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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.

Freed Russian reporter vows to 'help others' after ordeal

Moscow - Russian journalist Ivan Golunov, who was jailed on trumped-up drugs charges but released after a public outcry, said Friday he would work to help others in similar situations.

Russian journalist walks free as drugs charges dropped after outcry

Moscow - A Russian investigative journalist walked free late Tuesday after authorities in Moscow dropped drug charges against him in a rare climbdown by law enforcement following a public outcry.

Russian reporter appeals house arrest ahead of solidarity march

Moscow - The lawyers for a Russian investigative reporter appealed against his house arrest on Tuesday as thousands of supporters prepared for a solidarity march in Moscow.

Kremlin faces pushback over reporter's arrest

Moscow - Russian authorities faced unprecedented pushback Monday against the arrest of an investigative reporter on drugs charges, with independent as well as pro-Kremlin figures urging his release.

Russian dailies publish same front page over reporter's arrest

Moscow - Three top Russian dailies on Monday published the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity over the arrest of an investigative reporter on drugs charges.

Russian investigative journalist on drugs charges gets house arrest

Moscow - A Russian investigative journalist facing what supporters call trumped up drugs charges was ordered to be held under house arrest Saturday after appearing before a judge in Moscow.

Russian reporter's arrest sparks outrage

Moscow - Russia has detained an investigative journalist for drugs offences, triggering protests on Friday, with supporters claiming the charges were trumped-up and a punishment for his reporting.

Investigative journalist detained in Russia on drug charges

Moscow - Russia has detained an investigative journalist on drugs charges that supporters on Friday condemned as trumped-up and suggested were punishment for his reporting.

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.

Estonians pay homage to victims of Soviet deportations

Tallinn - Thousands of Estonians lit candles across the Baltic state on Monday in memory of the victims of Soviet mass deportations launched 70 years ago that saw tens of thousands sent to labour camps in Siberia, where many of them died.

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.

Trump vows to outspend Russia without new missile pact

Washington - President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday that the United States would outspend Russia on missiles without a fresh international accord after he ditched a landmark Cold War treaty.

Latvia seeks international treaty after ill-fated missile pact

Washington - Latvia's foreign minister called Tuesday for long-term diplomacy to reach a new international agreement on intermediate-range missiles after the collapse of a landmark treaty between Russia and the United States.

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.

Pope to pay tribute to Baltic freedom amid abuse crisis

Vilnius - Pope Francis will start a Baltic tour in Lithuania on Saturday during which he will pay homage to the history of a region that still bears the scars of its Nazi and Soviet occupations.

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.

Netanyahu courts Baltics as EU slams settlement plans

Vilnius - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a groundbreaking visit in Lithuania on Thursday, saying he hoped to deepen ties with eastern EU nations as Brussels blasted Israel's plans for fresh settlements in the West Bank.

Netanyahu in Baltics in search of European allies

Vilnius - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Lithuania on Thursday for a Baltic summit through which he said he hoped to deepen ties with eastern European nations to counter the EU's "not always friendly" relations with his country.

Netanyahu to hold Baltic talks in first visit by an Israeli PM to Lithuania

Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu will on Thursday become the first Israeli prime minister to visit Lithuania, where he will hold talks with the leaders of the three Baltic countries, his office said.

Netanyahu to hold Baltic talks in first visit by an Israeli PM to Lithuania

Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu will on Thursday become the first Israeli prime minister to visit Lithuania, where he will hold talks with the leaders of the three Baltic countries, his office said.
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Flowers are placed near a collapsed supermarket in capital Riga November 22, 2013. Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Latvia's capital Riga, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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Paramedics use a stretcher to move a body from a collapsed supermarket in capital Riga November 22, 2013. Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Latvia's capital Riga, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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Emergency service medics take care of an injured person near Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Riga November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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A general view shows Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Latvia's capital Riga, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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A general view shows Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Riga November 21  2013. The store w...
A general view shows Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Riga November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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A general view shows Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Latvia's capital Riga, on Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Paramedics move the covered body of a firefighter out of the collapsed Maxima supermarket in Riga. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Latvia s capital Riga  on Thursday  November 21  2013. The stor...
Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Latvia's capital Riga, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
With permission by Reuters / Ints Kalnins
Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Latvia s capital Riga  on Thursday  November 21  2013. The stor...
Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Latvia's capital Riga, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
With permission by Reuters / Ints Kalnins
A general view shows Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Riga November 21  2013. The store w...
A general view shows Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Riga November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
With permission by Reuters / Ints Kalnins
Flowers are placed near a collapsed supermarket in capital Riga November 22  2013. Maxima supermarke...
Flowers are placed near a collapsed supermarket in capital Riga November 22, 2013. Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Latvia's capital Riga, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
With permission by Reuters / Ints Kalnins
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Firefighters work near Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Riga November 21  2013. The store...
Firefighters work near Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Riga November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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People gather near flowers placed near a collapsed supermarket in capital Riga November 22, 2013. Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Latvia's capital Riga, on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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People gather near the collapsed Maxima supermarket in Riga November 21, 2013. The store was packed with people doing shopping after work when the collapse occurred at around 6pm local time
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