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Czech PM sends troops to protect Prague from floods

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas pledged 300 million Czech crowns ($15 million) to relief efforts and said another 2,000 troops were ready to support the 300 soldiers already helping to erect temporary barriers and pile sandbags in Prague and other areas.

Firefighters remove debris from Netolice creek which flooded the south Bohemian village of Nemcicky. Credit: REUTERS/Petr Josek

"The government approved the declaration of a state of emergency, which will enable a more effective rescue effort," said Necas after an emergency cabinet meeting, adding that there was another 1.3 billion crowns available to help fund the cleanup operation.

The historic area of Prague is a UNESCO heritage site boasting hundreds of well-preserved buildings, churches and monuments dating back centuries, including the Charles Bridge straddling the Vltava that was closed due to high water

Czech emergency declared as floods threaten Prague

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency for most of the nation on Sunday as swollen rivers caused by days of heavy rain threatened Prague's historic centre and forced evacuations from low-lying areas.

Prague authorities limited public transport and planned to close underground stations in the centre of the city as water from the Vltava River overflowed into picturesque areas popular with tourists

The main train line connecting the capital and the east of the country was also shut.

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Euro area unemployment rate rises to 12.2%

The euro area unemployment rate grew to 12.2% in April 2013, up from 12.1% in March, according to the European Union's statistics office Eurostat. Among European Union countries the rate remains at 11%.

  • Greece has the highest rate of unemployment: 27% (as of February)
  • Spain follows closely behind with 26.8% of people out of work
  • Portugal's unemployment rate stands at 17.8%

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UK needs to prevent 'abuse' of benefits by migrants

by - Deputy Political Editor

As the UK faces legal action in Europe over migrant benefits, a Government spokesman has said the right to reside test was a "vital and fair tool" to ensure benefits are only paid to people who are legally allowed to live in Britain.

It is absolutely imperative that we do all we can to protect our benefits system from abuse by migrants.

The 'right to reside' part of our habitual residence test is a vital and fair tool to ensure that benefits are only paid to people who are legally allowed to live in Britain.

We have always been clear that we believe our rules are in line with EU law.

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