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The Czech Republic defended its "testing" of the homosexuality of gay asylum seekers Wednesday after the European Union's leading human rights agency condemned it for the controversial practice. Read more»

Vodka infused with marijuana seeds in Prague.

It's not legal to smoke pot in the Czech Republic, but they won't throw you in jail for it. Although Prague has long been a tourist attraction with its medieval grandeur, elegant spires and cobbled streets, these days it has become a magnet for stag nights, pub crawls and young Europeans seeking a weekend party. Read more»

U.S. and Slovenia take the field at the World Cup.

The United States maintained its hopes of advancing to the next round of the soccer World Cup Friday when it tied 2-2 against Slovenia in a hotly fought match at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium. Read more» 2

The U.S. side was unlikely to find much, if any, encouragement in a 4-2 loss to a Czech team that failed to even qualify for South Africa. Read more»

A plume of volcanic ash tries to blot out the sun in Iceland.

It’s 2:30 in the morning, my Berlin-bound train rattling through the darkness. I take it we’ve just crossed the Austrian-Czech border because a no-nonsense conductor in a red-trimmed blue uniform just yanked open the door of our compartment, flipped on a blinding overhead light and demanded our tickets in Slavic-accented German. Read more»

For a group of high school students visiting from New Jersey, talking with 89-year-old Pavel Stransky was like having a character from a history book step off the page to recall a love story that collided with the darkest days of the Holocaust. Read more»

President Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus share a toast during a luncheon at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday.

Real diplomacy doesn’t happen to the sound of applause. In recent weeks, it seems Obama has come to understand this and has shown a change in the White House’s game plan when it comes to international affairs. Read more» 1

The Titan II missile museum is located just south of Tucson.

A treaty signed by President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in Prague on Thursday would trim the two power’s strategic nuclear arsenals to their lowest levels in half a century. Read more»

Gay Prague flourishes by night

Globalization has changed the wage structure of the porn industry. In Eastern Europe, men are willing to do porn for a lot less. Read more»

A still from 'The Sun Behind the Clouds,' which chronicles the plight of Tibet's struggle for freedom from Chinese rule and won the Vaclav Havel Award at the 2010 One World Film Festival for its contribution to human rights awareness.

What started out 12 years ago as a modest film festival devoted to human rights has grown into the largest festival of its kind in Europe, run under the auspices of one of Europe's leading human rights advocates, Vaclav Havel. Read more»

Uranium from Nazi labs was found in a Dutch landfill last year.

Forensic nuclear scientists have determined that bits of uranium found last year in a Dutch scrapyard came from a Nazi nuclear program Read more»

38-year-old Jaromir Jagr returned to the Olympic ice for the Czech national team.

The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team locked up the copyright for “miracle on ice.” Which 18 years later, in Nagano, Japan, left writers scrambling for words to describe the gold-medal run of the Czech Republic. Read more»

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — As NATO reviews its mission and purpose, some newer members worry that the alliance's most valued safeguard, the commitment that an attack on one is an attack on all, is not inviolable. Read more»