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Hour tickets to be allowed to be used in shuttle buses in Riga

Starting from 1 January 2016, owners of Riga resident cards will be able to use hour tickets in shuttle buses in the Latvian capital. Up until now it was only possible to use those tickets in buses, trolleybuses and trams.

Donald Trump’s stunning win tops Lithuania’s most memorable events in 2016

The rise of Donald Trump to power of the mightiest country in the world, United States, as well as the surge of populists in the European Union, including Lithuania, stirred the pot most in 2016, agree all Lithuanian analysts that BNN spoke to before the end of the year.

Bookmakers predict the colour of Latvian president’s tie for New Year’s speech

Triobet has prepared a special prediction for the president’s New Year’s speech. According to bookmakers, it is likely Raimonds Vejonis will be wearing a red tie during the congratulatory New Year’s speech. Other predictions suggest the speech will not last longer than five minutes.

Vitol realizes environmentally friendly alternative energy source project in Ghana

IFC and MIGA, members of the World Bank Group, have allocated USD 517 million to support Ghana’s Sankofa Gas Project. This integrated offshore oil and natural gas project that will provide a source of reliable, affordable energy in this West African country.

Russian plane crash investigators point to «mechanical impact» as cause

The investigators of the plane crash that occurred last weekend in the Black Sea near Sochi, Russia, have released their initial findings on possible causes that might have brought down the military plane claiming the lives of all 92 people on board.

Approximately 15,000 youngsters gather for Taizé meeting in Riga

An important event is expected to take place in Arena Riga at 19:00 on 30 December – the Taizé prayer with participation from different church authorities and state officials. At the end of this event, the leader of the community Brother Alois will announce which of the European cities will host the next year’s meeting.

Rain to bid farewell to 2016 and snow to welcome 2017 in Latvia

Similar to the rest of December, colder masses of air will be interchanging with warm masses in the final days of 2016 in Latvia. More stable weather is expected to come no sooner than the beginning of 2017.

Fog prevents airBaltic’s new aircraft from landing

On Thursday, 29 December, airBaltic’s new CS300 aircraft failed to land in Paris because of thick fog in the area. The aircraft was redirected to Frankfurt, according to the airline’s representative Janis Vanags.

Kozlovskis: arrested LDz worker spied in favour of third countries

The spy caught by Normunds Mezviets’ Security Police was an employee of LDz Aleksandr Krasnopojorov from Jelgava. He had taken pictures of a cargo train carrying NATO war machines and had sent those photos to an acquaintance in Russia, as reported by

Tallink shipping company cuts share capital

One of Estonia’s largest companies Tallink Grupp has announced on Wednesday, December 28, that it has ended the procedure of reducing its capital.

US Senators: NATO’s role in Baltics is more important than ever before

United States of America will continue providing military support to Baltic States by ensuring troop rotation and financial support. US Congress retains strong cooperation with Baltics, as confirmed by US Senators during their meeting with Saeima speaker Inara Murniece.

Latvians abroad express increased interest to restore Latvian citizenship

The interest of Latvians living abroad, especially UK, Ireland, Germany, USA and Israel, has increased lately, noted Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics in the annual report on the ministry’s accomplishments in foreign policy and EU matters.

airBaltic flight from Copenhagen performs emergency landing at Riga airport

airBaltic flight from Copenhagen performed an emergency landing at Riga airport in the evening of Wednesday, 28 December, as confirmed by the airport’s representative Laura Karnite.

Tens of thousands of migrants leave Germany voluntarily

After over a million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015, this year a record number of migrants – around 55 000 -, have left the country voluntarily, while approximately 25 000 people have been deported.

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