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During the London Olympics, BNN offers to check out daily galleries of events, the achievements of sportsmen and intense battles for medals.

More than 10 000 sportsmen from 204 countries of the world are competing for medals in the 2012 Olympic Games. The games will end on August 12.

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Ryanair serviced nearly 15 million passengers in ten years of working in Baltic States

European low-cost airline Ryanair celebrates its tenth anniversary of working in Baltic States this Friday, October 31st. Ryanair started serving flights from Riga International airport to London and Frankfurt in October 2004.

Video: How to paint pumpkin with knife?

People in English-speaking countries and elsewhere will mark the Halloween on Friday, October 31. In this video, you can see how masters of their trade turn a pumpkin in a painting with a little help of a knife.

Latvian Supreme Court declines Harmony’s plea about election results in Latgale

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Kaimiņš: I want to bring healthy reason to this country of wonders

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Black economy kills Lithuania’s small business in hinterlands

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Straujuma: if Citadele is not sold, someone will have to take responsibility

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Politologist: government formation is more emotional than it has ever been

Emotions flowed in high tides during the government formation process, comments politologist Filips Rajevskis.

Latvian coalition reaches agreement about nearly all committee leaders

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Russia-Ukraine gas deal reached

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Signing of Citadele Bank’s sale contract may be put off

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Board of Privatization Agency resigns prior to signing of Citadele Bank’s sale

Chairman of Privatization Agency Ansis Spridzans and Board member Guntis Lausks have left their posts. They are the ones who were supposed to sign the contract on the sale of Citadele Bank this Friday, October 31st.

War in Ukraine: Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed

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Six officials leave Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau

Six officials have decided to leave Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, including one experienced manager of the bureau’s Corruption Prevention Office Diana Kurpniece.

Retail trade turnover up 3.6% in Latvia

Compared to August, the total turnover of retail trade enterprises in September 2014 dropped by 0.3%.

Stradins Clinical University Hospital now has new medical staff pre-surgery preparation premises

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October 30 in pictures

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

Names of alimony avoiders to be published in Latvia

From now on, names of alimony avoiders in Latvia will be made publicly available. This is provided by amendments to the Maintenance Guarantee Fund Law approved by the Saeima this Thursday, October 30th.

Use of ‘spice’ to be charged with administrative liability

From now on, penalties for use of new psychoactive substances will include either a warning or a fine up to EUR 280.

Estonian President shows example in uniting ethnic groups

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Latvian National Museum of Art celebrates ongoing reconstruction

This Wednesday, October 29th, the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art on K.Valdemara Street 10a in Riga celebrated the progress of reconstruction of the main roof and its structures.

Samsung profit – lowest since 2012

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Aboltina: the new government is formed to last a long time

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Deputies of 11th Saeima to gather for a final meeting

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Ebola: Observers report on epidemic slowing down

Liberia, which is the worst affected country of the current Ebola epidemic, the rate of new cases of the virus is slowing down, says the World Health Organisation.

Electricity price for households expected to experience 16%-43% increase

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