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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Recent Paintings from UK

BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week between January 25 and January 31.

Estonian army tries out anti-tank guided live fire missiles

Estonia’s Defence Forces held on January 22 its first live fire drill with anti-tank guided missile systems Javelin that were bought from the U.S. in 2014.

Thousands of protesters in Moldova call for early parliamentary election

Political tension is increasing Moldova – after protesters broke into the parliament on January 20, about 15 000 people took to the streets of Chisinau on January 24 to demand an early parliamentary election.

Presidential election held in Portugal

Presidential election was held in Portugal on January 24, where veteran centre-right politician and journalist Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa won.

Economic diary of Latvia. «Wrong» taxes

This week the Ministry of Finance plans to sign a 300 000-euro agreement with the World Bank on research into Latvian tax system. Currently, it is not entirely clear, which issues need to be researched as the World Bank itself has found that the Latvian tax regime is not bad at all.

Week in Lithuania. Country saw a record number of foreign investors in 2015

Under the supervision of the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy, Investuok Lietuvoje, a foreign investment promotion agency in Lithuania, has achieved an all-time best result last year -31 new investment projects were started in Lithuania in 2015.

Unity and UGF fail to reach compromise on division of responsibilities in upcoming government

During coalition-building talks that took place on January 21, party Unity and the Union of Greens and Farmers failed to agree on the division of responsibilities in the new government.

Producer prices go down in Latvia in 2015

As compared to 2014, in 2015 average level of producer prices in Latvian industry have decreased by 1 %, data compiled by Latvian Central Statistical Bureau indicate.

Euromin becomes sole owner of Ventspils nafta

During the mandatory and final buy-back offer of Ventspils nafta stocks as expressed by the company’s stock-holder Euromin Holdings (Cyprus) Limited, a total of 968 863 stocks has been offered for purchase and expropriated.

France seeks to continue state of emergency until Islamic State is eliminated

France’s state of emergency, which is in force in the country since the November terror attacks in Paris, should be maintained until the «global war» against the terrorist group Islamic State ends, noted French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on January 21.

Man accused of killing Litvinenko calls inquiry «nonsense»

Former KGB officer and Russian State Duma MP Andrey Lugavoi blamed in the UK for taking part in the killing of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has called the results of the public inquiry «nonsense».

Lithuanian pensioner, ex-émigré sues state over «dignity-humiliating» pension

In an unprecedented lawsuit, ex-Lithuanian émigré is suing the state of Lithuania over the pension she is to receive in Lithuania. At 190 euro, the pension, she claims, is too little to make ends meet.

Straujuma: Russia’s attempts to affect Latvia’s security continue

Although there are no direct threats to Latvia, there is a number of security risks both internally and outside Latvian borders, which need to be identified and prevented to guarantee national security and stability, resigned Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma stated on January 21.

Doctor: Infection has spread throughout President’s body

State President Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia is awake and at satisfactory health following the heart surgery performed on January 20. His health is improving, but the infection has spread throughout his body, unveiled the head of Stradiņš Hospital.

Olainfarm buys Kiwi Cosmetics

Latvian pharmaceuticals giant Olainfarm group has this week signed a contract on buying 100% of the stocks of eco-vegan cosmetics manufacturer Kiwi Cosmetics. The deal is reported to be considered mutually beneficial and expected to allow both companies to optimise manufacturing and gain a foothold in new markets.

MP Kaimiņš to found society

Latvian Saeima MP Artuss Kaimiņš, who left the Saeima faction of the Latvian Regional Alliance in 2015, has unveiled plans to found a society, which, if it gains public support, could turn into a political party.

Construction permit denied to reconstruction of Museum of Occupation of Latvia

The Riga city Construction Administration has on January 20 denied issuing a construction permit for the current reconstruction project of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia due to the lack of necessary documentation from state real estate company Valsts nekustamie īpašumi.

Protesters in Moldova break into parliament building

After the Moldovan government backed the country’s new government on January 20, protesters in Chisinau engaged into a scuffle with riot police and managed to break into the parliament building.

Austria to limit asylum applications

Austria’s government has sated on January 20 that the country will accept considerably less asylum applications in 2016 compared to the number accepted last year. The number would be limited to some 37 500 in every of the next four years. In 2015, Austria accepted 90 000 applications.

Four defendants admit having bought votes at 12th Saeima election

During the first hearing of the Cēsis District Court on January 20 in the case of paying to voters during the 12th Saeima election to secure votes for MP Dzintars Zaķis, four defendants have pleaded guilty in their charges.

Doctors succeed in eliminating source of sepsis in Vējonis’ heart

Doctors at the Latvian Cardiology Centre of Stradiņš’ Hospital in Riga have on January 20 performed a heart operation to State President Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia by eliminating the source sepsis infection in his heart as planned.

No-hangover liquor discovered in North Korea

North Korean press reports that an alcoholic drink, which was discovered in 2015, is quickly gaining popularity in the isolated Asian country since it has a mellow sweet taste and most importantly – does not cause hangover.

Straujuma expects vote on new government to take place in February

The resigned Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, who is holding the post until an new government is formed, has said that the new cabinet is likely to be backed on February 4.

Vējonis to undergo heart operation

Doctors treating Latvian State President Raimonds Vējonis have found that he is suffering from sepsis, which is to be treated by performing a heart operation, doctors have sated.

Renault recalls 15 000 new vehicles to reduce emissions

France’s car manufacturer Renault has on January 19 announced that it recalls 15 000 new vehicles after tests showed exceedingly high emissions for some vehicles.