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Kenya dam burst turns tragic

In Kenya, a dam has left its banks with water taking the lives of at least 41 people and forcing hundreds to flee their homes, local officials stated.

Saeima deputies impede Kušners’ re-approval as council member of Bank of Latvia

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee’s members have agreed to ask for more time to discuss the matter regarding Bank of Latvia council member Edvards Kušners’ possible approval for a repeated term.

Powers urge for calm in Middle East as missiles fly in Golan Heights and Syria

Missile strikes between Israel and Iranian fighters in Syria have prompted calls for calm from world leaders to the risk of all-out war in the Middle East.

Weekends in Latvia to be dry and sunny

Weather in Latvia will not change much in the coming days – it will be mostly dry and sunny. On Sunday, 13 March, however, anticyclone activity will reduce and cloudiness will increase. No precipitation will follow, however, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Turkey urged by UN to lift state of emergency until snap election

The High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations has called on Turkey to quit its prolonged state of emergency to ensure credible presidential and parliamentary elections next month.

May 10 in pictures

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

State Audit: prime minister’s statement about the institution was ill-advised

Latvia’s State Audit is confused over the statement given to the media by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis about the conclusions made by this institution in the report regarding lasting inaction in the management of real estate properties owned by country’s interior affairs sector, as well as the double standards in behaviour of state officials.

SLC: there aren’t many officials who don’t know Latvian language well enough

There aren’t many officials in Latvia that don’t know the state language well enough to perform their duties, said representative of the State Language Centre Sarmīte Pāvulēna in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Lithuania’s intelligence: Liberal party was the Trojan Horse of business giant MG Baltic

Lithuania has perhaps never seen this calibre political scandals like these ones grabbing the media headlines in recent weeks. First, the embattled former Liberals leader, Eligijus Masiulis, who is fighting influence peddling and corruption charges, made his personal correspondence with President Dalia Grybauskaitė public. The head-of-state goes as Tulip in the barrage of emails with Masiulis and the exchange reveals her heavy, some say, meddlesome engagement in the Lithuanian legislation.

Average level of consumer prices in Latvia up 2%

Compared to April 2017, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.0 % in April 2018. Prices of goods grew by 1.5 % and prices of services by 3.3 %.

Court applies arrest to pro-Russian activist in Latvia

Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court applied an arrest to pro-Russian activist Vladimirs Lindermans on Thursday, 10 May.

Latvia’s prime minister appoints new head of Control Service

Lawyer Ilze Znotiņa has agreed to take post as head of Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity, as confirmed by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to Rīta panorama programme.

Mobility support programme’s conditions for unemployed people to be changed

A conceptual agreement has been reached in regards to amendments to Cabinet of Ministers requirements for changes to the mobility programme. Proposed changes also include the possibility of increasing financial support and length of the programme, as confirmed by chairman of Latvia’s Chamber for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dīns Cielavs.

How wetland parts of Russian border are guarded in Estonia?

As the Estonian border guard seeks to improve border patrolling along the temporary border line separating Estonia and Russia, it looks for solutions that would allow quicker moving about in swampy and wet parts, where violations occur especially in winter, when the ground is frozen and solid.

Police: events in Victory Park passed without major incidents

«The annual 9 May events in Victory Park passed without any major incidents and physical confrontations,» said Chief of State Police’s Riga Region Department Juris Šulte in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Court in Berlin bans Muslim teacher from wearing religious garment

In Berlin, a female teacher of a primary school has lost her legal battle against a garment neutrality law applying to public servants in the German capital.

Latvian companies in Vietnam to be provided with a stable tax system

Latvian companies working in Vietnam will be provided with a stable tax system that will not be affected by amendments of Vietnam’s regulations. This is provided by Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee’s conceptually supported on Wednesday, 9 May, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Proportion of envelope wages in Latvia’s construction sector dropped to 32.1% last year

The proportion of grey economy in Latvia’s construction sector dropped in almost all field last year. For example, while the proportion of envelope waged in 2016 was 34.6%, last year it dropped to 32.1%, says manager of the Partnership of Latvian Construction Entrepreneurs Baiba Fromane.

California, U.S. to require solar panels on new homes

The U.S. state of California plans to require solar panels on new homes and apartment buildings erected after 1 January, 2020 and would become the first such territory in the U.S.

May 9 in pictures

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

Saeima conceptually supports limiting terms of office for FCMC management

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee has conceptually supported the legislative draft that provides terms of office restrictions for council members of the Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Latvian minister promises e-health system to be made helpful to doctors

In two months the e-health system will become an ‘assistant, not an obstacle’ to doctors, promises Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša.

Photos: things calm in Victory Park – police escorted several protesters; one is detained

Three people stood in Victory Park holding up posters saying ‘Only a guest, idiot or occupant who forces his language on others can live in a country without knowing its state language’. Police have escorted at least three protesters from the park. One of them has been detained.

Latvia’s State Audit sees options for saving millions in real estate management

In Latvia’s State Audit’s opinion Interior Affairs Ministry and Provision State Agency have not organized sufficient and efficient management of their owned real estate property. Inappropriate and unplanned use of funding allocated for the construction of firefighters depot, use of state property for private needs, disorganized allocation of apartments to officials, lack of appropriate rent fees and planning are but some of the problems uncovered during the audit.

Russia's Medvedev receives his next term as Prime Minister

Russia's long-time Prime Minister and former President Dmitry Medvedev has been elected the country's head of government for his next term in office with an overwhelming vote at the Russian State Duma.