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Latvia’s Saeima supports publication of KGB expanded filing system

On Thursday, 25 April, Saeima deputies supported in the first reading amendments to the Law on Preservation, Use and Publication of Documents of KGB, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

First toast to Kim-Putin friendship made in Russia's Far East

In Russia, the first meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been held, followed by Putin's remarks that for Pyongyang to denuclearize, it needs legal assurances that its sovereignty would be respected.

Latvian Transport Ministry to focus on public transport service in 2020 budget

Latvia’s Transport Ministry’s priorities in the 2020 budget will be, like in previous years, public transport services and road repairs, says Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits.

Latvian Saeima proposes celebrating 13 May as State Language Day

On Thursday, 25 April, deputies of Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Law on Festive, Memorable and Celebrated Days. Amendments provide for delegating to the Cabinet of Ministers the rights to set special holidays dedicated to specific jobs.

Friendship behind closed doors – «grey cabinet of ministers» and «good deed champions»

Einars Repše’s phrase – «How can you not promise?» – has long since become part of political folklore. The Union of Greens and Farmers is no exception – do one thing, promise another and focus on something completely different after elections.

Putin nearing eastern Ukraine to Russia by offering passports

An order to facilitate issuing Russian passports for residents of pro-Kremlin separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, prompting condemnation from Ukraine's President-elect.

Swedbank’s profit in Q1 up EUR 29 million in spite of scandals

Swedbank’s profit in Q1 2019, compared to the same period of 2018, has grown to reach EUR 29 million. The reason for this was increased economic activity by the bank’s clients and therefore bigger income for the bank, as reported by the bank’s representative Jānis Krops.

New Estonian government appointed to office by Kaljulaid

The new Estonian government under Prime Minister Jüri Ratas from the Centre Party has been appointed into office by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

Riga City Council hasn’t a clue how to prove safety of Deglava overpass

Riga City Council’s Transport Department has not been informed as to what documents regarding the safety of Deglava overpass are requested by State Construction Control Bureau, said the head of the department Emīls Jakrins during an extraordinary meeting of the Transport Affairs Committee.

Scotland seeking second referendum on independence from Britain

In order to determine Scotland's future after Brexit, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has voiced plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence by 2021 if the country is pulled out of the European Union.

April 24 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

CC: Riga’s public transport company directed the nano-water procurement

Riga municipality’s public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme was the director of the nano-water procurement, said head of the Competition Council Skaidrīte Ābrama during a press-conference.

Saeima paves way for full opening of «KGB bag»

On Wednesday, 24 April, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee deputies supported in the first reading amendments to the KBG Law. This will provide the full publication of all KGB documents stored in Latvia’s National Archive, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Normunds Staņēvičs becomes head of Food Union in Europe

As of mid-April of this year, Normunds Staņēvičs, the European CFO of international dairy product and ice-cream group Food Union and CEO of JSC Rīgas piena kombināts, becomes head of Food Union’s European division.

Oil prices increase affected by U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil exports

Oil prices are increasing internationally as affected by U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports. They have reached a six-month high and, analysts say, the prices could exceed USD 80.

Riga’s public transport company fined EUR 2.4 million in nano-water criminal case

Latvia’s Competition Council has applied a fine of EUR 2.4 million to Riga’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme for participating in a prohibited agreement in the so-called nano-water case, as reported by the council on Wednesday, 24 April.

CPB: Russia’s propaganda media not trying to affect 13th Saeima election results

After monitoring nineteen Russian propaganda media websites, Latvia’s Constitution Protection Bureau has concluded that Russia did not use them to affect Saeima election results.

Diena reporting false information is nothing new – a bad habit of sorts

Recently Finance and Economic Crimes Enforcement Prosecutor’s Office has decided to commence a criminal process against Diena newspaper for possibly intentional defamation of Dr. Rudolf Meroni. This, however, is not the first time when Diena is accused of breaching journalistic principles – publishing information without confirming it.

«Pocket money» even for failures – State Audit studies scholarship system in colleges

Basically it seems anyone can get their hands on scholarship in vocational colleges, even if their academic success leaves something to be desired, as concluded in an audit report compiled by Latvia’s State Audit, answering the question what affects the size of scholarships paid to students in vocational colleges.

Lithuania: Russian warplane intercepted near Baltic borders

In international airspace, near Baltic States' borders a Russian military aircraft has been notices, prompting NATO fighter aircraft to escort it away, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence.

North Korean leader in Russia to meet with Putin over nuclear issues

The head of North Korea Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia on Wednesday for his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin aimed at securing Moscow's support to Pyongyang's push to have its sanctions eased.

NATO helicopters involved in Estonia music concert

British battle helicopters deployed in Estonia as part of NATO multinational battle group have been involved in Veteranirock concert in Tallinn.

Saeima: National Mass Media Council is experiencing reputation crisis

The topic of reputation is always important, but considering the most recent activities of the National Electronic Mass Media Council, we have to conclude that the council is experiencing a reputation crisis, said deputies of Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday, 23 April.

Responsibility for Sri Lanka attacks claimed by Islamic State group

Terrorist group Islamic State has said it was responsible for the Easter bomb attacks in Sri Lanka the death toll of which has now risen to 321 people.

Prime Minister: situation with Deglava Bridge in Riga is result of past policy

The situation with Deglava Bridge in Riga is the result of past policy, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LNT programme 900 seconds on Wednesday, 24 April.