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Terror attack in New York, Trump pledges to increase migrant checks

In New York, a driver of a van has committed a tragic terror attack, after which U.S. President Donald Trump has stated he has ordered federal interior officials to increase the vetting of people entering the country.

2018 state budget project received more than 300 proposals

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee received more than 400 proposals for the next year’s state budget project and accompanying legislative drafts, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s unemployment level was eighth highest in EU in September

In September 2017, Latvia’s unemployment level was 7.9%, which was the eighth highest index among EU member states for which data is available, as reported by Eurostat.

EM: Sadales tīkls was dishonest about commissioning of CHP plants

Sadales tīkls has mislead Economy Ministry about the commissioning of CHP plants, as mentioned in the ministry in regards to results of assessments, planned actions and necessary changes for regulations, which was prepared after news surfaced about certain companies abusing permits for electrical energy production as part of mandatory procurement.

Minister proposes ban on adoption of children from foster families by foreigners

Latvian Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs has submitted a proposal for a ban on adoption of children from foster families by foreigners.

October 31 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

LRA proposes restoring Police Academy to increase Latvia’s security level

With a goal in mind to raise security level and combat crime more effectively, Latvian Association of Regions has prepared a proposal to restore Police Academy, BNN was told by party representatives.

Association manager mentions serious lack of support for foster families

Foster families in Latvia are supervised and controlled rather strictly, but they do not receive sufficient support from the state, said Professional Foster Families Association of Latvia Ārija Martukāne in an interview to Rīga panorama.

Kazakhstan to abandon Cyrillic alphabet for Kazakh language

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the long-serving President of Kazakhstan, has issued a decree for transforming the written script of the Kazakh language from Cyrillic back to Latin.

Lithuania to consider gas import alternatives after 2024

With Baltic States unable to reach an agreement in regards to the location of the regional liquefied natural gas terminal, Lithuanian government has lost the opportunity to ask for European Union’s support in purchasing Independence ship of Klaipeda terminal. The decision has been made to search for alternative solutions, BNS was told by Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.

Estonian gas terminal developers concerned over second Klaipeda gas terminal

Companies seeking to make investments in the construction of an LNG terminal in Estonia’s largest cargo harbour evaluate that a state-subsidized terminal in the Lithuanian port of Klaipėda would distort the gas market in the region, but Estonian electricity and gas grid operator Elering disagrees.

Ventspils opposition deputies ask Lembergs’ security measure to be amended

Ventspils City Council deputies Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Dace Korna, Aivis Landmanis and Ivars Landmanis have turned to Judge Boris Geimanis’ led judges with a request to amend the security measure applied to Aivars Lembergs.

Estonia pushes for EU-wide alcohol policy

The European Union needs joint policy in the field of alcohol evaluated Estonian Health and Labour Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski reasoning that it could be effective in limiting the harm caused by large consumption and member states' differing alcohol policies.

Minors still able to buy prohibited products; police continue inspections

Officers of Dobele District Office Latvian State Police have performed inspections in six trade spots in Dobele to see if alcohol, cigarettes and energy drinks are not sold to minors. During control purchases in two trade locations – Krimūna and Tērvete – minors were sold energy drinks.

Russia-related Facebook posts have been shown to 126 million American users

The U.S. social networking site Facebook has stated that since 2015 content posted by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin has been shown to 126 million American users.

SRS to check if construction companies use electronic work time tracking system

To check how construction companies are doing with electronic work time tracking system’s introduction, Latvian State Revenue Service has commenced inspections in the construction sector, BNN was informed by SRS.

Putin unveils Russian memorial to Stalin’s Soviet victims

The long-time President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has opened the country’s first official memorial to victims of Soviet mass repressions committed under the rule of Joseph Stalin.

Vējonis: funding already available to court justice system can be used more efficiently

«It is necessary to improve the efficiency of the court justice system. There is a lot of work left to do. Every judge and the entire court justice system should work towards state and society’s best interest,» said Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis during his meeting with Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs in Riga Castle on Monday, 30 October.

Čakša: Healthcare Ministry’s talks with family doctors no longer progress on-topic

Talks between family doctors and Healthcare Ministry have entered a phase in which discussions no longer progress on-topic, said Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša in an interview to Rīta panorama.

Lithuanian court convicts supporter of Stalin, Soviet deportations

A court in Lithuania has handed a house arrest to a man for expressing public support to notorious head of the former USSR, Joseph Stalin, and Soviet crimes against Lithuanians.

October 30 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Asylum seekers in Europe refuse to relocate to Latvia

Asylum seekers resettled in southern Europe refuse to relocate to Latvia. In addition, their relocation to this country is made more difficult by cooperation problems with local authorities, as stated in Interior Affairs Ministry’s report to the government.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia increases 4.9%

Compared to September 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 4.9 % in September 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 5.7 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, grew by 7.4 %, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel fell by 1.7 %.

LRA: boarding school pupils are not to blame because ESM is unable to plan reforms

«Pupils and teachers of boarding schools are not to blame for the fact that Education and Science Ministry is unable to plan its reforms in a long-term perspective,» said Latvian Association of Regions deputy Varis Krūmiņš.

Estonia's first protected geographical indication goes to vodka

The European Commission has decided to register the product name «Estonian vodka» as a protected geographical indication, allowing to sell the product only if it is made from Estonian-grown raw materials and water pumped in the Baltic country.