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Sunday 22.10.2017 | Name days: Irīda, Īrisa

Google finds Russian advertising campaign around U.S. election, media report

Internet giant Google has discovered evidence of Russian agents spending large sums of money in attempts to affect the 2016 U.S. presidential election, media wrote.

Average prices in Latvia – up by 2.9% on year

The average price level in Latvia in September 2017, as compared to September last year, has increased by 2.9%, according to official estimates.

Polish national dies as helicopter crashes in Latvia

During Rally Liepāja in Western Latvia a helicopter has crashed killing one person and injuring three others.

350,000 people attend Spanish unity demonstration in Barcelona

No less than 350,000 people have attended a pro-unity demonstration on Sunday, October 8, in Barcelona, capital of the separatist region of Catalonia voicing their support for the region’s unity with Spain.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian, German ministers sign agreement on 1918 Independence Act

The foreign ministers of Lithuania and Germany signed in Berlin on Thursday, October 5, an agreement on handover of the February 16, 1918 Independence Act to Lithuania for five years.

Police: Tragic Saulkrasti explosion had force of 100 kgs of TNT

The explosion that blew up a residential house in Saulkrasti novads, where five people have been found dead, could have equalled the power of 100 kilograms of trinitrotoluene explosive, Latvian police evaluated.

Tragic explosion in residential building in Saulkrasti novads

Fire-fighters in Latvia, have been called to Saulkrasti novads, where a residential building had crumbled after an explosion. Five dead people were found in the rubble.

Spanish court bans Catalonian parliament from holding possible separation session

The Spanish Constitutional Court has aborted the Catalonian regional parliament’s sitting of Monday, October 9, during which the region’s separation from Spain could be declared as the court would such a move would breach the country’s constitution.

Heating to arrive in Riga flats this week

All Riga residential buildings administered by the city council’s SIA Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks can expect to have central heating by the end of the week.

UK situation with children of Latvian nationals has improved

Lately, the situation with the children of Latvian nationals in the UK has got better, stated Latvian Ambassador to the UK, Baiba Braže. The Ambassador acknowledged that the number of children taken away by British authorities from families of UK-based Latvian nationals has decreased and added that currently, local authorities are more active in informing the Latvian Embassy of such cases.

Fire-fighters: cats are animals getting most often into trouble

Latvian fire-fighters have in the first nine months of 2016 performed over 5 500 rescue operations and close to every seventh such a call, or 735 cases, have been from residents seeking help in saving animals in difficult situations, said the Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service.

Latvian government supports EUR 88 million more funding to road repairs

The Latvian government has backed allocating in the next three years additional 88.4 million euros to repairing roads, which in Latvian rural parts are often dangerously outdated.

Catalonia pledges to declare independence in week's time

The regional President of the Spanish region of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has stated the region would declare independence in a matter of days, warning that the regional government would «act at the end of this week or the beginning of next».

Ornithologists deem EU’s agricultural policy unsustainable, suggest reforms

«To date, EU’s Common Agricultural Policy has stimulated the degradation of rural environment,» evaluated the Latvian Ornithological Society.

Single elderly households are poorest in Latvia

Among Latvian households, the lowest income has been observed in the households of single and elderly people, who are aged 65 or older, Latvian statisticians have estimated.

Catalans angered by police violence start regional general strike

In the separatist Spanish region of Catalonia a day-long general strike is planned on Tuesday, October 3. The protest is held by Catalan trade unions and associations in response to what they see as grave violation of rights and freedoms seen during Sunday's disputed referendum on region’s separation from Spain.