Czech injured in OSCE security incident in Ukraine A car belonging to the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine exploded after driving over a mine in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in the east of the country. An American doctor is reported to have been killed, and a Czech and German member of the team were injured. Both are reported to be stable. The Czech was driving the car at the time of the incident. Both the Ukrainian military and separatist forces were reportedly observing a ceasefire at the time. Separatists claim the OSCE car had strayed from its route. The incident is being investigated. Over two and a half thousand French voters casting their ballot in Prague Over twoRead more.

Government backs plan to prepare for terror attacks on soft targets The government on Wednesday backed a three-year Ministry of Interior plan setting out how best to protect and react to possible terrorist attacks on so-called soft targets. The plan calls for a public campaign to tell people how to react and possible training of selected workers. Steps should also be taken at some possible targets, such as shopping and sports centres and tourist resorts, to prepare for attacks and how to limit casualties, for example, from follow-up attacks, the plan adds. The report to the government warns that it appears that terrorists will increasingly target soft targets characterised by high concentrations of people. Tax on one crown bonds getsRead more.

Two soccer internationals caught up in drug investigation Two Czech football internationals have become caught up in a police investigation into an alleged drug dealer, the Czech Radio station Radiožurnál reported on Tuesday. Former Viktoria Plzeň player Ondřej Vaněk is suspected of acquiring narcotics from Vítězslav Meišner, who has been charged with selling ecstasy and cocaine. Current Plzeň player Jan Kopic is suspected of loaning Meišner CZK 500,000. The two players are due to appear as witnesses when the case comes to court soon, Czech Radio said. The station has police evidence that appears to show Vaněk, who now plays in the Russian league, asking Meišner to find him some “pills”. Kopic is said to have made the substantial loanRead more.