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Latvian MEP says barred from entering Russia for Nemtsov funeral

Riga - Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete who planned to attend the funeral of slain Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov said Monday she had been refused entry into Russia at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

United States ponders arming Ukraine

Washington - The United States is considering upping military assistance to Ukraine in a move to aid the country counter pro-Russian separatists based in eastern Ukraine.

EU Feb 12 summit to focus on anti-terrorism: Tusk

Riga - European Union's next scheduled summit on February 12 will focus on how to boost anti-terror efforts in the wake of the deadly Islamist attack on a French satirical weekly in Paris, the bloc's leader Donald Tusk said on Friday.

EU seeks new anti-terror measures after Paris attack

Riga - The EU will draw up new proposals to fight terrorism in the next few weeks following the deadly Islamist attack on a satirical magazine in France, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday.

Demand for separate Scottish representation in European Union

Edinburgh - The Scottish National Party (SNP), the governing party in Scotland’s devolved parliament based in Edinburgh, today called for Scotland to have its own representation in the European Union (EU) and other international bodies.

Latvia to grapple with Russia as it takes over EU presidency

Riga - Latvia takes over as European Union president on Thursday, putting it on the front line of negotiations with neighbouring Russia over the deadly crisis in Ukraine.

Baltics up defence spending as Russia buzzes borders

Riga - Russia's meddling in Ukraine has delivered a wake-up call on defence spending to small Baltic states which spent half a century under Soviet occupation and now fear the Kremlin's territorial ambitions.

Turkey to allow 200 Iraqi Kurds to cross into embattled Kobane

Riga - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group.

Latvia coalition holds power in vote, pro-Putin force wanes

Riga - Latvia's centre-right governing coalition scored a fresh victory in weekend elections amid alarm over neighbouring Russia's resurgent power, though a Kremlin-allied party backed by the ethnic Russian minority nabbed the most seats in parliament.

Latvia coalition to hold onto power amid alarm over resurgent Russia

Riga - Latvia's ruling centre-right coalition led by Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma scored a resounding majority in Saturday elections overshadowed by alarm over a resurgent Moscow and a Kremlin-allied party popular with the country's sizeable Russian mino...

Op-Ed: Has UK open door policy let down missing 14-year-old Alice Gross?

Hounslow - Alice Gross is a bright and confident 14-year-old girl who was last seen on the Grand Union Canal towpath on August 28. Her mobile phone has gone missing and the Met Police have launched a massive search operation.

Baltics mark 25 years since anti-Soviet human chain

Riga - The Baltic states on Saturday marked 25 years since two million people joined hands in a landmark human chain linking up their capitals to demand freedom from the Soviet Union.

NATO launches fresh war games near Russia border

Riga - NATO on Monday launched one of its largest military manoeuvres in the Baltic states since tensions spiked with neighbouring Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.

EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.

Is the corporate gender gap decreasing?

According to financial experts online, the gender gap in the corporate world is one of the biggest problems in the professional word, and small business are affected too. The good news is the gap has been decreasing in entrepreneurship.

Former Putin adviser warns his ex-boss has desires on Finland

Stockholm - A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.

Team Canada play Latvia Wednesday in quarter-finals hockey game

Latvia scored twice in the first and went on to surprise Switzerland, 3-1 on Tuesday in Sochi and now get the task of taking on Team Canada. The two will meet for the second time ever Wednesday, with the winner moving on to the semi-finals.

Team Canada to play Wednesday vs. winner of Swiss, Latvia game

Canada's 2-1 overtime win over Finland in men's hockey Sunday hands them an easier quarter-final game than a loss would have. Drew Doughty, who scored both goals and has four now, will lead his team against Latvia or Switzerland on Wednesday.

Latvia joins eurozone as 18th member

Riga - Latvia ushered in 2014 by joining the eurozone Wednesday as its 18th member. Latvia, which suffered a massive debt crisis recently, emerged to become the EU's fastest-growing economy.

Latvia supermarket roof collapse kills at least 54

Riga - A roof at a supermarket in Latvia collapsed Thursday and latest reports are that at least 54 people are dead. The cause of the collapse is being linked to work installing a roof-garden.
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