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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.

Anti-semitism 'on the rise' according to European Jews

A survey of discrimination and hate crimes conducted by the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) suggests that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe.

Eastern Europe leading tourism growth in the EU

Bratislava - Europe remains one of the favourite destinations for tourists the world over, but the centre of gravity is beginning to shift further east.

Op-Ed: Ask.fm rejects responsibility for teen suicide

Sydney - Riga, in Latvia, used to be the site of a concentration camp. It’s now the home of Ask.fm, a teen social website that is apparently untroubled by user suicides. It’s about time Ask.fm answered a few questions itself.

Latvia refuses to extradite 'virus maker'

Latvia is resisting the extradition of Deniss Calovskis, a man the US says wrote the computer virus Gozi Trojan. In January, the United States named Calovskis as one of the creators of the virus.

Snowden disclosures: EU votes for in-depth inquiry on NSA spying

Strasbourg - The European Parliament adopted a resolution, Thursday July 4, giving the go-ahead for the Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the US surveillance programs.

Eurovision 2013: Latvia and PeR miss out on Final

Latvian boy band PeR will have to watch from the sidelines this evening when twenty-six countries compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Final.

Video: Whirlpool in Latvia claims everything in its path

A frighteningly giant whirlpool in Latvia has been found to drag anything from around it into it's depths. Like the Earth's plughole, nothing escapes this enormous hole.

Nazi veterans parade in Riga, Latvia (video)

Riga - The annual march of Latvian veterans, members of the Waffen SS divisions which was part of the armed wing of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party during World War Two, was held on Saturday.

Europe introduces complete ban on sale of animal tested cosmetics

On Monday, a full ban on the testing of cosmetic products on animals came into force in the European Union. The complete ban was welcomed by animal rights groups but some in the cosmetics industry remain unconvinced.

Latvia to join eurozone in 2014

Riga - Despite many economists considering the euro to be a failed currency experiment, Latvia is set to join the eurozone in 2014, even though a majority of Latvians are against the decision.
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