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Latvia’s industrial production rise in November was more rapid than average in EU

Compared to the same month the year before, industrial production output in Latvia had grown by an average of 3.6% in November 2017. This is slightly more rapid than the average level in the European Union, according to data from Eurostat published for 22 member states.

South Korea aiming to ban bitcoin trade

The South Korean government voiced plans of drafting a law that would prohibit the trade of virtual currencies, which includes bitcoin.

Poland’s new PM hopes to convince EU of necessity of controversial Polish judicial reform

The new Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has noted that the dispute between Warsaw and the European Union is a misunderstanding and expressed readiness to convince Brussels of the need of the judiciary reforms.

Catalonia parties agree on deposed President as their candidate for the post

In an indication that the Catalan independence drive would continue, the two largest pro-independence parties in the region’s newly elected parliament have decided to support ex-leader Carles Puigdemont as their candidate for the post of the regional President.

Winter sports lovers trapped by Alps snow, unable to ski

Heavy snow in the Alps has denied several thousand of tourists to leave towns and villages in Switzerland, France and Italy, where skiing is also not possible, since slopes are not open due to the risk of avalanches.

French intellectuals warn against new wave of Puritanism

French film diva Catherine Deneuve is among a hundred French female intellectuals, who have warned against a new wave of Puritanism in the wake of the recent sexual harassment scandals stemming from the U.S. film industry.

Vilnius invites Canada to engage in Ukraine rebuilding programme

Lithuanian politicians are inviting Canada to join a long investment programme for the support of Ukraine that would bring more investment to the large Eastern European country, which defends its territory from pro-Kremlin rebels in a war since 2014.

Apple investigated in France over possible planned obsolescence, denied by firm itself

A prosecutor in France has commenced an investigation into allegations of possible planned obsolescence» in Apple's iPhone as French law sets forth that it is a crime to deliberately shorten time of use of a product with the aim of prompting users to buy a new one.

Latvia’s retail trade rise in November was more rapid than Europe’s average

In November 2017, retail trade volume in Latvia had increased by 4.8% in comparison with the same month the year before, according to data from Eurostat.

Tragic Stockholm explosion kills man

In an explosion Stockholm, Sweden, a man has been killed, who at a metro station picked up an object, which then exploded.

American lawyer believes bitcoin created by Estonian IT researcher

As attempts to find the mysterious inventor of bitcoin continue, an American lawyer has noted he believes that Estonian cryptographer Helger Lipmaa working in Tartu can be identified as the author of the crypto-currency – a claim rejected by the Estonian himself.

Poland introduces online paedophile register with personal data and photos

As Poland introduces a new publicly available online register of convicted paedophiles, its government believes that the new measure is a very successful tool to safeguard children.