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French legislative election ends with Macron’s liberals winning majority

After the second round of France’s legislative election held on Sunday, June 18, French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist liberals look set to have won majority in the lower house of the country’s parliament.

Tragic wildfire in Portugal

In a large wildfire that has been raging in central Portugal since Saturday, June 17, not least than 62 people have died.

Expert: potential of business service centres remains unexplored in Latvia

The role of international business service centres keeps increasing in the global economy. In Latvia, however, their potential remains largely unexplored, says New Hanza City project’s developer Pillar representative Guntars Cauna.

London pedestrians ran over by vehicle

A van has been driven onto pedestrians near a mosque in London, killing one person and injuring eight. The van drove onto the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight near a mosque in the British capital on the night to Monday, June 19.

Week in Lithuania. Parliament declares Belarus' N-plant a threat to national security

The Lithuanian Parliament has decided that Belarus' nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets, a mere 50 kilometres from Vilnius, is unsafe and poses a threat to national security, environment and public health. The respective bill was passed on Thursday, June 15, with 104 votes in favour.

Signature collection campaign launched to reorganize Brivibas Street in Riga

Association City for the People and manabalss.lv have begun collecting signatures for the establishment of a cycling lane and public transport lane on Brivibas Street in Riga.

Latvia had fourth highest inflation among EU member states in May

Compared with the same month of last year, Latvia had the fourth highest inflation index among EU member states in this year’s May, according to data from Eurostat.

Photos of the week, 16.06.2017

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

Pabriks: Russia’s aggression in Ukraine mobilizes NATO

«The deployment of a combat group led by Canada at Adazi base in Latvia serves as NATO’s direct reaction to Russia and its aggression in Ukraine. It is also a good signal to everyone who doubts the alliance’s ability to protect Latvia and other NATO member states from military threats,» says MEP Artis Pabriks.

airBaltic receives fifth CS300 aircraft

On 16 June, Latvian airBaltic airline received the fifth Bombardier CS300 aircraft. By the end of 2017, airBaltic is planning to have eight CS300 aircraft, BNN was told by the company.

Video: Man meets five wild bears in Estonia and stays safe

If you like hiking in nature, but fear from wild bears keeps you from going deep into forest, see this video of a calm encounter with bears in central Estonia.

Employers do not support further application of additional taxes on wages

«It is highly important to reduce labour tax as soon as possible to improve legal wage rise and overall competitiveness on the Baltic level,» says the council of Latvian Employers’ Confederation. The government is also asked to speed up reforms for next year.

Estonia adopts rideshare-regulating law

Drivers providing rideshare services in Estonia will not be required to undergo professional taxi driver training, sets forth a new law passed by the Estonian parliament.

Ogre administration to be headed by Egils Helmanis – official accused of extortion

On Friday, 16 June, deputies of Ogre decided to approve Vice-Mayor Egils Helmanis from the National Alliance to replace Arturs Mangulis from Latvian Green Party as Mayor of Ogre. It is worth mentioning that Helmanis is accused of extortion.

Zile: not all countries will be able to get involved in EU integration

The most likely development scenario for the European Union is the multi-speed Europe in which not all member states are able to participate, because they are unable to fit the necessary standards, says MEP Roberts Zile.

Eurogroup reach agreement to unlock Greece’s latest bailout funds

The finance ministers of the euro countries have reached an agreement to release another tranche of Greece’s bailout money.

State Border Guard inspector may be involved in cigarette contraband

Latvian State Border Guard’s Criminal Investigations Office’s officials have detained an inspector of Silene Border Security Office.

London fire death toll reaches 17

Not less than 17 persons have died in this week’s London residential block fire as local authorities assumed the death toll could rise further.

«Latvian parties» elected in Riga City Council agreed to work together in opposition

Representatives of all «Latvian parties» have agreed to work together in the opposition in the capital.

Weather to remain warm this week; rain expected nearly every day next week

Weather in Latvia is expected to get warmer in the next couple of days. However, colder masses of air will flow into the region next week, bringing rain and thunderstorms, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

PHOTO: Saeima prohibits use of wild animals in circus performances

On Thursday, 15 June, Saeima supported in the final reading amendments to the Animal Protection Law that prohibit the use of wild animals in attractions and circus performances. At the moment their use is permitted. In accordance with a request from the European Commission, Latvian’s parliament has clarified the law in relation to test animals as well.

Lithuanian holidaymakers: practical, but tend to lavish for holiday

Until now, many surveys pointed out that, when it comes to Lithuanians’ vacation habits, the majority are penny-pinching. However, a new research, this time by a quick loan firm, concluded the opposite – Lithuanians are indeed among the biggest holiday spenders in entire Europe.

Healthcare Ministry discusses pharmacies’ readiness to work with e-prescriptions

On Wednesday, 15 June, Latvian Healthcare Ministry met with representatives of the largest pharmacy networks* to discuss the readiness of pharmacies to work with e-prescriptions.

June 15 in pictures

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

Latvia experienced moderately rapid export growth among EU member states

When compared with the same period of last year, Latvia experienced a moderate export rise among European Union member states in the first four months of 2017, according to data published by Eurostat.

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