In 2019 the number of criminal cases handed in to the courts involving money laundering increased significantly, along with the number of defendants, according to the Prosecution Office on February 27.
The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) - which is one of the agencies responsible for handling Latvia's preaprations for the coronavirus - announced February 27 its website had come under suspected cyber attack at noon, but backtracked on the claim a couple of hours later.
UK communications regulator Ofcom fined Baltic Media Alliance 20,000 pounds (23,000 euros) after receiving a complaint from the Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) regarding violations on the NTV Mir Baltic television channel broadcast by the company, according to the regulator on February 17.
Psychologists have long debated whether our DNA or environment defines who we are as a person, and on February 24 the Forbidden Method (Aizliegtais paņēmiens) investigative journalism program dove into an analysis of Latvian television advertisements in an attempt to further untangle the 'chicken or the egg' question of whether the gender roles presented in ads are intrinsically a reflection of, or whether they themselves influence society.
Several hundred whistleblower reports have been received almost a full year since the Whistleblowing Law took effect in Latvia, although only 25% meet the criteria, according to State Chancellery Director Jānis Citskovskis on February 26.
Latvia's government and senior officials from the health sector, border guards and others met in Rīga February 25 under the auspices of the Crisis Management Council (KVP) as part of their preparations for any possible arrival of the coronavirus in Latvia.
On 24 February in Geneva, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, submitted a letter signed by the Latvian Minister of Education and Science, Ilga Šuplinska, applying for membership of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), in the presence of Fabiolai Gianotti, Secretary of the CERN Council and the organisation’s Director-General.
The high profile extradition case of Kristīne Misāne has put the spotlight on Latvians detained abroad. On average, 300 Latvian citizens and nationals (so-called "non-citizens" are also entitled to consular protection) are detained abroad for various types of crimes each year, reported Latvian Radio on February 25.
No further European funds will be invested in Latvia's e-health system, therefore the third round of planned upgrades to the system will not be implemented, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (For Development/For) told reporters February 21, according to the LETA newswire.
Latvia added its voice February 21 to condemnation from the United States and United Kingdom of a massive cyber-attack that targeted Georgia on 28 October, 2019.
Extraordinary scenes at the Ukraine-Hungary border have been released featuring one of Latvia's Honorary Consuls in Ukraine being dragged from his car after he refused to comply with requests to leave it by the normal method.
A Danish court on February 20 upheld a decision by the Danish Attorney General to overturn the planned extradition of Latvian citizen Kristīne Misāne to South Africa, clearing the way for her return to Latvia to face criminal charges in her homeland instead of on another continent.
Denmark has temporarily suspended the extradition of a Latvian citizen, Kristīne Misāne, to South Africa, where she is accused of child abduction and document forgery, Misāne's sister Marīte Batrack told LTV February 19.
On February 18 the Cabinet of Ministers approved a conceptual report from the Education and Science Ministry (IZM) on the restructuring of the university management system, according to a February 19 press release.
The State Children Rights Protection Inspectorate (VBTAI) head Marianna Dreja will step down from her position on February 28, Welfare Minister Ramona Petravica (KPV LV) said in an interview with commercial TV3 television February 19.
A year after implementing a QR code medication verification system, which allows medication to be traced from production to the consumer, no instances of medication fraud have been uncovered in Latvia, according to Latvian Medicines Verification Organisation Board Chair Inese Erdmane on February 18.
On February 18, 2020 – six years and three months after the catastrophic collapse of a Maxima supermarket roof - the Rīga City Pārdaugava Court passed down its verdicts for the defendants in the Zolitūde tragedy criminal case.
A new building for Latvia's intelligence service, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB) will be built next to the former Brasa Prison in Riga, at 1A Upes Street, the LETA news agency has learned.
Over the last four months a special unmarked police vehicle fitted with a 360 degree camera has been keeping an eye on the driving culture and violations of Rīga residents, and has already caught 1,600 offences on camera, according to the State Police on February 15.
Latvia will continue to defend the interests of its citizen, Kristīne Misāne, should Denmark extradite her to South Africa, President Egils Levits said after talks with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and ministers and officials involved in the controversial case including Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers, Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns, Ombudsman Juris Jansons and others.
Valmiera native Jānis Uzāriņš has returned to Latvia after seven years in England, and regaining the feeling of home along with his family and career makes him feel like a millionaire, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13.
A meeting of Baltic Assembly committees in Tallinn February 14 focused on the circular economy and digital cooperation, with the possibility of a unified recycling system for all three Baltic states among the subejects discussed.
Latvia will ask Russian authorities to extradite National Bolshevik activist Beness Aijo who several years ago fled Latvia to join Kremlin-backed separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine, reported the LETA newswire February 12.