28 September 2012

CZECH REP: 29 Sept UPDATE: Man Shoots Prez Klaus...With Fake Gun; CBank Drops Benchmark To Record Low.

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          WITH: 1:05 Video

     It was no joke for President Vaclav Klaus, 71...when a man dressed in camouflage shot at him...7 times...with an ominous looking airgun in Chrastava.
     A shaken Klaus told the gunman: 'You really messed up.'
     Klaus was taken to a hospital..but suffered only minor bruises.
     Klaus also rebuked his apparently lax bodyguards.
     Police detained the man, 26...who was also carrying pepper spray.
     He was described as a communist sympathizer.

     AND: The central bank dropped it benchmark interest rate to a record low 0.25...from 0.5.
       It last lowered its rate in June.