Posts published in Day: May 2, 2018

False friends – Macron calls Australian PM’s wife ‘delicious’

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron has inspired a mixture of laughter and confusion during his visit to Australia after describing the wife of the Australian Prime Minister as “delicious”. Unsurprisingly the comment has attracted some attention…and giggles.    And unfortunately for the French President, who is currently visiting Australia, it was said in front of a crowd of reporters as he thanked the prime minister for his hospitality.     “I want…

Is it possible for Estonian hedgehog to defeat Russian bear?

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

This year’s Siil (“hedgehog”) exercise will include up to 15,000 members of the Estonian Defence Forces, the Defence League, the Women’s Voluntary Defence Organization, the Police and Border Guard, the Rescue Board, and NATO allied personnel. The exercise starts today Wednesday and ends on May 14. Commander of the EDF Gen. Riho Terras explained that Siil is primarily a territorial defense exercise, in which the volunteers of Defence League play…

Russia’s S-400, Pantsir-S Air Defense Systems to Get Major AI Boost

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Russia’s Aerospace Forces have tested the country’s first automated air defense control system with elements of artificial intelligence, Izvestiya reported, citing Defense Ministry sources in Moscow. With the new system in place, the Russian air-defense forces will be able to respond to all situational changes in real time, bypassing the stage of analysis at command posts. Currently, each anti-aircraft missile and radar installation has its own control which is absolutely vital given the high speed of modern…

S Korean President Dismisses US Troops Withdrawal After Peace Treaty With North

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in dismissed the possibility of withdrawal of US troops stationed in the country in case of signing a peace treaty with North Korea, which will formally end 1950-1953 Korean War, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said. “US Forces Korea (USFK) is a matter of the South Korea-US alliance. It has nothing to do with signing a peace treaty,” the spokesman said as quoted by the Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday. According to the media…

Latvian woman’s death case: Liga Skromane was not stupid to go along with drug peddlers

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The body of 33-year-old Latvian woman, Liga Skromane, is likely to be released by the Kerala police to her kin today. Thereafter, the cremation is expected to take place in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. A memorial service is planned for Sunday. Liga’s partner Andrew Jordan and her sister Ilze hope that the police would not mess up again, as they did while tracing the missing woman. They hope that the police…

Canadian military train in Peterborough before deployment to Latvia

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

More than 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, of the Royal Canadian Regiment visit Peterboroug. It was quite the sight as a convoy of massive green army trucks and towering eight-wheeled light infantry vehicles rolled along the city streets with downtown traffic on Tuesday afternoon. Heads turned and some stopped in their tracks at the shear and unusual sight of the military presence in Peterborough. A large crowd gathered in…

Society has said a strict «no» to orphanages

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The number of small children in state social care centres in Latvia has declined significantly. While one year ago there were approximately 80 children under the age of three in this category, their number was cut down by half by November 2017. At the moment there are 17 children under the age of three in orphanages, as reported by Welfare Ministry. The institution underlines that the continued reduction of small…

May Day rally in Paris turns into riots, nearly 200 rioters arrested

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

French police have detained close to 200 rioters, who took part in the annual May Day protests in Paris, but resorted to vandalism. British public broadcaster BBC reported that far-left anarchist groups, known as Black Blocs, hijacked a peaceful rally against President Emmanuel Macron’s public sector labour reforms and started riots that resulted in four people suffering light injuries. French police stated that about 1,200 masked and hooded protesters attended…

Sikkut joins Social Democrats as party names her Ossinovski’s successor

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The leadership of the Social Democrats on Wednesday supported Riina Sikkut’s candidacy to follow party chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski as minister of health and labor. Sikkut previously worked as a government advisor on social security, health care, and the labor market. “Sikkut has joined the Social Democratic Party and wants to focus 100 percent on the Estonian society. The leadership supported nominating her as minister, and as it is the Social…

Russia’s behavior sets limits to communication with it

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser has assumed an indirectly opposing stance to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, commenting on the latter’s pro-Russia statement by saying that the behavior of the current leadership of Russia is setting limits to communication with Moscow. “The strength of the European Union lies in respecting democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms. The fact that the leaders of today’s Russia do not share the…