Picket protests against education language reform

Up to 400 people gathered outside the Education Ministry in central Riga October 23 to protest against plans to introduce the majority of education in the Latvian language at schools currently teaching in Russian.

Return of the diaspora: new dawn or false dawn?

The penultimate part of a series of articles by the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism (Re:Baltica) was published October 18, with the possible future of Latvia's widespread diaspora under examination.

Competition Council confirms building supplies cartel ruling

The Competition Council has fined construction supplies retailers Depo DIY, Kesko Senukai Latvia and Tirdzniecibas Nams Kursi a total of 5.78 million euros for running a cartel, the Competition Council's representative Toms Noviks told the LETA newswire October 12.

Whistleblower conference winding up in Riga

A three day conference on the subject of whistleblowing and anti-corruption efforts wraps up in Riga October 11, Latvia's cabinet office said in a press release October 11. 

Slow pace of justice revealed in Audit Office report

The often slow pace of justice in Latvia was brought into sharp focus October 10 when the LETA news agency reported that last year, almost half of all criminal cases being investigated by the State Police were more than five years old.

Latvia's defense spending will hit 2% of GDP in 2018

Latvia's Defence Ministry was quick to point out October 10 that the budget submitted to Saeima will see the country's commitment to defense spending hitting the NATO recommended minimum of 2% of GDP, as previously planned.

Youth radio station will help kids in care

The fourth annual 'Dod Pieci' (Gimme Five) charity marathon by youth radio station Pieci.lv will aim to improve the lives of children in care homes, the station announced on October 6, the same day it is due to receive a European award for its previous fundraising work.

Watch: U.S. cavalry in action in Latvia

The United States Army on October 4 posted a short film to its official YouTube channel showing its soldiers and those of allied NATO countries performing live-fire drills in Latvia as part of exercise 'Bayonet Shield'.

Dogo dogfood ban lifted

Latvia's State Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) said October 2 it had lifted restrictions on 'Dogo' brand dogfood, claiming that a foul-up in a Danish laboratory was responsible for earlier results suggesting it was potentially unsafe.

Broadcast watchdog fires Latvian Radio board member

Latvia's broadcast watchdog, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) has expressed non-confidence against Latvian Radio board member Sigita Roķe. Her removal became effective September 28.