Posts published in Day: August 2, 2018

UN committee calls on Lithuania to investigate human rights violations

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has called on Lithuania to fully investigate suspicions that a secret CIA prison operated in Lithuania. “The Committee is further concerned that pre-trial investigation No 01-2-00015-14 has not been completed, that no suspects have been identified, and that all information on the progress and results of this investigation has been kept secret,” the committee’s conclusions read. The European Court of Human Rights ruled on…

Latvia planning to buy six helicopters in coming years

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Latvia’s Defense Ministry and the State Border Guard are planning to buy six helicopters in the coming years; the helicopters could also participate in firefighting operations when necessary. The Defense Ministry said that it would decide on purchasing four helicopters next month. The agreement on buying the helicopters could be signed already this year, and Latvia could receive the first helicopter in 2021. The new helicopters will be equipped to…

Israeli Strike Kills Seven Islamist Insurgents on Syria Border in Golan

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Israel said on Thursday it saw potentially stabilizing benefits to President Bashar al-Assad winning the Syrian civil war, after the Israeli military said it killed seven Islamist insurgents in a rare air strike across the countries’ frontier. The remarks by Israel‘s defense minister signal an emerging Israeli accommodation with Assad, an old enemy who has not sought direct confrontation with Israel, as he regains control of Syria from rebels — including some Islamist groups. As…

Sweden opts for Patriot missile system amid growing Russia tensions

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Sweden will buy the Patriot air defense missile system from U.S. arms manufacturer Raytheon Co, the government said on Thursday, as it looks to boost its defenses amid growing tensions with Russia. Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), which handles military logistics, began negotiations over Patriot in November last year aiming to replace the current air defense system which cannot shoot down ballistic missiles. Negotiations were concluded in April and the…

Estonia planning to develop unmanned military land systems

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Estonia, along with Finland and Latvia, is planning to develop unmanned military land systems. Hidden behind the military-economic jargon is the assumption that unmanned military systems on land are likely to experience a boom similar to that in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UVAs) in recent years. UVAs, more commonly referred to as drones, are already in widespread and diverse military use, for support and reconnaissance purposes as well…

Latvia adheres to the highest tier in the IMF’s Data Dissemination Standards Initiatives

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Adherence to the SDDS Plus is the result of the joint work of Latvijas Banka, the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, the Treasury, the Financial and Capital Market Commission and Nasdaq Riga: Latvijas Banka coordinates the implementation of the SDDS Plus, the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia maintains the National Summary Data Page, and all involved institutions prepare and publish certain statistical data categories on population and the financial, real, fiscal…

Germany succeeds in forcing Facebook delete hate speech posts

Thursday, August 2, 2018

In Germany, social networking giant Facebook has removed several hundred insulting posts as required by a law prohibiting online hate speech, in force since January 2018 with possible fines that could reach 50 million euros. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported on July 27 that the U.S. firm received in the first six months of the year, 1,704 complaints under the Network Enforcement Act and removed 362 posts, according to Richard…

Massive U.S. defense policy bill passes without strict China measures

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Wednesday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military and sidestepping a potential battle with the White House over technology from major Chinese firms. The Senate voted 87-10 for the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. The annual act authorizes U.S. military spending but is used as a vehicle for a broad range of…

Lithuanian military helicopters continue to help Latvia, Sweden fight wildfires

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Two Mi-8 helicopters of the Lithuanian Air Force have been helping to fight wildfires in Latvia and Sweden for the third week now, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. In Latvia, the Lithuanian military helicopter has since July 18 spent 60 hours in the air and dropped over 1.2 million liters of water from nearby lakes on the fire area. “All people living nearby take care of us and help as much…

Estonian rescue services aiding Latvian firefighters south of border

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia on Wednesday evening sent a request for assistance to the Estonian Rescue Board in their attempt to put out a forest fire currently not under control in an area of 40 ha in Mazsalaca County, close to Latvia’s border with Estonia. The Rescue Board is sending personnel from its Haapsalu, Rapla, Risti, and Kilingi-Nõmme centres, along with equipment, it said on Thursday.…