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Tuesday 09.02.2016 | Name days: Simona, Apolonija

Elton John to perform in Riga in November

Sir Elton John and his band will perform in Arena Riga on 15 November. The concert is part of the famous musician’s Wonderful Crazy Night Tour around the world. The concert will feature Sir Elton John’s most famous and beloved songs as well as his brand new songs from the Wonderful Crazy Night album.

Passenger trains collide in Germany

Two passenger trains have collided in southern Germany on February 9. Local authorities report on a large number of injured passengers and four people dead.

27 people drown in Aegean Sea as their boat capsizes

With the wave of migration to Europe continuing, a migrant boat has sunk on February 8 in Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece and at least 27 people have died.

Rescuers in Taiwan continue search for earthquake survivor

Rescuers in Taiwan continue to look for survivors after an earthquake on February 6. Officials estimate that the death toll is likely to exceed 100.

Women in Muslim Bosnia protest against headscarf ban

In Bosnia, approximately 2 000 women on February 7 gathered to protest against the country’s ban against wearing Islamic headscarves in courts and other judicial institutions.

North Korea’s rocket launch condemned by UN Security Council

The UN Security Council has on January 7 passed a resolution condemning a long-range rocket launch conducted by North Korea on Sunday.

Iran interested in transporting cargoes through Riga Freeport

The first meeting of the Latvian – Iranian United Committee was carried out in Riga this week. Although the main focus of the meeting was road transport, the Iranian delegation expressed interest for cargo carrying possibilities by means of sea port, as confirmed by Riga Freeport’s Public Relations Department’s Director Anita Leiskalne.

UN: UK should stop arbitrary detention of Wikileaks’ Assange

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the UN has established that the UK should release Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange from detention and compensate for his deprivation of liberty since 2010.

German Foreign Minister calls to stop fighting in Ukraine

The warring sides of the Donbas war should immediately stop fighting and fully adhere to a ceasefire, stated German Foreign Minister and the Chairperson-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier on February 4.

Six additional Ukrainian TV channels to appear in Europe, including Baltic States

Six additional TV channels will be transmitted over Europe, including Baltic states, announced satellite operator SES, who’s one of the teleports operates in Riga, providing satellite communications services to broadcasters over more than 50 orbital satellite fleet.

February 4 in pictures

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

February 3 in pictures

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

EU wishes to evaluate member state companies’ contracts with Gazprom

The European Union wishes to check the contracts Gazprom signed with European companies. There is a risk that the Russian energy giant has forced unfair prices in breach of the bloc’s rules, as reported by German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.