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Latvian parliament urges embattled central bank boss to resign

Riga - Latvia's parliament on Thursday urged longtime central bank chief Ilmars Rimsevics to step down after anti-corruption authorities accused him of bribe-taking.

Latvia bars central bank boss from work amid bribery allegations

Riga - Latvian anti-corruption authorities on Tuesday barred central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics from carrying out his duties after he refused to resign over allegations that he accepted a 100,000-euro bribe.

Latvian finance hit by alleged bribe-taking, money laundering

Riga - Latvia's financial sector was left reeling Monday after anti-corruption officials arrested its central bank chief over an alleged bribe and the country's third-largest bank's payments were frozen amid accusations of money laundering.

Ryan Day wins snooker Riga Masters Special

Riga - Wales' Ryan Day won the first snooker tournament of the new season by beating Scotland's Stephen Maguire in the short-sprint final, by five frames to two.

Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first

Taurene - A Latvian tech company is claiming a world first after successfully test-flying a super-powered drone which lifted a daredevil skydiver aloft, from where he parachuted safely back down to earth.

Britain will not bribe its way to Brexit: minister

Riga - Britain's "Brexit" minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels.

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.
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