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Monday 21.04.2014 | Name days: Marģers, Anastasija

Zolitude experiment: roof section's structure has collapsed

This Thursday, April 17th, as part of the police experiment, supports of the remaining section of the roof of the former Maxima supermarket failed to hold up the weight of water and collapsed, as reported by State Police press-representative Toms Sadovskis.

MEP: after Ukraine, Russia will turn towards Latvia

Russia will turn its gaze towards Latvia after it has finished annexing Ukraine’s territories, believes Polish MPE, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission and former Vice-President of the European Parliament Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

Velmers and Prudentia plan to divide Liepājas metalurgs’ most precious asset

Opposite to previous statements and the government’s accepted solution, Liepājas metalurgs’ most precious asset – Liepājas osta LM – will likely be sold separately, as the company’s insolvency administrator and sales consultant Prudentia have begun taking steps to separate the most precious asset from the company.

South Korea continues rescue effort in sunken ferry

In the Yellow Sea off South Korea, emergency services continue to search for 287 people, who were on board the passenger ferry that sunk on April 16.

Dombrovskis may become a high-rank EU commissioner

If Latvia’s ex-Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis ends up nominated to become a European commissioner, he may become an important post, believes European People's Party’s European Commission's presidential candidate, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker.

Ushakov: absolute majority of Russians in Latvia want to live in an independent country

‘It is impossible to force people whose native tongue is Russian to hate Russia. This should not be done. Even a Latvian who lives in America will not criticize Latvia. An absolute majority of Russians who live here want to live in an independent Latvia,’ – says Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov.

Eurostat: Latvia’s inflation this March – third lowest in the EU

Latvia’s annual inflation level was 0.3% this March, which is the third lowest inflation level across the European Union, according to the latest data from Eurostat.

Video: Armoured vehicles with Russian flags appear in eastern Ukraine

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, four armoured vehicles with Russian flags have appeared on April 16.

Quail eggs become more popular for Easter; white eggs lose in competition

While quail eggs become more and more popular for Easter, it is becoming more and more difficult for producers to satisfy the growing demand for them. White eggs continue to gradually fade in terms of popularity to be produced specifically for Easter.

Google admits it reads all Gmail messages to personalise ads

U.S. internet giant Google has on April 15 added paragraph to its terms of service admitting that software analyse personal e-mail messages of Gmail users for, among other reasons, advertising and customized search results.

Ferry sinks off South Korea, large number of passengers unaccounted for

In the Yellow Sea, off the coast of South Korea, a ferry has sunk on April 16 with 467 people on board, of which about 290 remain unaccounted for.

CPCB detains high-rank police official

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau detained a high-rank Riga Municipal Police official last Friday – Chief of the Central Office Aigars Trulis.

Ukrainian forces seize military airfield; Reports on growing presence of Russia's soldiers

Russian soldiers in Donetsk Oblast are combat-experienced professionals, whose presence increases every day, Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has told after Ukrainian forces have taken control over the strategic airfield of Kramatorsk as part of an anti-terrorism operation commenced on April 15.

EU employees’ pension rights will be preserved in all member states

When relocating to another EU state, employees will be able to retain their full pension rights. This right is provided by the rules that were approved by the European Parliament this Tuesday. This directive is to be officially approved by the EU Ministers Council.

Estonian expert: capability to fight Russia's soft power must be improved

If a military invasion would take place, NATO would come to help, but Estonia must have the ability to counter the soft power of Russia, an Estonian security expert has said.

Speed cameras in Latvia to be set up in locations where road traffic in dangerous

Speed cameras may be deployed in Latvia only in locations where road traffic is dangerous the most, according to the latest cabinet requirements on the application of technical equipment (photo or video equipment).

airBaltic to launch a new route to Slovakia

For the upcoming winter season, Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Riga and Poprad, Slovakia, on 13 December 2014. The route will offer convenient connections between the two cities and beyond to destinations in the Baltic region, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS countries.

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