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Terror attack in New York, Trump pledges to increase migrant checks

In New York, a driver of a van has committed a tragic terror attack, after which U.S. President Donald Trump has stated he has ordered federal interior officials to increase the vetting of people entering the country.

2018 state budget project received more than 300 proposals

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee received more than 400 proposals for the next year’s state budget project and accompanying legislative drafts, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s unemployment level was eighth highest in EU in September

In September 2017, Latvia’s unemployment level was 7.9%, which was the eighth highest index among EU member states for which data is available, as reported by Eurostat.

Minister proposes ban on adoption of children from foster families by foreigners

Latvian Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs has submitted a proposal for a ban on adoption of children from foster families by foreigners.

LRA proposes restoring Police Academy to increase Latvia’s security level

With a goal in mind to raise security level and combat crime more effectively, Latvian Association of Regions has prepared a proposal to restore Police Academy, BNN was told by party representatives.

Association manager mentions serious lack of support for foster families

Foster families in Latvia are supervised and controlled rather strictly, but they do not receive sufficient support from the state, said Professional Foster Families Association of Latvia Ārija Martukāne in an interview to Rīga panorama.

Kazakhstan to abandon Cyrillic alphabet for Kazakh language

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the long-serving President of Kazakhstan, has issued a decree for transforming the written script of the Kazakh language from Cyrillic back to Latin.

Estonian gas terminal developers concerned over second Klaipeda gas terminal

Companies seeking to make investments in the construction of an LNG terminal in Estonia’s largest cargo harbour evaluate that a state-subsidized terminal in the Lithuanian port of Klaipėda would distort the gas market in the region, but Estonian electricity and gas grid operator Elering disagrees.

Estonia pushes for EU-wide alcohol policy

The European Union needs joint policy in the field of alcohol evaluated Estonian Health and Labour Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski reasoning that it could be effective in limiting the harm caused by large consumption and member states' differing alcohol policies.

Russia-related Facebook posts have been shown to 126 million American users

The U.S. social networking site Facebook has stated that since 2015 content posted by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin has been shown to 126 million American users.

SRS to check if construction companies use electronic work time tracking system

To check how construction companies are doing with electronic work time tracking system’s introduction, Latvian State Revenue Service has commenced inspections in the construction sector, BNN was informed by SRS.

Putin unveils Russian memorial to Stalin’s Soviet victims

The long-time President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has opened the country’s first official memorial to victims of Soviet mass repressions committed under the rule of Joseph Stalin.

Čakša: Healthcare Ministry’s talks with family doctors no longer progress on-topic

Talks between family doctors and Healthcare Ministry have entered a phase in which discussions no longer progress on-topic, said Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša in an interview to Rīta panorama.

Lithuanian court convicts supporter of Stalin, Soviet deportations

A court in Lithuania has handed a house arrest to a man for expressing public support to notorious head of the former USSR, Joseph Stalin, and Soviet crimes against Lithuanians.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia increases 4.9%

Compared to September 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 4.9 % in September 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 5.7 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, grew by 7.4 %, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel fell by 1.7 %.

LRA: boarding school pupils are not to blame because ESM is unable to plan reforms

«Pupils and teachers of boarding schools are not to blame for the fact that Education and Science Ministry is unable to plan its reforms in a long-term perspective,» said Latvian Association of Regions deputy Varis Krūmiņš.

One-third of Latvian residents are open to loans to afford a major purchase

31% of Latvian residents plan to make a major purchase worth up to ten thousand euros in the next six months, according to results of Norvik Bank’s survey.

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