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Ceturtdiena 30.10.2014 | Name days: Ulla, Nadīna

October 30 in pictures

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

Ebola: Observers report on epidemic slowing down

Liberia, which is the worst affected country of the current Ebola epidemic, the rate of new cases of the virus is slowing down, says the World Health Organisation.

October 29 in pictures

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

Halloween: interesting facts about pumpkins

The pumpkin is the largest berry in the world – this autumn product has been a favouring in Latvia for generations. However, modern knowledge about pumpkins has expanded even further. It is now closely associated with dieting, soups and Halloween in USA and many other countries in the world.

Facebook reports boost in revenue, plans large investments in new products

American social media giant Facebook has been able to increase its revenue by 59% in the third quarter of 2014 and plans to make large investments in products the company has acquired.

Internet celebrates its 45th birthday

Today, October 29th, the entire world celebrates International Internet Day. The Internet has significantly developed since its foundation in 1969 – this is demonstrated by not only the growing number of devices connected to the internet, but also its influence over our everyday lives.

U.S. space rocket explodes after launch

In the U.S., an unmanned space rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station has exploded shortly after launch.

Ukrainian parliamentary election: 90% of votes counted

With 90,29% of votes counted, the pro-European forces led by Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk and President Petro Poroshenko are leading the Ukrainian parliamentary election.

War in Ukraine: Results of separatist elections to be recognised by Russia

Russia has announced it would recognise results of separatist elections to be held in the rebel-controlled territory of Ukraine on November 2.

24 banks in Europe unable to pass financial stress tests; One bank in Baltics tested

With fears of repeated financial and economic crisis outspoken in the EU, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has carried out financial stress tests on 123 banks and found that 24 of them would lack funds in case of wider financial instability.

Italian PM in quarrel with Barroso prior to Eurozone meeting

Heads of government and state of Eurozone countries are on Friday, October 24, meeting in Brussels to discuss budged planning and deficit after the European Commission has warned France and Italy of their budget deficit exceeding EU rules.

EU leaders agree on new goals of climate and energy policy

After discussions that lasted several hours in the European Council, leaders of EU member states finally reached an agreement on contents of the new climate and energy policy for 2030.

Business procurement activity on a rise in the world

Preparedness to perform business merging and sales has reached its highest point in the past three years. 40% of interviewed entrepreneurs admit they have plans to carry out business procurement deals in the near future (35% in 2013 and only 25% in 2012).

Police in Canada in search for possible accomplices of parliament attack

Police in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, is looking for persons that might have taken part in the Wedndesday, October 22, attack at the Canadian parliament.

Microsoft to drop Nokia brand on smartphones

American computer technology corporation Microsoft has decided to abandon the Nokia brand in the new smartphones – the controversial step has been announced less than a year of Nokia's acquisition.