Task 3: Latvia

Information, ideas and websites about what you could discuss in your stories.

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Here are some news stories that you could use in your reports:


1. Current news story

PILOTS:
The three Latvian helicopter pilots kidnapped in Darfur are alive and well.

Website: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/27363/

BANK OF LATVIA:
A recent "Top 500" company report by Dienas Bizness has found that the Bank of Latvia was the most profitable company in the country last year

Website: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/27314/

2. Latvian history

AMBER:
The Bank of Latvia has released a new silver coin which contains a small piece of amber. The Amber Coin, designed by Aigars Bikše, celebrates the significance of amber in Latvia’s history.

Website: http://latviansonline.com/blogs/article/7148/

OUR BIGGEST DREAMS:
This story looks at how Latvia remembers its independence.

Website: http://baltic-review.com/2010/11/24/our-biggest-dreams/


3. Environment

NUCLEAR POWERSTATION:
South Korea's state energy firm said Wednesday it was seeking to build a nuclear reactor in Lithuania

Website: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/energy/?doc=34037

IRAQ:
Iraqi officials were in Riga recently to meet with Latvian environment experts as Iraq learns from Latvia:

Website: http://tiny.cc/isajc



4. Global news

IRAN:
Iran staged a mock interception of enemy warplanes on their nuclear base to test how prepared they are for an attack:

Website: http://tiny.cc/4fehc

SWITZERLAND:
An experiment to recreate the Big Bang that formed the Universe:

Website: http://bbc.in/eybkwE

HAITI:
Attacks on relief workers trying to help with the cholera outbreak in Haiti are seriously affecting their progress:

Website: http://bbc.in/dUnvcH

PARAGUAY:
An expedition to Paraguay has been suspended over fears it will disturb an uncontacted tribe:

Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11762531
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