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Zakusala’s television tower turns 30

2016 marks thirty years since the construction of the tallest television tower in the European Union – Zakusala TV tower, as reported by Latvian State Radio and Television Centre.

Latvian coalition partners have different opinions about control over Saeima committees

It seems there are some conflicting opinions among coalition partners regarding the management of parliamentary committees. Considering that the composition of the new government suggests handing over control over Finance Ministry to the Union of Greens and Farmers and the Education and Science Ministry to Unity.

Video: First-person footage of supertyphoon Haiyan

The Philippines are still being rebuilt after supertyphoon Haiyan struck the Eastern-Asian archipelago in November 2013. A man named Jim Edds filmed, how it looked like in the midst of the superstorm.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 4.9%

Compared to 2014, retail trade turnover rose by 4.9 % in Latvia in 2015. Retail trade in food products grew by 2.8 % and turnover of non-food products rose by 6.3 %.

Vaidere: Greece has proven its inability to fulfil its duties as an EU member state

The European Commission has found that Greece does fulfil its duties as a Schengen Zone member states in regards to border security. «Greece has proved once again that it is unable to fulfil its duties as a member of the European Union. This time Greece has failed to properly control the flow of migrants from Turkey,» – said MEP Inese Vaidere.

TV5 to be shut down at the end of March

Due to financial reasons, owners of TV5 television channel have decided to shut it down at the end of March 2016. Up until recently TV5 was one of the few television channels in Latvia that provided content in Russian language.

Iran and France to boost ties in business and combat terrorism together

As Iranian President ended on January 28 his tour of visits to European countries – Iranian and French ministers and business leaders in Paris signed bilateral agreements in several sectors, including banking, exports, health and the environment.

Lux Express passenger bus ends up in a traffic accident in Estonia

On Friday, 29 January, a Lux Express passenger bus crashed in Estonia on Jehvi – Tartu road around 00:50 at night. Twelve passengers and the driver of the bus have been hospitalized.

Germany plans not to grant asylum to Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian nationals

The federal government of Germany has on January 28 announced an initiative to include Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco to its safe countries’ list, meaning that citizens of these countries are unlikely to receive asylum in Germany.

Facebook considerably increased revenue in Q4 2015

Social networking site Facebook has on January 27 unveiled its quarterly financial results on the last three months of 2015, which show a considerable increase in revenue.

Latvian coalition achieves conceptual agreement about duties in the next government

On Thursday, 28 January, Unity’s Saeima faction decided to accept the offer to lead Economy Ministry, Education and Science Ministry, Welfare Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Interior Ministry as well as deputy prime minister post, as confirmed by Unity leader Solvita Aboltina.

Construction costs in Latvia grew 0.1% in 2015

Compared to average level of 2014, construction costs in Latvia had increased by 0.1 % in 2015. Wages had increased by 6.7 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment had not changed notably, whereas prices of building materials had decreased by 1.8 % that year.

Rõivas: Absolute support to Ukraine still one of EU’s top priorities

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas stated that talk of Russia becoming more constructive in relations with Ukraine is a gross exaggeration, since Russia has taken no direct measures to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine.