| Dec 31, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Latvia became the 18th country to make the European Union's euro its currency when fireworks exploded over Riga and church bells tolled in the new year.
Latvia has posted the 28-nation EU's most impressive economic growth rates for the last two years,...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:46 PM
Kalman Aron was 21 when he was freed after being held in several Nazi camps for four years, still determined to live his life after losing most of his family during the Holocaust.
On Thursday, Susan Beilby Magee, a family friend of Aron’s told...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Germany remains a hot location for international co-production thanks to generous film subsidies and top-notch studio facilities that offer one-stop shop solutions for foreign projects.
Indeed, this year marks the first time ever that Studio Babelsberg...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
GDYNIA, Poland -- Latvia has selected "Mother, I Love You" as its foreign-language film Oscar candidate.
Janis Nords' movie, which is about a 12-year-old boy whose spiral of lies spins out of control, premiered at the Berlinale in Generation Kplus, and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
There are sentences in the English language that can chill us to our very marrow, such as:
-- "This is your captain speaking. Please assume the crash position."
-- "Hey, there's a state trooper waiting for you down at reception."
-- "Next on HBO:...
| Sep 29, 2013
YORK COUNTY — An electric scroll saw has been Hugh Kalns' friend for decades.
The machine helped him achieve a degree of fame in eastern Virginia's crafting community. Delicate, lace-like carvings of angels, kittens, Christmas wreathes, even...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 1:43 AM
RIGA (Reuters) - A city of the medieval Hanseatic league of trading nations with a mix of Latvian, Germanic and Russian cultures, Riga has a rich 800-year history and a vibrant modern buzz.
A trip to the Latvian capital is an opportunity to see world...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:00 PM
Gay rights groups have been ceremoniously dumping Stolichnaya vodka into gutters from West Hollywood to Manhattan in protest against a Russian law banning gay pride events and other public displays of homosexual “propaganda.”
| Sep 4, 2012
| 11:25 PM
If the past two champions of the Costa Mesa Pro Classic are an indication of what the event has to offer then the upcoming tennis tournament should be exciting and worth watching.
The Costa Mesa Pro Classic will do its best to spotlight some of the...
| Feb 22, 2011
Sofia Cosma, a concert pianist who defied long odds to rebuild her career after seven years in Soviet prison camps and later established herself as a performer and teacher in Southern California, died of natural causes Feb. 12 at a nursing home in Oxnard,...
| Nov 25, 2011
By the time she was 7, little Ilana Diamond knew she wanted to be a lawyer.
"I believed lawyers did good, from what my father told me," she says. "I still believe it."
As an infant, she and her parents had left their home in Latvia, fleeing Hitler....