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Facebook ends project to build solar panel drone-internet provider

World's leading online social network company Facebook has decided to drop its plan to produce drones that would provide internet in remote areas of the world.

Construction costs in Latvia grew 4.1% in May 2018

Compared to April, the level of construction costs in Latvia grew by 0.5 % in May 2018. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 1.7 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.3 %, but prices of building materials – by 0.2 %.

72 stationary speed cameras to be installed on Latvia’s roads

Several new speed cameras will soon be installed on Latvia’s roads in Piņķi, Vitrupe, Vecstropi, Grenctāle, Lapmežciems, Klidziņš, and Šķibe.

Survey: real estate purchase is the most optimal form of investment

Latvia’s residents view real estate purchase as one of the best forms of investment. 46% of Latvia’s residents would invest in real estate. Other popular forms of investment include gold, which is considered reliable by 26% of residents, and life insurance – 18%, according to results of Swedbank’s survey.

Estonian economy to grow by 3.5% in 2018, central bank estimates

Estonia's economic growth would be at 3.5% in 2018-2019, but it would slow to 2.5% in 2020, according to forecasts by the Estonian central bank, Eesti Pank.

French butchers seek protection from vegan hooligans

Butchers in France have asked the government for protection against militant vegans, accusing them of trying to affect the country's traditional meat-eating culture.

June 26 in pictures

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

Macedonian President refuses to sign agreement on renaming country

The President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, has unexpectedly refused to sign an agreement on changing the name of the Former Yugoslav republic arguing it was in breach of the constitution.

Customs officers discover two million contraband cigarettes in furniture shipment

During a routine cargo inspection at Ventspils port, officers of Latvia’s State Revenue Service’s Customs Office intercepted a contraband shipment of 2,000,000 cigarettes. The ‘goods’ were stashed in a cargo carrying furniture, as confirmed by SRS.

Average electricity price decline in Latvia this week – 13%

The average weekly electricity price in Latvia has declined by nearly 14% – to 42.27 EUR/MWh – in Estonia and 45.72 EUR/MWh in Lithuania. The price decline in Latvia was 13% – to 45.72 EUR/MWh, according to information from Latvenergo.

Tourist favourite Ruhnu island in Estonia affected by broken-down ferry

Estonia's scenic Ruhnu island, which is located closer to Latvian mainland than to other Estonian territories, is affected by disrupted ferry traffic from the city of Pärnu and the romantic island in the heat of the tourist season.

Island Bridge reconstruction enters second phase; traffic restrictions planned

From Tuesday, 26 June, traffic restrictions will be gradually introduced in order to commence the second stage of Island Bridge reconstruction. Drivers should keep in mind traffic restrictions when planning their route, as reported by Riga City Council’s Transport Department.

Greece glad about significant eurozone debt relief

Eurozone member states have adopted a long-expected debt relief deal for Greece, giving Athens more time to repay EUR 96.9bn worth of loans and extends a grace period during which Greece will pay little or no interest.