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Monday 24.09.2018 | Name days: Agris, Agrita

Aglone Council prohibits residents from organizing protests during Pope Francis’ visit

A protest against the Catholic Church’s ban on abortions and expression of shock in relation to the recent sex scandals involving Catholic priests was planned to take place in Aglone during Pope Francis’ visit, but the city council decided to disallow them.

Two Estonians suspected to have been spying for Russia for years

A court in Estonia has ordered the arrest of two men suspected of spying for Russia, the Estonian Office of the Prosecutor General has stated.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 5.6% in June

Compared to June 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 5.6 % in June 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 6.4 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, rose by 5.1%, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 4.8 %.

Milder penalties for the accused in digital TV case; idea’s authors get no prison sentence, but are found guilty nonetheless

Riga Regional Court has released a shortened ruling in the so-called digital television criminal case. With it, the court acquitted four previously convicted people. Two of the accused – Jurģis Liepnieks and Andrejs Ēķis – have been sentenced to paying considerable fines. Other accused persons have received actual prison sentences.

Election campaign period in Latvia launched

The official election campaign period for the autumn Latvian parliamentary election has begun on Saturday, June 9. During the next 118 days, political parties will have to count and register in their election income and spending to ensure the money is withing the legal campaign spending limits.

Passenger trains switch to summer schedule, focusing on seaside destinations

Latvian state passenger train company Pasažieru vilciens will add more rides to sandy seaside beaches on the Gulf of Riga and reduce the time of the trip as it switches to its summer train schedule from Sunday, June 10.

Plan to allow Latvian-only election campaigning rejected in Saeima

With the Latvian parliamentary election in October coming nearer, a proposal to allow campaigning only in the state language has been discussed in the Saeima, where it was rejected by the Committee of State Administration and Local Governments on Tuesday, June 5.

Ex-Foreign and Defence Minister Pabriks leaves Unity to join liberals

Latvian MEP Artis Pabriks, the former Latvian Foreign Minister and Defence Minister, has decided to leave the centre-right government party Unity to join the liberal alliance Latvijas Attīstībai/Par.

Saeima to invite Bank of Latvia governor to step down next week

Next week, Latvia’s parliament will decide on whether or not to ask the governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs to step down.

Association: ECB should become more involved in resolving Latvia’s financial scandal

Association of Latvian Commercial Banks sees a need for the European Central Bank (ECB) to become more involved in the discussion and help resolve the situation, considering evaluation of ABLV Bank’s business model is in direct competence of ECB.

Economy Minister asked to fix increasing electricity bills; parties threaten with dismissal

Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens has to fix the mistakes that have caused electricity bills to increase, said chairman of Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia Egils Baldzēns in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

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