Police will be on high alert maintaining order on Latvia's roads over the Easter Holidays, LETA was told by State Police spokeswoman Simona Grāvīte.
Hungary, backed up by Spain and the United Kingdom, will take the lead in the next rotation of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission, the alliance announced April 17.
The Latvian Education and Science Ministry has come up with a proposal on four regional "blocs" for schools with different requirements for the minimum number of pupils, reported the LETA newswire April 18.
Provisional data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that over the past three years the number of registered marriages has risen slightly. In 2018, 13,400 marriages were registered, which is 200 marriages more than in 2017 when the increase recorded over the year constituted 148 marriages.
U.S. defense think-tank the Rand Corporation has produced a new report titled Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States.
On Tuesday, April 16, the Latvian government launched a new campaign designed to support whistleblowing and the reporting of nefarious deeds by officials and businesses alike.
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) on April 5 launched criminal proceedings and detained three persons at a Rīga hospital in connection with suspected "abuse of official powers", according to information released by the agency April 15.
A proposal to decriminalize drug use might soon be submitted to Saeima for debating, Interior Ministry undersecretary of state Jānis Bekmanis told the press April 12.
Gunta Līdaka, in charge of overseeing commercial television, has stepped down as board member at Latvia's media watchdog, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), Līdaka told the press April 12.
April 11 saw the release of new research on a subject regarded as one of the most important in determining the form of Latvia's future: the diaspora.
Daugavpils, Latvia's second city, is to close all of its gambling halls, mayor Andrejs Elksniņš (Harmony) said in a press conference this week.
The Latvijas Pasts postal company has submitted its new tariff project to the Public Utilities Commission (SPRK) that provides for a considerable increase of prices for mailing letters. While some postage costs will be reduced, in the majority of cases under the new tariff plan the opposite is true.
Latgale locals are worried about a plan to set up a storage facility of radioactive waste on the Lithuanian side of the border, just 30 kilometers away from Daugavpils, Latvia's second city. The facility is to store waste from the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, which was closed ten years ago with the matter of storing waste still unsolved. Local residents and leaders have been sounding the alarm.
Officers of the State Police detained Latvia’s ten most active keepers and distributors of child pornography in a sweeping operation last week, Oļegs Lavcinovskis, head of the State Police’s sex crime division, told journalists April 10.
Latvia's government on April 10 outlined ambitious plans to reform local municipal administration, including a headline-grabbing pledge to reduce the total number of municipalities from 119 (110 municipalities and 9 cities) at present to just 35 by 2021.
Latvia's Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has asked the prosecutor's office to bring charges against MP Atis Zakatistovs (KPV LV) and businessman Viesturs Tamužs, according to info at the disposal of Latvian Television.
The board of the Latvian State Radio and Television Center (LVRTC) e-services provider, including chairman Jānis Bokta and board members Aldis Lukašinskis and Indulis Šķibelis, have decided to resign, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) and LVRTC representative Vineta Sprugaine told LETA.
Two people named to senior positions within Latvian Television (LTV, part of the same public broadcast organization as LSM) said April 8 that they would not be taking up their jobs after all.
Two young men died when the arm of a lifting gear broke in the northeastern Latvian town of Alūksne last weekend, police representative Zane Vaskāne informed LETA.
An aging society coupled with other factors means the average pension could shrink to 24% of the average wage in the country by 2050-2060, said Bank of Latvia economist Uldis Rutkaste.
Despite some progress in the long term, Latvia's road remain among the most deadly in Europe, according to latest statistics from Eurostat.
Responding to the prosecution’s protest, Riga Regional Court last week sentenced businessman Valērijs Vasiļjevs to three years in jail for offering a bribe to the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau's (KNAB) former officer Juris Jurašs (pictured above), the LETA newswire said April 8.
Latvia's border customs officers have become quite accomplished at catching illegal consignments of cigarettes and other contraband coming into the European Union from Russia, but on April 3 they found something else: 28 military daggers hidden in the cab of a truck.
April 8 sees the start of the latest military exercises to take place on Latvian territory.
The National Health Service (NVD) has asked Latima company, the registrar of the Rigvir medicine, to repay the state-funding that has been used for compensating purchase of low-quality medicine, the service reported.
The Latvian Association of Journalists (LŽA) has turned to the prosecutor asking to probe possible violations over a tender in which Einārs Giels was picked as the new head of Latvian Television.
On April 5 Environment Minister Juris Pūce (Development/For!) will hold a press conference presenting the results of a legal probe into the work of the Rīga City Council.
With the regional reform, which is to be published April 10, regions would be centered around towns, and only Rīga and Jūrmala could be left without a rural community, said Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce (Development/For!) in an interview with LSM's Latvian-language service.
Latvians may not have a reputation as the most optimistic or extrovert people on the planet, but according to a new European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) the majority are fairly satisfied with life.
The sight of cigarette cartons on display in stores is set to become a thing of the past after the Saeima on April 4 passed amendments to the law that will put tobacco products out of sight.