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Latvia sees the largest number of lightning strikes in recent years

Approximately 20,000 lightning strikes were registered in Latvia on the night to Wednesday, 2 August. It is the largest number of lightning strike intensity registered in the country in the past several years, according to data from

1.7 million euros in severance pay sought by ex-Estonian Air employees

59 people, former employees of defunct Estonian flag carrier Estonian Air, are claiming in court that the current national airline Nordica that it owes them severance pay and other payments totalling over 1.7 million euros.

Putin assumes patriotic citizens could do cyber attacks as «artists»

Russian President Vladimir Putin has assumed that patriotic citizens of Russia could be involved in cyber attacks. British public broadcaster ERR reports that the Russian President stated on Thursday, June 2 that such individuals might be joining «the justified fight against those speaking ill of Russia».

Trump explains withdrawing U.S. from climate commitments with unfair terms

U.S. President Donald Trump has stated that due to unfair terms to the country he would quit commitments the U.S. has undertaken as part of the UN Paris Agreement with the aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Pilot error found as cause of Russian Black Sea plane crash

Investigators in Russia, who were looking into causes of what caused the military plane crash of December 25 2016, when it crashed into the Black Sea, taking the lives of 92 people, have concluded that most likely pilot error was to blame.

Lithuania raises Estonian hopes on refugee security interview agreement with Italy

A deal between Lithuania and Italy has sparked hope in the Estonian Ministry of the Interior that an agreement on security interviews of refugees in Italy could be reached this summer and would open relocation of refugees from Italy to Estonia.

Court in Germany: Parents of dead girl have no right to log on to her Facebook account

A German court has rejected the wish of parents of a dead teenage girl to log on to their daughter's Facebook account to read posts and messages.

Estonian economy has grown 4.4%

The gross domestic product of Estonia grew 4.4 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of last year, in line with official statistics of the Baltic country.

Offices of Russian internet giant raided in Ukraine in treason case

The offices of Russian web search company Yandex have been raided as Ukrainian State Security Service is performing a treason investigation and looking into establishing if Ukrainian users' data had been illegally collected and transmitted to Russian security services.

Corruption inquiry launched at human rights organisation – Council of Europe

At the human rights monitoring organisation, the Council of Europe, an inquiry has been launched into claims that corrupt dealings have been performed in relation to possible human rights abuses in Azerbaijan.

Finnish manufacturer relocates part of Estonian operations to India

Finnish-owned AS Kolmeks, which is a producer of components for electric motors and industrial robots based in the Southern Estonian city of Viljandi, is set to relocate part of operations to India.

Taxify and Uber drivers in Estonia declare 450,000 euros of income

Estonians, informing the state for income acquired through Uber and Taxify informal taxi services in 2016, have declared revenue totalling 450,000 euros, which is a jump from 67,800 euros.

Russian capital hit by tragic thunderstorm

Russian capital Moscow has been hit by a powerful thunderstorm that has taken the lives of at least 11 people. The storm on Monday, May 29, toppled hundreds of trees and that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain.

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