4 countries vote in high-stakes European Parliament election

Europe 05/25/19, 01:19

Voters in Slovakia, Malta, Latvia and the Czech Republic are casting ballots in European Parliament elections.The stakes for the European Union are especially high in this year's elections, which are taking place over four days and involve all 28 EU nations.Many predict nationalists and far-right groups will gain ground. They ...

Sweden edges Latvia, Brits drop France at ice hockey worlds

Hockey 05/20/19, 12:24

Dennis Rassmusen scored the winner into an empty net with 34 seconds remaining for Sweden to beat Latvia 5-4 at the ice hockey world championship on Monday.Latvia needed a win in regulation to keep alive hopes for a quarterfinal spot in the Group B game in Bratislava. After Roberts Bukarts ...

Denmark routs Britain, Latvia blanks Italy at hockey worlds

Sports 05/14/19, 12:00

Morten Poulsen scored a hat trick as Denmark routed newcomer Britain 9-0 at the hockey world championship on Tuesday.Nicklas Jensen also scored twice for the Danes to improve to 2-1 in Group A in Kosice. Britain, which returned to the top division for the first time in 25 years, has ...

Mavs say Porzingis involved in incident in native Latvia

Sports 05/12/19, 23:26

The Dallas Mavericks say Kristaps Porzingis was involved in an altercation at a nightclub in his native Latvia.After video showed the 7-foot-3 forward with a bloody forehead, the Mavericks said Sunday: "It is our understanding that Kristaps was jumped and assaulted outside of a club," without providing further details.Video of ...

Poland, others mark 15 years in EU amid far-right protests

Europe 05/01/19, 12:20

Poland and other nations marked the 15th anniversary of their membership in the European Union with a leaders' summit in Warsaw, while far-right critics celebrated the occasion with protests Wednesday against the 28-nation bloc.Besides Poland, other countries that joined the EU on May 1, 2004, were Cyprus, the Czech Republic, ...

EU Council President Tusk to meet May ahead of Brexit summit

Europe 04/10/19, 02:36

European Council President Donald Tusk is meeting leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of an emergency summit to decide whether to grant the United Kingdom a further delay in its departure from the European Union.Donald Tusk meets the leaders of Lithuania, Latvia, The Netherlands and finally May shortly ...

Attorney: NBA star Kristaps Porzingis is accused of rape

Basketball 03/30/19, 21:42

An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledges that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but "unequivocally" denies the allegation.Lawyer Roland Riopelle (RYE'-oh-pell) said Saturday that the claim against the Dallas Maverick was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI.Citing unidentified law enforcement officials, ...

Latvia loses case to suspend indicted ECB official

Europe 02/26/19, 07:53

The European Union's top court on Tuesday overturned Latvia's decision to suspend a member of the European Central Bank while he is investigated for alleged bribery in a scandal that has shaken the country.The EU Court of Justice said that Ilmars Rimsevics, the governor of the Bank of Latvia and ...

Federer rallies to reach Swiss quarterfinals

Tennis 10/25/18, 15:15

Roger Federer made it 17 wins in a row at the Swiss Indoors when he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday to march into the quarterfinals.The top-seeded Swiss, who was born in Basel, had his serve broken in the third game, but he fought back well by ...

Party catering to Russian minority comes 1st in Latvian vote

Europe 10/07/18, 04:37

An opposition party catering to the Latvia's large ethnic Russian minority is poised to win the Baltic nation's parliamentary election but it's expected to face difficulties in forming a coalition government.A Latvian casts their ballot paper at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Latvians were casting ...

Ethnic Russians have big influence in Latvian election

Europe 10/05/18, 23:01

Latvians were casting their ballots Saturday in a parliamentary election in which a party catering to the Baltic nation's large ethnic Russian minority is expected to win the most support but have trouble forming a coalition government.Voters in Latvia, which is a member of the European Union and NATO, are ...

Latvian vote could see ethnic Russian party at the front

Europe 10/05/18, 00:43

A political party catering to the ethnic Russian minority is expected to win the most votes in Saturday's parliamentary election in Latvia — a Baltic member of the European Union and NATO — but it remains unclear if it can forge a coalition to take power.Latvia, a nation of 2 ...

College players getting on court education at World Cup

Basketball 09/25/18, 03:07

Kitija Laksa and Digna Strautmane, along with about a half dozen other college players, are getting quite the education on the court playing against the best players at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.All of them hope to bring their experiences back to school next week when they return to ...

Second day of FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup set to begin

Basketball 09/24/18, 06:00

The second day of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup gets going on Sunday with eight games. Australia and Argentina tip off to get the day started.Australia's star center Liz Cambage had 34 points in the opening win over Nigeria. The U.S. will face China, a day after beating Senegal ...

Senegal, Nigeria end Africa’s drought at Women’s World Cup

Basketball 09/24/18, 06:00

It was a historic day for African teams in the Women's Basketball World Cup.Senegal became the first African country to win a pool game, beating Latvia 70-69 on Sunday. Hours later, Nigeria followed suit, getting its first win ever in the tournament."It's a historic win and we've broken the curse," ...

Pope praises Latvians for keeping faith during occupation

World 09/24/18, 03:42

Pope Francis praised Latvians on Monday for resisting Soviet and Nazi occupation and persevering in their Christian faith, telling them: "You fought the good fight, you ran the race, you kept the faith."On the third day of his Baltic pilgrimage, Francis traveled to Latvia and placed flowers at the monument ...

Update: Cambage leads Australia past Nigeria

Basketball 09/22/18, 08:25

The Latest on the FIBA Women's World Cup (all times local):1:35 p.m.Liz Cambage had 34 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to help Australia beat Nigeria 86-68 on Saturday.Cambage, who led the WNBA in scoring this past season, got off to a fast start with 12 points in the opening ...

Women’s World Cup gets underway in Spain

Basketball 09/22/18, 05:15

The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup gets underway on Saturday with eight games. The U.S. will tip off against Senegal in its quest for a third consecutive championship, something the Americans have never done in their storied history.While the U.S. has been the dominant force in the sport for the ...

Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage as Russia threat looms large

Europe 09/22/18, 02:20

Russia will be the elephant in the room as Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied.Pope Francis waves to journalists as he boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Lithuania, Latvia and ...

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