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Tuesday 24.10.2017 | Name days: Renāte, Modrīte, Mudrīte

Rinkēvičs: Baltic air and maritime defence should be on agenda of next NATO summit

In the next NATO summit in 2018, delegates should work on making the defence of the Baltic region stronger in air and at sea, evaluated Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Latvia U-turns on «farmer-maddening» vehicle insurance amendments

The ruling coalition of the Latvian Saeima will reject government-backed amendments which would oblige owners to buy compulsory motor vehicle civil liability insurance for vehicles used off public roads, for example, used in farming.

Google finds Russian advertising campaign around U.S. election, media report

Internet giant Google has discovered evidence of Russian agents spending large sums of money in attempts to affect the 2016 U.S. presidential election, media wrote.

Expert: Reduced VAT rate on fruit and vegetables to have economic effect

The Latvian government has decided to lower VAT rate on fresh vegetables, fruit and berries to 5%, triggering an active discussion on possible effects of the decision among professionals and consumers. Commercial director of retailer Elvi Latvija has voiced her opinion.

Average prices in Latvia – up by 2.9% on year

The average price level in Latvia in September 2017, as compared to September last year, has increased by 2.9%, according to official estimates.

Polish national dies as helicopter crashes in Latvia

During Rally Liepāja in Western Latvia a helicopter has crashed killing one person and injuring three others.

350,000 people attend Spanish unity demonstration in Barcelona

No less than 350,000 people have attended a pro-unity demonstration on Sunday, October 8, in Barcelona, capital of the separatist region of Catalonia voicing their support for the region’s unity with Spain.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian, German ministers sign agreement on 1918 Independence Act

The foreign ministers of Lithuania and Germany signed in Berlin on Thursday, October 5, an agreement on handover of the February 16, 1918 Independence Act to Lithuania for five years.

Police: Tragic Saulkrasti explosion had force of 100 kgs of TNT

The explosion that blew up a residential house in Saulkrasti novads, where five people have been found dead, could have equalled the power of 100 kilograms of trinitrotoluene explosive, Latvian police evaluated.

Tragic explosion in residential building in Saulkrasti novads

Fire-fighters in Latvia, have been called to Saulkrasti novads, where a residential building had crumbled after an explosion. Five dead people were found in the rubble.

Spanish court bans Catalonian parliament from holding possible separation session

The Spanish Constitutional Court has aborted the Catalonian regional parliament’s sitting of Monday, October 9, during which the region’s separation from Spain could be declared as the court would such a move would breach the country’s constitution.

Heating to arrive in Riga flats this week

All Riga residential buildings administered by the city council’s SIA Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks can expect to have central heating by the end of the week.

UK situation with children of Latvian nationals has improved

Lately, the situation with the children of Latvian nationals in the UK has got better, stated Latvian Ambassador to the UK, Baiba Braže. The Ambassador acknowledged that the number of children taken away by British authorities from families of UK-based Latvian nationals has decreased and added that currently, local authorities are more active in informing the Latvian Embassy of such cases.

EC orders Amazon to pay 250 million euros after receiving unfair tax deal

The European Commission has ruled that the U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon has received large, unfair tax discounts in Luxembourg, while other businesses have not been granted such tax advantages.

Latvian farmers oppose the need to buy insurance for vehicle, if it's not used on road

Latvian farmers are opposed to the requirement backed by the Latvian government for owners to buy compulsory motor vehicle civil liability insurance also for vehicles that are not used in road traffic, says the board chairman of the Latvian Agricultural Organization Cooperation Council, Edgars Treibergs.