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Ceturtdiena 01.09.2016 | Name days: Ilmārs, Iluta, Austrums

Ikea wants to invest in Russia and operate in «fair and transparent business environment»

Ikea has on August 30 stated that it could slow down investment in Russia after a court in the country ordered the Swedish furniture retailer to pay damages worth seven million euros in a decade-long legal dispute.

U.S. officials criticise EC ruling of Apple having to repay EUR 13 billion in Irish taxes

The European Commission has on August 30 ruled that on the basis of its investigation into Ireland’s selective tax policy towards Apple, the U.S. computer technology firm has to repay 13 billion euros in taxes.

Finnish telecoms firm claims to have broken 4G network speed record

Finnish telecommunications firm Elisa has announced it has built a test network with the fastest 4G mobile internet speed.

6,500 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

In a large rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, around 6 500 migrants have been rescued on August 29.

French government rejects calls to outlaw «burkinis»

Reacting to attempts in the Riviera to keep some Muslim women from wearing full length «burkini» swimsuits and to calls to outlaw the religious swimsuit, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has on August 28 evaluated such possible law as unconstitutional.

Bomb detonated in Brussels

A bomb explosion has taken place in Brussels in the night to August 29 following which there are no reports of victims.

Palanga restaurateurs and hoteliers whine about «worst ever» high tourist season

Few summers please sun-worshiping Palanga restaurateurs and hoteliers, but this year’s high tourist season in Lithuania’s Baltic resort has been the worst, ever, they insist. Late summer crowds, so usual for the time of year in the lush resort, are nowhere to be seen and scarce saunterers on Palanga’s main promenade are idle and penny-pinching.

Ilves cannot grasp logic behind neighbours preferring agreements with U.S. over NATO

Estonian head of state Toomas Hendrik Ilves has this week commented that he does not fully grasp the logic behind Finland and Sweden preferring to sign bilateral agreements with the U.S. over opting for NATO membership.

Near-death experience from the perspective of scientists

Bright light, a feeling of euphoria, all-encompassing love, conversations with dead people – those are some of the aspects associated with near-death experience. But is this experience as paranormal as we make it out to be?

WhatsApp to show ads to users

U.S. firm WhatsApp has this week announced it would give more data to Facebook and allow a number of companies to send messages to users of the smartphone messaging app.

State of emergency declared in quake-hit part of Italy

Italian government has put in place the state of emergency in the parts of the country that have suffered most in the devastating earthquake of August 24.

Russian military commences sudden check of combat readiness

On Thursday, 25 August, Russia commenced a sudden check of combat readiness of its armed forces. Military exercises will soon begin in southern, western and central military bases. The Northern Fleet and airborne forces will also participate in large-scale military exercises, as reported by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Self-driving taxi service launched in Asia

According to press reports, Singapore has become the first place, where a service of self-driving taxis has been launched.

Google to actively discourage sites from placing pop-up ads

U.S. internet giant Google has announced that it plans, from January 10, 2017, to use changed algorithms in its search engine that are likely to result in showing web sites that use pop-up advertising lower in search results.

Death toll of Italy quake reaches 240

In central Italy, rescue work has continued in the night to August 25 to find survivors and bodies of victims in the rubble left behind a powerful, 6.2 magnitude earthquake.