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Sunday 22.10.2017 | Name days: Irīda, Īrisa

Centre party victorious in Estonian local government elections

In the Estonian municipal election, held on October 15, the largest overall support has been won by Centre Party that is also the ruling party in Estonian central government.

Week to kick off warm in Latvia; weather to become colder down the line

At the beginning of the week, several cyclones will pass over Scandinavia. Cyclones will also dictate weather in Latvia. Atmospheric fronts will pass over the country multiple times throughout the week. Nevertheless, the sun will appear every now and then, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

CEO of Samsung Electronics resigns, citing unprecedented difficulties

At the world's second largest electronics firm Samsung Electronics, its co-chief executive officer Kwon Oh-hyun has stepped down, pointing to management problems in the massive South Korean company.

Accreditation fees for sign language interpreter programmes may be reduced in Latvia

Latvian Welfare Ministry intends to work with Education and Science Ministry to find a solution for the situation with accreditation fees in the existing sign language interpreter programme, as reported by Welfare Ministry’s representative Aiga Ozoliņa.

Austrian government expected to be headed by 31-year old Kurz

In the Austrian parliamentary election, held on Sunday, October 15, victory is projected to the right-wing Austrian People's Party and its leader Sebastian Kurz could be become Europe's youngest head of government.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuania buying Norwegian air defence systems

Lithuanian defence officials have announced intention to buy Norwegian medium-range air-defence systems NASAMS in hopes of patching one of the biggest defence gaps.

Photos of the week, 13.10.2017

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

Dryer and warmer weather expected

This weekend and next week, dryer and warmer weather is expected in Latvia, according to forecasts by the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Orkla Foods Latvija invests 122 000 euros in new production line and design

Juice and sauce producer Orkla Foods Latvija owned by the Norwegian conglomerate Orkla Group is investing 122 000 euros in a new production line and in the development of new product packaging design.

Return to military conscription discussed in Latvia

The restoration of mandatory military service would need three preconditions – the need expressed by the military, political will and public support, evaluated Latvian Defence Ministry State Secretary Jānis Garisons at an academic discussion on the necessity to restore conscription.

London housing rent prices have risen sharply to low-income renters, study finds

UK low-income renters currently on average pay 28% of their monthly income on housing rent, which is a considerable increase from 21% in the mid-1990s, researchers have found.

Italian court: sick pay applies to woman, who cared for her ill dog

A woman in Italy has won a trial on right to receive sick pay for being absent from work to care for her dog after surgery.

Passenger trains in Latvia to have wireless internet

Wireless internet is to available in all passenger trains in Latvia operated by the state-owner railway passenger carrier Pasažieru vilciens.

With central banks keeping mum, talks of RE bubble deemed unfounded

The Baltics‘ real estate market remains bubbly and robust, but the exuberance the market shows seems worrisome to some. Yet the majority points to the Baltic central banks. Unless they send a message of distress, followed with the tightening of lending, there’s nothing to worry about.

October 12 in pictures

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

Poll: Ethnic minorities feeling closer to Latvia, express limited support on NATO

The majority ethnic minority residents in Latvia feel a deep or a very deep sense of belonging to the country in 2017, which is an increase by 4% since last year and a 16%-increase since 2015, showed results of opinion polls by the Latvian Ministry of Culture.

Latvian Economy Minister to leave post

The Latvian Minister of Economics, Deputy Prime Minister Arvils Ašeradens has decided to leave the post in the government and assume the mandate of a member of the Saeima so he could chair the parliamentary faction of his party Unity.

Facebook dreaming big, aims at converting billion people to virtual reality

As Facebook continues its push for making virtual reality headsets popular, the U.S. internet giant has presented Oculus Go, a virtual reality device that works without a smartphone and would go on sale in 2018.

Madrid issues ultimatum to Catalonia, Spain celebrates national holiday

Spain is celebrating on Thursday, October 12, its Fiesta Nacional de España, but Madrid has issued to separatist Catalonia an ultimatum to clarify if its regional government has really declared Catalan independence, which could result in the Spanish government imposing direct rule over the autonomous region.

Top 3 fears of Latvians: loss of loved ones, illnesses and war

The most wide-spread fears people in Latvia have, according to an opinion poll conducted by Swedbank, are the fear to lose their loved ones (63% of respondents), the fear of incurable illnesses (46%) and the possibility of a war (35%).

2018 to be «painful» to 30% of Latvian fishermen, say experts

To a third of Latvian fishermen the year 2018 will be «painful» because of the European Union's fishing quotas to Latvia in the Baltic Sea, but most of the entrepreneurs in the industry will be winners, evaluated the Latvian National Fisheries Producers' Organisation.

October 11 in pictures

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Latvian unemployment decreases to 6.6%

The rate of registered nationwide unemployment in Latvia decreased by 0.3 percentage points in September to 6.6%, estimated the Latvian Employment State Agency.

Hungary pledges to raise language argument with Ukraine to EU level

Hungary has pledged to oppose in the European Union about a law passed in Ukraine that sets forth curbing the use of ethnic minority languages as the teaching language in schools in Ukraine. The Transcarpathia region in south-western Ukraine is home to around 150,000 ethnic Hungarians.

Catalonia declares independence, Spain rejects appeal for negotiations

The President of the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has signed a declaration of establishing an independent republic of Catalonia, but has suspended the declaration from coming into effect to negotiate.