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World's largest concert piano strikes chord in Latvia

Ventspils - Soaring to new musical heights, a German-born innovator has crafted what is believed to be the world's largest grand piano.

Latvia names new MEP as suspect in kick-back probe

Riga - Latvia's anti-corruption bureau on Wednesday named the leader of the country's most popular political party as a suspect in an ongoing corruption probe.

Ex-Soviet dissident favourite for Latvian president

Riga - The Latvian parliament will on Wednesday choose the Baltic state's next president, with long-time European Court of Justice judge and former Soviet dissident Egils Levits the frontrunner.

Far from Brussels, Latvians are European at heart

Rezekne - A Latvian border guard helicopter hovers over a vast forest split by a long, narrow strip of sandy land where a fence topped with barbed wire marks the EU's border with Russia.

Latvian priest charged with abusing vulnerable teen: report

Riga - A Latvian Catholic priest and two other people have been charged with human trafficking and sexual abuse of a male teenager with learning difficulties, local media reported Friday, citing justice authorities.

Latvia central banker gets green light to travel abroad

Riga - Latvian prosecutors on Tuesday said they had temporarily lifted a travel ban on the eurozone country's central bank chief who is facing bribery charges, allowing him to attend a board meeting of the European Central Bank.

Thousands rally for pro-Kremlin Riga mayor probed for graft

Riga - Several thousand people rallied in front of Riga City Hall on Saturday in support of Nils Usakovs, the city's mayor and leader of the popular pro-Kremlin Harmony party, who is under investigation for corruption.

Latvian cardinal, ex-PM, judge top list of KGB collaborators

Riga - A former prime minister, the current Supreme Court chief justice and a late Catholic cardinal are among Latvians who collaborated with the KGB during the Cold War, according to bombshell files released Friday.

Latvia rejects UN migration pact

Riga - Latvia on Thursday rejected the United Nations migration pact set to be adopted next week, following similar moves by several other European countries as well as Australia and the United States.

Latvia rejects UN migration pact

Riga - Latvia on Thursday rejected the United Nations migration pact set to be adopted next month, following similar moves by several other European countries as well as Australia and the United States.

Cultural renaissance sweeps Latvia for centenary

Riga - With homegrown books and films topping sales in Latvia after decades of foreign cultural domination, the small Baltic state is in the throes of a cultural renaissance as it marks 100 years of independence.

Pro-Russian party, populists top Latvia vote

Riga - The pro-Kremlin Harmony party won Latvia's general election ahead of populists who may help it form a coalition, final results showed Sunday, after a vote tarnished by a hackers' attack on the country's top social network.

Russians, populists on top as Latvian voters seek 'fresh faces'

Riga - Latvia's governing centre-right coalition faces a tough challenge from pro-Kremlin and populist parties when the Baltic state with a sizeable ethnic Russian minority heads to the polls Saturday.

Protestant Latvia welcomes pope

Riga - Mainly Protestant Latvia on Monday welcomed Pope Francis on a visit many hope will put the small Baltic country on the map and bring its people closer together."I'm happy he's here.

Latvian priest faces rape charge ahead of papal visit

Riga - A Latvian Catholic priest has been arrested on allegations he raped a mentally handicapped victim of human trafficking, police in the capital Riga said Wednesday ahead of a papal visit.

Latvia slaughters pigs after African swine fever outbreak

Riga - Latvia's government on Friday voted to fund the disposal of pig carcasses after a pork producer decided to exterminate all of its livestock when the animals contracted African swine fever.

In Latvia, school language reform irks Russian minority

Riga - Riga's plans to impose Latvian as the main teaching language in minority schools has created tension among some of its ethnic Russian population, resurrecting a long-running dispute with Latvia's former Soviet masters.

Treasury official in Latvia to discuss banking reform

Riga - A senior US Treasury official met Wednesday in Latvia with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis to discuss the Baltic eurozone member's bid to reform its banking sector after money laundering allegations felled a top lender.

Latvia rejects EU's post-Brexit budget proposal

Riga - Latvia's prime minister on Friday "categorically" rejected the European Commission's proposal to slash cohesion funds and spending priorities for the Baltic eurozone state in its next multi-year budget.

Latvia's Russians mark 73 years since Soviet victory

Riga - Latvia's large Russian minority gathered in the capital Riga on Wednesday in tribute to fallen Red Army soldiers 73 years since the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany ended World War II on the eastern front.
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