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Latvian government to decide on dropping litigation against Parex Bank’s former owners

The assessment on whether or not Latvian government should continue or drop the litigations against former Parex Bank owners Valērijs Kargins and Viktors Krasovickis may be completed in about a month, as TV3 programme 900 seconds was told by Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro on Monday, 10 February.

In pictures: Storm Ciara brings strong winds and floods to Western Europe

The storm Ciara has brought strong winds, floods and destruction to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and elsewhere in the western and central part of Europe.

Ķuzis admits «police unable to recover losses» from retiring police officers

In 2019 the number of retired police officers in Latvian State Police had exceeded the number of fresh officers accepted in service. Resigning Chief of State Police Ints Ķuzis admits «police are unable to recover losses».

Coronavirus infections in China exceed 40 000 people

Over 40 000 people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus in China, while the death toll from the virus has exceeded 908, according to Deutsche Welle. Many people who contract it have only small symptoms and get it cured.

Week in Latvia to be rainy and windy; strong wind expected in many parts

Strong wind and rain are expected in Latvia this week. Air temperature is also expected to increase, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvian government to spend 14.5 billion euros on National Development Plan

In order to meet the goals outlined in Latvia’s National Development Plan 2027, the government plans to allocate funding of 14.5 billion euros, as journalists were told by the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre’s director Pēteris Vilks on Friday, 7 February.

Law enforcers find enormous illegal cigarette production facility in Jelgava

As part of a large-scale investigation, Latvian State Police uncovered an illegal cigarette production facility in Jelgava this week. The facility was impressive: professionally set up with modern cigarette manufacturing equipment. It is reported to be one of the biggest such illegal facilities ever uncovered in the country’s history.

Russian fishermen saved by Estonian, Finnish rescuers

In the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Estonia, a Russian fishing trawler has encountered difficulties leading to a rescue operation, in which seven crew members have been taken to safety, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports.

Opposition skips meeting and thereby lets Riga’s mayor keep his seat

Members of opposition parties in Riga City Council skipped the meeting on Thursday, 7 February. Because of this there was no quorum and the meeting was thereby cancelled. This allowed Riga City Council chairman Oļegs Burovs keep his seat.

Pavels Rebenoks is unlikely to receive access to official secrets in Latvia

One of the winners of the Latvenergo council members personnel selection process, Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro’s advisor Pāvels Rebenoks is unlikely to be provided with access to official secrets, as reported by LTV programme Panorāma on Thursday, 6 February.

Snowy and rainy weekend expected in Latvia

Cyclone activity will go down at the end of the work week. This means the sky will become clear on Friday. Only some snow is expected in eastern regions of Latvia in the evening, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Cameras banned by US used to monitor Lithuanian leaders

The video surveillance cameras manufactured in China by companies applied with US sanctions are used in cars used by Lithuanian political leaders, as well as in areas like state border guard and migration control, as concluded by journalists of Lithuanian public media LRT.

Latvian ministry to request expansion of legislative act on Riga City Council's dismissal

Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has plans to request expanding Saeima’s already conceptually supported legislative act for the dismissal of Riga City Council, as journalists were told by minister Juris Pūce on Thursday, 6 February.

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