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Syria rebels hold out in Aleppo

Syrian rebels have held out for another night in the city of Aleppo as a government offensive enters its fourth day.

Medvedev: no reason to leave politics

Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev made it clear that neither he nor the political power he represents have any reason to leave active politics. He did not rule out the possibility to participate in the next presidential elections.

Foreign Affairs Minister: EU issues are still Latvia’s foreign policy priorities

Issues related to the European Union will remain on top of Latvia’s list of foreign policy priorities. This includes closer integration among EU countries, said Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics on Monday, July 30.

The World Bank: the «hundred lat program» increased people’s income by 37%

The «Work practice with municipal bursaries» employment event has helped some part of the proportion of unemployed Latvian residents to overcome the social consequences brought by the crisis, concluded in the reports of the World Bank.

300 million people left without electricity in India

A massive grid failure in Delhi and much of northern India left more than 300 million people without electricity on Monday, July 30.

Cycling tour for libraries around the Castle of Light

On Monday, July 30, participants from all over the world gathered at the Latvian Railway History Museum for the Cycling tour for libraries, to perform a victory lap around the newly constructed building in the Castle of Light.

Coface: there is no reason to speak of a second crisis wave in Latvia

There is currently no reason to speak of any signs of a second wave of crisis in Latvia – such is the conclusion of the international risk management insurance company Coface Latvia.

Retail trade turnover up by 8.4%

This year (2012) in June compared to May, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices, total retail trade turnover increased by 2.1%. Food retail trade increased by 1.6%, while non-food products – by 2.3%.

July 30 in pictures

BNN offers to take a look at the most interesting, the most scandalous and simply the most beautiful pictures of the day.

Sting «sells out» Arena Riga once again

The famous British composer and singer Sting performed before a 12 000 crowd at Arena Riga on Sunday, July 29. Sting is one of the few musicians that managed to completely sell out their concerts at Arena Riga.

London Olympics photos: July 29

During the London Olympics, BNN offers to check out daily galleries of events, the achievements of sportsmen and intense battles for medals.

Daily joke: Smart decision

Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck the end of the alley and worked their way to the other end.

French cows prefer French wine

French farmers give their cows good wine – two bottles every day in fact. According to the farmers, wine cheers their cows and improves the quality of their meat.

Ryanair profits hit by higher fuel costs

Low-frills airline Ryanair has reported a sharp drop in profits due to significantly higher fuel costs.

The most dangerous children’s toys – swings, trampoline and bicycle

According to the data from ERGO insurance company and the Children Clinical University Hospital (CCUH), with the coming of warm weather, the number of seasonal injuries (riding bicycles and roller skates; falling from swings; jumping on trampolines; different accidents in bodies of water, and accidents with animals).

Juncker pledges to work together with ECB

Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker told a French newspaper on Sunday, July 29, there was no time to lose in stabilizing the euro zone and decisions would be made by policy makers in the coming days.

Cable-stayed bridge security measures invoke scepticism

More than half (54%) of Latvia’s economically active residents age 18 to 55 believe that additional security measures at the cable-stayed bridge will not quell daredevils’ desire to climb the cables of the bridge.

Romney: US has a «solemn duty» to prevent Iranian threat to Israel

Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said that the United States has a «solemn duty and a moral imperative» to do whatever necessary to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons that could threaten the existence of Israel, a vital American ally.

Political calendar of Latvia. July 30 – August 3, 2012

Calendar of political events in Latvia July 30 – August 3, 2012.

Economic calendar of Latvia. July 30 – August 3, 2012

Calendar of economic events in Latvia July 30 – August 3, 2012.

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