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Ceturtdiena 12.12.2019 | Name days: Otīlija, Iveta

Sweets and electrical appliances – theft on trial 25 years after the fact

Romans Siņicins is on trial in Latvia for theft of sweets, electrical appliances and other items from stores, all of which had occurred 25 years ago. Several teenagers were arrested in relation to these thefts in the 90s, including Siņicins, who was 14 at the time, as reported by LTV programme Panorāma.

Brexit stuck in British parliament; PM considers snap elections

British Prime Minister Boriss Johnson may push for general elections if the European Union decides to postpone Brexit until January 2020, BBC reports.

Latvia, being short of doctors, not planning more funds to training

Latvia, despite its shortage of young specialists in health care, has attributed in the 2020 state budget no additional funding to the training of resident medical specialists.

With Liepāja Prison construction stalling, minister concedes reopening of old prison

As the Latvian government is unwilling to invest in the modernisation of prison infrastructure, the reopening of the old Brasa Prison could be needed, said Latvian Justice Minister on Tuesday, October 22. Brasa Prison in Riga was closed this spring.

Latvian five-party coalition agrees on consensus budget proposals only

Working on the Latvian state budget 2020, government’s five ruling parties have agreed that in the parliament, the separate factions would not submit separate proposals for amendments, said MP Atis Zakatistovs after a coalition sitting.

Maxima tragedy: Court rejects slow proceedings’ criticism, as victims protest

As a court in Riga continues the criminal proceedings over the Maxima tragedy to determine the guilty persons in the death of 54 people in a 2013 supermarket collapse, the Latvian Court Administration has rejected criticism of the process as being delayed.

Ventspils extends mandate of Lembergs and allies in freeport

The Ventspils City Council has on Friday, October 18, confirmed the extension of mandate to another five years in the board of the Ventspils Freeport Administration to long-standing municipal politicians Aivars Lembergs, Jānis Vītolņš, Didzis Ošenieks and Guntis Blumbergs, according to information available to the BNN.

Estonian interest in third pillar pensions lowest in EU, study finds

In Estonia, the interest of consumers in free-of-choice pension funds, is the lowest as compared to other member states of the European Union, a study of Better Finance investor rights group found.

One of Latvia’s most wanted suspects found

Police in Latvia have found – thanks to reports of fellow citizens – suspect Angeļina Sacjuka, who was wanted for a deadly attack on a woman, the State Police said. The crime she was wanted for could bring her a prison term of three to 15 years

Latvia could crash out of Expo 2020 in Dubai, De facto says

Due to works being late, Latvia’s participation in the Expo 2020 world exhibition in Dubai has been put on hold. This would not be the first time of Latvians stopping preparations half-way to the global event, reports LTV programme De facto.

Tragic Siberia dam collapse investigated in Russia

Russia has launched a criminal investigation into the death of 15 people at a dam collapse on River Seiba in Siberia. The tragedy has taken place at a remote site of a goldmining company.

Week in Lithuania: Grybauskaitė invited to think tank, push for 2nd vote on Speaker

Last week in Lithuania ex-President invited to join think tank, LFGU sought 2nd vote on Speaker’s removal, court reduced pro-Russian Councillor’s fine, and Order and Justice leader was urged to step down.

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