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Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop – exploring dark chapters of region’s history
The Devil’s Workshop is a short novel written by the award-winning author Jáchym Topol. It focuses on some of the darkest chapters of Europe’s history. Set partly in the wartime ghetto of Terezín and partly in Belarus, it addresses two crucial questions: How do we live with the horrors of the past and how are we supposed to commemorate them? The book, which came out in 2009 under the Czech title Chladnou zemí, was published in English in 2013 by Portobello Books, in an excellent translation by Alex Zucker.

TV and radio presenter Kamila Moučková dies at 92
Kamila Moučková, the television presenter who informed the nation that Warsaw Pact troops had entered the country in August 1968 has died at the age of 92. Mrs Moučková, who was subsequently active in anti-invasion broadcasting and was also a Charter 77 signatory, became one of the symbols of the nation’s resistance to the Soviet occupation.

Czech classical recording Bohemian Tales nominated for a Grammy Award
Czech classical recording Bohemian Tales nominated for a Grammy Award

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2021 draft state budget falls one vote short of passing in committee
2021 draft state budget falls one vote short of passing in committee

EP4: Marek Šindelka
Marek Šindelka is one of the Czech Republic’s leading young authors. Known for acclaimed novels such as The Mistake and Material Fatigue, the 36-year-old has also won top domestic prizes for his poetry and short stories. His broad oeuvre also includes graphic novels, while movie scripts he has penned should reach the big screen in 2021.

Covid-19: PES score not yet low enough to trigger further easing, Hamáček says
Covid-19: PES score not yet low enough to trigger further easing, Hamáček says

Yet another suspected pollutant found in Bečva River
Yet another suspected pollutant found in Bečva River

Czech juniors, seniors return to school for exam prep
Czech juniors, seniors return to school for exam prep

CzechTourism presents revival plan for hard-hit tourist industry
Tourism has been one of the hardest-hit industries by the coronavirus crisis. In the Czech Republic, which is a popular tourist destination, the tourist sector employs a quarter of a million people and brings significant revenues to state coffers. In a video-conference on Tuesday the government agency CzechTourism presented its long-term strategy for reviving this all-important sector.  

More than half a million people infected with Covid-19 since March
More than half a million people infected with Covid-19 since March

1968 television presenter Kamila Moučková dies at 92
1968 television presenter Kamila Moučková dies at 92

PM says free antigen tests should be made available in the run up to Christmas
PM says free antigen tests should be made available in the run up to Christmas

Czech serial #martyisdead wins country’s first Emmy
A Czech thriller about cyberbullying has won an international Emmy Award for best short-form series. The eight-part series #martyisdead was the first Czech production ever nominated for the prestigious American award, which honours excellence in TV programming produced and first aired outside the United States.

Defence minister warns against cuts in defence spending
Defence minister warns against cuts in defence spending

Over 300 Czech rail bridges set for improvements in coming years
The Czech state intends to invest nearly CZK 1 billion into improving the country’s railway bridges in the next few years. Some 319 bridges are in need of work at present, the Railway Administration said on Tuesday.

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Prague Fringe bringing Czech acts to global audiences for first time
Normally the Prague Fringe brings leading alternative theatre troupes from around the planet to the Czech capital. From Tuesday to Saturday, however, it is doing something else entirely – streaming cutting-edge Czech performers to viewers around the globe, for free. I discussed “Prague Fringe Reimagined” with the festival’s founder, Steve Gove.

Hospitals need more blood plasma from people who have recovered from Covid-19
Hospitals need more blood plasma from people who have recovered from Covid-19

Confidence in the economy drops further
Confidence in the economy drops further

Decline in Covid-19 cases continues
Decline in Covid-19 cases continues

#martyisdead becomes first Czech show to win International Emmy
#martyisdead becomes first Czech show to win International Emmy

Cabinet to meet Sunday to discuss reopening shops and restaurants
Cabinet to meet Sunday to discuss reopening shops and restaurants

Christmas tree erected on Old Town Sq. but no lighting ceremony planned
Christmas tree erected on Old Town Sq. but no lighting ceremony planned

Christmas tree for Brno
The Christmas tree for Brno’s main square is a 25-year-old fir tree from Bílovice nad Svitavou.

Govt. aiming to make initial purchase of vaccines for 5.5 million people
Govt. aiming to make initial purchase of vaccines for 5.5 million people

Petříček: Govt. should listen to intelligence services over Dukovany supplier
Petříček: Govt. should listen to intelligence services over Dukovany supplier

What’s in a name? Prague to explain rich history behind street names
Prague 1 plans to place blue plaques alongside iconic red street signs throughout the district, encompassing most of the medieval heart of the city, including Staré Město and the Jewish Quarter and, on the other side of the Vltava, most of Malá Strana and Hradčany, by Prague Castle.  

Number of cars in CR climbs to 6.1 million
Number of cars in CR climbs to 6.1 million

Fewest new Covid cases since September recorded Sunday
Fewest new Covid cases since September recorded Sunday

Czech Post to lay off 1,500 people
Czech Post to lay off 1,500 people

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Senators file complaint over Covid measure affecting small retailers
Senators file complaint over Covid measure affecting small retailers

Šumperk museum restores orchestrion made in Vienna at the start of the 20th century
The Museum of National History in Šumperk has breathed new life into what is believed to be the largest orchestrion in the Czech Republic. The self-playing musical cabinet from the beginning of the 20th century had been out of order for decades and the museum had it completely taken apart and reassembled in order to restore it to its former glory.  

Czech Republic sees fast wage growth in past decade
In the past decade, wages in the Czech Republic have risen by 51 percent, which is the most compared to neighbouring countries. However as far as the nominal wage goes, people in the Czech Republic still make significantly less than people in Germany where the wage growth has been much slower.

Czechs donate 440 tons of food in National Food Collection
Czechs donate 440 tons of food in National Food Collection

Further easing of coronavirus restrictions as of Monday
Further easing of coronavirus restrictions as of Monday

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Christmas tree for Old Town Square donated by private owner
Christmas tree for Old Town Square donated by private owner

Health minister: Covid testing strategy being reviewed
Health minister: Covid testing strategy being reviewed

Growing number of break-ups and divorces in second wave of pandemic
Growing number of break-ups and divorces in second wave of pandemic

Czech Republic sees fast wage growth in past decade
Czech Republic sees fast wage growth in past decade

Thousands of people contribute to National Food Collection
Thousands of people contribute to National Food Collection

Gradual decrease in Covid cases continues
Gradual decrease in Covid cases continues

Old Jewish cemetery in Kolín
More than 2,600 gravestones have been preserved at the Old Jewish cemetery in the Central Bohemian town of Kolín. This makes it the second most important Jewish cemetery in the Czech Republic, right after the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague.

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Night of Theatres festival online this year
Night of Theatres festival online this year

Deputy PM Havlíček: coalition rift over tax reform can be overcome
Deputy PM Havlíček: coalition rift over tax reform can be overcome

Rare banknote sold in auction for 12.1 million crowns
Rare banknote sold in auction for 12.1 million crowns

National Food Collection underway
National Food Collection underway

Deputy PM Havlíček: all shops could reopen before end of November
Deputy PM Havlíček: all shops could reopen before end of November

Coronavirus death toll doubles since end of October
Coronavirus death toll doubles since end of October

The story of the Czech “Bethlehem”
Czechia has a Bethlehem. No one knows when and why it got its biblical name, but it is a unique quarter of 200-years-old log cottages in the town of Hlinsko. Formerly a center of pottery making and later weaving, it is now an open-air museum, protected by the Czech National Heritage Institute.

Government prepares to ease restrictions as epidemic slows down
With the intensity of the coronavirus epidemic slowing down in the country, the Czech government jhas decided to ease restrictions. These include the return of final year students into high school and practical university classes, as well as an extension in the opening hours for shops.

Government downgrades Covid risk to fourth level, slightly eases restrictions
Government downgrades Covid risk to fourth level, slightly eases restrictions

Czech Radio’s charity project helping cheer up lonely seniors
Czech Radio has launched a fourth edition of its nationwide charity project called Ježíškova vnoučata or Santa’s Grandchildren. It aims to encourage members of the public to grant the elderly living in social facilities a wish as a special Christmas gift. Its organizers say helping seniors during the coronavirus crisis is more important than ever.

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Lower house approves abolition of “super gross” wage
Lower house approves abolition of “super gross” wage

Daily increase in Covid cases now between four and six thousand on average
Daily increase in Covid cases now between four and six thousand on average

New Covid-19 tests get certification
New Covid-19 tests get certification

Czech companies dominate Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CE list
Czech companies dominate Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CE list

BIS head warns of smear campaign against counterintelligence service
BIS head warns of smear campaign against counterintelligence service

Czech cosmetics company Dermacol brings jobs and beauty products to women in West Bank and Jerusalem
The Czech cosmetics company Dermacol has been a well-known and respected brand in the West Bank for some time, recommended by beauticians and dermatologists. This year it went a step further –in addition to offering tried and tested beauty products it is helping women in the Arab world to launch their own business and run it with self-confidence. I spoke to Dermacol’s Lucie Šarkadyová, who is in charge of overseeing the opening of a series of beauty salons in the Middle East, and asked her to tell me more about the project.

Health minister: government will downgrade Covid risk on Friday
Health minister: government will downgrade Covid risk on Friday

Bust unveiled to pioneering Czech surgeon Eduard Albert who lent name to famous Prague street
This week, Charles University unveiled a bust to one of the most accomplished Czech surgeons - Eduard Albert. Little known today outside his discipline, Albert’s name has nevertheless enshrined itself into Czech history through the various events that took place on Albertov, the street named after him. Today it houses several scientific departments that are helping in the fight against COVID-19.

Czechs breathe cleanest air in years, suggest a report
According to an annual report issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, the Czech Republic had the cleanest air in the past eleven years in 2019. Data for this year have also been promising so far. Among the factors that contributed to the positive trend were warm temperatures in winter, rainy and windy weather, but also the coronavirus outbreak.

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Senators planning to take government to court over shop closure
Senators planning to take government to court over shop closure

Intelligence services warn of security risks in Dukovany tender
Intelligence services warn of security risks in Dukovany tender

Prague hosting second day of Prague European Summit
Prague hosting second day of Prague European Summit

Czech Covid vaccine project to be shelved
Czech Covid vaccine project to be shelved

State of emergency extended until December 12
State of emergency extended until December 12

Black death: Prague’s Jewish Ghetto and the plague of 1713
For the past few years, the American historian Joshua Teplitsky has been collecting materials to write a microhistory of an early 18th century outbreak of plague in Prague, focusing on the city’s large Jewish population. Suddenly, he found himself writing in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak – a “surreal” experience that has sharpened his focus on reconstructing “the quotidian, communal, and cultural aspects” of life under the shadow of death, and “the emotional foreboding that precedes the crest of an epidemic.”

Covid-19: 5,515 new cases on Wednesday, drop continues
Covid-19: 5,515 new cases on Wednesday, drop continues

Football: Czechs beat Slovaks, advance to top Nations League group
Football: Czechs beat Slovaks, advance to top Nations League group

Survey: 80 percent of Czechs preferred that Biden win over Trump
Survey: 80 percent of Czechs preferred that Biden win over Trump

Czech TV chair resigning over Supervisory Board dismissal, land purchase
Czech TV chair resigning over Supervisory Board dismissal, land purchase

Majority of Czechs planning an ordinary Christmas despite epidemic, suggests survey
Despite the Czech Republic still being heavily affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, a slight majority of Czechs does not plan to make any changes to their standard Christmas plans, according to a newly released survey conducted by the Median agency for Czech Radio. Nevertheless, a sizeable group among the population is looking to limit contact with friends and family.

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CETIN contracts Ericsson to build Czech 5G network
CETIN contracts Ericsson to build Czech 5G network

Hundreds of Czechs train as Red Cross healthcare volunteers
Over 700 Czechs have already undergone training organised by the Czech Red Cross to become voluntary healthcare assistants. The course was launched in September amid a surge of new coronavirus cases, which left the country’s hospitals and social care facilities facing a serious shortage of medical staff.

Obama cites Havel as an inspiration, compares Klaus to Erdoğan
Obama cites Havel as an inspiration, compares Klaus to Erdoğan

Football: Czechs face Slovakia in their last Nations League group match
Football: Czechs face Slovakia in their last Nations League group match

Int’l Press Institute calls on Czech govt to open Covid-19 briefings to all media
Int’l Press Institute calls on Czech govt to open Covid-19 briefings to all media

The Story of Moravian Wine
The eleventh day of November is Armistice Day and Europe remembers the end of the First World War. But in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, Saint Martin’s day is a celebration of wine. While the country is deservedly famous for its beer, there is a whole world of wine to be tasted and savored in the south-eastern region.

Czechs to coordinate response to partial U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan with NATO allies
Czechs to coordinate response to partial U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan with NATO allies

Easing of measures likely after number of new coronavirus cases falls further on Tuesday
Easing of measures likely after number of new coronavirus cases falls further on Tuesday

Zeman dismisses speculation about whether he wants a caretaker government as "absolute lie“
Zeman dismisses speculation about whether he wants a caretaker government as "absolute lie“

ČTK: Former US President Obama “amazed” and “inspired" by Velvet Revolution
ČTK: Former US President Obama “amazed” and “inspired" by Velvet Revolution

Demonstrators against government coronavirus measures assemble at Wenceslas Square
Demonstrators against government coronavirus measures assemble at Wenceslas Square

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Czech foreign ministry condemns Chinese move to disqualify Hong Kong MPs, China reacts
Czech foreign ministry condemns Chinese move to disqualify Hong Kong MPs, China reacts

“Flame” statue unveiled near National Museum in honour of Jan Palach
“Flame” statue unveiled near National Museum in honour of Jan Palach

Government: Shops can remain open until 9pm starting Wednesday
Government: Shops can remain open until 9pm starting Wednesday

Five individuals set to receive this year's annual Memory of Nations Award
Five individuals set to receive this year's annual Memory of Nations Award

Report: Nearly a fifth of Czech adults smoke daily, 1.5 million people at risk from excessive alcohol consumption
Report: Nearly a fifth of Czech adults smoke daily, 1.5 million people at risk from excessive alcohol consumption

Czechs remember 31st anniversary of Velvet Revolution
Czechs remember 31st anniversary of Velvet Revolution

Monday sees lowest working day rise in coronavirus cases for a month
Monday sees lowest working day rise in coronavirus cases for a month

Cross-border business travel to high-risk states possible for up to 24 hours without test
Cross-border business travel to high-risk states possible for up to 24 hours without test

Apart but united: Festival of Freedom finds novel ways to celebrate Velvet Revolution anniversary
November 17 is a national Czech holiday, marking the beginning of the Velvet Revolution of 1989 – a series of mass peaceful protests, sparked by a brutal crackdown on university students in demonstrating in Prague, that in just ten days’ time would bring an end to over forty years of communist rule.

58 percent of Czechs believe Václav Havel was best president of Czech Republic
58 percent of Czechs believe Václav Havel was best president of Czech Republic

Government asks lower-house to extend state of emergency until December 20
Government asks lower-house to extend state of emergency until December 20

Partial return to classrooms promised if epidemic emergency level is lowered
Partial return to classrooms promised if epidemic emergency level is lowered

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Eight Afghan migrants found in truck near Ústí nad Labem
Eight Afghan migrants found in truck near Ústí nad Labem

Czech schools reopen for first and second graders
To the joy of many parents, schools around the Czech Republic will reopen this Wednesday for first and second grade elementary school children after being closed for more than four weeks. Distance learning will also end at schools for children with special needs. However, it is not yet clear when other students will be allowed to return to their classrooms.

“Lights of Hope” give thanks to front line heroes
The citizens of Brno lit “lights of hope“ in their windows on November 15, 2020 as an expression of gratitude to all those helping to save lives in the front lines.

Czech Republic’s “risk score” currently equivalent to lower emergency level
Czech Republic’s “risk score” currently equivalent to lower emergency level

Humanoid robot helping out at Czech hospital
Faced with a lack of staff during the coronavirus crisis hospitals are getting help from all sides – students of medicine, medics who had long left the profession and soldiers. However a hospital in the town of Hořovice, west of Prague, has gone a step further.  The staff there is being ably assisted by a humanoid robot.

Several major breweries considering layoffs after losses in revenue due to pandemic
Several major breweries considering layoffs after losses in revenue due to pandemic

Chief medical statistician expects daily rise of new cases to fall below 1,000 before mid-December
Chief medical statistician expects daily rise of new cases to fall below 1,000 before mid-December

Czechs split 50:50 on whether they would take coronavirus vaccine, survey shows
Czechs split 50:50 on whether they would take coronavirus vaccine, survey shows

Maker of miner retraining doc: We had to learn Baník songs to blend in
A New Shift is a captivating new documentary about a laid-off Czech miner who, approaching 50, attempts to retrain as an IT specialist. The film started out as the graduation work of student Jindřich Andrš – but still managed to win the national Czech Joy award at the recent Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival. I spoke to the director, who is in his mid 20s, about the experience of making the ultimately uplifting A New Shift at our studios last week.

Covid-19: 1,887 new cases on Sunday, least since October 5
Covid-19: 1,887 new cases on Sunday, least since October 5

Freedom Festival in Zlín to support Belarusians fighting for democracy
Freedom Festival in Zlín to support Belarusians fighting for democracy

Interior Ministry wants papers for EU citizens to differentiate between close family members, others
Interior Ministry wants papers for EU citizens to differentiate between close family members, others

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Health Minister: Czechia to order 4 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses
Health Minister: Czechia to order 4 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses

Health Minister: no need to test for Covid-19 among schoolchildren 
Health Minister: no need to test for Covid-19 among schoolchildren 

Czechs to host World Biathlon Championships in 2024
Czechs to host World Biathlon Championships in 2024

Hungary Today

Coronavirus – Medical Officer: Possible Turnaround as Hungary Records Fewer New Infections

Last week’s data indicate a flattening of Hungary’s coronavirus curve, as a drop in coronavirus infections was registered, the Chief Medical Officer said on Wednesday. The number of new infections with a positive test result dropped by 7 percent, or 2,177, last week, compared with the preceding week, Cecília Müller said at a daily online […]

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Opposition MEPs in Die Zeit: Orbán ‘Trojan Horse of Dictators in Europe’

Europe cannot afford mistakes that could easily lead to the disintegration of the European Union, states the opinion article in the Zeit Online published on Tuesday from Hungarian opposition MEPs. Klára Dobrev, Attila Ara-Kovács, Csaba Molnár, Sándor Rónai (Democratic Coalition), Márton Gyöngyösi (Jobbik), and István Ujhelyi (MSZP – Socialist Party) responded to an earlier opinion […]

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DK Accuses Gov’t of Spending on ‘Show Investments’ while Indebting Hungary

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) party has accused the government of spending billions of forints on “investments for show” while pushing the country into debt. The government has recently taken out a 2.5 billion euro loan, half for a ten-year term and the other half for a thirty-year term, deputy leader László Varju told an […]

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Government to Develop Tokaj-Hegyalja Region with HUF 150 bn

The government has earmarked 149.5 billion forints (EUR 416m) towards developing the Tokaj-Hegyalja and Zemplén region in north-eastern Hungary, to help it become the third top tourist region after Budapest and Lake Balaton, the office of the government commissioner for the region’s development said on Wednesday. Several development projects have been prepared to the point […]

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Hungarian-Invented Teqball Targets the Olympics

In a major milestone for the Hungarian-invented sport, the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) was granted full membership to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) on Sunday. Teqball is now on target to become an Olympic sport from 2028. The GAISF General Assembly voted in favor of FITEQ’s application, following unanimous approval from […]

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Polizei organisiert eigene Massentests selbst
Die rund 40.000 Polizisten in Österreich sollen am 7. und 8. Dezember per Antigen-Massentest flächendeckend auf das Coronavirus getestet werden. Noch vor den Exekutivbeamten kommen am 5. und 6. Dezember die Lehrer dran. Dabei wird auch das Bundesheer assistieren. Die Polizei will dem Vernehmen nach auf eigene Sanitäter und das Rote Kreuz setzen.

Nationalbank rät zu Vorbereitung auf Insolvenzen
Die Prognosen der Österreichischen Nationalbank (OeNB) mehren die Sorgen vor einem Anstieg der Firmeninsolvenzen in den nächsten Jahren. Zwar sieht Österreichs Zentralbank einen solchen für die Banken als „bewältigbar“, rät ihnen in einem aktuellen Bericht aber dazu für den Ernstfall zu sparen um „widerstandsfähig“ zu bleiben. Die Finanzbranche soll jedenfalls besser aufgestellt sein als vor der Finanzkrise 2008.

Wie freiwillig kann der Massentest sein?
Die Bundesregierung sucht Wege aus dem Lockdown. Der geplante Massentest könnte ein solcher sein - könnte, wenn sich genügend Menschen daran beteiligen. Deswegen ist Freiwilligkeit zwar prinzipiell schön und gut, aber nur bedingt sinnvoll.

16 Tage gegen Gewalt an Frauen und Kindern
Am Mittwoch ist der internationale Tag gegen Gewalt an Frauen und damit verbunden ist auch der Start des Aktionszeitraums „16 Tage gegen Gewalt“. Den Auftakt bildet ein gemeinsamer Video-Appell aller Regierungsmitglieder, gemeinsam gegen Gewalt an Frauen und Kindern vorzugehen. Auch Bundespräsident Alexander Van der Bellen meldete sich mit einer Videobotschaft und der Bitte: „Nicht wegschauen!“

Schwechat: Rettungsauto während Einsatz sabotiert
Sabotageakt an einem Rettungswagen während eines Einsatzes: Als die Besatzung eines Fahrzeuges des Roten Kreuzes in der Nacht auf Mittwoch im niederösterreichischen Schwechat einen Patienten versorgte, machten sich bis dato unbekannte Täter offenbar an dem Wagen zu schaffen. So wurde die Luft aus dem linken Hinterreifen gelassen. Bei den Rotkreuz-Helfern zeigte man sich ob des Vorfalls „entsetzt“. „Das hätte Menschenleben kosten können.“

Kroatien muss Patienten in Zelten unterbringen
In Kroatien sind Covid-Patienten wegen überlasteter Krankenhauskapazitäten erstmals in Zelten untergebracht worden. Als erstes Spital im Land hat das Krankenhaus in der nordkroatischen Stadt Varazdin am Dienstagabend begonnen, seine Patienten in Militärzelten vor der Klinik einzuquartieren.

Kalifornien überwies Corona-Hilfen an Serienmörder
Ein teurer und auch sehr peinlicher Fehler ist Behörden in Kalifornien passiert: Serienmörder und andere zum Tode verurteilte Häftlinge hatten unrechtmäßig Arbeitslosengelder im Rahmen eines Corona-Hilfsprogramms überwiesen bekommen. Derzeit beträgt der nachgewiesene Schaden etwa 140 Millionen Dollar (etwa 117 Millionen Euro), die tatsächlichen Kosten könnten jedoch noch um ein Zehnfaches höher liegen. Staatsanwälte orten „einen der größten Betrüge an Steuerzahlern in der Geschichte Kaliforniens“.

Angreiferin von Lugano hatte Kontakt zu Syrer
Bei jener 28-jährigen Schweizerin, die am Dienstagabend in einem Kaufhaus in Lugano zwei Frauen attackierte und verletzte, dürfte es sich um eine Konvertitin handeln, die wohl aus Liebe zu einem syrischen IS-Kämpfer zum Islam übergetreten war. Laut dem Schweizer Bundesamt für Polizei (fedpol) tauchte die Frau bereits 2017 bei Ermittlungen zu Dschihadismus auf, als sie nach Syrien ausreisen wollte.

Fast 100 Grindwale auf den Chatham-Inseln verendet
In Neuseeland sind erneut Dutzende Wale gestrandet und verendet. Die Grindwale seien am Wochenende auf den Chatham-Inseln im Südpazifik gestrandet, teilte die Naturschutzbehörde am Mittwoch mit. 69 Tiere seien bereits tot gewesen, als Helfer die abgelegene Region erreicht hätten. 28 weitere Grindwale und drei Delfine hätten aufgrund ihres schlechten Zustands eingeschläfert werden müssen.

U-Ausschuss: Ladungskrieg um Kern und Mitterlehner
Im Ibiza-Untersuchungsausschuss ist ein regelrechter Ladungskrieg um zwei frühere Spitzenpolitiker entbrannt. Während die ÖVP den ehemaligen SPÖ-Bundeskanzler Christian Kern vor den U-Ausschuss laden möchte, wollen SPÖ und NEOS den Ex-ÖVP-Vizekanzler Reinhold Mitterlehner befragen, um mehr über das „System Kurz“ zu erfahren, wie es SPÖ-Fraktionsführer Jan Krainer formulierte.

Ausgangsregeln nun klarer in Verordnung definiert
Die Corona-Ausgangsbeschränkungen werden nun auch in der entsprechenden Verordnung klarer niedergeschrieben. Die bisher nur mündlich bzw. in der „rechtlichen Begründung“ kommunizierte Regel, wonach mehrere Personen eines Haushalts bloß eine weitere haushaltsfremde Person treffen dürfen, wird nun in der Verordnung festgeschrieben. Auch die erlaubten Kontakte mit „engsten Angehörigen“ werden enger definiert, unter diesen sind nur „Eltern, Kinder und Geschwister“ zu verstehen.

Nach Lockdown: Wien will sofort Schulunterricht
Wien pocht auf die Wiederaufnahme des Unterrichts an Schulen unmittelbar nach dem Ende des Lockdowns am 7. Dezember. „Die Schule muss das Erste sein, was wieder hochgefahren wird“, sagte der frischgebackene Bildungsstadtrat Christoph Wiederkehr (NEOS) am Mittwoch in seiner ersten Pressekonferenz als Ressortchef. Unterstützt wurde er dabei von Gesundheitsstadtrat Peter Hacker (SPÖ): „Es ist uns wichtig klarzumachen: Die Schule ist kein gefährlicher Ort.“

Nächste Woche Öffnungsplan: Schulen, Handel zuerst
Der Ministerrat hat am Mittwoch grünes Licht für die ersten Corona-Massentests sowie die Impfstrategie gegeben. Neu ist, dass die westlichen Bundesländer Vorarlberg, Tirol und Salzburg früher mit ihren Massentests für die Bevölkerung beginnen. Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) kündigte zudem an, dass der Ministerrat nächste Woche einen Öffnungsplan beschließen werde. Fix ist aber jetzt schon, dass die Schulen und der Handel - unter Einhaltung von Sicherheitsmaßnahmen - ab 7. Dezember als Erstes öffnen werden.

Regierung einigt sich auf Mindeststudienleistung
ÖVP und Grüne haben sich auf die Einführung einer Mindeststudienleistung für Studenten geeinigt. Die Regelung soll für Studenten gelten, die ab dem Wintersemester 2021 neu zugelassen sind. Statt der ursprünglich geplanten 16 ECTS pro Studienjahr sollen nun aber nur 24 ECTS in einem Durchrechnungszeitraum von zwei Jahren erbracht werden müssen. Wenn man diese Vorgabe nicht schaffen sollte, erlischt die Zulassung für das jeweilige Studium.

Corona-Impfstoff: Genug für alle - und kostenlos
Bereits im Jänner soll es, wie berichtet, die ersten Impfungen gegen das Coronavirus in Österreich geben. Der Ministerrat hat die Pläne am Mittwoch abgesegnet, in einem Strategiepapier, das krone.at vorliegt, heißt es dazu, die „Beschaffung ausreichender Impfstoffe für acht Millionen Personen“ sei sichergestellt worden. Zudem werde die Impfung für die Bevölkerung kostenlos sein. Inzwischen nehmen auch die Massentests Fahrt auf.

Wie Amazon unbequeme Personen überwachen lässt
Der US-Konzern Amazon lässt im großen Stil Daten über potenziell unbequeme Organisationen und Personen wie Umweltschützer, Politiker oder Gewerkschafter sammeln. Der Konzern lässt Menschen in sozialen Netzen durchleuchten, schleust Detektive in Partnerfirmen ein und beobachtet die politischen Aktivitäten, Protestbewegungen und Kriminalität in den Ländern, in denen er aktiv ist. Er überwacht also nicht nur die eigenen Mitarbeiter. Das geht aus Medien zugespielten Interna hervor - und sei weder unredlich noch illegal, richtet eine Amazon-Sprecherin aus.

Bitcoin zeitweise mehr als 19.000 Dollar wert
Der Wert des Bitcoin hat erstmals seit fast drei Jahren wieder die Marke von 19.000 Dollar übersprungen. Am Dienstag kletterte der Kurs der Kryptowährung in London auf zeitweise 19.246,90 Dollar, den höchsten Stand seit Dezember 2017. Damals hatte der Wert der Währung seinen bisherigen Höhepunkt erreicht: Ein Bitcoin kostete 19.511 Dollar. Im Jahr darauf fiel der Wert dann drastisch um 75 Prozent.

Grünes Licht für Verkauf von eBay Kleinanzeigen
Das deutsche Bundeskartellamt gibt grünes Licht für den milliardenschweren Verkauf der Online-Anzeigenportale eBay Kleinanzeigen und Mobile.de des US-Konzerns eBay an den norwegischen Konkurrenten Adevinta. Das Vorhaben führe „nicht zu einer erheblichen Behinderung des Wettbewerbs“, begründete der Präsident des Bundeskartellamts, Andreas Mundt, am Dienstag die Genehmigung in der ersten Prüfungsphase.

Regierung schreibt Kampagne aus - Opposition tobt
Die Regierung sucht Werbeagenturen, die ihre Politik bis zur nächsten Wahl 2024 ins rechte Licht rücken sollen. Einer Ausschreibung zufolge könnten in den kommenden vier Jahren bis zu 30 Millionen Euro für „Kreativagenturleistungen“ fließen - es wäre der erste derartige Etat einer Regierung. Trotz Erläuterungen, es würde sich dabei lediglich um einen Rahmenvertrag handeln und jedes Ministerium müsse Kampagnen gegebenenfalls wie bisher aus seinem Budget finanzieren, reagiert die Opposition empört.

Der Beruf des Augenoptikers wird 2021 akademisch
Es ist eine Premiere – eine sehr späte Premiere, wie die Vertreter der Berufsgruppe der Augenoptiker anmerken. Als eines der letzten Länder Europas bietet Österreich ab Herbst 2021 in Innsbruck erstmals einen Fachhochschul-Studiengang Augenoptik an. Finanziert wird die Ausbildung (vorerst) von den Optiker-Innungen.

Corona: Blutplasma-Therapie ist nicht wirksam
Große Hoffnung ist in sie gesetzt worden, das Ergebnis einer Studie ist nun allerdings ernüchternd. Im Kampf gegen das Coronavirus bzw. die von dem Virus ausgelöste Erkrankung Covid-19 hoffte man, mit einer Blutplasma-Therapie den Gesundheitszustand von schwer erkrankten Patienten verbessern zu können. Doch dies konnte in der Untersuchung nicht bestätigt werden.

Autolenker gegen Mast geprallt - schwer verletzt
Ein Autofahrer ist am Dienstagabend in der Wiener Innenstadt mit seinem Fahrzeug frontal gegen einen Lichtmast geprallt. Der Mann, der von Passanten aus dem Wrack befreit wurde, erlitt schwere Verletzungen und kam ins Spital. Kräfte der Berufsfeuerwehr übernahmen die Erstversorgung, bis die Berufsrettung Wien eintraf.

Ausgerissenes Hunde-Duo von Polizisten eingefangen
In ein gefährliches Abenteuer haben sich zwei Hunde am Dienstagnachmittag in Wien gestürzt: Die beiden Beagles namens „Amy“ und „Finnie“ rissen aus und liefen gemeinsam über die Höhenstraße im Bezirk Döbling - und das bei zunehmender Dunkelheit und reichlich Verkehr.

Schüsse folgten auf banalen Streit
Die Tür besprüht, die Reifen des Pkw angebrannt und sogar mit einer Schrotflinte in das Schlafzimmer geschossen: Ein 29-Jähriger machte einem Gleichaltrigen nach einem Streit das Leben zur Hölle. Bei den Ermittlungen konnte die Polizei viele weitere Straftaten klären – von Brandstiftung bis zum Crystal-Meth-Labor.

Am 12. und 13. Dezember wird in OÖ getestet!
Der Ablauf des Massentests in OÖ ist nun konkret. Bundesheer und Rotes Kreuz übernehmen die Durchführung. Den Start machen die Pädagogen, die am Samstag, 5. und Sonntag 6. Dezember freiwillig zum Test kommen können. Am 7. und 8. Dezember folgen die Polizisten. Alle andere Oberösterreicher können sich am 12. und 13. Dezember ebenfalls freiwillig testen lassen.

Gewalt nimmt in der Krise zu
Gewalt gegen Frauen – ein trauriges Thema, das in Zeiten der Krise noch einmal verschärft wird. Anlässlich der Kampagne 16 Tage gegen Gewalt appellieren Politikerinnen und zahlreiche Organisationen, nicht wegzuschauen und betroffene Frauen zu unterstützen und zu ermutigen, die angebotene Hilfe anzunehmen.

Debatte um BMV-Millionen
Angesichts der leeren Gemeindekassen sind die millionenschweren Rücklagen des Burgenländischen Müllverbandes (BMV) - wie berichtet - in den Fokus gerückt.

Rumänisches Duo knackt mindestens vier Container
Vier Einbrüche in Baustellencontainer in verschiedenen Salzburger Bezirken konnten geklärt werden, nachdem zwei Männer auf frischer Tat ertappt wurden. 

Aktion „PflegerIn mit Herz“ stellt Kandidaten vor
Mit der Aktion „PflegerIn mit Herz“ werden Kärntens Helden aus Pflege- und Betreuungsberufe vorgestellt, die sich hingebungsvoll um ihre Mitmenschen kümmern. Einer von ihnen ist Miloš Mihalik, der seit mehr als zwei Jahren ein Ehepaar in Lienz unterstützt.

Jesse Grande: Mit „Plan B“ durch die Krisenzeit
Der 31-jährige Telfer Jesse Grande ist Musiker und Theologe. Seine, über die letzten eineinhalb Jahre aufgenommene EP „Und decht“ erscheint bald. Für den derzeitigen Kultur-Lockdown setzt er aber verstärkt auf seine zweite große Leidenschaft, die Theologie. Und bastelt doch bereits weiter an neuer Musik.

„Uns wurde ein wertvolles Gut in die Wiege gelegt“
Seit Jahrzehnten ist Maria Neuschmid eine der beliebtesten Kabarettistinnen des Landes. Wohl auch deshalb, weil man spürt, dass sie neben viel Witz auch sehr viel Herz hat.