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Tuesday 18.06.2019 | Name days: Madis, Alberts

France's first same-sex marriage

France celebrated its first gay marriage this week. Vincent Autin, 40, a gay rights activist, and his partner, Bruno Boileau, 30, were pronounced mari et mari at the town hall in Montpellier, southern France.

Russia to sell at least 10 MiG fighters to Syria

Russia's MiG aircraft maker said Friday, May 31, it plans to sign a new agreement to ship at least 10 fighter jets to Syria, a move that comes amid international criticism of earlier Russian weapons deals with Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Lithuanian taxmen use Google Street View to find undeclared property

Google Street View is the new tool of the Lithuanian state revenue service, instrumental in finding people, who build their homes with undeclared taxable money.

PHOTO: air support specialists perform NATO training flights in Ādaži

As part of the Baltic Region Training Event (BRTE), NATO air forces carried out training flights above the Baltics recently. The training flights were monitored by air support specialists from Latvia and Poland.

New iPod touch launched by Apple

Apple has introduced a new variant of iPod touch in the market. The device has the same 4-inch Retina display of the 5th generation models, but there is no rear camera.

Latvia's average wages keep increasing

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that the average wages and salaries in the country are growing already for the third year in a row.

Competitiveness index: Lithuania ahead of Estonia

The 2013 World Competitiveness Scoreboard has ranked Lithuania in the 31st place, Estonia – in the 36th. The top business environments are the U.S., Switzerland, Hong Kong, Sweden and Singapore. Latvia is ranked 41st, but all Baltic states are ranked higher than Italy, Spain and Russia.

Russian opposition: Sochi Olympics are government-level scam

Russian opposition leaders are convinced that 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is a colossal corruption scheme.

Photo: Google Street View catches breakup aftermath

Google Street View is filled with odd sightings, weird situations and the occasional half-man, half-horse. The latest strange thing spotted on the service appears to be a woman collecting her belongings off a street curb.

Photos of the week, 2013.05.31.

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

Women could «evolve out» of menopause

Geneticist Aarathi Prasad recently argued that menopause is on the cusp of extinction — and that women will soon be able to have children at virtually any stage in their lives.

OlainFarm concludes the most successful quarter in the company's history

The realization of OlainFarm manufactured products brought the company 12.6 million LVL in Q1 of 2013, which is 4% more than there was in the same period of 2012. With that, this is the company's best performance to date.

Daily Joke: Dental Expenses

One day, a man walks into a dentist's office and asks how much it will cost to extract wisdom teeth...

Neste Latvia's annual turnover grows by 15%

Neste Latvia's net turnover increased 15% last year, compared to 2011, and reached 209.65 million LVL. Last year's profit reached 3.92 million LVL after taxes, while investments reached 2.1 million LVL. The increase of turnover was mainly due to the increase of fuel prices and demand for Neste Oil's produced diesel fuel and petrol in Finland.

Latest data on municipal election: 4% of citizens have voted

57 236 Latvian citizens have used the opportunity to vote ahead of time until the evening of May 30, according to the data from the Central Election Commission (CEC).

Lithuanians and Estonians to buy Snoras' leasing arm

Neil Cooper, bankruptcy administrator of the nationalised and now bankrupt Snoras bank has found the buyer for Snoro lizingas, the bank's consumer leasing arm.

Latvians gathered at more than 100 locations to read their favourite books on Reading Day

The first Latvia reads flashmob event has concluded with photo correspondence from more than 100 locations around Latvia. This event was carried out in Latvia as a reminded that reading improves the general quality of life.

CPCB warns Latvian Farmers' Union for exceeding allowed pre-election expenses

This week, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) informed the Latvian Farmers' Union (LFU) that based on the party's advertisement contract reports for the month, it could exceed the allowed pre-election expense limit.

People leave a trace of waste at Mt Everest

Mountain climbers worldwide mark the 60th anniversary since the first successful attempt to reach the top of the world.