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Political calendar of Latvia. September 29 – October 4, 2014

Calendar of political events in Latvia for September 29th – October 4th...

Obama: Iraq's ability and will to fight Islamic State was overestimated

U.S. officials had initially overestimated the ability of Iraqi army and the government's political will to fight the militant group Islamic State in its territory, U.S. President Barack Obama has said.

Sudraba visits a healers centre that promotes Putin

Inguna Sudraba, leader of No sirds Latvijai, has visited the spiritual development and healer centre DVS Unrantija, which in parallel to healing and meditations also popularizes Russia and Vladimir Putin as ‘a light for the soul’, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong

Several thousand pro-democracy protesters have been blocking Hong Kong's streets and disrupting operations at the territory's business hub.

PHOTO: Riga Municipal Police celebrate their 24th birthday

Today, Riga Municipal Police celebrates the 24th anniversary since its foundation. In order to celebrate this occasion, there will be a number of different festive events organized in the Latvian capital.

Jurmala Court will have to review Munkevics’ bribery case

This Friday, September 26th, Riga Regional Court completely cancelled the ruling of Jurmala City Court in the criminal case of ex-Mayor of Jurmala Raimonds Munkevics.

Bank of Latvia predicts 0.7% inflation for 2014

The Bank of Latvia predicts inflation of 0.7% in 2014, as reported by the bank’s Governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs.

CPCB requests criminal prosecution to be launched against Vladimir Vaskevics

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has turned to the prosecutor’s office with a request to launch criminal prosecution against the former head of Customs Administration’s Criminal Office Vladimir Vaskevics for forcing someone to give false testimony, according to information from LETA.

Daily joke: proper use of documents

Dad: «Can I see your report card, son?»

Photos of the week, 26.09.2014.

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

KHL in photos: Dinamo Riga loses to Vityaz Podolsk

This Thursday, September 25th, Kontinental Hockey League team Dinamo Riga lost to Vityaz Podolsk with a score of 0:1 (0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:1) after a series of after-match shots.

How trustworthy are the odd results pre-election polls of Latvijas fakti?

A couple of weeks prior to elections, people are confused with different public opinion polls that differ greatly from one another. For example, the poll compiled by former Diena editor’s led Latvijas fakti promises Unity 10% less support than the poll compiled by SKDS.

Elections to the 12th Saeima: election sites in Ireland

The Latvian embassy in Ireland reminds that Latvian citizens living in Ireland will be able to cast their votes in the 12th Saeima elections 07:00-20:00 local time on October 4th.

Rinkēvičs: Crimean Tatars are discriminated in all areas of public life

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs discussed the situation in Ukraine after the Russian aggression with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland during the UN General Assembly. One of the key topics the two officials will discuss is the state of the Crimean Tatars.

Authorities to increase combating measures against alcohol trading at night

Riga Municipal Police, Latvian State Police, State Revenue Service and Riga City Council’s authorities plan to increase measures to prevent violations in alcohol trading.

September 26th – European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages is an event that will feature many different events in Riga for residents and guests alike. All of them are dedicated to the development of different languages, their importance, variety, origins and future.

Swedbank declines to take part in state family housing acquisition assistance programme

Swedbank has decided not to sign the agreement on participation in a state programme for provision of guarantees for acquisition of family housing. This decision was made after the Saeima approved amendments to the Insolvency Law, which, according to the bank, will significantly reduce families’ financial ability to afford housing.

Construction costs grow by 0.2% in Latvia

Construction costs in Latvia in August 2014 increased by 0.3% compared to July.