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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.

Latvia slaughters pigs after African swine fever outbreak

Riga - Latvia's government on Friday voted to fund the disposal of pig carcasses after a pork producer decided to exterminate all of its livestock when the animals contracted African swine fever.

In Latvia, school language reform irks Russian minority

Riga - Riga's plans to impose Latvian as the main teaching language in minority schools has created tension among some of its ethnic Russian population, resurrecting a long-running dispute with Latvia's former Soviet masters.

Rainbow flags fly across Europe at Gay Pride parades

Bucharest - Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms.

Treasury official in Latvia to discuss banking reform

Riga - A senior US Treasury official met Wednesday in Latvia with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis to discuss the Baltic eurozone member's bid to reform its banking sector after money laundering allegations felled a top lender.

Latvia rejects EU's post-Brexit budget proposal

Riga - Latvia's prime minister on Friday "categorically" rejected the European Commission's proposal to slash cohesion funds and spending priorities for the Baltic eurozone state in its next multi-year budget.

Latvia's Russians mark 73 years since Soviet victory

Riga - Latvia's large Russian minority gathered in the capital Riga on Wednesday in tribute to fallen Red Army soldiers 73 years since the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany ended World War II on the eastern front.

ECB looks to top court for ruling on Latvia bank chief

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank said Friday it had asked the EU's top court to rule on Latvian authorities' treatment of the country's central bank chief -- a member of its governing council -- over graft allegations.

Latvia to expel 'one or several' Russian diplomats over spy attack

Riga - Latvia's foreign ministry on Friday said the Baltic state would expel "one or several" Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy in the English city of Salisbury.

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.

Baltic nations warn US not to underestimate Russia threat

Washington - Foreign ministers from the Baltic states, three exposed allies on NATO's eastern flank, visited Washington on Monday to urge Western leaders not to respond naively to Russian threats.

Latvian central bank boss denies bribery allegations

Warsaw - Latvia's central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics, who is suspected of bribe-taking by anti-corruption authorities, claimed he was innocent in an interview with the Financial Times published Friday.

Baltic presidents to visit Trump on April 3

Tallinn - US President Donald Trump will welcome his counterparts from the Baltic states in Washington on April 3 to discuss security and economic ties, the Estonian presidency said Thursday.

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.

Pope to visit as Baltic states mark 100 years of independence

Vilnius - Pope Francis will pay his first visit to the Baltic states next year, when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania mark 100 years since they gained independence from Russia, the region's three presidents said Wednesday.

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.

Eastern taste: Latvian crowned Europe's top sommelier

Vienna - After a week of rigorous tests ranging from blind tastings to expertly pairing wines with sumptuous meals, a Latvian has beat out 37 rivals to become Europe's top-rated sommelier.

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.
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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A general view shows Maxima supermarket with a collapsed roof in Latvia s capital Riga  on Thursday ...
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
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
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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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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
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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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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
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