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Wednesday 28.09.2016 | Name days: Sergejs, Svetlana, Lana

Study: Third of adults look into their phones at night

A study performed in the UK on addiction to smartphones found that a third of its adult population look into their devices at night, which often causes quarrels with their other halves.

Baltics and Iceland agree on strengthening mutual cooperation

Celebrating 25 years since the foundation of diplomatic relations between Iceland and Baltics, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics visited Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik on 26 September to discuss regional news and international relations with ministers from Iceland, Estonia and Lithuania.

EU states to look into options to improve Russia relations, leaving sanctions in place

European Union heads of state and government are to consider ways to improve relations with Russia as some member states are increasingly sceptical over official- and company-specific sanctions.

Experts: Russia may turn against opposition even harder

The recent State Duma elections in Russia concluded with United Russia crushing the opposition in terms of popularity. Experts interviewed by De Facto programme of LTV believe the consequences will be even worse for the opposition – stricter policy against differently-minded people and fractured society.

In pictures: Mass anti-government protest in Poland

A mass demonstration took place in Warsaw over the weekend, as thousands of people demanded Poland’s right-wing government to improve its conduct as, according to protesters, it has acted against the constitution and laws.

EC considers EU-Canada trade deal done and non-negotiable

The European Commission has stated that there will be no new talks on the disputed EU-Canada free trade deal CETA, even though many Europeans are against it.

Number of counterfeit products confiscated by EU authorities continued to grow in 2015

According to the latest data published on Friday, 23 September, by the European Commission, EU customs authorities confiscated five million euros worth of more counterfeit products in 2015 than they did the year before.

YouTube to encourage users to «snitch» on inappropriate content

Popular video sharing site YouTube has this week announced a scheme to offer rewards to users reporting on videos and comments, which they think are inappropriate to YouTube content guidelines.

Belgian police take 13 immigrants to France by accident

Two Belgian policemen have been handcuffed and questioned in northern France by their French counterparts after being caught with 13 illegal migrants banned from staying in Belgium.

Tougher abortion legislation pushed for in Poland

The Polish parliament is this week reviewing proposals backed by Poland’s Catholic Church to make the country’s abortion law even tougher.

EU plan on lifting roaming charges altered

The European Commission this week has announced changes to the European Union’s plan to lift roaming surcharges to people, who use their mobile phones in another member state.

Riots in U.S. city followed by state of emergency

State of emergency has been announced in the U.S. city of Charlotte on September 21, where riots erupted after police killed a man.

Research: Teenage use of marijuana on rise in EU

Among 15-year-olds and 16-year-olds in 25 EU countries the use of tobacco and alcohol is decreasing, while the numbers of marijuana users are increasing a survey-based study indicated, which found that average for cannabis use averaged at 16%.