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Sunday 22.10.2017 | Name days: Irīda, Īrisa

Islamic extremists blamed for tragic terrorist attack in Somalia

The death-toll in a tragic terror attack in the eastern African state of Somalia has reached 320 people and local authorities have stated that a key member of the cell that allegedly launched the attack on Mogadishu has told them that al-Shabaab was responsible for the crime.

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks gets new management

From now on Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks will have a new chairman: once the head of Latio Namsaimnieks has been appointed as the new head of the company. The other vacant post has been given to Ardis Pāvilsons.

What will be the consequences for companies that cheated with electricity production permits

Businesses that were caught using fake permits for electricity production in mandatory procurements will not have their permits extended, says Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Daylight saving time. History and what it means for industries?

Latvia and many other countries around the world will transition from daylight saving time on 29 October. All clocks will be switched one hour back.

Latvian tourist accommodation facilities experience increase of overnight guests

The number of nights tourists and other guests spent in Latvian hotels and other tourist accommodation facilities in the first eight months of 2018 has grown 12.2% in comparison with the same period of last year, reaching 3.524 million.

Kučinskis evasive in evaluation of Unity’s Economy Minister candidates

Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis remains evasive when it comes to assessing Unity’s Economy Minister candidates.

Amid alleged harassment scandal, Rõivas leaves post in Riigikogu

The former head of Estonian government Taavi Rõivas, who has been pointed to as allegedly having groped a woman during a visit to Singapore, has denied the claims, but has nevertheless decided to leave the of the second deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rinkēvičs: Baltic air and maritime defence should be on agenda of next NATO summit

In the next NATO summit in 2018, delegates should work on making the defence of the Baltic region stronger in air and at sea, evaluated Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.