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Study: Human activity has cut wildlife populations by half in last 40 years

Over the last four decades, wildlife populations in the world have decreased more than previously estimated, London Zoological Society has found.

Economist: Lower oil prices could add to global GDP

Since mid-June, oil prices in the world have decreased by 16%, resulting in one of its steepest selloffs since the financial crisis. Although it is unclear, whether the fall in prices has been caused by oversupply or falling demand, the global economy might benefit from the present situation.

Obama: Iraq's ability and will to fight Islamic State was overestimated

U.S. officials had initially overestimated the ability of Iraqi army and the government's political will to fight the militant group Islamic State in its territory, U.S. President Barack Obama has said.

Pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong

Several thousand pro-democracy protesters have been blocking Hong Kong's streets and disrupting operations at the territory's business hub.

Photos of the week, 26.09.2014.

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

Elections to the 12th Saeima: election sites in Ireland

The Latvian embassy in Ireland reminds that Latvian citizens living in Ireland will be able to cast their votes in the 12th Saeima elections 07:00-20:00 local time on October 4th.

Rinkēvičs: Crimean Tatars are discriminated in all areas of public life

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs discussed the situation in Ukraine after the Russian aggression with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland during the UN General Assembly. One of the key topics the two officials will discuss is the state of the Crimean Tatars.

September 25 in pictures

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

Forbes: Latvia may become Putin’s next target

The west has to understand that Russia’s war on the south-east of Ukraine is potentially more dangerous than ISIS, because it can destroy NATO, believes Forbes reviewer Paul Gregory. He mentions that Baltics, especially Latvia, could be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s potential goal.

Former Riga OMON operative loses his post of Vice-Mayor of Donetsk

Former Riga OMON operative Vladimir Antyufeev has lost his post as Vice-Mayor of self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, as reported by Russian media.

September 24 in pictures

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

September 23 in pictures

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

Latvia joins the fight against Islamic State terror group

In order to coordinate actions of the international community aimed to combat the Islamic State group of radicals, USA and its allies have created an international coalition, which now includes Latvia, as reported by press-secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry Karlis Eihenbaums.

PHOTO: Oktoberfest begins in Germany

The traditional Oktoberfest celebration began in Munich at the end of last week. This popular annual event is expected to gather more than five million people in a span of sixteen days.

10,000 gather in Moscow to protest against Russia’s policy in Ukraine

On September 21st, Russian opposition organized a protest act in Moscow dedicated to the situation in Ukraine. The event was a peace procession aimed against the policy currently realized by the Russian government in Ukraine.

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