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Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are former Soviet republics which joined NATO in 2004(MoD Estonia on Twitter)

US grants $169 million in military aid to Baltic nations for 2021

Helsinki | By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:07 PM IST
The aid earmarked through a new joint US-Baltic security program was included in the US defence appropriations bill approved by Congress and signed into law on Tuesday. In a Twitter post, Estonia’s Defence Ministry called the move “important & highly appreciated news”.
STAND TOGETHER: Members of the Belarus diaspora and Ukrainian activists with smoke grenades during a rally in Kiev.
STAND TOGETHER: Members of the Belarus diaspora and Ukrainian activists with smoke grenades during a rally in Kiev.

Belarus frees protesters; EU weighs action

Brussels | By Agencies
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2020 04:55 AM IST
At least nine European Union countries and the bloc’s executive arm have called for new sanctions on Belarus ahead of emergency talks among member states on Friday.
The third phase of the Vande Bharat Mission got underway on Thursday and will continue till July 2.(PTI)
The third phase of the Vande Bharat Mission got underway on Thursday and will continue till July 2.(PTI)

India repatriates 227 stranded citizens from Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia

Helsinki/Tel Aviv | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2020 02:22 PM IST
Air India’s Country Manager in Israel, Pankaj Tiwari, whose office coordinated the repatriation flight told PTI that the AI 1184 flight landed in New Delhi on Saturday.
Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

BWF suspends all its tournaments till July

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 06:08 PM IST
According to a BWF release, the decision was taken in “close consultation and consensus” with the Host Member Associations (HMA) and Continental Confederations (CC).
The United States Fed Cup team of Alison Riske, left, captain Kathy Rinaldi, Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Gauff pose with an American flag after beating Latvia in Fed Cup.(AP)
The United States Fed Cup team of Alison Riske, left, captain Kathy Rinaldi, Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Gauff pose with an American flag after beating Latvia in Fed Cup.(AP)

US barely beat Latvia in Fed Cup after Williams loses in singles

LONDON | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 01:51 PM IST
The United States seemed poised to advance to the finals after taking a 2-0 lead on Friday as Williams and Sophia Kenin won their respective singles matches in Everett, Washington.
Warsaw has been celebrating the Kupala Night in the Multimedia Fountain Park by the river since 1996
Warsaw has been celebrating the Kupala Night in the Multimedia Fountain Park by the river since 1996

Travel: Love on the longest day

Hindustan Times | By Don Sebastian
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 11:55 PM IST
Poland’s summer solstice festival of Kupala is all about matchmaking, marriages and mischief
Piano constructor and builder David Klavins plays his new creation.(AFP File Photo)
Piano constructor and builder David Klavins plays his new creation.(AFP File Photo)

World’s largest concert piano installed in Latvia

Ventspils | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2019 06:28 PM IST
The steel-framed vertical grand piano hangs as if in mid-air some three storeys above the audience.
A speedboat and a helicopter of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard move around a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, Sunday, July 21, 2019.(AP)
A speedboat and a helicopter of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard move around a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, Sunday, July 21, 2019.(AP)

Iran says seized tanker’s crew safe, warns UK of ‘escalation’

Dubai | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2019 12:50 AM IST
Iran said that all 23 ship crew members from India, Latvia, the Philippines and Russia are “safe and in good health”.
Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova celebrates after winning against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.(AFP)
Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova celebrates after winning against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.(AFP)

Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova into French Open quarters

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 04:29 PM IST
Teenager Marketa Vondrousova continued to impress at the French Open when she walloped Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-2 6-0 to reach her maiden Grand Slam quarter-finals on Sunday.
Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, returns the ball to Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, during the Miami Open.(AP)
Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, returns the ball to Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, during the Miami Open.(AP)

Petra Kvitova comes from behind to reach Stuttgart Open semi-finals

Stuttgart | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 07:20 PM IST
Petra Kvitova overcame a rocky start to beat Anastasija Sevastova in three sets and progress to the last four of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart on Friday.
Poland's forward Krzysztof Piatek celebrates his goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group B qualifier against Austria.(AFP)
Poland's forward Krzysztof Piatek celebrates his goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group B qualifier against Austria.(AFP)

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Substitute Krzysztof Piatek gives Poland 1-0 win in Austria

Vienna | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 11:11 AM IST
Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek continued his prolific season by scoring 10 minutes after coming off the bench to secure a 1-0 win away to Austria in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier
Latvian countryside is dotted with small villages and many of them have their own church(Saubhadra Chatterji)
Latvian countryside is dotted with small villages and many of them have their own church(Saubhadra Chatterji)

Travel: How not to be arrested in Latvia (and Estonia)

Hindustan Times | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2019 11:49 PM IST
A road trip through these former Iron Curtain countries offers natural beauty, fabulous food and situations fraught with tension
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during the match against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei.(REUTERS)
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during the match against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei.(REUTERS)

Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka outlasts Hsieh Su-wei to enter last 16

Melbourne | By AFP
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2019 08:29 AM IST
The 21-year-old US Open champion, seeded fourth at Melbourne Park, won the all-Asian clash 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
(From left) Nitten Kirrtane and Vlada Kirilovska, mixed doubles silver medallists pose with Marcus Hilpert of Netherlands and Stefanie Kolar of Germany who won the gold medals in Florida, US(HT/PHOTO)
(From left) Nitten Kirrtane and Vlada Kirilovska, mixed doubles silver medallists pose with Marcus Hilpert of Netherlands and Stefanie Kolar of Germany who won the gold medals in Florida, US(HT/PHOTO)

2018 senior world tennis championship: Pune’s Kirrtane returns home with silver medal

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2018 06:32 PM IST
Nitten Kirrtane partnered with Vlada Kirilovska from Latvia, the duo settled for silver in the 40-plus mixed category
Serena Williams celebrates a point against Karolina Pliskova during their US Open Women's Singles Quarter-Final match.(AFP)
Serena Williams celebrates a point against Karolina Pliskova during their US Open Women's Singles Quarter-Final match.(AFP)

Serena Williams battles past Karolina Pliskova to reach US Open semi-finals

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 08:25 AM IST
Serena Williams shook off a slow start to grab eight consecutive games and beat 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 for a spot in the U.S. Open semi-finals.
An old shopper feeds a seagull near the Central Market in Riga(Don Sebastian)
An old shopper feeds a seagull near the Central Market in Riga(Don Sebastian)

Travel: One night in a forgotten museum in Riga, Latvia

Hindustan Times | By Don Sebastian
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 10:52 PM IST
How an unassuming Art Nouveau guest house in the Latvian capital, Riga, came to represent the country’s tortuous past and spirit of revival
Angelique Kerber celebrates during her semi final match against Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday.(REUTERS)
Angelique Kerber celebrates during her semi final match against Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday.(REUTERS)

Angelique Kerber beats Jelena Ostapenko, storms into second Wimbledon final

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 07:07 PM IST
Angelique Kerber reached her second Wimbledon final on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.
According to the YSR Congress parliamentarians, speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked them to resubmit their resignation letters in confirmation of their decision to relinquish Lok Sabha membership.(PTI File)
According to the YSR Congress parliamentarians, speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked them to resubmit their resignation letters in confirmation of their decision to relinquish Lok Sabha membership.(PTI File)

Two months after resignation, fate of five YSR Cong MPs still hangs in balance

PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2018 04:47 PM IST
A party leader said although speaker Sumitra Mahajan was expected to accept the resignations before leaving on a 10-day trip to Latvia and Belarus on Friday afternoon, it did not happen.
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