Posts published in Day: April 13, 2019

Harry and Meghan Are Keeping the Birth of Their Royal Baby Private

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child is due in just weeks — but the public will have to wait a little longer than that to catch a glimpse of the royal baby. The prince and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced via Buckingham Palace Thursday that they will keep their birth plan private, and will publicly reveal details of the birth only after they’ve celebrated together. “The Duke and Duchess of…

Latvia and Czech Republic shared views on security challenges

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The meeting with Czech partners in the parliament and government affirmed the views Latvia and Czech Republic share on topical security challenges and stance on matters related to NATO-EU relations. Rihards Kols, head of Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee, after his official visit to Czech Republic, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service. During his meeting with Vice-Speaker of Czech Senate Jiří Oberfalzer, Kols congratulated the country with the 20th anniversary of joining NATO.…

1 in 9 people in Lithuania lived in deep poverty in 2018

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The level of material deprivation stood at 11.1 percent in Lithuania last year, up by 1.3 percentage points from 2017. Around 310,000 people lived in deep poverty, lacking funds for at least four out of six basic material deprivation elements, the latest figures from Lithuania’s statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, showed on Friday. The share of city and rural dwellers living in deep poverty was almost the same, standing at 11.1…

Rail Baltica will ensure smooth military freight movement

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The pan-Baltic European standard-gauge railway project Rail Baltica will help to ensure smooth military freight movement across the whole region, Lithuanian Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis says LETA/BNS. “Having strategic significance, the Rail Baltica project will contribute to smooth military freight movement in the whole region, and Lithuania is ready to provide comprehensive assistance to NATO troops and ensure a well-developed multimodal transport system and safe infrastructure,” the minister, currently on…

Shell to withdraw from Gazprom’s Baltic LNG project

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The British-Dutch company Shell plans to withdraw from the Baltic liquefied natural gas (LNG) project following Gazprom’s decision to integrate it with a gas processing plant in Ust-Luga, announced Shell Russia Chairman Cederic Cremers in a statement. “Following Gazprom’s announcement on 29 March regarding the final development concept of Baltic LNG, we have decided to stop our involvement in this project. We have a number of other ongoing projects with Gazprom, including…

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI says ‘all-out sexual freedom’ of 60s to blame for clerical sex abuse

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has blamed the “unprecedented radicalism in the 1960s” for clerical sexual abuse against minors in a letter. He said a “dissolution of the Christian concept of morality” was down to cultural changes. Benedict’s letter drew widespread criticism with some saying it does not go into structural issues within the church that helped cover up the abuse. “It does not address structural issues that abetted abuse cover-up,…

Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO member countries

By Mehmet Alaca on Saturday, April 13, 2019

Russia sold missile defense systems to 20 countries, including NATO member countries such as Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia. ANKARA The U.S. cites concern over Ankara’s plans to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defense systems although other NATO countries had previously procured earlier generation S-300 missiles without this conflicting with their membership in the alliance. Following protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the U.S. with no success, Ankara decided…

Estonian School of Diplomacy to start teaching Finnish top officials

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Estonian School of Diplomacy has won a public procurement organized by the Government Office of Finland, according to which approximately 100 Finnish top officials must be trained before the start of the Finnish presidency of the Council of the European Union beginning on July 1. “We must prepare the top officials of Finland for stressful international negotiations as leaders of working groups,” Ekke Nomm, director of the Estonian School…