January 31st is considered the unofficial birthday of vodka, because it was on this day in 1865 that famous Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleev defended his work «A Discourse on the combination of alcohol and water». It is believed that he was the one to discover the ideal proportion of water and spirit, which forms the definition for vodka. Nowadays, vodka is the most popularly sold alcoholic drink in the world.
European Union (EU) foreign ministers on Thursday, January 29, agreed to extend until September sanctions imposed on Russia. The 28-nation bloc also made a unanimous decision to include new names in EU’s asset freeze and travel ban black list.
The Middle East terrorist group Islamic State on Wednesday, January 28, released on the internet a voice recording in which it seemingly extended the deadline for Jordan to hand a prisoner linked to al-Qaida in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held captive by Islamic State.
The web’s leading social network Facebook has released its latest quarterly data, indicating that in the last quarter of 2014 it earned USD 701 million, which is a 34% increase from the respective period in 2013.
Foreign ministers of European Union member states plan to blacklist more persons and entities engaged in Russia’s war against Ukraine and to react to Russia’s desinformation campaign – read the draft conclusions of Thursday's emergency meeting as seen by EU Observer news site. The conclusions must be adopted unanimously.
The Greek Parliament on Tuesday, January 27, approved the country’s new government formed by the Coalition of the Radical Left, right-wing anti-austerity party Independent Greeks and the Greek Green ecologist political party.
President of Latvia Andris Berzins does not see it possible to travel to Moscow to attend festivities dedicated to Victory Day.
Recent events in Eastern Ukraine have put an end to the possibility of discussions in regard to reduction or cancellation of sanctions imposed against Russia, believes MEP Artis Pabriks.
U.S. rating’s agency Standard&Poor’s has for the first time in a decade reduced Russia’s credit rating to junk – meaning a level below investment grade.
The victory of left-wing extremist Syriza in the recent elections in Greece is a dangerous turn for EU’s future development, because this could pave the way for left and right-wing extremists on the south of Europe as well, believes MEP Artis Pabriks.
According to press-secretary of Latvian Interior Ministry Karlis Eihenbaums, Latvian embassy in Ukraine has no information about the allegedly killed militant from Latvia.
Oil prices globally fell more than one percent on Monday, January 26, with markets reacting to the results of Greek parliamentary election, where nearly half of seats were won by SYRIZA party that intends to renegotiate Greece’s massive bailout with its international lenders.
In Greece’s snap parliamentay election held on Sunday, January 25, the anti-austery Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) is likely to have won 149 out of 300 seats in the Greek parliament.
According to information posted on a website dedicated to the conflict in Ukraine, the first Latvian citizen who decided to join the ranks of Ukrainian separatists may have been killed.