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After German zoo fire, three suspects turn themselves to police

After a tragic fire in a German zoo that destroyed a primate house taking the lives of over 30 animals, three suspects have turned to police as investigators pointed to flying New Year paper lanterns as a possible cause.

Džineta Innusa appointed as board chairperson of Rīgas satiksme

Latvian Transport Ministry’s deputy state secretary Džineta Innusa has been appointed as chairperson of the board of public transport company Rīgas satiksme. On Thursday, 2 January, the council of Rīgas satiksme met with the company’s newly-elected board.

«Our youngsters deserve our admiration», says Kaljulaid to Estonian nation

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has addressed the balance between the youthful international view of young people and the tradition-keeping way of more experienced generations in her New Year’s address.

Sanctions not enough. ZZS would part ways with Lembergs if court finds him guilty

The Union of Greens and Farmers would part ways with any politician found guilty of some crime. This applies to Aivars Lembergs, promises ZZS board and Latvian Green Party board chairman Edgars Tavars.

Eco Baltia vide submits complaint over Riga’s waste management procurement

LLC Eco Baltia vide as submitted a complaint over Riga City Council’s organized household waste management procurement, according to information from Procurement Monitoring Bureau.

Turkey: 200 thousand people on move to Turkey in war-torn Syria

In the Syrian province of Idlib, which has recently suffered an air strike offensive by Syrian government and Russian forces, over 200 thousand migrants are moving to neighbouring Turkey, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Fuel prices in Latvia increase 6.1% starting with 2020

Following the increase of excise tax starting with 1 January 2020, fuel prices in Latvia have increased in amplitude from 1.7% to 6.1%, according to observations by LETA.

Nausėda wishes Lithuanians to «work together for justice and better life»

In the New Year’s address to the people of Lithuania, President Gitanas Nausėda has called for unity, greater trust and the work for the common good of all people.

Study: 62.1% of businesses are negative about road state and transport quality

62.1% of businesses consider the quality of local and international transport and the state of roads in Latvia poor or very poor, according to Turība University’s Business Index.

Rīgas satiksme receives new board; both Jakriks and Epalte-Drulle approved

Following documents submitted by the selection committee, the council of Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme has approved a new management board, the company affirms.

Estonia raises minimum wage by 44 euros

Minimum wage in Estonia has from the beginning of the year 2020 been increased by 44 euros from 540 to 584 euros before taxes.

Kremlin’s Sputnik closes Estonia office after sanctions

Russian state-controlled media organisation Sputnik has terminated cooperation with the employees of its Tallinn office in the wake of sanctions, Estonian and Russian media report.

For New Year’s, Latvia’s President wishes people to have faith in their dreams and abilities

In his New Year’s address to the nation, Latvia’s President Egils Levits wished people to dream reasonably, focus on sufficiency and believe in their abilities.

PHOTO: New Year’s fireworks at 11 November Embankment in Riga

Although there discussions in Latvia about organizing fireworks for New Year’s celebration or coming up with alternatives, Riga nevertheless welcomed 2020 with traditional partying and fireworks at 11 November Embankment.

Latvia is doing everything to avoid getting grey-listed, says Kazāks

Latvia is doing all it can to avoid a possible negative scenario, when Financial Action Task Force may include Latvia on a list of countries found to have strategic problems with money laundering and terrorism financing prevention, otherwise known as the grey list, LETA was told by Bank of Latvia governor Mārtiņš Kazāks.

German zoo hit by tragic fire, police points to New Year paper lanterns

A German zoo has been hit by a tragic fire, which has destroyed a primate house taking the lives of over 30 animals. Police have pointed to flying New Year paper lanterns as a possible cause. The Chinese miniature hot air balloons have been banned in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Report: Baltic region’s main security challenges linked to Russia’s growing military capabilities

The main security challenges of the Baltic region are related to the increasing military capabilities of the Russian Federation and different military provocations, as detailed in the annual report by Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs about accomplishments and planned activities in state foreign policy and European affairs in 2019.

Austrian government talks result in conservative-green coalition

In Austria, two months of government-building talks have resulted in an unprecedented coalition for the country uniting the Austrian People’s Party and the Austrian Green Party.

Three people in Latvia die from influenza

In the past two weeks reports came about the three first death cases caused by influenza infection, according to the report published by Disease Prevention and Control Centre on influenza and upper respiratory tract infection monitoring.

Next year onward schools in Latvia will start adopting changes to teaching approach

Starting with 1 September 2020, gradual changes will be added to teaching materials and approach in 1st, 4th and 10th grades in all of Latvia’s schools, as reported by State Education Content Centre representative Liene Bērziņa.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.6% in November

Compared to October, the level of construction costs in Latvia rose by 0.6 % in November 2019.

After U.S. air strikes in Middle East, Iraqi militia head pledges revenge

In weekend U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria, not less than 25 people have been killed. The chief of a powerful militia warned of a tough reaction against American troops in Iraq.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia increases 1.7%

Compared to November 2018, total retail trade turnover rose by 1.7 % in November 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 1.1 %. Turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, increased by 2.9 %, turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – reduced by 0.6 %.

Civinity: rules for fireworks safety remain in force for New Year’s night

Real estate management company group Civinity invites residents to keep in mind that the rules for safe use of fireworks remain in force on New Year’s night.

Lithuania to consider dropping smallest- value euro coins

To take one and two-cent coins from circulation, such is the idea the Bank of Lithuania will start a discussion on. Retailers, however, see risks in consumer mood over rounding sums up.

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