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Wednesday 22.02.2017 | Name days: Rigonda, Adrians, Ārija

Dozens buried in Italy’s avalanche-stricken hotel

Italy has been shaken by a number of earthquakes this week, one of which has triggered an avalanche burying a mountain hotel, where at least two people have been found dead and dozens more a searched for through rubble and snow.

Germany seeks clarity from Trump’s government, to boost military spending

Berlin has emphasised plans to increase defence spending after facing criticism from upcoming U.S. President Donald Trump on NATO countries not meeting their spending commitments.

Latvia and Japan sign convention on attraction of foreign investments

In Tokyo, Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola and Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister Motome Takisawa signed a convention between the two countries on double taxation prevention for income tax.

U.S. commutes sentence of classified-document-leaker Manning

U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of the former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, found guilty of stealing and leaking a vast material of classified material to transparency organisations.

Oil price on a rise in the world; exchange indexes decline in USA and Europe

The price of oil in the world this morning, 18 January, grew in relation to US dollar’s value drop and expectations regarding commercial oil reserves in USA, which compensates on the market the influence from predictions in Russia and USA about oil production increase by the end of 2017.

Vegetable prices in Northern Europe increased by tough weather in south

Due to Italy and Spain having unfavourable weather for growing vegetables, prices of a number of vegetables are likely to increase.

European Parliament speaker’s election won by Italian Tajani

Italian right-wing politician Antonio Tajani has won the election for the post of the chairman of the European Parliament. The 63-year-old Tajani is a former press representative of convicted former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi and an ex-European commissioner

Indian Ocean’s search for missing Malaysian aircraft – stopped fruitless

Search teams have quit looking for Malaysian airliner, which disappeared from radars on flight No. MH370 from Malaysia to China with 239 people on board, as currently, only seven of the 20 pieces of recovered debris have been identified as definitely or highly likely to be from the Boeing 777.

Train row prompts Serbia to voice military threat to Kosovo

Belgrade has voiced a warning expressing readiness to protect the territory it considers belonging to Serbia in its neighbouring country Kosovo. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić accused Kosovo of seeking a war, after a passenger train painted in Serbian colours and the words «Kosovo is Serbia» was prevented from crossing the Kosovan border.

EC calls on Italy to substantiate denied claims of alleged car emissions cheating by Fiat

Italy has been invited by the European Commission to substantiate with proof the denial of allegations by the German government that Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler has installed illegal exhaust emissions cheating equipment.

Hungary’s migrant-kicking camerawoman sentenced

Court in Hungary has convicted to three years probation for disorderly conduct the camerawoman, who was filmed kicking or tripping migrants on the country’s border with Serbia.

Trump’s nominees for security posts critical about Putin and Russia

The nominees of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for posts of U.S. Defence Secretary and chief the Central Intelligence have unlike Trump voiced criticism about actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia.