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Lithuania: NATO fighters intercepted two Russian aircraft near Baltic borders

The NATO fighter aircraft policing the Baltic airspace have been scrambled twice last week to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, says the Lithuanian National Defence Ministry.

State Audit: accessibility of family doctor services in Latvia remains limited

Two years since Latvian State Audit had submitted its report on efficiency of outpatient healthcare services not a single one of the previously submitted recommendations have been adopted to make the role of family doctors in healthcare more fitting for patient interests and further improve accessibility of such services, VK has concluded.

Economy Minister allows for repeated Latvenergo council members selection process

Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro from KPV LV does not exclude the possibility of a repeated Latvenergo council members’ selection process.

Irish election marks PM Varadkar’s loss of influence

In Irish parliamentary election, a considerable loss of voter trust has hit the liberal-conservative party Fine Gael of the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, according to the British broadcaster BBC.

Misāne’s extradition to South African Republic postponed

Denmark has decided to postpone the extradition of Latvian citizen Kristīne Misāne to the South African Republic, as confirmed by Misāne’s sister Mārīte Batraka.

Prime minister: Rebenoks will not be picked to work in Latvenergo council

Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro’s advisor Pāvels Rebenoks will not be picked as a candidate to become a member of Latvenergo council, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said after a meeting of Coalition Parties Council on Monday, 10 February.

Coronavirus death toll in China surpasses 40 000 people; Xi calls for more prevention

In China, more than one thousand people have died from health problems caused by the new coronavirus and the country’s President Xi Jinping has called for more decisive prevention measures, according to Deutsche Welle.

Riga’s mayor plans to implement most new initiatives without approving the budget

Riga City Council chairman Oļegs Burovs has issued an order that, according to him, allows for restructuring of the municipality’s finance flow so that it is possible to implement this year’s planned initiatives using the last year’s budget base.

Belarus: Moscow willing to supply oil at world prices

Russia after pressuring Belarus with interrupted oil and gas supplies to its friendly neighbour has agreed to continue oil supplies at a price that corresponds to global prices, Belarus’ news agency BelTA and US state news portal Radio Free Europe report.

Eglītis: political interference in selection of Latvenergo council members was direct

The political interference in the Latvenergo council members selection process was direct, said the suspended Economy Ministry’s state secretary Ēriks Eglītis in an interview to Delfi TV with Jānis Domburs on Monday, 10 February.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover in December 8.2% higher when compared to a year ago

In December 2019 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.4 billion, which at current prices was 8.2 % larger than a year ago, of which the exports value of goods was 3.9 % higher, but imports value of goods – 11.6 % higher.

Rubesa withdraws from Stradins University Hospital board members selection process

A member of Latvian Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele’s political party «Par!» and former RB Rail board chairperson Baiba Rubesa has decided to withdraw from the P.Stradins Clinical University Hospital board member selection process.

Former «treasury keeper» of Šķēle’s party becomes Latvian Defence Ministry’s advisor

Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks has accepted Aivars Tiesnesis, who was once responsible for finances and coordination of the People’s Party, as his advisor, as reported by TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

Estonian households hit by power outages during storm

All across Estonia power outages have taken place in the night to Monday, February 10, with over 3 100 households left without electricity, according to Estonian public broadcaster ERR.

Aldis Gobzems intends to form his own political party

Latvian Saeima deputy Aldis Gobzems has announced plans to found his own political party soon. This announcement was made by the politician in an interview LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Monday, 10 February.

Latvian government to decide on dropping litigation against Parex Bank’s former owners

The assessment on whether or not Latvian government should continue or drop the litigations against former Parex Bank owners Valērijs Kargins and Viktors Krasovickis may be completed in about a month, as TV3 programme 900 seconds was told by Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro on Monday, 10 February.

In pictures: Storm Ciara brings strong winds and floods to Western Europe

The storm Ciara has brought strong winds, floods and destruction to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and elsewhere in the western and central part of Europe.

Minister's infamous advisor has met with Latvijas gaze shareholder and Conexus

Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro’s advisor Pāvels Rebenoks, who is involved with «Olainfarm inheritors wards», has taken part in meetings with Conexus and Latvijas gaze shareholder Marguerite Fund, as reported by TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

Oscars expand their outlook with giving top award to Korean film Parasite

The US film award Oscars has made an exception to its tradition of giving its top awards to English-language films by honouring South Korea’s satire Parasite as the best picture, Associated Press reports.

Ķuzis admits «police unable to recover losses» from retiring police officers

In 2019 the number of retired police officers in Latvian State Police had exceeded the number of fresh officers accepted in service. Resigning Chief of State Police Ints Ķuzis admits «police are unable to recover losses».

Coronavirus infections in China exceed 40 000 people

Over 40 000 people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus in China, while the death toll from the virus has exceeded 908, according to Deutsche Welle. Many people who contract it have only small symptoms and get it cured.

Week in Latvia to be rainy and windy; strong wind expected in many parts

Strong wind and rain are expected in Latvia this week. Air temperature is also expected to increase, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania: Emergency in Vilnius Airport, Fox News damages Lithuania’s image, Tax chief sacked lawfully

In Lithuania, the top news stories of the past week were a virus-related emergency situation at the Vilnius Airport, the dismissal of the Lithuanian tax chief and a call from President Gitanas Nausėda for parties to work constructively in the election year.

BNN summary of the week: minister vs. minister. Riga’s agony. Anti-coronavirus measures in Latvia

The ongoing conflict within Economy Ministry has reached the government’s ears. Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns has asked Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to dismiss Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro. The core of the issue is the minister’s infamous advisor Pāvels Rebenoks.

Latvian government to spend 14.5 billion euros on National Development Plan

In order to meet the goals outlined in Latvia’s National Development Plan 2027, the government plans to allocate funding of 14.5 billion euros, as journalists were told by the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre’s director Pēteris Vilks on Friday, 7 February.

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