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Astrologist – end of the year is unfavourable for celebrations

The end of this year – December 31 and January 1 – is not a very favourable time for celebrations and New Year in general, says astrologist Kristaps Bankis.

Video: The Soviet version of The Hobbit

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has just appeared on screens across the world, and some have already expressed critics about the long awaited movie. However, only few of us remember that back in 1985 a Russian-language adaptation of The Hobbit aired on the Leningrad TV Channel.

Wikipedia's 10 most visited pages in 2012

Wikipedia dominates Google search results. That's something any amateur googler knows after a few searches for anything mildly popular—from, say, the word "Google" itself to Facebook to Fifty Shades of Gray.

Photo: Trampled snow art

Since 2004 England-based Simon Beck has strapped on a pair of snowshoes and lumbered out into the the freshly fallen snow at the Les Arcs ski resort in France to trample out his distinctly geometric patterns, footprint by footprint.

Experts’ tips on how to use fireworks safely during holidays

People prefer to make their holidays more colourful usually by using fireworks. However, violation of safety precautions when using fireworks can lead to serious injuries and turn a cheerful holiday into one giant tragedy. To make sure this never happens, the State Fire Fighting and Rescue Service (SFRS) calls to follow safety precautions when using fireworks.

Photos of the week, 2012.12.28.

Each Friday BNN-NEWS.COM offers the most interesting, the most scandalous and simply the most beautiful pictures from all over the world.

Two comets to hit the sky stage next year

The sky of the coming year will be a great gift to all sky watchers, with both traditional astronomical events and, probably, a few once-in-a-lifetime comet events. Unfortunately, none of the two Sun eclipse events will be seen in Latvia. There will be two Moon eclipse events however.

State budget has a surplus of 202 million

This year’s beneficial national economy growth effect left its mark on the completion of tax revenue. However, the level of expenses was notably higher, which is also shown by last year’s trends, as well as by the influence of state budget amendments, notes the Finance Ministry (FM).

Bankia shares drop 20%, extra 13.5bn euros needed

Shares in Bankia slid nearly 20% after Spain's bank rescue fund announced that the severely indebted lender had a negative value of -4.2bn euros.

Calendar of New Year’s events in Latvian cities

BNN offers a list of locations with interesting New Year events.

US fiscal cliff: Obama cuts short holiday to reach deal

US President Barack Obama has cut short his holidays in Hawaii and is flying to Washington to try to reach a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

Saeima autumn session reviews 3 176 proposals

The Latvian Saeima carried out 16 regular, one emergency and one holiday meetings in the autumn session. 112 laws, including 17 new ones, and amendments to 95 laws were approved during this session.

Latvia expresses condolences over Kazakhstan plane crash

Latvia has extended its expression of condolences to the families of the victims and to all the people of Kazakhstan over the military place crash that killed all 27 on board.

Severe snowstorm hits US

Holidays have turned into a tragedy for several US states, which have been battered by tornadoes and severe snowstorms.

Christmas pictures from around the world

Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated events in the world. The celebrations, people and traditions are extremely diverse though. Here’s a look at a sampling of some of the Christmas scenes around the world in 2012.

VIDEO: The birth of a snowflake

We cannot imagine Christmas without slowly falling snowflakes, but how do these wonderful things form?

38% of residents expect rise of real estate prices next year

The number of real estate price rise predictors has dropped by 3% during the month – down to 38% of interviewed Latvian residents.

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