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Tuesday 20.02.2018 | Name days: Smuidra, Vitauts, Smuidris

Rinkēvičs proposes radically reforming work of UN peacekeeping missions

Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs proposes radically improving United Nations Organization’s rapid response capabilities in peacekeeping missions, as reported by Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Spanish PM urges Catalonia to stop escalation around independence referendum

The Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy has insisted in a televised speech that separatists in the Catalonia regional government should stop preparations for the October 1 referendum, which he has called a chimera.

Kaljulaid in UN underlines effects of climate change and lack of women in peace talks

As the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid made her first address at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 19, she pointed out to world leaders effects of climate change and need to involve more women in peace talks.

Latvian Court Administration invests in development Georgia’s court system

Latvian Court Administration opens Twinning project in Tbilisi, Georgia. This project provides for supporting rule of law and independence of court in Georgia to improve the professionalism of judges and court employees, as reported by Court Administration’s European Social Fund project manager Anna Skrjabina.

Spanish police seizes documents related to Catalonia referendum

As Spanish central government seeks derail the October 1 Catalonian independence referendum, which has been banned by the country's Constitutional Court, police in the autonomous region has seized boxes of documents related to holding the vote.

Mexico shaken by tragic 7.1-magnitude earthquake

Buildings in Mexico City collapsed as a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck in central Mexico taking the lives of no less than 220 people.

Norwegian top policeman sentenced to 21 years in prison for aiding hashish contraband

A court in Norway, a country often recognised as one of the least corrupt globally, has convicted a senior Norwegian police officer to 21 years in prison after finding him guilty of taking bribes and helping drugs contraband.

Mass Ryanair cancellations expected

Irish airline Ryanair has warned that due to an internal planning problem up to 400 000 flights could be cancelled in the European Union.

Greece to lift wine tax due to low revenue

The government of Greece plans to submit draft amendments to lift the country’s year-old excise tax on wine, Greek Minister for Agricultural Development and Food has stated.

British terror threat level lowered following London underground bombing

The terror threat level in the UK has been reduced to «severe» from the highest level – «critical» – after London underground passengers suffered in a bomb explosion.

Google taken to court, blamed for sex discrimination in wages

Three former female workers of Google in the U.S. have taken the internet giant to court claiming that the firm pays less to women than men for similar work and qualifications.

Russia criticises U.S. over Kaspersky Lab software ban

Russian government has stated that the decision by the U.S. federal government to prohibit the use of the popular computer security software adversely affects fair competition.

Syrian refugee tried in Estonia after wife suffers severe burns

A court in Estonia has started reviewing a criminal case against a Syrian refugee accused of setting his wife on fire due to negligence.