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Sunday 22.10.2017 | Name days: Irīda, Īrisa

New Laima manufacturing plant in Adazi; up to 20 million euros to be invested

In the next three years, EUR 20 million will be invested in the new Laima manufacturing plant in Adazi, as reported by representatives of Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Latvija.

Estonia defines forced marriages, genital mutilation as criminal offences

Estonia has set forth criminal punishment for genital mutilation and forced marriages, according to amendments to the country’s criminal code that entered into force last week.

Reconstruction of Vilnius International Airport runway commences

Vilnius International Airport will remain closed from 14 July to 17 August. The airport will be closed down to perform the most massive runway reconstruction in the past 20 years.

Weather to be volatile in Latvia this week; warm and cold days expected

This week in Latvia is expected to have volatile weather – cloudiness will change day to day, dry days will follow rainy days and air temperature will be slightly above the average of last week, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Fire on board catamaran in Riga injures 12; warning signs were ignored

Catamaran called Zingarella caught on fire in Riga, Hapaka Ditch this Sunday, 16 June. 12 people, including 7 children were injured as a result.

Latvian «Oligarch talks»: Crowds stand up for rule of law, dissatisfied with Vējonis reaction

Crowds in Riga filled the square in front of the Presidential Castle to severely criticise the Latvian political environment uncovered by the leaked «Oligarch talks».

Chechens convicted of Nemtsov’s murder imprisoned to 11 to 20 years

Five Chechen former security officers have been handed long prison sentences for the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.

Ruling Farmers and Greens strike deal with opposition Conservatives, irk Social Democrats

The foundation of Lithuania’s ruling coalition consisting of the Farmers and Greens and the Social Democrats are crumbling, but the fall might not come, at least so soon as some predict.

In dead boy case, Latvian police to evaluate responsibility of mother, bus driver and neighbours

In the case of five-year-old Ivans, who went missing in the Latvian city of Liepāja and later lost his life, police will evaluate the possible responsibility of his mother, neighbours and driver of the bus, in which the boy left Liepāja.

Denmark to help Africa with family planning in face of booming population growth

Naming the increase of access to contraception and family planning was an important foreign and security policy priority for the Danish government, the Nordic country has promised to contribute 91m kroner for a family planning programme in developing nations, arguing this could also help «limit the migration pressure on Europe».

Pro-Russian activists doubt chances of Russian-speaking pupils to pass exams well

The Pro-Russian-leaning Human Rights Committee of Latvia doubts chances of native Russian-speakers to learn the state language of Latvia and to pass exams well.

Search for Ivans ends, 5-year-old found dead

Ivans Berladins, the boy, who went missing from Liepāja 10 days ago, has been found dead in a forest, State Police reports.

Measles claim 35 lives in Europe

The World Health Organisation has voiced concern that although vaccine against measles is available, 35 people have died from the infectious disease in Europe over the past year.

Delna urges Latvian President and PM to take responsibility for «Oligarch case»

Amid the political scandal caused by the leaked private conversations between leading politicians, transparency NGO Delna has urged Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis to take responsibility for the progress of the scandal involving their political associates.