Posts published in Day: May 13, 2019

Sweden reopens rape case against Julian Assange

Monday, May 13, 2019

Swedish prosecutors are to reopen an investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange. The deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, announced the decision at a press conference on Monday, saying: “I have today taken the decision to reopen the preliminary investigation.” She said the circumstances now allowed for an extradition to Sweden from Britain, and a new interview with Assange should be held. She said: “After reviewing the…

Week’s beginning in Latvia will be rainy

Monday, May 13, 2019

A wide rain zone will pass through Latvia’s western portion on Monday, 13 May. This means lasting rain is expected in Kurzeme and Zemgale. Rain clouds will form in the country’s eastern areas, resulting in short-term rain, and local thunderstorms, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. Night-time air temperature will remain +5° C… +10° C, whereas daytime air temperature will not go higher than +7° C… +12°…

Lithuania: Nauseda says early parlt election possible after PM Skvernelis resigns

Monday, May 13, 2019

An early general election is a possible but not very likely scenario once Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis resigns, economist Gitanas Nauseda says after receiving the most votes in the first round of presidential voting on Sunday. In his words, following Skvernelis’ resignation, the same ruling majority could continue working with a new prime minister. Also, a minority government or a technocrat government could be formed. “I believe we have…

Simonyte overruns Nauseda in presidential election’s first round: results received from all districts

Monday, May 13, 2019

Economist Gitanas Nauseda is set to face MP Ingrida Simonyte in the presidential runoff in Lithuania, interim figures show. Runoff voting will take place on May 26. After all votes from all districts were received 13th May morning I. Simonyte wins over G. Nauseda: I. Simonyte – 31.13%, G. Nauseda – 30.95%, S. Skvernelis – 19.72%, V. P. Andriukaitis – 4.79%, A. Juozaitis – 4.69%, V. Tomasevski – 4.00%, M.…

Officials of Riga Tourism Development Bureau to be probed for embezzlement, fraud other offenses

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) has started a criminal probe against several officials of the municipal foundation Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTAB) over embezzlement of budget funds, counterfeiting of documents and use of counterfeit documents, as well as fraud, LETA was told at the anti-corruption bureau. As LETA observed, KNAB officers, including operatives in masks, raided the RTAB office on Monday. KNAB representatives confirmed that an urgent operation was under…

US Department of Treasury official Billingslea to visit Riga this week

Monday, May 13, 2019

Marshall Billingslea, the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the US Department of the Treasury is due to arrive in Riga this weelk, reported LETA/BNS. Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) is scheduled to meet with Billingslea on Thursday, May 16. The meeting will be followed by a press briefing. Billingslea last visited Riga in June 2018 to meet with Latvian officials. After her meeting with the US official, then…

Eurovision turns political in Israel amid boycott calls

Monday, May 13, 2019

As Israel is hosting the Eurovision song contest this week, activists have pointed to Israel’s occupation policies in Palestinian territories and calls for artists to boycott the event have been heard though not fulfilled. American news agency AP reports that Palestinian militants fired at southern Israel hundreds of rockets during a bloody round of fighting last week, raising concerns that the contest could be disrupted by violence. Also, the Palestinian-led…

KNAB checks Latvian Railways’ wall project – half a million spent but there is no wall

Monday, May 13, 2019

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced an investigation in relation to the protective wall project near Šķirotava railway station in Riga – Latvian Railway (LDz) has partially paid for the project, but the firm in charge of it has simply transferred the money to some company in Hong Kong, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga. Six years ago, LDz signed a contract with private firm Composite…

Latvia-US agree on priorities in defense cooperation

Monday, May 13, 2019

Latvian and US defense officials have signed a bilateral cooperation plan that sets priorities in cooperation in defense for the coming five years, the Latvian Defense Ministry reported. Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development) on Friday met with US Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in Washington to discuss further cooperation in defense. The officials confirmed readiness to continue implementation of the principles of cooperation agreed on during the…

Estonia to require winter tires to bear 3-peak mountain snowflake symbol in future

Monday, May 13, 2019

Estonia’s minister of economic affairs and infrastructure has signed a draft regulation that will forbid the use of studless snow tires with the M+S marking as winter tires in Estonia unless they also bear the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol, which shows that the specific tire is severe snow service rated. Minister Taavi Aas said in a press release that the M+S marking can be found also on tires for year-round…