Ireland loses EU trade job after coronavirus breach: von der Leyen | AFP

Ireland loses the EU’s coveted top trade job, paying the price for mistakes made by Phil Hogan, who resigned after breaking coronavirus guidelines. Instead, the post of trade commissioner now goes to EU veteran Valdis Dombrovskis, a former Latvian prime minister who is seen as a steady pair of hands for one of the bloc’s most sensitive jobs. Ireland, however, did better than expected in the reshuffle, with the important financial services portfolio going to the country’s new commissioner, senior MEP Mairead McGuinness, the EU said. SOUNDBITE

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Military parade marks Latvian 100th Independence Day anniversary in Riga

Latvians marked the 100th anniversary of their country’s independence with a military parade in Riga on Sunday. Over 1,000 soldiers took part in parade. They were joined by troops from the United States, Canada and other countries. The celebrations of the day were concluded with a torch procession. The Independence of the Republic of Latvia was proclaimed following WW1 on November 18, 1918.

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Tennis: Ostapenko welcomed in Riga after winning French Open

Latvian tennis player Jelena Ostapenko was welcomed by fans as she arrived in Riga on Monday, after stunning third seed Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win her maiden Grand Slam title and become the lowest-ranked champion in French Open history.

Winter march: US troops conclude NATO drill in Latvia

Around 160 US and Latvian troops concluded a march on Wednesday, as part of the Bayonet Vanguard military drills that also encompassed Lithuania, Estonia and Poland. Troops from America’s 173rd Airborne Brigade alongside units of Latvia’s National Guard finally marched into the town of Rezekne, concluding a more than 50 kilometre (31 mile) march that began on Tuesday. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/82lv

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