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Latvia’s Finance Ministry increases GDP growth outlook to 4.2% for 2018

Finance Ministry has increased the growth domestic product growth outlook for 2018 from 4% to 4.2%. At the same time, the ministry has reduced economic growth outlook for 2019.

Fast loan industry asks Latvian president not to announce stricter rules for industry

Alternative Financial Services Association of Latvia has sent a letter to Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis, detailing a request to return to the Saeima amendments to Consumer Rights Protection Law for a repeated reading, as confirmed by the association.

Real estate property registration order to be made more efficient

To help reduce administrative burden, it is planned to synchronize the data stored in State Land Service’s and district courts’ databases, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Four foreigners denied entry to Latvia

On Wednesday, 10 October, Latvia’s State Border Guard apprehended 37 perpetrators on the country’s state borders.

Link between poking nose and pneumonia discovered in research

Human nose is designed to stop infectious bacteria from reaching lungs, but if its content is put into mouth, a person inserts bacteria, also the ones that cause pneumococcal infection, in his or her body putting it behind the protective mechanism, British scientists have concluded.

Saeima to prohibit state institutions from setting different competition conditions

Members of Saeima’s Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supported in the first reading amendments to the Competition Law on Wednesday, 10 October, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Avoid eating meat to prevent devastating climate change, scientists call

The humanity has to considerably cut its meat consumption to prevent devastating climate change, scientists found in the most thorough study so far on how what we eat affects the environment.

Latvian parties remain cautious after second day of government talks; five parties continue talks

Parties elected to the 13th Saeima remain cautious after the second day of government formation talks. Political powers remain reluctant to reveal the composition of the potential government. Five parties continue government formation talks.

Maxima: a significant price drop has been noticed for coffee and sugar

Food product price inflation in Latvia remains low this year. According to data from Maxima Retail Trade Compass, the biggest price decline was observed for coffee and sugar in the first half-year.

Government-building in Latvia sluggish; disputes emerge between KPV LV and UGF

The government formation process in Latvia is progressing carefully at the moment. No coalition outline is seen after one day of talks among parties. With that said, some parties are already engaged in heated disputes. KPV LV and the Union of Greens and Farmers have managed to start an argument even before meeting.

Bulgarian man accused of journalist Marinova's murder

In Germany, a citizen of Bulgaria has been arrested and charges with the brutal killing of journalist Viktoria Marinova, according to Bulgarian authorities.

Stockholm’s and Sigulda’s combined offer officially added to 2026 Olympics list

The combined offer submitted by Sweden’s Stockholm and Latvia’s Sigulda was officially added on to the short-list of 2026 Olympics host candidates by the International Olympics Committee on Tuesday, 9 October.

Party: counter-measures for climate change should be next government’s priority

In response to the threats detailed in the report of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Progressive party in Latvia invites the government to pay more attention to the climate change problem.

Priest accused of sexual abuse and human trafficking released from arrest on bail

Latvian State Police has released Pāvels Zeiļa, a priest of diocese of Rezekne-Aglona accused of human trafficking and sexual abuse, from arrest on bail, according to unofficial information from LETA.

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