5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Czech President Milos Zeman’s conditions are stable, said the director at the Central Military Hospital in Prague. Hospitalization can last up to three weeks. However, according to spokesman Jiří Ovčáček, this will not endanger post-election negotiations.

  • Czechs abroad voted overwhelmingly in support of opposition coalitions. The Pirates and Mayors received 49 percent of the total diaspora vote, followed by the SPOLU coalition made up of the Civic Democrats, the Christian Democrats and the TOP 09 party with 34.5 percent. The ANO party came in third with just under 6 percent of the vote.

  • The number of fully vaccinated individuals exceeded 6 million in the Czech Republic (57.1%). A further 106,760 people have been partially vaccinated. Currently, there are 306 hospitalized patients infected with the coronavirus.

WORLD

  • Austria’s conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned on Saturday to pull his coalition government back from the brink of collapse after the junior party demanded his head because he has been placed under investigation on suspicion of corruption.

  • China’s President Xi Jinping has said that “reunification” with Taiwan “must be fulfilled”, as heightened tensions over the island continue. Mr. Xi said unification should be achieved peacefully. Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, while China views it as a breakaway province.

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