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Sunday 28.05.2017 | Name days: Vilhelms, Vilis

Estonian MEP: EU must not lift sanctions off Russia

Currently peace and freedom in the European Union are accepted as obvious values, but they are not. This is why they should not be rejected, as sanctions against Russia should not be lifted either, said Estonian MEP Kaja Kallas.

The world’s third most active internet ad clickers live in Latvia

Latvia’s internet users actively click on advertisements. Activity is higher only in Ukraine and Turkey, according to results of a study of Gemius.

Photos of the week, 12.05.2017

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

EM: 2017 will be a period of challenges in energy field for the entire Baltic region

The gas market in Baltic States and Finland has experienced a major decline this past year, creating new challenges – how to maintain gas management and transmission infrastructure and halting further market decline, said Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens at a conference of experts.

Trump explains firing FIB head in context with alleged Russian meddling in election

U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasised that the investigation by the U.S. Federal Investigation Bureau into the possible meddling of Russia in the country’s presidential election is not against him and explained, why did the government fire the head of the FIB this week.

Russian convicted for playing Pokémon Go in church

Court in Russia has punished a blogger with a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence in relation to him having published a video, where he is seen playing smartphone game Pokémon Go while in a church.

Riga International Airport reaches historically highest passenger count

In April 2017, Riga International Airport serviced nearly 490,000 passengers, which is the highest number of serviced passengers in the airport’s history, as confirmed by the airport’s representative.

Asylum seeker in Austria found guilty of war crimes in Syria

A court in Austria has on Wednesday, May 10, punished with life imprisonment a Middle Eastern asylum seeker after finding him guilty of shooting dead 20 people in Syria.

EU Court: Parents from third countries not to be stripped of EU residence right

The European Court of Justice has ruled that citizens of third countries, who are parents to children having European Union citizenship, have the right to residence in the bloc.

UN: 245 people feared missing in Mediterranean

The UN has estimated that around 245 migrants are missing and could have drowned in two shipwrecks in the central Mediterranean over the last weekend.

Dye-attacked Navalny says part of eye-sight temporarily lost, but protests to come

Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has stated he has undergone eye surgery in Spain to recover from damaged eyesight after having suffered burns from a green liquid being thrown in his face.

Vaidere asks European Commission to provided funding to oppose Russia’s propaganda

Latvian MEP Inese Vaidere from Unity has submitted a pilot project to the European Commission for the allocation of three million euros to EU member states, especially Baltic States, to oppose Russia’s propaganda.

Macron to lead French government as his party without seats in parliament

France's president-elect Emmanuel Macron now has to form a government, but has no seats in the country’s parliament to back it among legislators.

Kucinskis: it is important to form a unified Baltic gas network

Baltic States and Poland should cooperate more closely in efforts to resolve important matters, says Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis.