Armenia, Belarus baulk at Riga summit declaration: Sources

 Armenia and Belarus are holding up agreement on a joint declaration at the EU-Eastern Partnership summit over references to Russia`s annexation of Crimea last year, diplomatic sources said Thursday.

Baltic countries request permanent NATO troop presence

The three Baltic countries are asking NATO to permanently deploy an army brigade to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a deterrent against an increasingly assertive Russia.

Russian paratroopers in drills on border with Estonia, Latvia

Up to 2,000 Russian soldiers took part in drills in the country`s west on Wednesday as Moscow conducted an inspection of its paratrooper units in the latest show of strength likely to alarm its neighbours.

Latvia begins six-month EU presidency

 Latvia Thursday began its presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), declaring involvement, growth and sustainability as the presidency`s main principles.

Iran nuclear talks hang in the balance

A final round of talks on Iran`s nuclear programme before a looming deadline hung in the balance on Thursday as Britain expressed pessimism a deal could be done in time and foreign ministers stayed away.

Daley Blind blow worsens situation at injury-ridden Manchester United
Daley Blind blow worsens situation at injury-ridden Manchester United

With Arsenal waiting in the weekend's Premier League tie at the Emirates in London, the situation at Manchester United has hit a new low. Daley Blind who has been Louis van Gaal's one of the main components as an utility player, is reportedly out for upto six weeks with a knee injury. The Dutch international suffered a blow on his knee in the Euro 2016 qualifying match between Netherlands and Latvia.

Dutch rout Latvia to ease pressure on Guus Hiddink
Dutch rout Latvia to ease pressure on Guus Hiddink

Under-pressure coach Guus Hiddink breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday as the Netherlands outclassed Latvia 6-0 in Amsterdam to give their Euro 2016 qualifying bid a shot in the arm.

Daley Blind hands Manchester United knee injury blow
Daley Blind hands Manchester United knee injury blow

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind faces a lengthy period on the sidelines after suffering suspected knee ligament damage in the Netherland`s 6-0 win over Latvia in Sunday`s Euro 2016 qualifier.

Blind was hurt after just 20 minutes following a collision with Eduards Visnakovs.

Luuk de Jong included in Dutch squad
Luuk de Jong included in Dutch squad

Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has included striker Luuk de Jong for the forthcoming football matches against Mexico and Latvia to replace midfielder Nigel de Jong.

Leroy Fer gets injury call-up to Dutch squad
Leroy Fer gets injury call-up to Dutch squad

Leroy Fer has been called up as a replacement in the Netherlands squad for the midweek friendly against Mexico and the vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia, the Dutch football association KNVB said. 

Marin Cilic to meet Roberto Bautista-Agut in Moscow`s final
Marin Cilic to meet Roberto Bautista-Agut in Moscow`s final

US Open champion Marin Cilic battled back from a set down to advance into the Kremlin Cup final after beating last year`s runner-up Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Latvians vote amid fears over a resurgent Russia

Latvia`s hardline centre-right coalition is poised to return to power Saturday in an election overshadowed by alarm over a resurgent Russia and a Kremlin-allied party popular with the country`s sizeable Russian minority.

NATO states near Russia need security boost: Mogherini

NATO countries bordering Russia need reassurance that they will be defended by the alliance in the face of the spiralling Ukraine war, incoming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

Professional tennis no place for women, says Gulbis

Ernests Gulbis insists he has no regrets over a career which has seen him locked up in jail, label the big four as boring and be damned as a spoilt rich kid.

Donetsk flag flies in Latvia as Russians mark Victory Day

The flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People`s Republic flew in Riga Friday in a show of support from Latvia`s large Russian minority for pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine.

Latvia welcomes US troops in Baltic states

Latvian President Andris Berzins and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma Wednesday appreciated the US decision to deploy a troops unit in Latvia as part of military exercises, the media reported.

Biden calls Latvian president about Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden called Latvian President Andris Berzins on Wednesday in a sign of reassurance amid nervousness on Russia`s periphery following its incursion into Crimea.

Hockey heartache for hosts, Ukraine violence shocks Games

Russia fell to Finland in the big men`s hockey clash at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, robbing the hosts of a shot at the gold they covet most, while athletes and officials reacted with shock to the deaths of protesters in neighbouring Ukraine.

Berdych ends title drought with Rotterdam victory

Czech Tomas Berdych claimed his first ATP singles title in over a year with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 victory over Croatia`s Marin Cilic at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Latvia nominates first woman PM

Latvia is poised to get its first woman prime minister after the country`s president on Monday tasked Laimdota Straujuma with forming a new government.