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05/03/2018 11:00Legality of Latvia's education reform to be considered by Constitutional Court    ( Eng.Lsm.lv )
Melnikovs wants the court to examine the compliance of the education reform with several articles of the Latvian Constitution and a number of international conventions, the LETA ... The move has met with stiff opposition from some Russian-speakers, with a series of demonstrations in the streets of RÄŤga.
05/03/2018 10:00Eau Claire natives memoir puts faith in the Midwestern stars    ( Leader-Telegram )
She received her Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Idaho and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Riga, Latvia, where she researched Baltic performing arts and literature. Her mother, Victoria, was diagnosed with lymphoma in her brain in 2013, and died just a few months later ...
05/02/2018 03:00Nobel Prize in literature may not be awarded in 2018 amid Swedish Academy scandals    ( CBS News )
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Sex-abuse and financial-crimes scandals involving the group that hands out the Nobel Prize in literature could result in no prize being awarded this year for the first time since 1943. The august Swedish Academy has admitted that "unacceptable behavior in the form of ...
05/01/2018 11:00Medical leaders urge all states to sign nuclear weapons treaty    ( Ekklesia )
Deep concern about nuclear armed states who have decided to modernise their nuclear weapons and retain them indefinitely, has been expressed by the World Medical Association (WMA). At their Council meeting in Riga, Latvia, delegates from the WMA called for the elimination of nuclear weapons ...
04/28/2018 09:05A Baltic bank, a Belarussian bribe and a British embarrassment    ( HeraldScotland )
Local news media in Belarus, citing law enforcement sources, said Melnikov paid Zubarev some 2.2 million euros through accounts held by ITI Corporation in Latvia and Cyprus. A court in Minsk heard Melnikov took Zubarev to Riga, the Latvian capital, in early 2011. An official at an unnamed bank ...
04/27/2018 15:05Drunk British army officers clash with Riga police    ( Eng.Lsm.lv )
Furious Hammer is still ongoing, taking place from April 18 to April 30, and involving the UK-led battle group based in Estonia along with Estonian, Danish, French and Latvian forces, with 500 military personnel participating. The three were returned to base by Latvian and Canadian military police, the ...
04/27/2018 14:05Moskalkova calls world community to protect rights activist Gaponenko detained in Latvia    ( RAPSI )
Gaponenko's detention discords with basic principles of democracy, infringes rights of national minorities in Latvia including the right to freedom of expression and information distribution. Gaponenko was arrested on April 20. A court in Riga detained him on suspicion of illegal activity against the state on ...
04/27/2018 05:05Operation Hammered: drunk British army officers clash with Riga police    ( The Times )
Three British army officers drunkenly clashed with the Latvian police on a night out in Riga despite warnings about the threat of Russian stings planned to make UK troops look like thugs. One of the junior officers was detained for a couple of hours while another was repelled with pepper spray during the ...
04/25/2018 19:05OECD to audit Latvia's finance watchdogs    ( Eng.Lsm.lv )
"FinCEN representatives will arrive in RÄŤga in the early summer, after evaluating the current situation in the finance sector, in order to obtain a systemic view over the capabilities to investigate financial crime in Latvia," Reizniece-Ozola said. On April 25 the FKTK informed the Finance Sector Development ...
04/25/2018 11:05Laundering Scandal Exposes Europe Rift on How to Police Banks    ( Bloomberg )
At an ECB supervisory board meeting this month, larger euro-region countries weren't interested in unifying anti-money-laundering measures, according to Latvia's Putnins, who attended. But smaller nations “would be happy to create something together,” he said. It's “very embarrassing to depend on ...
04/25/2018 10:05Laundering Scandal Exposes Europe Rift on How to Police Banks    ( Bloomberg )
Latvia, grappling with the aftermath of its third-biggest bank being closed down, is calling for a pan-European approach to fighting dubious financial flows. While it has the support of other small states, it hasn't convinced Germany, which argues those powers are better kept at a national level.
04/23/2018 15:05Russian Human Rights Council concerned over arrest of advocate Gaponenko in Latvia    ( RAPSI )
Chief of the Council's Commission for human rights abroad said that if Gaponenko was arrested and detained for speaking but not for actions, Latvian authorities violated his right to freedom of expression. Reportedly, Gaponenko was arrested on Friday. On Saturday, a court in Riga detained him on ...
04/22/2018 04:05Cops identify 'former KGB assassin, 54, trained in martial arts and with law degree as prime ...    ( The Sun )
Boris said Gordon was trained in martial arts and specialised in the Brazilian style ju jitsu who also went to Latvia's State University in Riga and gained a law degree. He is reportedly on a list of "reserve" FSB officers who can be called upon to carry out hits and he reportedly shot an organised crime boss ...
04/21/2018 18:05Kremlin cheerleader Gaponenko to be held in custody    ( Eng.Lsm.lv )
The Riga Vidzeme District Court on April 21 ordered pro-Kremlin radical Aleksandrs Gaponenko be taken into custody as a security measure. ... proceeding opened on April 4 for activities targeting Latvia's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and state power in an anti-Constitutional manner.
04/21/2018 09:05Pro-Russia radical detained by Security Police over possible anti-Latvian activities    ( Baltic Times )
RIGA - The Latvian Security Police has detained Aleksandrs Gaponenko, a pro-Russian radical and the leader of an unregistered organization, the Congress of Non-citizens, over possible anti-Latvian activities, according to LETA's sources. Lawyer Imma Jansone confirmed to LETA that Gaponenko had ...
04/20/2018 20:05Security Police arrest notorious pro-Russia activist    ( Eng.Lsm.lv )
The Latvian Security Police has detained Aleksandrs Gaponenko, a pro-Russian radical and the leader of an unregistered organization, the Congress of ... asked the Security Police to probe a recent Facebook post by Gaponenko about the Americans "planning to carry out ethnic cleansing" in Riga.
04/19/2018 20:05Drunk man sexually assaulted passenger and cabin crew member on Ryanair flight    ( Manchester Evening News )
Robertas Bajalis grabbed a fellow passenger's breast before pinching an air stewardess' bum during the evening flight from Latvia to Manchester, a court ... heard how the construction worker, 30, had downed half a bottle of vodka and four pints of cider before the flight, from Riga to Manchester Airport.
04/19/2018 04:05Nazi SS veterans hold an annual march on this square in Latvia. This woman is fighting back.    ( The Jewish Standard )
Holocaust historian Efraim Zuroff said the vigil in Riga is part of a recent development in the Baltic states of Lithuania and Latvia. In Lithuania, he said, “we are seeing the first signs of acceptance of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust as an integral part of Lithuanian society and acknowledgement of the ...
04/18/2018 22:05Five-star hotels you can stay in around the world for under ÂŁ100 a night    ( iNews )
When it comes to holidays, almost all of us enjoy five-star luxury. Crisp sheets, a decadent bathroom and wonderful food delivered with courteous service significantly add to the holiday experience. That said, we all love a bargain, which means the eye-watering five-star price tag can be hard to swallow.
04/17/2018 03:05Latvia overhauls banking amid money-laundering accusations    ( The Business Times )
EUROZONE member Latvia is scrambling to reform its banking sector after US authorities accused its third-largest lender of large-scale money laundering with connections to North Korea's nuclear weapons development programme. Desperate to restore credibility, Riga is eliminating deposits in US ...

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