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Facebook halts ad option to target users by ethnicity or religious affiliation

World’s most popular social networking site Facebook has disabled for the time being its system that allowed advertisers select, which ethnic and minority groups saw their ads and has stated it would look into how the feature was being employed by advertisers.

Eurostat: Latvia unemployment level was eighth highest in EU in October

In October 2017, Latvia’s unemployment level was 8.2%, which was the eighth highest among EU member states for which data is available, according to data from Eurostat.

Irish Deputy Prime Minister steps down, keeping government in power

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald has stepped down from office stating she was resigning for the sake of the country, averting an interim parliamentary election, after the politician has been under pressure over a police whistleblower scandal that could have brought down the government.

Updated: «I have taken poison,» Bosnian War criminal says in court

In The Hague, an appeal hearing of the UN's International Criminal Court of Justice has been suspended after Bosnian Croat defendant Slobodan Praljak has drunk some liquid and said that it had been poison.

Latvian households pay for electricity less than the average in EU

In the first six months of 2017, the price of electricity and gas in Latvia was below the average in the European Union, according to Eurostat data.

Virtual currency bitcoin passes USD 10 000 for first time

The value of one bitcoin has exceeded USD 10,000 milestone for the first time and this has happened just days after it passed the USD 9,000 benchmark.

Ministry: hybrid threats noticed in Ukraine are also observed in Europe

«Considering the established security situation and looking towards the east, developments in that area make one think of hybrid threats and cyber-attacks, which have become a considerable challenge nowadays. Cyber-attacks are also often used to accomplish political goals,» says Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica.

Estonian ship guards in India acquitted after four years in prison

Fourteen ship guards from Estonia have been acquitted by a court in India after they have spent four years in prison in the Southern Asian country. A total of 35 men imprisoned in India were on Monday, November 27, acquitted of illegally possessing firearms while entering Indian waters on the board of an anti-piracy ship in 2013.

Grindeks turnover in Baltic State grew 11% in 2017

Grindeks turnover was EUR 95.9 million in the first nine months of 2017, which is EUR 23.5 million or 32% more than in last year’s period, according to unaudited financial accounts submitted to Nasdaq Riga.

Foreign scientists positive about cooperation with Latvian colleagues

The majority of foreign scientists are optimistic towards possibilities of establishing cooperation with their Latvian colleagues, as concluded in in a study performed by Diaspora and Migration Research Centre University of Latvia in cooperation with Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Kučinskis: Latvian ports should attract cargoes from Belarus

«Latvia is interested in trilateral cooperation with Belarus and China, especially in regards to attraction of cargoes from Great Stone industrial park for Latvian ports,» says Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Irish and British argue on who has to build border with Northern Ireland

Irish government would have to fund building a physical border with Northern Ireland if the UK divorces from the EU without a deal, a British MP has evaluated, while the opinion of Dublin is directly the opposite.

Ukraine willing to exchange 306 convicted militants for 74 Ukrainian hostages

Ukraine has expressed readiness to swap 306 militants imprisoned in Ukraine for 74 Ukrainian citizens, including prisoners of war, held by militants in Donbas.

Russia blamed for killing scores of Syrian civilians

In war-torn Syria, bombardment by Russian air forces has resulted in the deaths no less than 53 civilians, the organisation Syrian Human Rights Observatory has estimated.

Belgian waffle factory fire closes schools in Brussels

A large fire has destroyed a waffle factory in Brussels, making a cloud of black smoke over a part of the European Union's unofficial capital.

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