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Composition of NATO battlegroup in Latvia laid out

The total number and composition of the NATO battalion under Canadian command that will be on duty in Latvia from June has been specified by Latvia's National Armed Forces information portal

Riga to host Baltic Pride 2018

The Baltic Pride 2018 will take place in Rīga, coinciding with the year of Latvia's founding centenary, the LGBT association Mozaika told the press May 17.

NATO troops sent to Latvia will live in tents for months

Part of the Canada-led multinational NATO battalion arriving to bolster Latvia's defense will have to live in tents until the fall, as reconstruction of barracks at the Adazi military base will not be completed for several months, the LETA newswire reported May 17.

Latvian language exit exam topics leaked

Several schools have reported that topics for the composition part of the Latvian language exit exam had been leaked, reported LSM's Latvian-language service via LETA on May 16.

Whistleblower told he can't leave the country

Juris Jurašs, a former senior officer with Latvia's dedicated anti-corruption police and currently a candidate for mayor of Riga in upcoming elections, representing the New Conservative Party (NKP), said May 16 Latvia's internal security service, the Security Police (DP) had told him he could not leave the country.

Less than half of Latvia's nurses are nursing

From the 18,700 nurses registered in Latvia, less than half - a total 8,750 - work in healthcare. Most often they choose to work as beauticians, said Dita Raiska, head of the Latvian Nurses' Association. 

Questions over Riga refugee center's role

A municipal center for helping refugees, run by the Riga City Council has been operational for a year now, led by Sandris Bergmanis, a well-known member of the Harmony political party. Yet despite being established with the goal of helping refugees find housing, work, and education, no one at the center speaks English (or other shared languages) well enough to communicate effectively with clients, reported LTV's De facto on May 14. 

Latvia and US sign military procurement agreement

One day after Latvia's Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis met United States Defense Secretary James Mattis in Vilnius, Latvia's Defense Ministry said a military procurement agreement between the two countries had been signed.

Misleading infotainment sparks media debate

The Saeima's Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee on May 10 probed misleading and possibly Kremlin-friendly infotainment messages by the Riga City Council shown inside Riga minibuses, reported Latvian Radio.

Baltic defense ministers meet Mattis

The defense ministers of the three Baltic states meet with US Decretary of State for Defense General James Mattis is Vilnius, Lithuania May 10.

Committee says farmland buyers should speak fluent Latvian

The Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee on May 9 supported a new version of legislation on buying land in rural areas, which stipulates that foreigners who buy farmland in Latvia will have to speak fluent Latvian.

Thousands mark Soviet «Victory» in Riga

Latvia's large Russian minority gathered in the capital Riga May 9 by the thousands to mark the end of World War II and the role of the Soviet Union in victory over Nazi Germany.

President calls for non-citizens to naturalize

It's time to stop making children born in Latvia non-citizens, said Latvia's President Raimonds Vējonis on May 6 at a Latgale Congress event in Daugavpils. He called for non-citizens to naturalize as well, reported Latvian Radio.

Victims of WWII remembered

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis led the way May 8 in commemorations of Latvia's occupation by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during and after World War II.

Canadian hardware arrives in Latvia

Military equipment from NATO ally Canada was unloaded in Riga May 6 in advance of the full deployment of a multinational NATO battalion to reinforce the region.