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Gas: Denmark allows its Baltic Pipe, decision pending on Russian Nord Stream 2

Denmark has allowed the construction of the Norway-Denmark-Poland gas pipeline via its territorial waters, while it remains the only country that has not decided to allow the works of the Nord Stream 2, the Russian gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

Minister: Latvia has prepared for Brexit as best as possible

«We have prepared for Brexit as best as possible in this situation,» said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Monday, 28 October.

Russia arrests conscript after tragic shooting spree in army base

A Russian court has charged a conscript soldier over a recent shooting attack at a Siberia army base that left eight military personnel dead, Russian state news agency TASS reports.

Russian delegation boycotts Baltic speaker addresses at Council of Europe

In the Council of Europe human rights organisation, the addresses of the speakers of Baltic parliaments, have been boycotted by the delegation of Russia, which has been recently readmitted to the organisation despite years of aggression against Ukraine.

Turkey deported Syrian refugees with threats, deceit, Amnesty International finds

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has found in months of interviews with Syrian refugees that Turkey has returned dozens of them with force or deceit to the so-called safe zone. Turkey argues that refugees have been returned voluntarily.

UK police questioning death lorry driver from Northern Ireland

Police in the United Kingdom, after dead bodies of 39 persons have been found in a refrigerated container truck, is questioning its driver suspected of murder.

Estonian minimum wage talks collapse, unions seek mediation

Estonian employers and workers were unable to arrive at a compromise minimum wage for next year and have turned to the country’s nation conciliator to solve the issue.

Russian politologist: Baltic States should be wary of any changes in Russia

Baltic States should be wary of any changes in Russia, says London-based international relations think tank Chatham House Russian expert Lilia Shevtsova when asked about the possible influence of the change of Russia’s policy on Baltic States.

Brexit stuck in British parliament; PM considers snap elections

British Prime Minister Boriss Johnson may push for general elections if the European Union decides to postpone Brexit until January 2020, BBC reports.

Maxima tragedy: Court rejects slow proceedings’ criticism, as victims protest

As a court in Riga continues the criminal proceedings over the Maxima tragedy to determine the guilty persons in the death of 54 people in a 2013 supermarket collapse, the Latvian Court Administration has rejected criticism of the process as being delayed.

Latvia could crash out of Expo 2020 in Dubai, De facto says

Due to works being late, Latvia’s participation in the Expo 2020 world exhibition in Dubai has been put on hold. This would not be the first time of Latvians stopping preparations half-way to the global event, reports LTV programme De facto.

Tragic Siberia dam collapse investigated in Russia

Russia has launched a criminal investigation into the death of 15 people at a dam collapse on River Seiba in Siberia. The tragedy has taken place at a remote site of a goldmining company.

Latvian minister: Less than half of Latvian nationals in UK have applied for residence

Latvian nationals in the UK should take into consideration different scenarios possible after Brexit and to protect themselves they should register their place of permanent residence with the British Home Office, said the Latvian Foreign Minister to Latvijas Radio.

Latvian top companies by value – Latvenergo and Latvijas valsts meži

Energy producer Latvenergo, forestry company Latvijas valsts meži and computer network equipment maker Mikrotīkls had topped the list of the Top 101 Latvian companies, compiled annually by Nasdaq Riga and Prudentia.


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