Posts published in Day: September 11, 2018

Guam B-52s left behind to face typhoon as B-2s, C-17s scramble from 2 other major storms

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Two B-52s that were unable to fly and get out of the path of Typhoon Mangkhut as it brushed past Guam early Tuesday are now being assessed for damage, the Air Force said. The rest of the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron was able to fly out to Alaska ahead of the typhoon, but two of their B-52s were unflyable. So the Air Force loaded those aircraft with fuel and tied…

US relationship with international court crashes under Trump

By Matthew Lee on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

America’s long-running reluctant relationship with the International Criminal Court came to a crashing halt on Monday as decades of U.S. suspicions about the tribunal and its global jurisdiction spilled into open hostility, amid threats of sanctions if it investigates U.S. troops in Afghanistan. National security adviser John Bolton denounced the legitimacy of The Hague-based court, which was created in 2002 to prosecute war crimes and crimes of humanity and genocide…

Study shows 42% of residents aged 25 to 34 had higher education

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

26% of residents aged 25-34 had higher education in Latvia in 2007 (34% on average in OECD member states), ten years later this proportion has increased to 42% of residents (44% on average in OECD member states), according to results of Education at a Glance 2018: OCD Indicators international education comparison study. International student mobility has increased in almost all OECD countries and member states. Mobility of students entering Latvia…

European Solidarity Corps to permit volunteer work in all of EU

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

With members of the European Parliament giving green light, youngsters will be provided with the option to work in different volunteer projects across all of the European Union. The parliament approved the law with 519 votes in favour, 132 against and 32 MEPs abstaining, as reported by European Parliament’s press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znota-Znotiņa. In the vote MEPs detailed a desire for a clear distinction between voluntary activities and job…

Beijing issues veiled threat to Trump as Russia teams up with China to launch its largest EVER military drills

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Beijing issued a veiled threat to US President Donald Trump as Russia teamed up with China to launch its largest every military drills, with 300,000 Russian troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a massive show of force that has rattled the West. The week-long war games dubbed ‘Vostok-2018’ (East-2018), ‘have kicked off’ in far eastern Russia and on the Pacific Ocean, the defence ministry said in a statement.…

LANDCOM signs letter of cooperation with Ukraine Land Forces Command

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Commander of NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM), Lieutenant General John Thomson and Ukrainian Army Colonel General Serhiy Popko, Commander of Ukrainian Land Forces Command, signed a letter of cooperation on Sept. 6, 2018, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Lviv, Ukraine. “This is a tremendous honour for LANDCOM. I’m impressed with your training facility and how advanced this exercise is,” Thomson said. “Our headquarters and staff are excited…

Lithuanian President received letters of credence from the Ambassador of the Netherlands

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė received letters of credence from the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Bonny Pascale Evelyne Horbach. During their meeting, the President and the new Ambassador discussed bilateral and international relations, military and economic cooperation, and other topical issues. They also addressed the role of NATO’s forward presence battalion in strengthening the region’s defense and deterrence. The Dutch soldiers, who together with German troops form the core of the forward…

Japanese diplomat’s son finds forged ‘visas for life’ in Lithuanian archives

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The youngest son of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, discovered in the Lithuanian Central State Archives (LCSA) that some of the so-called “visas for life” issued by his father were forgeries. Nobuki Sugihara, who visited the archives in Vilnius last week, found out that the seals and signatures on some visas issued by his father and Jan Zwartendijk, the Netherlands’ honorary consul…

Paratroopers in Germany duck drones as Saber Junction shifts to live-fire training

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Thunderous booms joined the crackle of machine guns echoing over the rolling Bavarian hills, as U.S. paratroopers shifted this week to the live-fire portion of Saber Junction, a multinational annual exercise aimed at demonstrating American commitment to its allies. The 173rd Infantry Brigade, together with militaries from allied and partner nations, began the exercise on Sept. 4; it continues through Oct. 1. Last week, the airborne brigade’s “Sky Soldiers” assembled…

Latvia to step up immigration control during Pope Francis’ visit

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Immigration control will be stepped up during Pope Francis’ visit to Latvia, but unlike Estonia, Latvia will not renew checks on internal borders, Jolanta Babisko, a spokeswoman for the State Border Guard, told LETA. She said that border guards would be taking the necessary measures at all border crossings, including stepping up immigration controls near internal borders. By the end of last week, the Latvian State Border Guard had not…