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Friday 22.05.2015 | Name days: Emīlija

Latvian Customs Police catch four smugglers in the act

Latvian State Revenue Service’s Customs Police managed to catch a group of smugglers in the act, as they were carrying a shipment of illegal cigarettes from Latvia to Norway on 28 April.

New suspect in Nemtsov murder case; could be the person behind the murder

A new suspect has surfaced in the murder case of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. The suspect is a Chechen resident Ruslan Mukhadinov. Investigators believe he may be the one behind the murder.

Developments in Latvia’s road network: repairs and traffic restrictions

As part of Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council, the Eastern Partnership Summit will continue on 22 May. During the summit, traffic organization around Riga International Airport will be changed. Traffic lights will be turned off on K.Ulmana Gatve all the way to the airport (P133) until 17:00. Road traffic will be regulated by Latvian Road Police.

PHOTO: Latvian and American soldiers take part in joint combat exercise

Throughout 19-21 May, Adazi landfill was holding joint combat exercise with U.S. 3rd Infantry Division and Latvian National Armed Forces.

Rail traffic paralysing strike ended in Germany

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn has partly agreed to the demands of the company's train driver trade union, thus reaching an end to this week's strike, which has been the ninth in the 11-month-long dispute between Deutsche Bahn and the trade union.

Tusk: EU wishes to maintain relations with all Eastern Partnership countries

The Riga Summit is not about announcing giant steps forward, said President of EU Council Donald Tusk prior to the meeting with Latvian President Andris Berzins.

Authorities to limit smoking even more in Latvia

During the meeting of state secretaries this Thursday, 21 May, officials announced Healthcare Ministry’s draft regarding tobacco products, herbal smoking products, electronic smoking devices and electronic smoking devices, their realization, advertisement and usage restrictions.

Vejonis becomes officially nominated presidential candidate

Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis has been officially nominated as one of the presidential candidates in Latvia. This makes him the third officially nominated candidate in the country.

Estonia's meat producer to export poultry products to Hong Kong

The leading meat processing company in Estonia - HKScan Estonia - has received approval to start exporting chilled and frozen poultry to Hong Kong, China.

Five large western banks to plead guilty for currency market manipulations

Five internationally leading banks have announced they would plead guilty in charges for manipulations in the foreign currency market.

Aboltina: a large portion of Unity deputies are prepared to support Vejonis

A very large portion of Unity’s Saeima faction deputies are prepared to support the presidential candidate nominated by the Union of Greens and Farmers – Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis, notes Unity leader Solvita Aboltina.

Russia reports of detaining Lithuanian spy

A Lithuanian citizen has been arrested on May 19 in Moscow under suspicion of illegal intelligence, Russia's Federal Security Service unveiled.

1,000 tons of tar remains to be extracted from Incukalns tar ponds

In order to complete the contract signed between Skonto buve and State Environmental Service, the former still has 1,000 tons of tar to extract from Incukalns tar ponds.

Saeima committee supports new fast loan interest rates

This Wednesday, 20 May, Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supported new proposals for limiting fast loan interest rates proposed by Latvian Economy Ministry.

Russia: EU sanctions' opponents first in line to lifting ban on food exports

Cyprus, Greece and Hungary - countries that have criticised the sanctions imposed on Russia – would be first in line to see Russia's ban on food exports lifted against them if relations improve at the political level, head of food safety authority has said on Tuesday.