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Floods in France turn tragic

Southern France has been hit by floods, where two civilians and three rescuers have died.

Mass protests in Poland voice solidarity with judges

In Polish cities and towns, several thousand people have gathered in protests to express solidarity with judges, who, according the organisers and participants of the protests, face intimidation after reforms.

Prime Minister says Istanbul convention’s ratification lacks majority support in Saeima

There is not enough support in the Saeima for the ratification of the Istanbul convention, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš during a joint press-conference with his Slovak colleague Peter Pellegrini.

Cigarette scandal forces Riga Central Market cut ties with shadowy company

Riga Central Market’s board has terminated its contract with LLC Tirdzniecības nams in Latgale suburb over the fact that police found contraband cigarettes on the territory the company was managing, as reported by the central market.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia declines 0.4% in October

Compared to October 2018, total retail trade turnover fell by 0.4 % in October 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products remained at the level of the previous year, but turnover of retail trade in non-food products except for retail sale of automotive fuel increased by 0.3 %, turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – reduced by 3.2 %.

Latvia’s gross domestic product increases 2.9% in October

Compared to Q3 2018, the gross domestic product, based on seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data, increased by 2.9 % in Q3 2019. In Q3 GDP at current prices was EUR 8.1 billion.

Ex-LDz chief Magonis claims 500 000 euros was payment for lobbying interests

The ex-chairman of state company Latvian Railway Uģis Magonis has testified in court that the EUR 500 000 was paid to him not as a bribe but as payment for lobbying the interests of Estonian millionaire Oleg Osinovsky’s indirectly owned companies’ interest in Russia, as reported by public media lsm.lv.

Nurse in Germany sentenced to life in prison after attacks on babies

A court in Germany has been sentenced to life imprisonment after found guilty of attempted murder of prematurely-born infants. It was found she administered unnecessary injections to three babies in her care.

Justice Minister suspects «high level» cover of illegal cigarette business

Law enforcers’ failure to put a stop to circulation of illegal circulates raises suspicions about «high level» cover of this criminal activity, said Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Excellent reputation and «backbone» – qualities Latvia’s next prosecutor general should have

Some of the potential prosecutor general candidates have no desire to stand candidate or they refuse to publicly comment their decision in the event of them being offered such an opportunity.

Turkey blames NATO ally France for siding with «terrorists»

French President Emmanuel Macron «sponsors terrorism», Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said a week before a key NATO summit next week.

70 people receive acute intestinal infection in Liepaja

70 people who dined at Baltic Restaurant, which is located on the territory of Lauma Fabrics company, fell ill with acute intestinal infection in Liepaja, as reported by SPKC.

Overall level of construction costs in Latvia remains unchanged

Compared to September, level of construction costs in Latvia in October 2019 remained the same. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 0.2 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment did not change significantly, but prices of building materials reduced by 0.1 %.

Doctors protest outside Saeima: Let’s not be like beaten dogs returning home!

During the protest held on Thursday, 28 November, leaders of doctors’ organizations urged deputies of the Saeima to study healthcare workers’ everyday life and promised to not act like beaten dogs returning home.

Minister: number of universities in Latvia is not optimal

Considering the current situation with Latvia’s national economy and demography, the number of universities in the country is not optimal, said Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Thursday, 28 November.

Germany to increase its NATO spending to U.S. level

Germany plans to spend more in its payments to NATO budget seeking to match U.S. contribution from 2021, German media report after Berlin has been criticised by Washington of not meeting NATO recommendations in national defence spending.

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