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Norway starts sending migrants back to Russia

Norway has this week commenced deportations of migrants to Russia, by sending 13 people back over the polar border.

Kučinskis sees no reason to include smaller parties in coalition talks

Candidate to the post of Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis stated on January 19 that he sees no reason to engage the two smaller party factions of Saeima in current coalition talks.

Number of fires down 15% in 2015

The number of calls to put out fires decreased by 15 percent and the number of people killed by fires also went down in 2015, the Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service has found.

Video: Badminton is fun sport, especially from first-person view

Badminton is an exciting sport, though its popularity has decreased in the Baltics over the recent years. The video shot with on-head cameras in China shows a coach playing against two fairly skilled youngsters.

Latvian IT firm buys part of Estonia’s largest IT company

Latvian business technology firm Digital Mind has concluded a contract with Estonia’s leading IT company Nortal on the purchase of all assets related to selling, installing and servicing OpenText and Kofax software.

Unity expects «fair offer» from Kučinskis and UGF

Party Unity expressed readiness to take part in the next Latvian government, but after a meeting with Prime Ministerial candidate Māris Kučinskis on January 18, it still did not agree to support his candidacy, according to leader of Unity’s Saeima faction Solvita Āboltiņa.

President Vējonis’ health condition - satisfactory

Latvian State President Raimonds Vējonis, who was admitted to hospital on January 18, is at satisfactory health, his spokesman Gusts Kikusts unveiled on Tuesday.

First Cologne suspect over sexual assault detained in Germany

German authorities have detained a 26-year-old asylum seeker from Algeria over suspicion of having committed a sexual assault in Cologne at New Year’s Eve.

Chinese economy growing at slowest pace in quarter of century

China’s GDP increased by 6,9% last year, which for the world’s second largest economy is the slowest pace of growth in the last 25 years.

Migrant family sues Lithuanian agency’s decision to deny it refugee status

Lithuania’s first migrant family that arrived in the Baltic country in December as part of the EU refugee resettlement scheme has appealed in court against a decision not to grant it a refugee status.

Inter-bank transaction fees down by four million euros

In a report on the market of payment cards, the Latvian Competition Council has found that the total of interbank transaction fees paid after the CC diffused an unlawful cartel agreement between banks has decreased by four million euros.

Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. French Film Festival «Winter Screens»

BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week between January 18 and January 24.

Bank raided over alleged money laundering scheme

Latvian Economic Police has raided bank Trasta komercbanka over alleged money laundering scheme involving buying securities in Russia and selling them through European banks to put client money in tax havens.

Interim election called in Serbia

Aleksandar Vučić, the Prime Minister of Serbia, has on January 17 called a snap election to increase popular support to his leadership. The parliamentary election could take place in March.

One percent of world’s most wealthy owns as much as remaining 99%

From the financial wealth of the world, a half is in the hands of the richest one percent, while the other half is owned by the remaining 99%, British charity organisation Oxfam has found.

Week in Lithuania. Economy to grow in 2016, but forecasts differ

Lithuania’s economy will grow by 2.8% this year, predicts SEB Bank. Meanwhile, Ernst&Young says that, although significantly shrunk export markets and droopy Russian economy last year slowed Lithuania’s GDP growth, but it should nevertheless grow twice as fast in 2015 and go up from 1.6 to 3.2% in 2016.

Economic diary of Latvia. How to be happy entrepreneur?

December 2015 in Latvian economy has proved characteristic to the last year as a whole: consumer prices in December have decreased 0.3% compared to November, while inflation year-on-year reached a total of 0.2%.

Kupce’s first interview with Estonian public broadcaster

Estonia’s new first lady, Latvian-born Ieva Kupce, has had her first interview with the Estonian public broadcaster ERR. Reportedly, the Latvian Defence Ministry official married Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on January 2.

Video: Your phone, when notifications arrive from 8m Instagram account

Dutch footballer Demy de Zeeuw curiously filmed the moment in his phone, right after he posted something interesting on a football-related Instagram account with eight million followers. Yes, and he had his notifications on.

Soviet military buildings being demolished to plant forest

The works of demolishing abandoned Soviet military buildings are under way in the former Skrunda radar station, which was a Soviet army site situated near the town on Skrunda.

Saeima backs administrative liability for failure to use agricultural land

The Saeima passed on January 14 amendments to the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations in the first reading, stipulating fines to persons, who fail to use agricultural land for agricultural use after buying it.

Renault shares fall 20% after raids in its factories

French carbuilder Renault saw its shares plunge 20% and recover some 10% in January 14 after news broke that police has searched its factories in relation to possible manipulations with car emissions tests.

District mayor in Germany sends busload of refugees to Merkel

A mayor in the federal land of Bavaria has expressed dissatisfaction with Germany’s asylum policy, by sending a bus with Syrian refugees to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s federal residence in Berlin on January 14.

Smaller parties rule out supporting Kučinskis’ cabinet

The two smallest parties of the Saeima – Latvian Regional Alliance and To Latvia from the Heart – have agreed not to support a government that would be headed by PM’s candidate Māris Kučinskis.

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