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In pictures: Chinese New Year celebrations

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BNN offers you an insight into New Year celebrations taking place in China.

New Year of Spring Festival as celebrated in China for a total of 15 days, during which people pray for fortune, burn incense, dance in costumes of dragon and lion, go to family gatherings and do fireworks.

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List of Latvia’s most desired employers is unveiled

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716.0 thousand hectares of land were covered with cereals in 2016 – 43.6 thousand hectares or 6.5 % more than in 2015, leading to the largest cereal cropland area observed since 1984.

Waze: Latvia is the seventh best country for driving a car

Latvia is the seventh best country in the world for driving a car, according to results of Waze’s Driver Satisfaction Index.

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Indian entrepreneurs to build pharmaceutical factory in Estonia

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Nordea and DNB bank hopes to become notable in Baltic pension segment

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Canada: Deal with EU is example for responsible economic cooperation

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More rain and wet snow expected in Latvia

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Pulks asks KNAB to check if Riga City Council finances Ushakovs’ Facebook account

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Elvi: price rise reduces dairy product sales

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Survey: 89% of Latvia’s residents support Rail Baltica project

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Latvia committed to increase defence budget to 2% next year

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