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Kucinskis to ask the agriculture minister to provide explanation on the meeting in Lithuania

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis plans to ask Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs to provide explanations about the meeting that took place in Lithuania not too long ago.

Ilves cannot grasp logic behind neighbours preferring agreements with U.S. over NATO

Estonian head of state Toomas Hendrik Ilves has this week commented that he does not fully grasp the logic behind Finland and Sweden preferring to sign bilateral agreements with the U.S. over opting for NATO membership.

WhatsApp to show ads to users

U.S. firm WhatsApp has this week announced it would give more data to Facebook and allow a number of companies to send messages to users of the smartphone messaging app.

State of emergency declared in quake-hit part of Italy

Italian government has put in place the state of emergency in the parts of the country that have suffered most in the devastating earthquake of August 24.

193.6 million transactions have been performed in Latvia this year

A total of 193.6 million transactions were performed in Latvia’s payment system in the first half-year of 2016. This includes transactions performed using credit cards, e-money, financial institutions, Bank of Latvia, Latvian Post and State Treasury clients. The total volume of processed money reached EUR 148.2 billion.

Nordea and DNB to cooperate in Baltic States

Nordea Bank and DNB Bank have signed an agreement on cooperation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to create a new leading bank in Baltic States with powerful Nordic roots.

Russian military commences sudden check of combat readiness

On Thursday, 25 August, Russia commenced a sudden check of combat readiness of its armed forces. Military exercises will soon begin in southern, western and central military bases. The Northern Fleet and airborne forces will also participate in large-scale military exercises, as reported by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Self-driving taxi service launched in Asia

According to press reports, Singapore has become the first place, where a service of self-driving taxis has been launched.

Google to actively discourage sites from placing pop-up ads

U.S. internet giant Google has announced that it plans, from January 10, 2017, to use changed algorithms in its search engine that are likely to result in showing web sites that use pop-up advertising lower in search results.

Death toll of Italy quake reaches 240

In central Italy, rescue work has continued in the night to August 25 to find survivors and bodies of victims in the rubble left behind a powerful, 6.2 magnitude earthquake.

Over two thousand Ukrainian soldiers killed in Donbas war, Poroshenko

Protecting the state of Ukraine, 2,504 Ukrainian soldiers have fallen since the beginning of 2014, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stressed in a speech at the occasion of the 25thanniversary of the independence of Ukraine.

Vejonis: meeting of UGF ministers with Dvorkovich does not change Latvia’s stance on sanctions

The meeting between ministers from the Union of Greens and Farmers and Russian Vice-Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich does not change Latvia’s stance on the sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia, President Raimonds Vejonis told journalists on 24 August.

Zilupe mayor’s language skills declared inadequate

Language skills of Chairman of Zilupe Council Oleg Agafonov do not comply with established language requirements, as concluded by specialists of the State Language Centre during a check.

Number of tourists from USA, Spain and UK increases in Latvia

There were 612.9 thousand visitors who stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments in Q2 2016, which was 6.1 % more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. As compared to Q2 2015, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 6.6 %.

Turkey with tanks in Syria to fight «Islamic State»

Turkish armed forces have on August 24 crossed the country’s border with Syria to engage in a battle against the terrorist group «Islamic State».

Rasnacs: Latvia has the right to demand compensation for damage caused by Soviet regime

«The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was signed 77 years ago. Two totalitarian regimes basically signed a criminal pact the consequences of which are still felt today,» – said Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs on Tuesday, 23 August, while taking part in a conference of European ministers dedicated to the commemoration of victims of Stalinism and Nazism.

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