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Ukraine willing to exchange 306 convicted militants for 74 Ukrainian hostages

Ukraine has expressed readiness to swap 306 militants imprisoned in Ukraine for 74 Ukrainian citizens, including prisoners of war, held by militants in Donbas.

Cash used in less than half of payments in Estonia, ECB survey finds

Less than a half, 48%, of all money transactions performed at points of sale in Estonia in 2016 were done with cash, a survey by the European Central Bank suggested.

Reconstruction of Laima clock in Riga commences

To prepare for Latvia’s centenary, confectionery company Laima has commenced reconstruction of the Laima clock in Riga. Work is scheduled to conclude on 29 December 2017. A total of EUR 106,000 has been invested in reconstruction, BNN was told by the company.

Study: 50% of Baltic residents suffer from stress-induced sleep disorders

An average of 50% of Baltic residents suffer from stress-induced sleep disorders. This includes 43.8% in Latvia, according to a study performed by pharmaceutical company Sanofi-aventis and Rinkos tyrimų centras.

Cyclone activity to dictate weather in Latvia this week

This week’s weather will be largely dictated by cyclone activity. This means more precipitation. With colder masses of air entering the country, air temperature will decline. Because of that, there will be more snow and wet snow, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Russia blamed for killing scores of Syrian civilians

In war-torn Syria, bombardment by Russian air forces has resulted in the deaths no less than 53 civilians, the organisation Syrian Human Rights Observatory has estimated.

Latvian ruling coalition members have different opinions on open presidential elections

It seems members of the ruling coalition in Latvia have different opinions on whether or not the state president should be elected through an open vote.

Svarenieks: there could be a deficit of certain vegetables in spring

Cold and damp weather that has negatively affected the vegetable harvest in Latvia, will also affect the vegetable processing sector in spring because of a deficit of certain vegetables, says vegetable and fruit processing company Kronis board member Aivars Svarenieks.

Social protection expenditure in Latvia up 4.2%

In 2016, social protection expenditure in Latvia accounted for EUR 3.7 million and, compared to 2015, it has grown by EUR 151 million or 4.2 %.

Famous Lithuanian film director suffers backlash amid sexual misconduct accusations

Although the list of powerful Lithuanian men accused of sexual misconduct is nowhere to match the similar compilation in the United States, where many women have busted an army of entertainment industry big-names, politicians and other public life celebs, however, the wave of woman revelations of men’s unwanted sexual advancement has reached Lithuania, too.

LEC: it is important to ensure efficient investing of state budget finances

It is important that the state budget for 2018 helps reach goals detailed in the National Development Plan, not look for excuses why something was not achieved, says Latvian Employers’ Confederation.

Latvian barometer: Zemgale’s residents are the proudest of living in Latvia

With Latvia’s centenary coming up, Baltic International Bank organized Latvian barometer to determine Latvian residents’ opinions on festivities associated with this event, as well as Latvia’s accomplishments and factors the country should improve.

Belgian waffle factory fire closes schools in Brussels

A large fire has destroyed a waffle factory in Brussels, making a cloud of black smoke over a part of the European Union's unofficial capital.

Officials: a safe Europe is important for Latvia

Latvia is interested in a safe and strong Europe. Security is one of the most important priorities. Looking at modern-day challenges and technological development, cyber-security’s role only keeps increasing, said chairperson of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee Lolita Čigāne after a meeting.

Weather to remain volatile in Latvia; air temperature to drop again next week

No major changes are expected for weather in Latvia in the coming days. Friday, 24 November, will be cloudy and rainy. Air temperature will range within +2° C… +7° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Saeima approves next year’s budget; more funding for health and defence

On Thursday, 23 November, the Saeima approved Latvia’s budget for 2018. Next year’s budget revenue is planned at EUR 8.75 billion, whereas expenditures are planned at EUR 8.95 billion. The largest increase of funding is planned for healthcare. Latvia’s defence budget is set to reach 2% of GDP

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