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Catalans angered by police violence start regional general strike

In the separatist Spanish region of Catalonia a day-long general strike is planned on Tuesday, October 3. The protest is held by Catalan trade unions and associations in response to what they see as grave violation of rights and freedoms seen during Sunday's disputed referendum on region’s separation from Spain.

Las Vegas mass killer had bought firearms legally

The man in the U.S., who is suspected of having committed a shooting attack, killing 59 people and injuring 527 more in the city of Las Vegas, had purchased his firearms legally.

Latvian army receives first howitzers from Austria

A ship with first self-propelled howitzers Latvia is buying from Austria has arrived on Monday, October 1, at the port of Liepāja.

Estonia’s Reform Party criticises government for planned overspending – EU 250 million

Leadership of the largest party in the Estonian parliament, Reform Party, has strongly ciriticised the budget policy of the Jüri Ratas government suggesting it should increase reserves instead of spending them.

Estonian cooperative bank Coop Pank starts operations

Estonian Krediidipank has been from Monday, October 2, rebranded to Coop Pank reflecting the principles of operation of its largest owner – a group of cooperatives.

Catalonia announces its people have won right to statehood

Catalonian regional President Carles Puigdemont has after the region’s independence referendum that has taken place with voters being beaten by police and that has been deemed anti-constitutional by Madrid, declared that the door has been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence.

Energy prices grow the most rapidly in Eurozone

Annual inflation in Eurozone was 1.5% in September, according to estimates published by Eurostat on Friday, 29 September.

Oncologists: Rigvir scandal shames Latvia

Leading oncology and health organizations in Latvia have rejected taking part in Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša’s discussion on whether or not Rigvir medicine should remain on the State Register of Medicines and list of state-compensated medicines.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia grew 5.3% in August

Compared to August 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 5.3 % in August 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 7.7 %, while turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.1 %.

NATO to test its ability to respond to modern security challenges

NATO’s annual CMX 2017 exercises will be taking place 4th – 11h October in member states, including Latvia. The Crisis Management Exercise will test member states’ ability to react in fictive crisis situations and ensure proper coordination on a strategic level, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Estonia, trading CO2 pollution quotas, made 25 million euros in 2016

As part of the EU emissions trading system in 2016, Estonia earned over 23.5 million euros from selling in auction its unnecessary greenhouse gas emission units, the Baltic country’s Minister of the Environment has stated.

Investment priorities – people expect support for culture, sports and healthcare

Businesses pick sectors to support local communities more and more carefully. Society’s beliefs about the importance of investment activities have changed. People have changed their views on benefits from investments and priority areas worth supporting, according to results of a study performed by Kantar TNS.

Tallinn hosts EU Digital Summit

The Digital Summit of the heads of state and government of European Union member states is held by the Estonian presidency on Friday, October 29. Estonia’s EU Council residency has stated that the most important blocs of issued delegates and heads of state and government are expected to discuss are mutual trust, security, e-government, industry, society, and the economy.

Google submits to EK pressure not to distort competition

Google has announced its search engine would not privilege its own shopping service over rivals in an push to avoid further fines from the European Commission fines, after the U.S. tech giant was punished by a record antitrust fine of 2.4bn euros in June.

Days before Catalonia referendum, police in Barcelona seals off ballot box warehouse

As Catalonia awaits the October 1 referendum on the region’s independence – deemed anti-constitutional by Madrid –, police in the city of Barcelona has sealed off a building likely to house ballot boxes and have warned they would stop anyone trying to move ballot boxes to another place.

Summer finally ends in Latvia; October begins with autumn-like weather

Dry weather will remain for Saturday and Sunday. October in Latvia will begin with properly autumn-like weather, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

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