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Photos of the week, 19.09.2014

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

Putin: I could capture Baltics in two days if I wanted to

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that in one of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the latter threatened him by saying he could capture Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest in two days if he wanted to.

Scotland holds referendum for independence from the UK

During the referendum on September 18th, Scottish citizens will decide whether or not their country should remain part of the United Kingdom or become independent.

Provision of special status to Donbass and amnesty for separatists met with criticism

Ukrainian politicians and experts are dissatisfied with the decision the parliament made this week, which provides for giving special status to several areas of Donbass. They also oppose the provision of amnesty to separatists.

September 17 in pictures

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

Expert: Moscow is preparing Baltics for a repeat of Ukrainian scenario

The Russian government is preparing to realize the Ukrainian scenario in Baltic States by spreading reports that Russians in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are badly treated and that Moscow is forced to defend these representatives of the ‘Russian world’, warns well-known American analyst and expert in former USSR affairs Paul Goble.

Seven Baltic universities considered some of the best in the world

This year’s QS World University Rankings includes seven universities of Baltic States. Among them is the University of Latvia – the country’s only representative on this list.

September 16 in pictures

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

Payment cards are more popular in Latvia than they are on average in the EU

50.93% of all payments that took place in Latvia last year were completed with payment cards. This demonstrates a 2.46% increase in their use in comparison with 2012.

September 15 in pictures

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

Ukrainian army under heavy fire from territories occupied by separatists

Lately there has been an increase in intensity of fire coming from territories held by Ukrainian separatists, as reported by press-representative of the Ukrainian National Security Council Vladimir Polevoy.

Pistorius found guilty of killing Steenkamp by mistake

Court in Pretoria, South Africa, on September 12, found South African athlete Oscar Pistorious guilty of culpable homicide charges over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He has also been found guilty of discharging a firearm in public in another incident.

New EU sanctions against Russia come into force

Following their publication in the official European Union journal, new sanctions against Russia came into force this Friday, September 12th. The new package of sanctions applies restrictions on oil and defence enterprises, as well as Russian banks that are now forbidden to access European financial markets.

Russia could prohibit imports of cars in response to new sanctions

In response to sanctions imposed by the west, the Russian government could prohibit imports of cars.