service said on its Facebook page. The previous record of 20.7 was measured in Baja-Csavoly in southern Hungary in 2008. A record of 20 degrees was measured in Budapest’s fourth district, […]

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Hungarian Press Roundup: Culture war over a 150-year-old novel

A poet has stirred sharp controversy with her remark that a literary classic should be removed from the list of mandatory reading in Hungarian schools because it assigns a subordinate role to women. Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu Background information: In an interview with a readers’ website, writer and poet Krisztina Tóth said she would […]

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Coronavirus: 107 Fatalities, 4,948 New Infections Registered in Hungary

Fully 107 Covid patients, generally elderly and suffering from an underlying illness, died over the past 24 hours, while 4,948 new infections were officially registered, bringing the total number of infected to 424,130, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday. The death toll has risen to 14,902, while 319,691 people have made a recovery. The number of active […]

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Over 15,000 Illegal Migrants Apprehended This Year, Says PM’s Advisor

Hungarian authorities have apprehended 15,300 illegal migrants at Hungary’s borders so far this year, the prime minister’s chief domestic security advisor said on Friday. Proceedings have been launched against a total of 174 people smugglers, György Bakondi told public news channel M1, adding that most of them had been arrested on the Hungary-Serbia border. Bakondi also […]

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Debrecen University Launches Post-Covid Ambulant Network

The University of Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, is launching an ambulant network to treat post-Covid ailments, the university clinic said on its website on Friday. The website cites clinic head Zoltán Szabó as saying that the “post-Covid state”, which affects some 10-20 percent of Covid patients, involves protracted suffering from symptoms connected to Covid-19. The […]

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Mordalarm: 19-Jähriger durch Bauchstich getötet
Mordalarm am Samstag in Graz: Ein 19-Jähriger ist in den frühen Morgenstunden durch einen Bauchstich getötet worden. Die Ermittlungen laufen auf Hochtouren. Die Staatsanwaltschaft geht von Fremdverschulden aus.

Fahrerflucht: Polizei fahndet nach Alkolenker
Ein offensichtlich betrunkener Autolenker hat am Freitagabend in Graz mehrere Autos beschädigt. Im Verlauf der Fahrt wurden zwei Personen leicht verletzt: ein elfjähriges Mädchen, das in einem Auto gesessen war, das dem Betrunkenen ausweichen musste, sowie eine 35-jährige Frau, die sich dem Mann in den Weg stellen wollte. Nach dem Flüchtigen wird gefahndet.

Ausreisekontrollen in Mayrhofen: Start reibungslos
In Mayrhofen im hinteren Zillertal in Tirol gilt wegen der Verbreitung der Südafrika-Mutante seit Samstagmitternacht eine Ausreisetestpflicht. Die Kontrollen sind „reibungslos“ gestartet, sagte Polizeisprecher Stefan Eder. 400 Fahrzeuge mit 450 Personen wurden bis Mittag kontrolliert, nur in fünf Fällen sei kein notwendiger negativer PCR-Test vorgelegt worden. Dies sei aber dann von den Betroffenen nachgeholt worden.

Horror-Crash nach riskantem Überholmanöver
Schrecklicher Verkehrsunfall am Freitagabend auf der Hochkönigstraße bei St. Johann in Tirol! Ein 27-jähriger Tiroler krachte mit seinem Pkw in den Wagen eines entgegenkommenden 54-Jährigen. Beide Fahrzeuglenker wurden dabei erheblich verletzt. Ein riskantes Überholmanöver soll dem folgenschweren Crash vorausgegangen sein.

„Baba Virus“-Schöpferin von Wirksamkeit überzeugt
Den Kampf gegen das Coronavirus will - wie berichtet - eine Ärztin in Niederösterreich mit einem speziellen Wässerchen aufnehmen und sorgte damit für Aufregung. Zwar ist „Baba Virus“ noch nicht auf dem Markt, die Medizinerin lässt aber keine Zweifel offen: „Ich weiß, dass es funktioniert!“

Einzelner Corona-Fall beschert Auckland Lockdown
Ein bestätigter Corona-Fall reicht für die Premierministerin von Neuseeland, Jacinda Ardern, um die Großstadt Auckland erneut in einen Lockdown zu schicken. Die neuen Beschränkungen gelten ab Sonntag und sollen mindestens eine Woche lang gelten.

Geburtshelfer wegen Vergewaltigung verurteilt
Wegen insgesamt elf Vergewaltigungen sowie einem sexuellen Überfall auf Patientinnen ist ein Geburtshelfer in Frankreich zu zwölf Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt worden. Ein Gericht im südfranzösischen Département Herault setzte die Strafe für den 49-Jährigen fest. Die Staatsanwaltschaft hatte zuvor die Höchststrafe von 20 Jahren Haft für den Mann gefordert.

Zwei Angler im Eis eingebrochen und ertrunken
Einen Tag nach einem ähnlichen Unglück mit vier Toten sind in Schweden wieder zwei Männer durch das Eis eines zugefrorenen Sees gebrochen und ertrunken. Sie seien etwa 75 und 80 Jahre alt und tot aus dem See Yngaren in der Gemeinde Katrineholm rund 120 Kilometer südwestlich von Stockholm geborgen worden, teilte die schwedische Polizei in der Nacht zum Samstag mit.

Wien-Terror: Schweizer Islamisten unter Verdacht
Die beiden nach dem Anschlag in Wien verhafteten Islamisten aus der Schweiz könnten direkt mit der Terrorattacke vom 2. November in der Innenstadt zu tun haben. Gegen sie wird wegen „strafbarer Vorbereitungshandlungen zu Mord und wegen Gehilfenschaft zu Mord ermittelt“, berichten Schweizer Medien unter Berufung auf die dortige Bundesstaatsanwaltschaft.

Rendi-Wagner warnt vor weiteren Öffnungen
SPÖ-Chefin Pamela Rendi-Wagner hat sich am Samstag angesichts der weiter steigenden Infektionszahlen klar gegen weitere Lockerungen ausgesprochen. „Ich warne vor weiteren Öffnungsschritten. Ich bin für einen Weg der Sicherheit, der Kontrolle und der Vorsicht. Ich will keine Situation, wie wir sie im November hatten, als Intensivstationen vor dem Kollaps standen. Die aktuelle Lage ist hochriskant“, sagte sie während einer Pressekonferenz. Öffnungen müssten nachhaltig sein und dürften keine weiteren Lockdowns zur Folge haben.

Novomatic zahlt viele: Spendenliste aufgetaucht
Im Ibiza-Video sagte Ex-Vizekanzler Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) einst den mittlerweile fast legendären Satz: „Novomatic zahlt alle (…)“. Wie breit der Glücksspielkonzern seine finanziellen Zuwendungen streut, ist nun wieder einmal Gegenstand einer Debatte - ausgelöst von einer angeblichen Novomatic-Spendenliste, über die „Standard“ und andere Medien berichteten. Die Liste stammt aus Ermittlungen der Korruptionsstaatsanwaltschaft rund um den niederösterreichischen Konzern, sie schlug mittlerweile im Ibiza-U-Ausschuss auf.

Tresor gestohlen: Geld weg, Stimmzettel wieder da
Nach bangen Stunden kehrt in Hohenthurn in Kärnten Erleichterung ein: Der Tresor, der in der Nacht auf Freitag gestohlen wurde und in dem Stimmzettel vom Vorwahltag aufbewahrt wurden, ist wieder aufgetaucht. Das darin gelagerte Geld ist zwar weg, doch die Stimmzettel sind unversehrt.

Ärztekammer rügt: Kein Gratis-Selbsttest ohne ELGA
Ab Montag startet die Abgabe kostenloser Corona-Selbsttests in den Apotheken. Vorerst stehen aber nur Kits für 600.000 Versicherte zur Verfügung. Ausgeschlossen sind allerdings Bürger, die sich von der elektronischen Gesundheitsakte ELGA gesamt oder vom Service e-Medikation abgemeldet haben sowie nicht krankenversicherte Personen. Diese Ausschlusskriterien kritisierte die Ärztekammer am Samstag scharf. Der Pensionistenverband warnte unterdessen vor einem Chaos am Montag.

Kurzarbeit: Urlaubsvorstoß schlägt nun hohe Wellen
Dieser Vorschlag aus der Tourismus-Branche sorgt inmitten der Krise für helle Aufregung in Salzburg: Die Urlaubsansprüche der Mitarbeiter in Kurzarbeit sollen künftig mit dem Lohn mit abgegolten werden - für viele Betriebe seien die hohen Urlaubsgelder „existenzgefährdend“. Die Salzburger Arbeiterkammer läuft nun dagegen Sturm.

SPÖ-Antrag abgelehnt: Hundeschulen bleiben zu
Die Corona-bedingten Lockdowns und die damit einhergehenden Schließungen sind nicht nur eine Belastung für Menschen, sondern auch für Tiere. Die SPÖ setzte sich daher diese Woche für die Öffnung von Hundeschulen ein - ihr Antrag fand aber keine Mehrheit.

92 Millionen Dollar Datenschutzstrafe für TikTok
Die Videoplattform Tiktok muss in den USA wegen mutmaßlicher Datenschutzverstöße 92 Millionen US-Dollar (rund 75 Millionen Euro) zahlen. Im Gegenzug sollen mehrere laufende Verfahren eingestellt werden, in denen Tiktok das rechtswidrige Sammeln von Daten minderjähriger Nutzer zur Last gelegt wird.

Wo die Friseure nun besser abschneiden
Nach der Öffnung am 8. Februar ist die Stimmung in der Friseurbranche gemischt. Einige jubeln, bei anderen fehlen Kunden.

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. 

Gigantischer Eisberg in der Antarktis abgebrochen
In der Antarktis ist ein riesiger Eisberg vom Brunt-Schelfeis abgebrochen. 1270 Quadratkilometer misst das Stück - seine Fläche ist damit fast so groß wie die britische Metropole London. 

Verschmutzung: Fische sterben weltweit aus
Büffelfische, kanadische Rotlachse, Huchen und Bachforellen – all diese Süßwasserfische teilen in den Tiefen unserer Flüsse, Bäche und Seen ein Schicksal; nämlich dass sie vom Aussterben bedroht sind! Laut aktuellem WWF-Report sind 80 Spezies bereits ausgestorben, davon alleine 16 im vergangenen Jahr.

Mehr als 200 Corona-Strafen in Wiener Innenstadt
Die frühlingshaften Temperaturen der vergangenen Tage lockten besonders viele Menschen in die Wiener Innenstadt. Dabei wurde jedoch des Öfteren auf die Corona-Maßnahmen vergessen. Die Polizei zeigte verstärkte Präsenz - und strafte mehr als 200-mal.

Wien: 36-Jähriger trank Unmengen an Wodka - tot
Die Wiener Polizei beschäftigt derzeit ein bedenklicher Todesfall: In einer Wohnung in Favoriten wurde ein lebloser 36-Jähriger gefunden. Der 60-jährige Mieter gab an, sein Bekannter sei nach reichlichen Konsum von Wodka einfach vom Sessel gekippt. Ein 63-Jähriger, der sich ebenfalls in der Wohnung befand, machte bislang keine Aussage. Aufgrund des Verdachts der unterlassenen Hilfeleistung wurde der Ältere festgenommen, der Mieter wurde angezeigt. Beide waren stark betrunken.

Viel Alkohol: Besuch bei Mama eskalierte
Reichlich Alkohol floss beim Besuch eines 25-jährigen Wiener Neustädters bei seiner Mutter in Baden. Doch mit dem Promille-Spiegel stieg auch die Aggression: Es kam zum Streit, seinen Frust ließ der junge Mann dann in der Stadt aus. In St. Pölten gerieten indes zwei Autofahrer nach wilden Manövern aneinander.

Testen und Lüften als Schlüssel für Öffnung
Wirte, Eurothermen und Kinos in Oberösterreich wollen aufsperren. Aber wie hoch ist das Ansteckungsrisiko in Innenräumen wirklich? Die „Krone“ fragte bei Wissenschaftler Stefan Pirker (JKU) nach.

Frauenlauf heuer nur digital
Das diesjährige Sportevent muss Pandemie-bedingt in virtueller Form stattfinden. Die sportliche Herausforderung kommt dennoch nicht zu kurz. Anmeldungen sind ab kommender Woche möglich. Gelaufen wird dann Anfang Juni eine eigene Strecke. Die Kilometer können dann online eingetragen werden.

Salzburger OFF Theater darf wieder hoffen
Dem finanziell schwer kämpfenden OFF Theater Salzburg winkt die Rettung. Leiter Alex Linse intervenierte nach Ablehnung des jüngsten Subventionsansuchens im Ministerium – und fand Gehör. Die Chance auf Geld lebt.

Kandidaten arbeiten mit Leidenschaft für Mitbürger
Das „Who is Who“ der Kärntner Arbeitswelt tritt morgen bei den Wahlen an. Vom Arbeiter bis zum Zahnarzt ist alles dabei, aber auf allen Listen ist nur ein Volksvertreter zu finden

Ex-Anstaltschef kehrt wieder nach Tirol zurück
Anfang des Jahres gab der damalige Leiter der Justizanstalt Innsbruck, Reinhard Potocnik, seine Position in Tirol auf und wechselte ins Justizministerium nach Wien. Zwei Monate später nimmt sein Gastspiel ein abruptes Ende: Er kommt als interimistischer Leiter in den „Ziegelstadl“ zurück - und zwar aus privaten Gründen.

Ausflug in ein Postkartenidyll
Ausblicke auf das Verwall- und Rätikongebirge bieten sich dem Wanderer entlang des Winterwanderweges am Golm. Die Strecke führt mitten durch eine bezaubernde Maisäßlandschaft.