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Balanga Chooks shocks world No. 3 Latvia in 3x3 World Tour return

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Travis Franklin comes through the clutch as the Philippine club team gets its campaign off to a rousing start

STUNNER. Alvin Pasaol and Travis Franklin celebrate Balanga Chooks’ upset win right in the opener. Photo release

Pope honors Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis' trip to all 3 Baltic states is at risk of being overshadowed by mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy across the globe

Pope Francis' trip, which follows in the footsteps of late Saint John Paul II who travelled to all Baltic states in 1993, may be overshadowed by claims of abuse by the Catholic Church. File Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Only 5 countries close gender gap in education, health – WEF

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The Philippines reopens its gender gap in health and survival this year, but maintains its gender equality in educational attainment

HEALTH ACCESS. A total of 34 out of 144 countries studied by the World Economic Forum have closed the gender gap on health and survival. Photo by Shutterstock

Russia expulsions won't deter U.S. 'commitment to allies' – Pence

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:59 PM

We stand with the people and nations of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania and we always will US Vice President Mike Pence says

PENCE IN ESTONIA. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvia's President Raimonds Vejonis, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and US Vice-President Mike Pence (R) pose for a photo prior talks in Tallinn, Estonia, on July 31, 2017. Photo by Raigo Pajula/AFP

Ukraine says rebels attack near Mariupol, NATO deploys Baltics troops

Mar 09, 2015 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile NATO forces prepared for a major exercise in the Baltics where Russia s involvement in the Ukraine war has jangled nerves

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

NATO to set up regional centers in east Europe – Lithuania

Sep 19, 2014 - 9:37 PM

The so called command and control centers will be launched in four or five countries namely Lithuania Latvia Estonia Poland and Romania

A meeting during the NATO 2014 summit at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, South Wales, on September 4, 2014. In the photo is UK Prime Minister David Cameron (R). Saul Loeb/AFP

Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Moscow s surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine comes ahead of a NATO summit in Wales at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby US President Barack Obama for military backing

A Ukrainian soldier drives on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on a road near a military camp in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Biden to travel to Poland, Lithuania next week

Mar 15, 2014 - 8:59 AM

According to the White House US Vice President Joe Biden will consult Poland and Lithuania on steps to support Ukraine s sovereignty and territorial integrity

MORE DISCUSSIONS. US Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the Ukraine crisis with allies Poland and Lithuania. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Ice Hockey: USA down Russia in Olympic thriller

Feb 16, 2014 - 1:17 PM

T J Oshie scored the shootout winner as the United States defeated Russia 3 2 in a nail biting Sochi Olympic hockey clash

ACTION ON ICE. Russia's Vyacheslav Voynov (L) vies with US Zach Parise (R) during the Men's Ice Hockey Group A match USA vs Russia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 15, 2014 in Sochi. Bruce Bennett/AFP

Ukraine's Yanukovych mulls early elections

Feb 04, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Aide says the president has spoken at a meeting with lawmakers last week of two possible scenarios to end the two month crisis

EARLY POLLS? In this photo, Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych speaks during live interview with Ukraine's main television channels in Kiev on December 19, 2013. Muykhylo Markiv/Ukranian Presidential Press Service/Handout/AFP

Opposition calls for aid, 'tortured' militant quits Ukraine

Feb 03, 2014 - 8:04 AM

Ukraine s opposition appeals for the first time for Western aid and mediation to end a deadly crisis

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Ukrainians gather on the Independence Square during the continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine, 02 February 2014. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Fireworks and fear as Latvia adopts euro

Jan 01, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Latvia officially adopted the euro at the stroke of midnight local time making the former Soviet state of two million people the 18th member of the crisis hit eurozone

A EURO WELCOME. A poster to welcome Latvia to the Euro area is hanged on the European commission headquarter in Brussels, Belgium, 19 December 2013. EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Fireworks but no joy as Latvia joins eurozone

Dec 27, 2013 - 11:34 AM

Fireworks will light up the skies above Riga when Latvia adopts the euro on January 1 but on the ground the feeling will be far from festive among those fearing the impact of the switch

A EURO WELCOME. A poster to welcome Latvia to the Euro area is hanged on the European commission headquarter in Brussels, Belgium, 19 December 2013. EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Latvian PM resigns over deadly supermarket cave-in

Nov 27, 2013 - 9:50 PM

Latvia s prime minister resigns in the wake of a supermarket roof cave in that killed 54 people in the country s worst ever peacetime disaster

Rescuers comb Latvia supermarket rubble for more victims

Nov 25, 2013 - 8:15 AM

Speculation in the media has focused on whether a rooftop garden and playground put a strain on the structure

Latvian leader dubs supermarket cave-in 'murder'

Nov 23, 2013 - 9:31 PM

Hope is dwindling in finding survivors from the Maxima supermarket after its roof caved in the worst disaster since Latvian independence in 1991

Death toll of Latvia supermarket collapse mounts to 45

Nov 22, 2013 - 11:16 PM

2nd UPDATE At least 51 people have died after the roof of a supermarket collapsed in Latvia making it one of Europe s worst roof disasters of the last 30 years

COLLAPSE. Rescuers search for survivors at the scene where the Maxima supermarket roof collapsed in Riga on November 22, 2013. Photo from AFP

Latvia gets green light to become 18th eurozone member

Jul 09, 2013 - 8:47 PM

The tiny Baltic state of Latvia receives the green light from its European partners to become the 18th member of the eurozone

NEWEST MEMBER. Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis (R) and his Finance Minister Andris Vilks give a news conference on the sidelines of the European Finance Ministers meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 09 July 2013. From 01 January 2014, Latvia will join the Eurozone and adopt the euro currency. Photo by EPA

Euro shoo-in Latvia posts EU's top growth rate

Jun 07, 2013 - 10:49 PM

Eurozone shoo in Latvia registers the highest growth rate in the European region

TOP GROWTH. Eurozone shoo-in Latvia registers the highest growth rate in the European region. Photo by AFP