Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who served time in Czechoslovakia’s communist prisons before leading a revolution that ushered democracy into central Europe and hoisted him into the Czech presidency, has died. He was 75.
Wojciech Jaruzelski, the communist leader and army general who imposed martial law in Poland to suppress the Solidarity movement in 1981 before ceding power eight years later as his regime collapsed, has died. He was 90.
The Czechs and Slovaks play tonight for a spot in the men’s ice hockey quarterfinals at the Sochi Winter Games, as the countries attempt to regain some of their glory in what could be the last Olympics for top players.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed an analogy between the annexation of Crimea and Nazi Germany’s prewar seizure of Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia after her finance minister drew a parallel with Russian tactics.
France beat Switzerland 5-2 to lead its World Cup group, while Ecuador moved ahead of the Swiss with a 2-1 defeat of Honduras. Costa Rica defeated Italy 1-0 to reach the round of 16 and send England home from Brazil.