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Walpurgis Night recipe: Witch Finger Cookies

Walpurgis Night is a traditional spring festival celebrated on 30 April or 1 May in large parts of Central and Northern Europe with dancing and bonfires.

Standard & Poor's downgrades top Spanish banks

Standard & Poor's on Monday downgraded the ratings of the top Spanish banks, including Santander and BBVA, after slashing the country's credit standing because of worsening deficit and growth problems.

Port of Tallinn paid 57 million euros in dividends

Port of Tallinn, together with income tax for the last year, paid in dividends a record amount - 57 million euros, according to information on the port's website.

Billionaire to build Titanic II

One of Australia's richest men and a mining magnate - Clive Palmer has commissioned a Chinese state-owned company to build a modern version of the Titanic.

Insurance market to grow, despite fierce competition

The last year’s non-auditioned results of Latvian insurance companies show that some part of those insurance companies suffered losses last year. It can be explained with the drop of the insurance market, which began in 2009, when Latvian non-life insurance market reduced by more than 35%.

Modern Robinson Crusoe lives in Seychelles

For nearly 40 years a man lives on one of Seychelles archipelago islands, taking care of its nature.

Construction costs up 6.4% year-on-year

In March this year, compared to February, construction costs increased on average by 1.0%. Wages of workers rose by 6.8 %, which was mainly due to the increase in construction volumes. Maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment decreased by 1.1% and prices of building materials were down 0.2%.

Two other bears from Ligatne Nature Trails try to follow in Made's footsteps

Two bears Mikus and Puika left in the enclosure in Ligatne Nature Trails, from where bear Made escaped last week, tried to follow in its footsteps according to the information received on Friday, 27.April, night about the situation in nature trails.

Daily joke: Stupid Johnny

Little Johnny is always being teased by the other neighborhood boys for being stupid.

Netherlands to ban tourists from marijuana coffee shops

Court in the Netherlands has upheld a new law to ban foreign tourists from entering cannabis cafes.

Annual 10% increase in small retail trade turnover

Compared to February, the general small retail trade turnover increased by 0.5% this March. Non-food product trade turnover increased by 1%, and food trade turnover dropped by 0.7%.

Every 4th person unemployed in Spain

Spanish unemployment hits record high - 24.4%, according to the national statistics agency. The number of jobless people totalled 5 639 500 in late March.

Japan makes deepest hole to determine cause for earthquake

Japanese scientist managed to create the deepest underwater hole in the world.

3 men detained in Denmark over suspected terror plot

On Friday, April 27, three people were arrested in Copenhagen on suspicion of planning a terror attack.

Saeima Committee: CPCB ex-chief destroyed internal security service

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) has to strengthen its internal security service, which the previous chief Normunds Vilnitis tore apart, says Ainars Latkovskis, Chairman of the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee.

7 candidates compete for post of State Employment Agency director

A special commission of the Ministry of Welfare has selected 7 candidates that will now run for the post of the State Employment Agency director.

Reform Party: priority – labour tax cuts

The Reform Party has been consistently pursuing its pre-election program and the pledges included in the government declaration. Therefore, it believes that cutting labour taxes is the most urgent task - crucial for the Latvian economy and the state budget.

Economy Minister: Latvia needs stable tax policy projections

The government needs to provide a clear tax policy projection for the future to ensure the stability of the business environment as well as its possible future, which is a significant requirement for attracting new investments to Latvian economy, Minister of Economy Daniels Pavluts believes.

Mobile phones still not proven to harm human health

There is still no evidence mobile phones harm human health, according to the UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Photos of the Week, 2012.04.27

Each Friday BNN-NEWS.COM offers the most interesting, the most scandalous and simply the most beautiful pictures from all over the world.

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