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Saturday 18.01.2020 | Name days: Antis, Antons

German zoo hit by tragic fire, police points to New Year paper lanterns

A German zoo has been hit by a tragic fire, which has destroyed a primate house taking the lives of over 30 animals. Police have pointed to flying New Year paper lanterns as a possible cause. The Chinese miniature hot air balloons have been banned in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Von der Leyen worried about Brexit transition period limitation to 2020

Ursula von der Leyen, the new head of the European Commission, has called on London to reconsider his refusal to extend the 11-month timeframe available for agreeing a deal on the future relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

Italian glacier pollution prompts resort to go plastic-free

In Italian Alps, a ski resort is endeavouring to become the first in Europe to ban plastic after scientists discovered that a nearby glacier contained a significant amount of microplastics.

Key Baltic risks summarised in Lithuania-based study

Institutions are «begging for investments» – such is Lithuania’s situation with its course of economic development according an economist at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, which conducted a study into the key risks of the three Baltic states.

November’s inflation in Latvia higher than EU’s and Eurozone’s average inflation index

In November 2019, Latvia’s inflation was higher than the average in the European Union and Eurozone, according to data published by Eurostat on Wednesday, 18 December.

U.S. Congress adopts sanctions against Nord Stream 2-linked firms

American legislators have passed legislation to introduce sanctions against companies and governments involved in the construction of the Baltic Sea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 from Russia to Germany. Berlin has criticised the move.

French mass protests against pension reform continue

In French cities, large demonstrations took place on Tuesday as protests against government plans to overhaul the country’s pension system have been continuing for close to two weeks.


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