Posts published in Day: July 12, 2019

Ukrainians hungry for Lithuanian jobs, but some end up here in deeper misery

Friday, July 12, 2019

Once a country of EU record-high emigration, Lithuania has recently become a new home for thousands of Ukrainians, who come here in search for a better life. According to the Lithuanian Migration Department, the number of Ukrainians living in Lithuania has rocketed by almost 42 per cent in 2018, making them the largest foreign community in Lithuania. The stats say there were 16 873 Ukrainian nationals in Lithuania as of…

AU envoy: Sudan military, protesters to sign political deal

Friday, July 12, 2019

A political transition agreement between Sudan’s military and a pro-democracy coalition is expected to be signed Saturday, a top African Union diplomat said early Friday. Mohammed el-Hassan Labat’s announcement came just hours after the Sudanese military claimed it thwarted an attempted military coup. The transition agreement sets up a joint sovereign council that will rule for a little over three years while elections are organized. The deal is meant to…

Estonian businessman Ossinovski donates to son’s Social Democratic party

Friday, July 12, 2019

Estonian businessman mired in corruption scandals Olegs Ossinovski has donated EUR 25 000 to Estonia’s Social Democratic Party when his son Jevgeni Ossinovski was the party’s chair, as reported by Estonian public media ERR. When Ossinovski because charged with bribery in the 2015 criminal case against then the head of Latvian Railway Uģis Magonis, Ossinovski Jr. denied receiving any donations to the part from his father, adding that the party would be cutting ties with…

S. Korea proposes UN probe over Japanese sanctions claims

Friday, July 12, 2019

South Korea said Friday it wants an investigation by the United Nations or another international body as it continues to reject Japanese claims that Seoul could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea. Kim You-geun, deputy director of South Korea’s presidential national security office, said South Korea has been thoroughly implementing U.N. sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. He demanded that Japan provide evidence…

Spotless reputation, Latvian citizenship and EUR 9 000 wage – chief wanted for FCMC

Friday, July 12, 2019

Latvia’s State Chancellery has announced the opening of application submission process for the post of chairman of Finance and Capital Market Commission (FCMC), according to the 12 July official publication in Latvian Herald. The main requirements for candidates include having a spotless reputation, no criminal record, and compliance with requirements of regulations in order to be provided with access to official secrets. Candidates have to be Latvian citizen with at…

Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey

Friday, July 12, 2019

 The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said “the first group of equipment” of the S-400 air defense systems has reached the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. The delivery of parts of the system will continue in the…

Court to put Center Party on probation

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Center Party being put on probation is part of a deal agreed with the prosecution after the government coalition’s senior party a few weeks ago admitted the acceptance of forbidden donations, Postimees has learned.  The party’s secretary general Mihhail Korb has said that the party will get a fine of 25,000 euros as punishment. The fine, just like a second part of the deal that the party has not…

Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

By Jill Colvin on Friday, July 12, 2019

Just a week after insisting that he was “absolutely moving forward,” President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s census. He directed federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases instead. “It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the U.S. populations,” Trump declared in a Rose Garden announcement, insisting…

Duda says they share conservative attitude to traditions with Lithuania’s Nauseda

Friday, July 12, 2019

Polish President Andrzej Duda says he and Lithuania’s incoming President Gitanas Nauseda share a conservative attitude to traditions, and the two countries share a similar historic heritage. Duda is set to welcome Nauseda in Warsaw next week after the new Lithuanian president decided to pay his first state visit to Poland, with Duda welcoming this sign of friendship. “As far as I know, our views on many things are similar,…

Baltic Security Foundation established to promote regional defense synchronization

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Baltic Security Foundation (BSF) was officially established this week with the goal to promote and foster Baltic regional defense and security, BSF representatives informed LETA. Olevs Nikers, president of the BSF, is an analyst at the Jamestown Foundation, and Otto Tabuns is the BSF director. The BSF has been established on the basis of the Baltic Security Strategy Project, which was led by Nikers and Tabuns. The objectives of…