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Friday 22.02.2019 | Name days: Rigonda, Adrians, Ārija

Lithuanian intelligence adds China along with Russia to list of national security threats

Lithuania’s intelligence has released this week the annual National Threat Assessment 2019 report, with core threats coming from the hostility of Russia in a vast spectrum of aspects.

Two conflicting rallies over Riga Mayor to be held at same time on Saturday

As the embattled Mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs, whose premises have been searched as part of a corruption scandal, faces a no-confidence vote, the National Alliance will hold a rally against Ušakovs on Saturday, at the same time, when his support rally is expected to be held.

Subjecting whistle-blower MP to persecution – indication of oligarch power in Latvia, says Justice Minister

«In the current situation with MP Juris Jurašs, we can see indications that point to a political witch-hunt against him and the New Conservative Party that is motivated by economic crimes. It shows that oligarchs are eager to show that they are still hold the power in their hands,» said Latvian Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns about his fellow party member being subjected to persecution over revealing graft investigation information.

Bribery case against Bank of Latvia governor longer due to testifying

The criminal case against Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is suspected of accepting a bribe, will take longer than expected as he has begun testifying, according to what Latvian Prosecutor-General Ēriks Kalnmeiers said to LTV news programme Rīta Panorāma.

Exporting beef of suspicious quality investigated in Poland

In the sick cow scandal in that involved over 2 500 kilograms of beef from allegedly unwell cows in Poland being exported to a dozen of countries, investigations have been launched by Poland and officials of the European Union.

Latvia saw top tourist increase in Europe last year

In tourism, Latvia was Europe's fastest growing destination with an 8% increase in the number of guests and over-night stays, the country's Ministry of Economy has estimated.

KPV LV expels Gobzems, its former PM candidate

KPV LV, a coalition party of the Latvian government, has decided on February 4 to expel Aldis Gobzems from the party ranks despite previously backing him as KPV LV's leader and candidate for the post of the Latvian Prime Minister.

UK working to exit the EU in March

British Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her determination to deliver Brexit on time and would continue ahead of talks on the arrangement of the Northern Ireland border.

Kremlin also pulls out of nuclear arms treaty, following U.S. move

Responding to a decision by the U.S. to suspend its participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, Russia has announced a similar move that has raised fears of a Cold War-era arms race. Washington on Saturday formally suspended its obligations from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

Minister: fixed tariff could be implemented for taxis working at Riga airport

To finally resolve the problematic situation with taxi services at Riga International Airport it may be a good idea to implement fixed prices for taxis carrying passengers from there, says Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits.

Meat of sick livestock from Poland delivered to Lido restaurant

A small amount of meat from sick livestock from Poland has been found in a Lido restaurant, as confirmed by Chief of Latvian Food and Veterinary Service’s Public Relations Office Ilze Meistere.

Baltic prime ministers to meet in Riga next week

On Monday, 4 February, there will be a meeting of Baltic prime ministers at Art Museum Riga Bourse.

Latvian Border Guard apprehends 29 border jumpers

On Thursday, 31 January, Latvia’s State Border Guard officers apprehended a total of 29 perpetrators on the country’s external borders and internal territories.