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Ceturtdiena 21.02.2019 | Name days: Eleonora, Ariadne

Thaw and warm temperatures expected in Latvia this week

The weather in Latvia, in the first part of the week will be mostly warm for winter-time and precipitation in the form of rain and wet snow can be expected, according to a weekly forecast from the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Hungary' s mothers of four to be exempt from paying income tax

In Hungary, the government is boosting financial support to families with several children, according to measures presented by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. On Sunday, February 10, the significant measures announced by Viktor Orbán during an annual address, encouraging women to have more children.

UK government pushes for more time for Brexit negotiations

A month and two weeks before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, the government of Theresa May seeks to buy more time in the British parliament for her talks with Brussels to reach concessions that would allow the adoption of the Brexit deal.

Netherlands pushing for talks with Russia on responsibility about MH17

Dutch diplomats have said they were in contact with Russian authorities to arrange formal talks concerning the finding of the Dutch government that Moscow is responsible for supplying the missile that was used to down a passenger airplane in Ukraine, killing 298 people.

Corruption watchdog hopes for valuable auditor info on Riga transport firm

In the procurement criminal case of Riga city's transport firm Rīgas satiksme, the Latvian corruption watchdog might find valuable information in a recent report by the State Audit Office on the administration of the transport infrastructure of the capital, said head of the watchdog Jēkabs Straume to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma.

Lithuanian intelligence adds China along with Russia to list of national security threats

Lithuania’s intelligence has released this week the annual National Threat Assessment 2019 report, with core threats coming from the hostility of Russia in a vast spectrum of aspects.

Two conflicting rallies over Riga Mayor to be held at same time on Saturday

As the embattled Mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs, whose premises have been searched as part of a corruption scandal, faces a no-confidence vote, the National Alliance will hold a rally against Ušakovs on Saturday, at the same time, when his support rally is expected to be held.

Subjecting whistle-blower MP to persecution – indication of oligarch power in Latvia, says Justice Minister

«In the current situation with MP Juris Jurašs, we can see indications that point to a political witch-hunt against him and the New Conservative Party that is motivated by economic crimes. It shows that oligarchs are eager to show that they are still hold the power in their hands,» said Latvian Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns about his fellow party member being subjected to persecution over revealing graft investigation information.

Bribery case against Bank of Latvia governor longer due to testifying

The criminal case against Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is suspected of accepting a bribe, will take longer than expected as he has begun testifying, according to what Latvian Prosecutor-General Ēriks Kalnmeiers said to LTV news programme Rīta Panorāma.

Exporting beef of suspicious quality investigated in Poland

In the sick cow scandal in that involved over 2 500 kilograms of beef from allegedly unwell cows in Poland being exported to a dozen of countries, investigations have been launched by Poland and officials of the European Union.

KPV LV expels Gobzems, its former PM candidate

KPV LV, a coalition party of the Latvian government, has decided on February 4 to expel Aldis Gobzems from the party ranks despite previously backing him as KPV LV's leader and candidate for the post of the Latvian Prime Minister.

UK working to exit the EU in March

British Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her determination to deliver Brexit on time and would continue ahead of talks on the arrangement of the Northern Ireland border.

Kremlin also pulls out of nuclear arms treaty, following U.S. move

Responding to a decision by the U.S. to suspend its participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, Russia has announced a similar move that has raised fears of a Cold War-era arms race. Washington on Saturday formally suspended its obligations from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.