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State Duma approves Putin’s pick for prime minister

Friday, January 17, 2020

At a session on Thursday, the State Duma (lower house) endorsed the president’s nominee, Russia’s tax chief Mikhail Mishustin, as Prime Minister. As many as 383 lawmakers supported Putin’s choice, none were against, and 41 parliamentarians abstained. “Colleagues, the decision has been taken. We have given consent to the appointment of Mishustin Mikhail Vladimirovich as Prime Minister by the president of the Russian Federation,” Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said, summing…

Airman gets 40-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting child at Aviano

Friday, January 17, 2020

An airman found guilty of sexually assaulting a child multiple times over a 17-month period while stationed at Aviano received a 40-year prison sentence, an Air Force official said this week. Airman Alexander L. Driskill was found guilty by a military jury of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 12, 31st Fighter Wing spokeswoman Maj. Sarah Babcock said in a statement. Driskill had earlier pleaded guilty to charges…

Eleven US service members were screened for brain injuries after Iranian missile strikes

Friday, January 17, 2020

U.S. military facilities in Kuwait and Germany treated 11 service members for possible brain injuries suffered during the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on Ain al-Asad base in Iraq, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said Friday. The attack was retaliation for a Jan. 3 drone strike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. “As a standard procedure, all personnel in…

Australia bushfires: Heavy rains provide some relief

Friday, January 17, 2020

Thunderstorms have dumped much-needed rain on bushfires but may cause other problems. More rain is forecast across parts of eastern Australia over the weekend. Torrential downpours drenched much of bushfire-ravaged eastern Australia on Friday, providing a second day of much-needed relief to firefighters battling a months-long crisis. “Rain has fallen across most firegrounds over the last 24 hours which is great news! Our fingers are crossed that this continues over…

Prime minister affirms possibility of carrying oil supplies for Belarus through Latvia

Friday, January 17, 2020

During his meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on Thursday, 16 January, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš affirmed that oil supplies for Belarus may be possible using Latvia’s ports. After speaking with Lukashenko, Kariņš told journalists that when developing mutual economic relations the most logical decision is focusing on transports and logistics, because the two countries in question already have relations in these two sectors. «On the one hand, it…

Indian PM proposes bringing together talented young Estonians, Indians

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi while attending the Raisina Dialogue conference in New Delhi, at the Indian premier’s proposal, the two discussed ideas for bringing talented young Estonians and Indians together through hackathons. Reinsalu said that Estonia is willing to pursue the idea. “It’s an initiative that would take cooperation between Estonia and India to the next level and give us a chance to…

Estonian parliament adopts EU-Singapore investment protection accord

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Estonian parliament on Thursday adopted the free trade and investment protection agreement between the European Union and Singapore aiming to improve the investment climate between the EU and Singapore. The agreement will ensure high-level investment protection in Singapore, while leaving parties to the agreement the right to regulate the field and impose legal norms, Riigikogu spokespeople said. Under the agreement a two-tier investment adjudication system would be created, aimed at…

National Defence representatives to take part in the Snow Meeting

Thursday, January 16, 2020

On January 16–17 the Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts forum, Snow Meeting, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take place in Trakai. The 13th edition of the meeting will address security challenges to the transatlantic community and response to them. The meeting will be attended by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas. This year the focus will be on…

Latvian PM Kariņš visits Belarus

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Prime Minister to meet with A. Lukashenko and S. Roumas during his working visit to Belarus, according to mk.gov.lv. High on the agenda are preparations for Latvia and Belarus’ joint hosting of the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2021 (Slogan: “Passion. No borders.”  ) “Latvia is interested in maintaining good neighbourly relations and closer economic cooperation with Belarus. The Ice Hockey World Championship, organised jointly by Latvia and Belarus in…

Brexit will bring aviation changes, but no chaos

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The aviation sector will have to adapt to Brexit, but dramatic effects can be avoided, the Lithuanian business daily Lietuvos Žinios reports. While withdrawing from the EU, the UK will also leave the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). But Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority says the country’s aviation sector will continue its participation in the EASA systems. Based on a mutual agreement, Britain will be viewed as an EU member under…