Posts published in Day: June 10, 2019

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger announce marriage

Monday, June 10, 2019

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger were married over the weekend in a ceremony that the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor called “intimate, moving and emotional.” Pratt announced the nuptials Sunday in an Instagram post accompanied by a photo of the couple walking hand-in-hand. He said they were married Saturday “in front of God, our families and those we love.” The pair began dating last summer and became engaged in January.…

NATO’s Largest Baltic Drill To Kick Off On Sunday

Monday, June 10, 2019

Some 8,600 US, European troops from 18 nations taking part in annual Baltic Operations Exercise. The U.S. and 18 European countries are preparing to perform “the largest naval exercise series in the Baltic Sea” for the 47th time. The Baltic Operations Exercise (BALTOPS) will kick off on Sunday in Germany’s port city of Kiel. Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS…

Ally of Kazakhstan’s longtime ex-leader wins presidency

Monday, June 10, 2019

Preliminary results show an ally of Kazakhstan’s former president has won the presidential election. The Central Election Commission in this Central Asian country said Monday that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won nearly 71 percent of the vote with all the ballots counted. Tokayev became acting president when Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had led the country since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, abruptly stepped down. Shortly after Nazarbayev resigned, Kazakhstan’s ruling…

Comprehensive EU strategy to target urgent regional challenges

Monday, June 10, 2019

Modern European challenges are becoming closer to sustainability: no wonder, the EU Baltic Sea regional forum’s 10-year jubilee takes circular and sharing economy issues as its main agenda. They have already become an integral part in some EU states’ governing aspects. Besides, ideas of “reduce, reuse and rethink” (the so-called “4T” issues) would be of interest too… The EUSBSR forum will take place in Gdansk, Poland during 12-13 June. In…

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

By Kathy Gannon on Monday, June 10, 2019

The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as an even greater threat than the Taliban because of its…

Lithuania’s EAPL-CFA will take part in talks on ruling coalition

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance will take part in the ongoing talks on a new ruling coalition, its leader said after the party’s council meeting in Vilnius on Friday. “It made the decision to officially start talks on a future coalition,” Tomasevski told journalists after the council meeting. “We agreed that program provisions are key and from that point we start to talk. If…

Trump defends Mexico deal as criticism continues

By Jill Colvin on Monday, June 10, 2019

With his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, President Donald Trump was looking to claim victory even as some of his Democratic challengers for the White House criticized him for overselling a deal that mostly ramps up existing efforts. Trump defended the agreement reached by U.S. and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried…

Snap elections in Riga would be better than two more years of torment

Monday, June 10, 2019

Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party is ready for snap elections in the Latvian capital city and considers such a scenario to be better than “two more years of torment”, Riga vice mayor and GKR board member Olegs Burovs says in an interview published in today’s issue of Neatkariga. Commenting on his party’s relations with coalition partner Harmony, Burovs said that during the 2013 elections the two parties were like…

News Ukraine will join EU in 2025-2027, Rada speaker says

Monday, June 10, 2019

Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Andrey Paruby has said that Ukraine stands a good chance of joining the European Union between 2025 and 2027. Mr Paruby’s statement comes after the speakers of the parliaments of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine signed a joint resolution during the an inter-parliamentary assembly in Kyiv. “It was very important for us that the action plan we have agreed on includes [the provisions] that we will…

Estonia: Indrek Saar elected new chairman of SDE

Monday, June 10, 2019

Delegates of the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) at a convention in Tartu on Sunday elected Indrek Saar, who beat Lauri Laanemets in the second round of voting, as the party’s new chairman. Altogether 231 delegates voted in favor of Saar and 201 in favor of Laanemets in the second round. Saar, who rose to the position of SDE’s new leader, promised his fellow party members that he will place…