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In pictures: Design competition for reconstruction of Riga Circus continues

As the Latvian Ministry of Culture is continuing the competition for the architectural design for the reconstruction of Riga Circus building, an exhibition of the submitted design projects has been opened at the Architecture Faculty of the Riga Technical University.

North Korean-U.S. historic summit focuses on defusing tensions in Korea

Head of North Korea Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump have met for talks in Singapore working on the issues of denuclearisation and lowering tensions in Korea months after they have exchanged military threats.

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.

Migrants in Mediterranean denied access to Italy ports

In the Mediterranean, a migrant rescue ship is at sea unable to dock because Italy's new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini denied permission for it to dock as Italy, which is the main entry country for migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe.

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.

Baltic Pride in Riga supported by Baltic Social Democratic parties

At the Baltic Pride rally in Riga on Saturday, the group of the party Progressives will be joined by representatives from the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party and the LGBT+ organisation Vikerroos from Estonian Social Democrats.

Ex-PM: Digitalgate defendant clutches at straws to avoid guilty verdict

Einars Repše, who served as Latvian prime minister during allegedly fraudulent attempts to introduce digital television in Latvia in the 2000s, stated that the defendant Jurģis Liepnieks, is clutching at straws, when criticising the case as being politically motivated in the defendant's last word in appeal trial this week.

Ending Savisaar's corruption case identifies shortcomings in Estonian law, says prosecutor

After a high-profile corruption case against former Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar was ended this week by a court ruling based on the defendant's poor health, Estonian prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus has pledged to appeal against it and pointed to shortcomings in Estonian law.

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.

Families with over four children to receive tickets to Song and Dance Festival

Families with at least five children in Riga will be offered tickets to the events of the Latvian Centennial Song and Dance Festival, announced the capital city's council.

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