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  • Clinton: US wants to support Baltic energy independence amid Ukraine crisis
    U S investors in Latvia s financial sector is a strong stimulus to other U S companies to invest in Latvian and Baltic economy sectors including in the energy sector President Berzins said the Baltic States had begun a much closer and focused cooperation with the US in the fields of security amid the Ukraine crisis When sharing memories about the former U S President Bill Clinton s visit in Latvia 20 years ago Clinton emphasized the positive emotions she felt in Riga adding that the independence of the Baltic nations had been an important topic to her since her school years when she learned about it from her teacher while living in Chicago which has a strong community of Latvian emigrants Later Berzins invited the former U S President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary to visit Latvia LETA reports Berzins is on a working visit in the United States until September 26 Today Berzins will participate in a reception hosted by the U S President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly

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  • London’s Lord Mayor pleased with Latvia’s EU Presidency initiatives
    of London which jointly organized a business forum in Londonin 2012 Latvian financial sector officials opportunities for on the job training in the City of London and the work on future joint ventures He also informed Woolf about the priorities of Latvia during the country s presidency at the Council of the European Union next year growth and competitiveness of the EU making use of the digital potential for the EU s growth increasing the EU s profile at the international arena The officials agreed on the importance of digital affairs including the continuing work on cyber security Woolf and a delegation accompanying the Lord Mayor of London arrived in Latvia to meet with representatives from the Foreign Ministry Economy Ministry Finance Ministry Financial and Capital Market Commission Bank of Latvia and other institutions The Lord Mayor of London traditionally visits all EU member states that are about to assume the presidency of the EU Council Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born

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  • Baltic states join fight against Islamic state in Iraq, Syria
    as well as threat against its allies and partners in the entire world including Latvia Karlis Eihenbaums a spokesman for Latvia s foreign ministry said About forty countries including the Baltic states have expressed readiness to provide support to the international coalition Latvia expresses its strongest support to the United States initiative to join the fight against IS At the same time Latvia will secure all the necessary national measures in order to eliminate recruiting of foreign militants in Latvia involvement of Latvian citizens in military conflicts abroad and other support measures to terrorists Eihenbaums indicated Eihenbaums added that Latvia was ready to provide the region with humanitarian aid in the future and said there were no Latvian nationals fighting for the extremist group Latvia s Foreign Ministry strongly recommends tourists stay clear of Syria and urges tourists in Syria to return to their home countries The ministry also urges avoiding Iraq and strongly recommends any person who goes abroad to acquire a life and health insurance policy which stipulates repatriation of a person in case of illness or death Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic

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  • Latvian police launch investigation into missing builder suspected in killing British teenager
    of missing Latvian builder Arnis Zalkalns Zalkans 41 from London is being treated as a prime suspect in the disappearance of 14 year old Alice Gross in London last month A spokeswoman for Latvia s Police said several units from a few regions had launched an investigation amid reports the builder may have returned to Latvia She denied to confirm or deny Zalkalns was in Latvia The investigation was a top priority for Latvia s police the spokeswoman added Zalkalns originally from Riga was declared missing on September 3 CCTV footage in Britain showed Zalkalns in the same location as Alice shortly after she went missing The builder has a previous criminal record and served six years in 1997 after murdering his wife in Latvia newspaper reports show Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an

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  • Latvian man suspected in major murder case in UK
    him that afternoon Either on his own or with a teenage girl I also need to hear from anyone who knew Arnis whom we have not yet spoken to His family and work colleagues have stated he was behaving normally in both the days before and after Alice s disappearance They are deeply concerned about his disappearance Arnis has not been seen since Wednesday September 3 I want anyone who may have seen him after that date or who may have helped him by giving him money or somewhere to stay to call and speak to us It is really important that we trace Arnis and speak to him about Alice s disappearance Three weeks ago today Alice left home as usual She has not been seen since 4 26pm when she walked along Trumpers Way So far the public have given us great support but there may still be people out there who were walking in the area Alice was on that Thursday who have not yet spoken to us If you were and you saw anything that could help progress our investigation please call Alice used social networking sites Facebook Twitter and Ask fm I m asking anyone who may have been talking to Alice on these sites in the run up to the day she disappeared to speak to us Detectives in Latvia have confirmed that they are assisting Scotland Yard with the man hunt for Zalkalns Toms Sadovskis a spokesman for the Latvian police said Latvian Police are cooperating with Scotland Yard The Metropolitan police have asked us for information on Arnis Zalkalns and we are cooperating We don t have information that Arnis Zalkalns is in Latvia We sent the Met Police all the information about Arnis Zalkalns right after we got all the requests I can t say it took us a long time to send the information over However Latvian police declined to give further information about the 41 year old s previous conviction Zalkalns is described by detectives as white 5ft 10ins of stocky build with dark brown hair He normally wears his hair tied in a ponytail and often cycles to work on a red Trek mountain bike or a racing bike Detectives are offering a reward 20 000 for information that leads to Alice being found Alice Gross is described as white 5ft 2ins and of very slim build with shoulder length light brown hair On the day she disappeared she was wearing dark blue jeans and a grey top and tartan framed glasses She was carrying a dark rucksack and wearing denim blue Vans shoes Her shoes were discovered in her rucksack when it was found by police on September 2 In June last year Scotland Yard said the number of foreign criminals in Britain was far higher than previously thought with new checks uncovering serious offenders who were previously unknown to the authorities For example officers found more than 40 predatory rapists were living in London Unlike home

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  • Estonia accuses Russia of meddling in criminal case of captured intelligence official
    to 20 years in prison his lawyers say Estonian officials earlier appointed famous Russian lawyers Mark Fegin and Nikolai Polozov to defend his case The lawyers became famous after defending Russian punk group Pussy Riot But Estonia s Foreign minster Urmas Paet has now now accused Russia of meddling with the criminal case after Kohver waived his lawyers Russia s actions in abducting Eston Kohver from Estonia to Russia and holding him in custody in a Moscow jail are contrary to international law Paet said cited by the Postimees newspaper We are grateful to Mark Feigin and Nikolai Polozov for their expertise in dealing with the Eston Kohver case We demand the return of Eston Kohver to Estonia he added The foreign minister said that Kohver s decision to waive the attorneys appointed by Estonia and to continue with counsel appointed by Russia is unfortunate and it is clear that Kohver is not free in making his choices Paet said that the situation is complex but Estonia has many allies and friends who understand us well and support us In the court tomorrow things will become clear currently the information has been received via the investigator Paet added Paet said that Estonia continues to apply for a new meeting between Kohver and the Estonian consul Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list Subscribe A subscription

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  • Revealed: Stunning World War Two secret agent is unveiled as Latvian woman
    be agent from Belgium well regarded by his instructors was dismissed after spending a day in Cilvere s company By the evening she wrote in one of her meticulous reports I had learnt practically all there was to know about him Jonathan Cole researcher at the National Archives said Fifi was somewhat of a legend of the Special Operations Executive Until now her existence and the deployment of her services had been dismissed With the release of her file her identity impressive skills and the important role she played in Second World War secret operations is now finally revealed Cilvere who went by her middle name of Kristine was born in London but grew up in her mother s native Latvia where she was privately educated at a German school in Riga She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and when war broke out was interned at Besancon She escaped and made her way to the UK where in 1942 she offered her services for active work under conditions of danger according to her file Her role was known to only three people because in the words of her superior the English public was very sensitive to the idea of people snooping Trainee agents were placed on 96 hour undercover assignments around Britain and Chilver was sent there to test them Her instructions included where she should bump into them and a brief description One target in Newcastle was described as having uneven front teeth large feet carrying a Penguin novel The job was far from glamorous Cilvere noted wryly in one of her reports that her hotel consisted of plush curtains fried fish smell and aspidistras Despite the serious nature of her work humor was a feature of her correspondence with superiors Dispatching her to Wolverhampton her boss wrote A room will be booked for you at the Victoria Hotel which is the only hotel and a very bad one at that in that revolting town After leaving the service Cilvere lived first in Chelsea west London and latterly in Lydney Gloucestershire close to the Welsh border She spent her last decades with her companion Jean Alex Felgate who died in 2011 the newspaper writes Hugo Whatley current occupier of the house said Alex and Kristine lived here together I believe they met during the war and that Alex may also have been in the SOE Their garden was extraordinary They had so many plants here It s run down a little now but you still find the odd wonderful plant they planted After what they went through in the war I think this was a way for them to get away The Daily Telegraph points out that Cilvere did not forget her Latvian roots and in 2001 set up an animal shelter in Riga Dzivnieku draugs Staff there were amazed to hear of her wartime past and said she had led an intensely private life She was devoted to animal welfare and that was what she spoke about

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  • Russian pop singer to turn to courts after being banned from Latvia amid Ukraine crisis
    in Jurmala before he was banned by Latvia s Foreign Ministry in July I will turn to the European courts against the Latvian government for moral and material damages caused by the decision I had pre paid a hotel in Jurmala worth EUR 11 500 for my stay but the hotel did not reimburse me said Kobzon They said that the decision was not dependent on them and that it was made by the Latvian government They recommended me to turn to the government with my complaint which I intend to do Kobzon said The ban which came in to effect in July also applied to fellow Russian singers Oleg Gazmanov and Alla Perfilova aka Valeriya Kobzon was temporarily blacklisted by Latvia in 2003 for posing threats against national security and public order Kobzon is also prohibited from entering the United States Canada Australia and a number of countries in Europe Edited by Rayyan Sabet Parry Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born

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