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Saturday 17.08.2019 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

Warfare in Syria could trigger humanitarian disaster of 21st century, UN warns

With the Syrian war focusing on last opposition-held stronghold, UN’s emergency relief coordinator has warned world powers should act to prevent the continued violence could create the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century.

Russia opens severe criminal investigation over pro-democracy rally

Federal investigators in Russia have opened an investigation over mass unrest that could end in up to 15-year prison sentences for calling a protest for fair elections, where 1 373 protesters were arrested over the weekend.

Eurozone’s economic confidence drops to lowest level in recent years

In July, Eurozone’s Economic Confidence Index dropped to 102.7 points, when compared to 103.3 points in June. This means the index has dropped to a level below the one registered in March 2016, according to the latest data from the European Commission.

Minister: Belarus is prepared to increase oil transit through Latvia

During his visit to Belarus and meeting with President Aleksandr Lukashenko, affirmation was received that with the restoration of Novopolotsk oil processing plant Belarus is prepared to increase oil transit through Latvia, said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Iran: Plans of European warships in Gulf are provocation

Iran has called provocative and hostile the initiative by the United Kingdom for a European-led naval mission to accompany tankers in the Gulf amid soaring tensions over the mutual seizure of ships.

Barnier: UK’s Johnson trying to divide EU unity by insisting on no-deal

Brussels directly rejected new British government’s insistence on renegotiating the Brexit deal and evaluated that London’s other option of no-deal Brexit was used by the British Prime Minister to try to divide the unity of the bloc.

Russian opposition figures imprisoned after Moscow rally over city election

Russian authorities have imprisoned leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny for 30 days and searched the homes of several opposition politicians after a mass rally in Moscow over authorities refusing to register election candidates.

Ministry: Latvian citizen detained in Iran is in no danger

The Latvian citizen who is a member of the crew of the British tanker Stena Impero detained by Iran is not in any danger and he is allowed to communicate with his relatives, confirms Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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