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Sunday 19.08.2018 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

NATO fighter accidentally releases missile over Estonia

In the Estonian airspace, a NATO Spanish fighter jet has accidentally released a live-fire missile while over Tartu County. The weapon has a built-in self-destruction system, but it is unknown if it has exploded.

Sixteen parties and party union candidate lists to participate in 13th Saeima elections

Submission period for candidate lists for 13th Saeima elections has officially concluded in Latvia. Latvia’s Centrist Party and Par Alternatīvu were the last parties to have submitted their candidate lists.

African swine fever recorded in a small backyard enclosure in Saldus

African swine fever infection has been found in two dead domestic pigs in a small backyard enclosure in Druva village in Saldus. Epidemiological investigation has commenced, as confirmed by Food and Veterinary Service representative Ilze Meistere.

Cigarettes contraband levels in Latvia remain the highest among EU member states

Latvia remains the unfortunate leader among EU member states in terms of cigarette contraband – 21.1% of the total amount, according to data from a survey performed by KPMG last year.

Ten-year-old buried alive in sand cliff landslide in Liepaja

A ten year old boy was buried alive in a landslide of a sand cliff along the sea coast in Liepaja last week. «There were many people there when it happened. All of them immediately ran to dig the boy out when it happened. Unfortunately, they did not make it in time to save him,» BNN was told by Latvian State Police representative Signe Šteinberga.

National Alliance picks perspective candidates – Melbārde, Dzintars and Šnore in the lead

Latvia’s National Alliance political party has submitted its list of candidates for the upcoming 13th Saeima elections. The leading candidates picked for Riga is Culture Minister Dace Melbārde. In Vidzeme the party intends to put Saeima deputy Raivis Dzintars as its headliner, according to information submitted to Central Election Commission.

PHOTO: Arcade Fire «burned brightly» in Riga

On Monday, 6 August, World famous Canadian Arcade Fire indie rock band, which has many fans in Latvia, performed at Mežaparks Green Theatre.

Farmers Saeima dissatisfied with product procurement requirements for Latvian army

Over the course of the past several weeks Latvia’s Farmers Saeima has received calls from vegetable growers, who expressed shock over the food procurement tender organized for the needs of the National Armed Forces. Farmers said they are unable to participate because there are requirements for crops not grown in Latvia, Farmers Saeima reports.

Beer price up 11% in Estonia on year, as consumer prices up 3.5%

Beer lovers in Estonia have not had an easy year as from July last year to July 2018 the price of the beverage has been estimated to have increased by 11,7%, while the overall consumer price index in the Baltic country has risen by 3.5%, official statistics showed.

British support for UK government's Brexit work at 22%

Voter support in the UK to how its Prime Minister Theresa May is dealing with Brexit negotiations has dropped to 22% from 55% in early 2017, the lowest figure that has been has recorded by a regular opinion poll on the issue.

Petrol prices in Sweden at highest level ever

The cost of petrol in Sweden currently reached its record, which is with its high demand from holiday makers and the low value of the Swedish national currency.

August 6 in pictures

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

KPV LV party submits 13th Saeima candidate list – Gobzems at the very end

KPV LV political party has chosen Artuss Kaimiņš as its leading candidate in Riga. Aldis Gobzems, who is the party’s prime minister candidate, is the last number on the list, according to the document submitted to the Central Election Commission.

Ecology rules to be relaxed for farmers in drought-affected EU countries

As farmers in the European Union have been affected by intense draught since May from Finnland to Portugal, the bloc's executive has decided to allow EU farmers more flexibility in implementing the green requirements.

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