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Latvia bound for Games. "The hockey party in Sochi will be just a little louder next year, as Latvia have punched their ticket to the 2014 Winter Olympics with a 3-2 overtime loss to France that gave the team the points it needed to qualify," reports the official website of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Latvia: Russia’s playground for business, politics – and crime. The Guardian from London reports that "Two decades after Latvia declared independence from the Soviet Union, joining the EU and Nato in 2004, Russian influence is growing again."
No peaks? No problem for Latvian downhill ski fans. "In the flat Baltic nation of Latvia," reports France 24, "where hills are few and far between, wily alpine skiing fans have found ways to indulge their passion without flying south to hit the slopes."
Russia: Latvia “seriously short of democracy”. The Kyiv Post carries a story on Moscow's reaction to the Central Election Commission's decision to suspend preparations for a referendum on automatically granting citizenship to the country's Russian-speaking population.
Minister pledges to investigate website after deaths linked to cyber bullying. After the deaths of two teenage girls, Ireland's minister for children wants Latvian authorities to investigate a website at the center of a cyberbullying scandal.
Lappuķe: Pēdējo desmit gadu laikā Latviju pametuši 10% valsts iedzīvotāju. Latvijas speciālo uzdevumu vēstnieks Rolands Lappuķe intervijā ar Neatkarīgo Rīta Avīzi stāsta par sevi un darbu ar diasporu.
Righting (some of) history’s wrongs. Andrew Stuttaford of The National Review picks up The Siberian Times story about Latvia's proposed changes to the Citizenship Law -- and misses the bigger picture.
More than 100,000 Siberians could get EU passports after Latvia changes little-noticed law. Britain's Daily Mail picks up the story about proposed amendments to the Citizenship Law and what the result could be.
History professor recognized during event at U.S. Embassy in Latvia. Paulis Lazda of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire greeted by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in event honoring Sumner Welles.
Vigilant hotel staff help detectives smash sex-trafficking gang. In Britain's Derbyshire, two men have been convicted in sexual assault and human trafficking case involving two young women from Latvia.
Latvian judo champ: I am the law!!!. Gasan Eldarov, a body builder and judo athlete who was born in Latvia, gets the attention of celebrity gossip site TMZ while hanging out at the London Olympics. More on Eldarov on his Facebook page.
The thanks of a grateful nation should be loud and clear. Andris Baltaisvilks died with no next-of-kin, no possessions, no one to make his final arrangements. This is when the Michigan Army National Guard and the Muskegon County Council of Veterans of Foreign Wars stepped in.
10 Dec 2013
One of the CD releases that many Latvian folklore fans most look forward to is the bi-yearly Latvian folk music collection Sviests. Full of new recordings of songs that are, in both direct and indirect ways, inspired by Latvian folk music and folklore, the series is one of the most eclectic collections of Latvian folk music available.
09 Dec 2013
The accordion is, without a doubt, a very popular instrument in Latvia. An essential aspect of most every countryside šlāger ensemble, the quaint sound made by air pushed through the instrument brings forth thoughts of evenings in French cafes or German beer gardens. Unfortunately, some might not consider the ‘accordion’ a serious instrument – relegated to being played by buskers on street corners.
04 Dec 2013
3. decembrī, Mineapolē (ASV) 88 gadu vecumā savās mājās mūžībā aizgājusi mecenāte, Triju Zvaigžņu ordeņa kavaliere, ilggadēja Latvijas jaunatnes izglītības veicinātāja un akcijas „Latvijas Lepnums“ 2009. gada laureāte Dr. Aina Galēja - Dravniece.
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