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Ballet great Baryshnikov granted Latvian citizenship.

RIGA - Latvia has granted citizenship to ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov, who left more than 50 years ago when the Baltic country was still under the Soviet rule.

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Saeima approves Latvian citizenship to the world famous ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov - The Baltic Times.

RIGA - Saeima has approved granting Latvian citizenship to the Riga-born dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov.The vot......

- The Baltic Times - US

Bergmanis signs agreement on purchase of howitzers from Austria - The Baltic Times.

RIGA - A bilateral agreement between the Latvian Defense Ministry and the Austrian Defense and Sports Ministry on the purchase of self-pro......

- The Baltic Times - US

Visa fraud allegations may dent Parliament's image- MPs fear.

Members of Parliament are worried recent visa fraud allegations against colleague MPs will further dent the battered image of the legislative body. The House just endured a painful first quarter bribery allegations which had one of its MPs Mahama Ayariga being forced to apologise for peddling rumours of bribery with no ...

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Man withdraws injury claims after photos of him lugging suitcases onto coach emerge.

An Irish-based Latvian national has withdrawn personal injury claims for €120,000 against insurance companies and two of their customers after having been secretly photographed lugging suitcases onto a coach he drove while claiming he was unfit for work.

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Latvian PM: Plan for earmarking 1% of social tax for health care budget not part of tax reform - The Baltic Times.

RIGA - The tax reform guidelines will not include the proposal about earmarking 1 percent of social insurance c......

- The Baltic Times - US

Coalition partners in principle support proposed tax reform - The Baltic Times.

RIGA - There is conceptual support from the ruling coalition partners to the proposed tax reform, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (......

- The Baltic Times - US

Latvian government to make decision on tax reform guidelines next week - The Baltic Times.

RIGA - The Latvian government will make the decision on the tax reform guidelines next week instead of this week as it had been planned earlier.......

- The Baltic Times - US

Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga will organize hospitality and business career day - The Baltic Times.

Students and individuals interested in developing themselves in hospitality may find out more about Kempinski Hotels, the first five-sta......

- The Baltic Times - US

Ten member states register surplus.

Ten countries – including Malta – in the European Union registered a surplus in 2016, Eurostat reported yesterday. Luxembourg , Malta , Sweden , Germany , Greece , the Czech Republic , Cyprus and the Netherlands , Estonia and Lithuania registered a government surplus, while Bulgaria and Latvia reported a government ...

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'Great News': TV Review.

Tracey Wigfield, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's 'Great News' takes a few episodes to find itself, but Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie lead a strong ensemble.

- The Hollywood Reporter - US

Latvian expert: Baltic example gives hope for solving conflict in Ukraine - The Baltic Times

RIGA - The example of the Baltic states, which eventually regained their independence, gives hope that it is worth solving the conflict in Ukrai......

- The Baltic Times - US

81% of Latvians want tax differentiation depending on income - The Baltic Times

RIGA - As many as 81 percents of people in Latvia would like the income tax to be differentiated depending on the size of income so that t......

- The Baltic Times - US

Rail Baltica benefits outweighs necessary investments - The Baltic Times

RIGA - Benefits from Rail Baltic railway project outweighs the necessary investments, said Baiba Rubesa, the board chairman of RB Rail, a Baltic......

- The Baltic Times - US

77% of public institutions in Latvia do not use work time tracking system - The Baltic Times

RIGA - As many as 77 percents of public institutions in Latvia do not use a work time tracking system because it does not help improve an ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Rinkevics: Latvia's involvement in Nord Stream 2 project would be a threat to national security - The Baltic Times

RIGA- State support for a project that is in the interest of Russia's geopolitical interests is a threat to national security and is certain......

- The Baltic Times - US

Army's top enlisted soldier 'extremely impressed' with USAREUR

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey visited soldiers in Germany and Latvia during a four-day tour of U.S. Army Europe's area of operations that wrapped up on Friday.

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Army's sergeant major praises US Army's job in Europe

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey visited soldiers in Germany and Latvia during a four-day tour of U.S. Army Europe's area of operations that wrapped up on Friday.

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Ventspils port offered participation in Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project - The Baltic Times

VENTSPILS - The northwestern Latvian port of Ventspils and two terminals operating there, Noord Natie Ventspils Terminals and Eurohome Latvija, ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Riga Airport welcomes its 60 millionth passenger - The Baltic Times

On Wednesday, 19 April, Riga International Airport solemnly welcomed its 60millionth passenger since the restoration of independence. Curt......

- The Baltic Times - US

Latvia willing to participate in establishment of pan-European prosecutor's office - The Baltic Times

RIGA - Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs today sent a letter to the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and t......

- The Baltic Times - US

Two films shot in Latvia included in Official Selection of 2017 Cannes festival - The Baltic Times

RIGA - Two films shot in Latvia and co-financed by the Latvian state have been included in the Official Selection of the 2017 Cannes Film Festiv......

- The Baltic Times - US

Latvian officials voice support to rights of Crimean Tatars - The Baltic Times

RIGA - Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics , Latvian parliament speaker Inara Murniece and the chairperson of t......

- The Baltic Times - US

Latvians still feel less secure than Lithuanians and Estonians - The Baltic Times

RIGA - Latvians still feel less secure than people in other Baltic states, shows the latest Ergo Security Index in the Baltic States.&#......

- The Baltic Times - US

Rail Baltica railway: good for all, but unsettled issues abound - The Baltic Times

The two-day Rail Baltica Global Forum in Riga next week is devoted to the Baltics’ milestone rail project, and is expected to highlight th......

- The Baltic Times - US

Latvia, Russia might discuss amendments on border crossing ease - The Baltic Times

Latvian and Russian representatives will meet in Moscow in May to discuss amendments to border crossing regulations for local residents, the Lat......

- The Baltic Times - US

Lithuanian court orders closure of portal broadcasting Russian TV content - The Baltic Times

A Lithuanian court has instructed Baltijas Mediju Aliance , a company registered in Latvia, to discontinue unlawful broadcasts of Russian t......

- The Baltic Times - US

Support from Uncle Sam that raises questions - The Baltic Times

Last week Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis received a letter from US President Donald Trump, who I prefer to call the emperor of Trumpistan fo......

- The Baltic Times - US

Regional culture festival dedicated to Latvia's Centenary to take place in Ireland - The Baltic Times

A regional culture festival in Europe dedicated to Latvia’s Centenary will take place in Ireland from April 28 to May 1, offering visitors......

- The Baltic Times - US

UK Latvian Ambassador: Although nothing is set in stone yet, no need for worries - The Baltic Times

The British Ambassador to Latvia, Sarah Cowley, is the opposite of most people’s idea of an ambassador. Youn......

- The Baltic Times - US

PM: Lithuania should overcome Latvia in competition battle for Chinese investments - The Baltic Times

Lithuania should overcome Latvia in the competition battle for Chinese companies’ investments in the transport and logistics sector, Lithu......

- The Baltic Times - US

Forecast for Latvian government's debt raised - The Baltic Times

The Latvian Finance Ministry has raised its forecast for government debt for this and coming years in its Latvia’s Stability Program for 2......

- The Baltic Times - US

IMF: Latvia's economy to grow most among the Baltic States this year - The Baltic Times

Lithuania’s 2017 economic development will be faster than in 2016, however, will be behind the gross domestic product growth project......

- The Baltic Times - US

MEP believes NATO should deploy Patriot air defense systems in the Baltic States - The Baltic Times

Latvian MEP and former Defense and Foreign Minister Atis Pabriks believes NATO should place Patriot air defense systems in the Baltic St......

- The Baltic Times - US

German Air Force deploys DCRC in Lielvarde aviation base in Latvia - The Baltic Times

Providing support to strengthening of NATO presence in the eastern part of the alliance, the German Air Force has repeatedly deployed the Deploy......

- The Baltic Times - US

Two Russian submarines detected near Latvian waters - The Baltic Times

Two Russian submarines were detected near Latvian waters, according to the information published by the National Armed Forces. On Monday, April ......

- The Baltic Times - US

Latvian intelligence: Russia has not achieved consolidation of compatriots - The Baltic Times

Despite all efforts, Russia has not achieved consolidation of its compatriots living in Latvia to implement the desired policy, still, it can be......

- The Baltic Times - US

International Baltic Ballet Festival offers dance aficionado performances - The Baltic Times

There’s always a sparkle of excitement in the piercing, warm, kind eyes of former internationally-known Latvian prima ballerin......

- The Baltic Times - US

Russian intelligence agencies hard at work to foment anti-NATO sentiment in Latvia - The Baltic Times

Russian intelligence agencies were hard at work last year to foment anti-NATO sentiment in Latvia, another finding by the Latvian Security Polic......

- The Baltic Times - US

Zen out this weekend while watching a craftsman turn a tree into a dugout canoe

Sometimes, older forms of technology are just as fascinating as the latest gadget. A Latvian woodworker named Rihards Vidzickis recently posted up a mesmerizing video of a recent project: creating a dugout canoe from a single tree trunk. Vidzickis is a master woodworker who specializes in green wood . The accompanying ...

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On the Front Lines of Russian Infowar

Christian CarylThe three Baltic republics—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—have been confronting the threat of Russian information warfare for years. What can the United States learn from their experience?

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