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13th Saeima has yet to commence official government formation talks

No progress was made on Thursday, 22 November, in relation to any compromise from political parties in regards to the new government. On top of that, parties still have not commenced any official talks about the formation of the Cabinet of Ministers.

UK and EU reach agreement on draft declaration over future ties

The European Union and the UK have arrived at a draft declaration on their bilateral ties after the divorce that would allow the signing of the declaration and the British withdrawal agreement by EU member states on Sunday, November 25.

Snow expected on weekends in Latvia; air temperature to drop considerably next week

Some precipitation is expected in Latvia at the end of this week and beginning of the next – mostly snow and wet snow, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

FVS: excessive use of antibiotics puts human and animal health at risk

Antimicrobial resistance that appears as a result of often consumption of antibiotics presents a major threat to human and animal health, said Māris Balodis, director general of Latvia’s Food and Veterinary Service, at the conference «Together against antimicrobial resistance».

How would Lithuanian President flee if Russians invaded?

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has been facing heavy criticism at home after failing to arrive to the festivities of the centenary of Latvia's statehood.

Human Rights Committee decides on formation of Media Policy Sub-Committee

On Thursday, 22 November, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee decided to form a Media Policy Sub-Committee and invite Saeima factions to delegate their representatives by 27 November, as reported by Saeima press-service.

November 22 in pictures

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

Jānis Vilnītis replaces Uldis Sesks as Mayor of Liepaja

On Thursday, 22 November, Jānis Vilnītis from Latvian Association of Regions was elected as the new mayor of Liepaja, replacing Uldis Sesks from Liepaja party. It is worth mentioning that Sesks spent the last 21 years in this post.

Producer price level in Latvia up 5.3% in October

Compared to September, level of producer prices in Latvian industry rose by 0.1 % in October 2018. Prices of products sold on the domestic market fell by 0.5 %, while prices of exported products went up by 0.7 %.

AP: Saeima budget committee ready to resolve EMS funding problem

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee is prepared to immediately resolve the problem of insufficient funding for Emergency Medical Service if it is requested by Finance Ministry and Healthcare Ministry, said the committee’s newly-elected chairman Mārtiņš Bondars in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Head of Russia's main intelligence service dies after scandals

Russian Defence Ministry officials have announced that the chief of Russia notorious Main Intelligence Directorate has passed away after a serious illness.

Fake news portal owner Niks Endziņš released from arrest

Niks Endziņš, who is accused of writing and publishing fake news, has been released from arrest. A security measure not associated with deprivation of freedom has been applied to him instead, State Police representative Gita Gžibovska said without mentioning the name of the suspect.

Lawyer of Danske Bank Estonia whistleblower invited to European Parliament

Stephen Kohn, the attorney of Danske Bank whistleblower Howard Wilkinson, who unveiled alleged money laundering at the bank's Estonian branch, was invited to testify and offer recommendations before the European Parliament.

Latvia’s 13th Saeima gathers for its first meeting

To decide on submission of multiple new legislative drafts to the parliament’s committees, Latvia’s 13th Saeima gathered for its first meeting at 09:00 on 22 November, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Man in Norway charged with online sexual abuse of 300 boys, young men

Prosecutors in Norway have charged a 26-year-old man has been charged with sexual offences over alleged sexual abuse of more than 300 boys and male adolescants, after a two-year investigation by Oslo police.

Criminal prosecution requested for Bior employee for defrauding money from the state

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has asked the prosecutor’s office to commence prosecution of a Bior institute employees and two Lithuanian citizens for defrauding EUR 832,418 from the state budget using glass eel procurement, according to information from CPCB.

Italy's government defiant after EC rejects its budget over violations

Italian vice prime minister Matteo Salvini has voiced defiance to confront EU leaders after the European Commission rejected Italy's draft 2019 budget for a second time.

Latvian parties refrain from taking initiative in government formation talks

On the first day after State President Raimonds Vējonis’ invitation to parties to offer a prime minister candidate with support from the majority of the Saeima, political parties failed to take the initiative in commencing official talks.

Old Latvian government leaves new one budget plan accepted by EC

European Commission has coordinated Latvia’s 2019 budget plan, adding that it generally fits requirements of the Stability and Growth Pact. However, the old government in Latvia is not able to push it forward. This is why it has been decided to wait for the formation of a new government in Latvia to resolve problems.

War in Yemen has lead to 85 000 children deaths from hunger, charity says

An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five have starved to death as a result of Yemen’s civil war, a report from Save the Children has found, as the charity urged an immediate ceasefire to prevent more loss of life.

Police raise charges against Jurmala mayor for possible illegal financing of UGF

In the criminal case regarding possible illegal financing of the Union of Greens and Farmers, Latvia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has officially presented charges to Jurmala Mayor Gatis Truksnis and businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš.

November 20 in pictures

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

Latvian ministry to search for a way to reduce antibiotics consumption

«According to antibacterial medicines consumption data, consumption of antibiotics for treatment of humans in Latvia is one of the lowest in the European Union. It is important to maintain this level or ensure its reduction. At the same time, it is also important to ensure accessibility of quality healthcare services for Latvian residents,» Healthcare Ministry reports.

Saeima continues electing heads of committees; Jurašs to be responsible for security

Election of chairpersons, deputy chairpersons and secretaries of Saeima committees continue. On 21 November Saeima deputies divided posts in ten committees. There are six more left.

Estonia ranks second in lethal drug overdoses among wealthy nations

Out of 13 well-off nations, Estonia ranks second after the U.S. in the proportion of male deaths from drug overdose, the U.S. National Cancer Institute has found, Estonian World blog wrote.