Posts published in Day: January 14, 2019

Fuel prices fall in Baltic capitals

Monday, January 14, 2019

The most expensive 95-octane fuel is in Tallinn, followed by Riga and Vilnius. Meanwhile, the most expensive diesel fuel is in Tallinn, while the lowest – in Vilnius. The price of 95-octane fuel at Circle K gas stations in Riga reached EUR 1.194 per liter this week, while the price of diesel fuel EUR 1.194 per liter.The price of 95-octane fuel at Circle K gas stations in Tallinn reached EUR…

Weather in Latvia to be chilly and windy this week

Monday, January 14, 2019

Weather will be volatile in Latvia this week – a reasonable amount of thaw along with chilly air is expected. Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre predicts strong wind and plenty of precipitation. Air temperature at night will be low (around -3° C… -8° C) at the beginning of the week. On the night to Wednesday, 14 January, air temperature is expected to drop to -11° C. Daytime air…

Largest-ever cocaine bust in Latvia as upwards of two tonnes seized

Monday, January 14, 2019

According to Andrejs Grišins, head of the criminal police department, on January 8 at the Koknese municipality the police seized 42 boxes with 2,195 packages of cocaine. Each had 1,000 grams of cocaine in it. Tests are still being carried out, but express analyses have indicated that the stash contains cocaine of an 80% purity. Grišins said the entire stash, if sold wholesale, would cost around €65m, or three to four times…

She thought her grandfather was a Lithuanian hero. Research leads her to ask, was he a patriot or a Nazi?

By Ron Grossman on Monday, January 14, 2019

To this day, Silvia Foti is not sure if she was supposed to expose or exonerate her grandfather Jonas Noreika. In Lithuania, he is remembered as General Storm, his nom de guerre when he led an underground resistance to the Soviet army’s invasion of his homeland during World War II. There are statues and streets named for him. His daughter, Foti’s mother, spent decades assembling myriad documents for a biography…

Russian, Japanese foreign ministers discuss disputed islands

Monday, January 14, 2019

The top diplomats of Russia and Japan held talks Monday about disputed islands in the Pacific as Moscow sought to temper Japanese expectations of an imminent deal. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened the negotiations with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono by warning Tokyo against engaging in “unilateral rhetoric” regarding the territorial dispute – a stern statement signaling tough talks when the Japanese leader visits Moscow later this month. The Soviet…

Doubts greet Macron letter to quell French yellow vest anger

Monday, January 14, 2019

Yellow vest protesters and political rivals say a sweeping “letter to the French” from President Emmanuel Macron doesn’t go far enough to quell national anger at his policies. Macron’s letter explains how he’s addressing the movement’s concerns through a “grand debate” in local meetings around the country starting Tuesday. The debate will focus on taxes, public services, climate change and democracy. Yellow vest representative Jeremy Clement told BFM television Monday…

Anett Kontaveit through to Australian Open second round

Monday, January 14, 2019

Estonian top tennis player Anett Kontaveit is through to the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne after beating Spanish player Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets on Monday. Kontaveit rescued herself from having her service broken in the fifth game of the first set, coming back from 0:40 to win the game, and breaking Ms Tormo’s serve in the next game, bringing the score to 4:2, going on…

Top EU lawmaker urges UK to approve Brexit deal

Monday, January 14, 2019

A top European Parliament leader is urging British lawmakers to “behave responsibly” and approve the UK’s divorce deal with the European Union. Manfred Weber said Monday that “we ask, we invite our British colleagues to behave responsibly and vote for this agreement.” A vote in the U.K. Parliament is expected Tuesday. Many British lawmakers object to the agreement between Brussels and Prime Minister Theresa May, raising fears that Britain may…

Pompeo: Trump threat to Turkey shows US commitment to Kurds

Monday, January 14, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump’s threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey’s economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America’s commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish officials or Trump about the president’s tweeted threat and that he assumed Trump was referring to the imposition of sanctions should Turkey take military action against the Kurds…