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Czech government to invest more in anti-terror security

January 19, 2015

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government has approved a plan to increase security at the capital’s international airport and give extra powers for the country’s counter-intelligence service in efforts to tackle terrorist threats and organized crime.

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says a new system will be installed at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport by the end of 2016 that will be able to recognize faces of passengers. Sobotka says the system will be installed later at other international airports.

The government on Monday also gave a green light to a demand of the counter-intelligence service, or BIS, for increased powers to monitor financial transactions and communications.

After the recent terror attacks in Paris, Sobotka said the budget of the spy service will be increased. The government has yet to approve that.

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