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Tuesday 19.06.2018 | Name days: Nils, Viktors

North Korea commits to verifiable denuclearisation, U.S. - to quit participating in war games

In the first summit meeting between North Korea and the U.S., Pyongyang has committed to verifiable denuclearisation and in return Washington has stated American troops would no longed take part in mass war games held in South Korea.

In pictures: Design competition for reconstruction of Riga Circus continues

As the Latvian Ministry of Culture is continuing the competition for the architectural design for the reconstruction of Riga Circus building, an exhibition of the submitted design projects has been opened at the Architecture Faculty of the Riga Technical University.

Fruit growers in Latvia see effects of drought and heat as «disastrous»

The unusually high temperatures and lack of precipitation this May in Latvia have added to the adverse effects that last year's chilly and wet summer has had in the field of fruit growing, the leadership of the Latvian Orchardman Association, has warned.

North Korean-U.S. historic summit focuses on defusing tensions in Korea

Head of North Korea Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump have met for talks in Singapore working on the issues of denuclearisation and lowering tensions in Korea months after they have exchanged military threats.

Petition calling for Latvia-wide restrictions on gambling launched

Latvia's New Conservative Party is calling for strict limitations to the work of gambling rooms in the country and is inviting people to sign an online petition on the issue.

June 11 in pictures

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

Week in Latvia starts with heat and thunderstorm clouds

The weather in Latvia in the beginning of the working week will be hot and rainy, also thunder is expected in many parts, reported the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Migrants in Mediterranean denied access to Italy ports

In the Mediterranean, a migrant rescue ship is at sea unable to dock because Italy's new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini denied permission for it to dock as Italy, which is the main entry country for migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe.

Baltic Pride in Riga supported by Baltic Social Democratic parties

At the Baltic Pride rally in Riga on Saturday, the group of the party Progressives will be joined by representatives from the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party and the LGBT+ organisation Vikerroos from Estonian Social Democrats.

Ex-PM: Digitalgate defendant clutches at straws to avoid guilty verdict

Einars Repše, who served as Latvian prime minister during allegedly fraudulent attempts to introduce digital television in Latvia in the 2000s, stated that the defendant Jurģis Liepnieks, is clutching at straws, when criticising the case as being politically motivated in the defendant's last word in appeal trial this week.

Freight volumes decrease in Latvian ports, pipelines, but jump in airport in Q1 2018

In the cargo transport sector in Latvia, the volume of freights carried by land and pipelines decreased by 2.3 million tonnes or 7.7 % and freight turnover – by 10.4 % in the first three months of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017, the data of the Latvian Central Statistical Bureau showed.

Latvians spent by 18% more money on travel in 2017

With travel industry in Latvia expanding, Latvians went on 5.8% more one-day trips and spent 11.1% more in 2017 than in 2016, estimated the country's Central Statistical Bureau.

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