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London Olympics photos: August 7

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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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Survey by Ekho Moskvy: 36% of voters approve Crimea scenario’s necessity in Latvia

In a survey by radio station Ekho Moskvy on whether or not a scenario similar to that carried out in Crimea and Donbass should be realized in Latvia to protect the interests of Russian speakers in Latvia, 36% of voters approved such actions, according to an entry on the Twitter page of chief editor of Ekho Moskvy Aleksei Venediktov.

Foreign ambassadors urge Estonia to increase fight on HIV epidemic

Finnish American and British ambassadors to Estonia have jointly appealed to the Baltic country to recognise its situation with HIV cases a local epidemic and suggested the Riigikogu to establish a HIV prevention coordination commission.

Insufficient transmission capacity delays the decline of electricity prices in Latvia

The average price of electricity in January 2016 in Latvia was 50.01 EUR/MWh, which is slightly below the price in Lithuania – 50.32 EUR/MWh and significantly above that in Estonia – 37.63 MWh. Compared with January 2015, the price of electricity has grown 20.5% in Latvia.

Latvia’s export value increased 1.2% in 2015

In 2015, foreign trade turnover at current prices in Latvia had reached EUR 22 860.1 million, which is EUR 42.9 million or 0.2% less as compared to 2014. Exports value had increased by EUR 122.9 million or 1.2%, while imports value decreased by EUR or 165.8 million or 1.3%.

Businesses in Latvia to be allowed to procure natural gas abroad

On Tuesday, 9 February, Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved new gas supply and consumption rules. The goal of these new rules is to establish the order that will govern the supply of natural gas to consumers, rights of consumers, gas operators and traders and their duties.

Influenza infection rates in Latvia up 38.8%

221 new influenza infection cases were registered in Latvia’s healthcare institutions last year. With that, the average infection rate is 216.3 cases per 100,000 residents. This means influenza intensity has increased by 38.8% in Latvia.

SA: Agency of Court Houses sold properties in Jurmala in spite of Cabinet of Ministers’ decision

Real estate properties of the justice sector, excluding prison infrastructure, is part of the main capital of Agency of Court Houses. However, the State Audit has concluded that Justice Ministry has not been all that active in monitoring activities of the agency and establishing long-term goals.

Estonia receives 15,806 reimbursement claims on Estonian Air tickets

February 8 was the last day, when passengers could apply for compensation for tickets bought, but unused due to the liquidation of Estonian Air. A total of 15,806 reimbursement claims have been received.

Passenger trains collide in Germany

Two passenger trains have collided in southern Germany on February 9. Local authorities report on a large number of injured passengers and four people dead.

Turkey and Germany to push for NATO involvement in monitoring wave of migration

Turkey and Germany have agreed to call on NATO allies to help monitor the flow of refugees and migrants from Syria to the European Union through Turkey and over Aegean Sea. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also blamed Russia for increasing the flow of refugees out of Syria.

Latvian coalition parties reach agreement over government declaration

Representatives of the ruling coalition in Latvia reached an agreement on the contents of the government declaration and coalition agreement on Monday, 8 February, as confirmed by prime minister candidate Maris Kucinskis after the meeting of coalition representatives.

27 people drown in Aegean Sea as their boat capsizes

With the wave of migration to Europe continuing, a migrant boat has sunk on February 8 in Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece and at least 27 people have died.

Latvijas Gāze threatens to stop supplying gas to Dzintars

Latvijas Gāze has informed Dzintars about the planned cut of gas supply to the company’s production plant located on Malu Street 30, Riga, as confirmed by LG.

Foreign leaders wish Raimonds Vejonis good health

While undergoing recovery from his surgery, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis received letters with wishes for good health sent by foreign leaders and ambassadors.

Baltic soldiers take part in exercises organized by Danish military

More than 40 soldiers from Land Force Infantry Brigade and other infantry units from Latvia have arrived in Lithuania to take part in exercises organized by the Danish military.

Manufacturing turnover down 1.2% in Latvia

Manufacturing turnover decreased by 1.4 % in Latvia in December 2015. Manufacturing turnover in export reduced by 3.7 %, while domestic market witnessed a rise of 0.7 %.

Most severe frost was noted in Latvia 60 years ago

60 years ago – 8 February 1956 – Latvia experienced frost of -43.2 C. It is considered to lowest air temperature point ever registered in Latvia in the history of meteorological observations in the country.

More refugees to arrive in Latvia within the month

Latvian border control officials continue working in Greece and Italy, selecting refugees to be resettled in Latvia. However, none of the talks held up to this point can be considered in their final stage. With that, it is currently not possible to tell when refugees might arrive in Latvia, said Latvian Interior Ministry’s state secretary Ilze Petersone-Godmane in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Rescuers in Taiwan continue search for earthquake survivor

Rescuers in Taiwan continue to look for survivors after an earthquake on February 6. Officials estimate that the death toll is likely to exceed 100.

Artuss Kaimins to found his own party

«When I first announced my intention to inform society of my plans last week, I didn’t expect people to be so supportive. I have since received encouragements from several hundred of my voters. With that, I have understood that it is necessary to found a new political power,» – Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimins in his public announcement.

Women in Muslim Bosnia protest against headscarf ban

In Bosnia, approximately 2 000 women on February 7 gathered to protest against the country’s ban against wearing Islamic headscarves in courts and other judicial institutions.

aiBaltic will not have to pay back EUR 23 million to Riga airport

Last year, Riga International Airport and airBaltic signed a peaceful resolution in regards to EUR 23 million. This means the airline will no longer have to pay back its debt to the airport. In return, airBaltic will withdraw its plea in regards to allegedly discriminating tariffs, as reported by De Facto programme.

North Korea’s rocket launch condemned by UN Security Council

The UN Security Council has on January 7 passed a resolution condemning a long-range rocket launch conducted by North Korea on Sunday.

Week in Lithuania. U.S. set to extradite former MP and judge back to Lithuania

The U.S. Justice Department has announced it has accepted Lithuania’s request for extradition of former MP and former judge Neringa Venckienė, said new Lithuanian Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis.

Economic Diary of Latvia. Premature opening of the market

Latvia received one more confirmation that Europe is helpless before the migration crisis and that no one has resources to resolve it. The European Commission has supported German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble’s idea to create an additional fuel tax in the EU. Finances acquired from this tax will be used to finance resettlement of refugees. Latvian representatives in Brussels were the most active lobbyists of this initiative.