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Sweden to join NATO strategic comms centre: director

Riga - Non-aligned Sweden will join NATO's Strategic Communications Centre based in nearby Latvia amid heightened tensions with Russia in the Baltic Sea region, the centre said Friday.

Canada to send 450 troops to Latvia

Riga - Canada will send more than 450 troops to Latvia from around May 2017 as part of NATO's efforts to reinforce its presence in the Baltics in the face of a resurgent Russia.

Biden vows 'rock solid' NATO ties as allies slam Trump

Riga - US Vice President Joe Biden promised unwavering commitment to NATO's collective defence Tuesday as he sought to reassure Baltic allies spooked by a resurgent Russia and White House hopeful Donald Trump.

EU faces 'difficult' talks on Russia sanctions: Germany

Riga - Germany said Thursday the EU was facing difficult talks on extending sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine due to the increased resistance of some member states, and denied that a new Cold War was afoot.

Latvia's 'Nazi' veterans stage controversial parade

Riga - Latvian veterans who fought for Nazi Germany against the Soviets in World War II staged a controversial march through Riga Wednesday to mark a key 1944 battle.

Latvian PM resigns, cites need for 'new ideas'

Riga - Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma announced her resignation on Monday after less than two years in office, saying there was a need for "new ideas" following a fallout within her centre-right party.

Europe moves to thwart recruitment of 'foreign terrorists'

Riga - Seventeen EU members including France, Germany, Britain and Belgium inked an international agreement Thursday designed to thwart the recruitment of "foreign terrorist fighters" who travel from Europe to conflict zones abroad, notably in Syria.

Hundreds of Latvians march against refugee quotas

Riga - Hundreds of Latvians marched through the capital Riga on Tuesday to protest against the Baltic state's decision to take in 776 refugees as Europe struggles with a record migrant crisis.

US unveils Predator drones at Latvian airbase

- The US Air Force on Tuesday showed off its advanced MQ-1 "Predator" drone at a Latvian airbase, marking the first time the cutting-edge aircraft has been deployed in Europe.

Latvian protesters call for brake on immigration

Riga - Around 250 Latvian nationalists on Tuesday picketed the capital's main government building to protest against European Union plans to resettle refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

Latvia's Vejonis sworn in as EU's first Green president

Riga - Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis was on Wednesday sworn into office, becoming the first Green head of state in the European Union and pledging to make national security his top priority."Today, many in Europe have woken up from a deep slumber.

First gay right parade passes peacefully in Latvia

Riga - Fears that staging a gay pride parade in Latvian capital Riga would lead to unrest proved wide off the mark Saturday with police saying just three anti-gay protesters had been arrested for minor public order offenses such as attempts at throwing eggs.

Latvia elects Vejonis, EU's first Green president

Riga - Latvia's parliament on Wednesday elected Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis as the Baltic state's new president, making him the 28-member European Union's first Green Party head of state.

Latvia to choose president in controversial 'black box' vote

Riga - Latvia's parliament votes for a new president on Wednesday as the small Baltic NATO and eurozone member weighs security concerns amid heightened tensions with Soviet-era master Russia.

Cameron 'confident' of EU reform deal before UK referendum

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he was "confident" of striking an EU reform deal to put before British voters by 2017 but warned of "ups and downs" in the process.

'Hello dictator,' Juncker says to Hungary's Orban

Riga - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly greeting him as "dictator" as he arrived at an EU summit in Riga.

UK PM starts EU reform bid warning of 'ups and downs'

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron launched his bid to recast Britain's relationship with the EU Friday, warning of "ups and downs" before a straight "in-or-out" referendum by the end of 2017.

Cameron makes British reform case to EU peers

Riga - British Prime Minister David Cameron takes his case for far-reaching reform to his EU peers Friday as they meet six former Soviet states, some of whom would gladly swap places with London in the bloc.

French, German leaders hold talks with Greek PM in Riga

Riga - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline.

Merkel sets tough line at EU summit with eastern partners

Riga - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU's eastern partners not to expect too much of the bloc and warned Russia to mend its ways over Ukraine if it wanted to rejoin the G7 club of top nations.
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