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Which ex-deputies may return to the Latvian Saeima once again?

Latvian ministers that have put down their Seaima deputy mandate will soon be replaced in the parliament by deputies that failed to make in the 13th Saeima elections. Deputies elected in minister posts have the option to put down their parliamentary deputy’s mandate for the duration of their term.

Flu intensity in Latvia increases; claims seven more lives

Last week, flu intensity in Latvia had increased considerably. Additionally, seven people died either from flu or from complications caused by flu, according to data from the Disease Monitoring and Prevention Centre.

Floods and landslides in Indonesia take dozens of lives

26 people have lost their lives in flooding and landslides in central Indonesia, local officials stated adding that deforestation has worsened the effects of seasonal torrential rains.

Latvian finance minister hopes to approve 2019 budget at the end of March

The 2019 state budget could be approved at the end of March, says Latvia’s newly-elected Finance Minister Jānis Reirs.

EC: Residency programmes bring corruption and money laundering risks

The European Commission has called for member countries to be responsible with their residency permit programmes that issue European Union-wide documents to foreign investors, pointing to corruption and money laundering risks.

Politicians discuss the pros and cons of Kariņš’s government

Latvian politicians have commenced preliminary debates before the vote on New Unity politician Arturs Krišjāņis Kariņš’s forming government’s approval. BNN offers the pros and cons provided by opposition deputies.

Hoscars, hostel awards, won by sociable accommodation in Prague

A hostel in Prague, Czech Republic, has won Hoscar awards in several categories in the annual hostel awards, which has introduced new solo travel categories to reflect rise in independent travellers.

Opinion: Lembergs is not deserving of the 1991 Barricade Participant’s Commemorative Badge

«It still remains unclear where Chairman of Ventspils Executive Committee Aivars Lembergs was during the January 1991 barricades. He has yet to provide a clear answer. However, in spite of that, Lembergs is not shy to mention in his biography that he was awarded the 1991 Barricade Participant’s Commemorative Badge,» BNN was told by Ventspils City Council opposition deputy Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis.

January 23 in pictures

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

Facebook meets with Estonian parties in attempt to curb fake news in it

U.S.social networking company Facebook has met with Estonian parliamentary parties and discussed possibilities to combat the spread of fake news in the run-up to the Estonian parliamentary election this spring.

Macroeconomic expert: should we expect a crisis soon?

«Questions and expectations for a new crisis come more and more often. Expectations continue growing because growth rates are becoming more and more rapid and emerging geopolitical developments are influencing businessmen’s and consumers’ mood. If USA suffers recession, its secondary effect on Europe will be direct, forcing economic decline...

Latvia and Britain reach agreement over citizen status after Brexit

Latvia and Britain have reached a mutual agreement that in the event Britain exits the European Union without an agreement, the status of both countries’ citizens will not change after Brexit, said Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

New German-French accord shows renewed commitment to NATO

France and Germany have sealed a new bilateral treaty to reinvigorate their cooperation in the European Union, voice backing to NATO and act against perceived euroskeptic threats to European unity.

Latvian coalition parties sign Kariņš’s government declaration

On Wednesday, 23 January, partners of prime minister Krišjāņis Kariņš’s government coalition signed the cooperation agreement, government declaration and fiscal discipline agreement, as confirmed in New Unity’s statement.

Delaying Brexit is most probable solution, British ex-minister Osborne says

Britan's ex-finance minister George Osborne has stated delaying the UK's exit from the EU is now the «most likely» option.

Ice on roads creates problems for drivers in Vidzeme and Zemgale

Ice in parts of Vidzeme and Zemgale makes driving conditions hard on state and regional roads. Icy roads are currently being covered with anti-freeze compound, as reported by Latvian State Roads.

Video: Oscars' best foreign film nominees include Polish «Cold War»

In the best foreign-language film category of the 2018 Oscars, the have been nominated Polish Soviet era romance «Cold War» and Mexican «Roma», which has received 10 nominations in total.

At least five potential Latvian ministers are preparing to put down Saeima deputy mandates

At least five potential ministers in Krišjāņis Kariņš’s forming government are preparing to put down their deputy mandates. There are also candidates who have yet to make up their mind.

NCP leader on Jurašs’ persecution: conspirators afraid of losing power

«We are witnessing an intentional state capture attempt. Conspirators are afraid of losing power,» said New Conservative Party leader Jānis Bordāns about the request to commence criminal prosecution of Juris Jurašs.

ABLV Bank successfully repays 80.9% of guaranteed remuneration amount to clients

The liquidated ABLV Bank has paid off EUR 388.356 million or 80.9% of the total amount of remuneration to clients, as confirmed by Citadele external communications manager Regīna Ikala.

Kristovskis vs. Lembergs’ running mouth: opposition wants answers

Aivars Lembergs’ running mouth and the scandalous statements he has made over the years no longer surprise people. There have been some addressed to journalists, calling them ‘political prostitutes’, and ones addressed to prosecutors. He has been penalized multiple times for this.

Producer prices in Latvia’s industry grow 5.4%

Compared to December 2017, the level of producer prices in Latvian industry rose by 5.4 % in December 2018. Prices of goods sold on the domestic market grew by 7.3 % and prices of exported products by 3.7 %. Prices of both products exported to euro area countries and products exported to non-euro area countries went up by 3.7 %.

Latvian Saeima may decide on permitting Juraš’s criminal prosecution this week

Although the loudest criminal case investigated by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau in relation to Saeima deputies so far has been the case regarding the possible illegal financing of KPV LV, Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee may decide this week on permitting commencement of criminal prosecution of Jura Jurašs, as reported by the committee’s head Janīna Kursīte-Pakule.

Latvian president announces amendments on postponing new healthcare service system

Latvian State President Raimonds Vējonis has announced amendments for the Healthcare Financing Law that provide for postponing the adoption of a new healthcare service system until 1 July.

CPB starts evaluating Kariņš’s government members for issue of access to official secrets

Latvia’s Constitution Protection Bureau has commenced the evaluation of potential members of Krišjāņa Kariņš’s emerging Cabinet of Ministers, as confirmed by CPB representative Iveta Maura.