Posts published in Day: April 18, 2019

North Korea announces first weapon test since summit collapse

Thursday, April 18, 2019

North Korea has test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” it said Thursday, the first military move since the collapse of a nuclear summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. Kim supervised Wednesday’s test and praised it for having “very weighty significance in increasing the combat power” of the North Korean army, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. The announcement came as U.S.-led efforts…

Estonia’s president to meet with Putin; the two will discuss Baltic security

Thursday, April 18, 2019

On Thursday, 18 April, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will meet with Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid, as reported by Estonian public media ERR. The two presidents will discuss relations between their nations in trade and culture fields, as well as topics associated with security of Baltic States. The last president from Estonia who had been to Russia on an official visit was Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who visited St Petersburg in 2011.…

Europe’s borders to be reinforced – a specialist corps to be formed by 2027

Thursday, April 18, 2019

On Wednesday, 17 April, the European Parliament approved a new law to strengthen Europe’s border and coast guard, as reported by EP representative in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota. Changes to Europe’s Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) are meant to strengthen EU’s ability to react to security and migration challenges, says EP representative. Changes provide for the formation of a new standing corps that will provide assistance to EU member states…

As police arrive, Peru’s ex-president commits suicide

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ex-president of Peru Alan García committed suicide on Wednesday, 17 April, when police arrived to arrest him for corruption. As reported by British broadcaster BBC, when the police arrived, García asked for permission to call his lawyer. He entered his office and locked the door. Shortly after, a shot was heard from inside the room. When the police rushed into the room, they saw García with a shot wound on…

Gallery: Renovated Estonian Embassy in Moscow to be reopened Thursday

Thursday, April 18, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid will on Thursday formally reopen the newly renovated Estonian Embassy building in Moscow. Since its beginning in 1921, Estonia’s diplomatic mission in Moscow has operated in the same building. The Estonian Embassy is located in the heart of historic Moscow, sandwiched between Maly Kislovsky Pereulok and Kalashny Pereulok. The Kremlin, the Arbat and the Moscow Conservatory are all right nearby. The building itself, an early art nouveau-style…

Portugal crash: at least 29 killed on tourist bus in Madeira

Thursday, April 18, 2019

At least twenty-nine people, mostly German tourists, have died and a further 28 have been injured after a tourist bus overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira, local media have reported. A battered white bus on its side surrounded by firefighters could be seen in photos published by Portuguese media, while SIC Television said there were 19 ambulances at the scene following the accident, which occurred around 5.30pm GMT. Filipe…

Hungary, augmented by the United Kingdom and Spain, will lead 50th NATO Baltic Air Policing detachment

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hungary is scheduled to be the lead nation for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at Šiauliai, Lithuania, together with augmenting nations Spain and the United Kingdom. From May 2019 Hungary will take over the lead of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission deploying their JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft to Šiauliai, Lithuania. This is the second time since 2015 that Hungary will deploy their Gripen fighters and an air force detachment to…

airBaltic top Easter destinations – Stuttgart, Odessa and Bordeaux

Thursday, April 18, 2019

During the Easter holidays the most popular summer seasonal destinations among airBaltic passengers are Stuttgart, Odessa, Bordeaux and Catania. During the holidays the largest number of passengers are planning to travel from Riga to Berlin, Moscow, London and Dublin. Eva Plakane, SVP Revenue Management at airBaltic: “airBaltic have started the busiest summer season in its history. We are happy to see that more and more passengers are choosing to travel…

Lithuanian leaders vow to contribute to restoration of Paris cathedral

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lithuania is ready to contribute to the restoration of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral which was ravaged by a fire earlier this week and will consider ways on how to do that, its leaders say. In a sound recording issued on Wednesday, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Lithuania “is full of determination to restore the cathedral of great value to the whole world.” “It’s a temple of our hearts and…

Lithuanian PM sees minister’s proposal on truckers’ wages as compromise

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Social Security and Labor Minister Linas Kukuraitis’ proposal to pay per diem allowances to long-haul truck drivers only if their taxable wages amount to at least two minimum monthly salaries is a compromise, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday. “The problem is the social security of drivers. I think the proposal is a compromise, and not a bad one,” Skvernelis said on Ziniu Radijas. “But I do encourage haulers…