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Valdis Dombrovski's resignation was accepted by the Latvian president today

Scottish artist's rubbish bin wins the Turner Prize

Modern art is often derided as a load of rubbish, but yesterday a Scot turned the cliche on its head, winning the top prize for contemporary art in Britain for a series of installations that include a rubbish bin.

The work of Martin Boyce was praised by the Turner judges for ‘opening a new sense of poetry’

Great Scots! For the third year running, Turner Prize is installed north of the border

Martin Boyce wins prestigious award for his 'art noir'

Fears for Baltic's marine life as global warming decreases the salt in the sea

Changes in North Atlantic could also undermine the entire food chain, says Europe-wide study

Small Talk: 3Legs to support platforms for shale gas across Europe

One way to attract attention to your listing is by settling on an unusual name, and few are as unusual as 3Legs Resources. Seeking to work out its roots, we asked the chief executive, Peter Clutterbuck, who pointed us to the Isle of Man and its flag, with its three legs against a red background.

Estonia joins the euro club

Estonia has become the first former Soviet state to adopt the euro, entering the common currency club at midnight last night.

Turku: a beacon in the Baltic

The Finnish city of Turku is expecting more than two million visitors during its time as European Capital of Culture for 2011. And now's the perfect time to visit this enlightened wonderland, says Jo Caird

Napoleonic troops reburied in Vilnius

The remains of 18 soldiers from Napoleon Bonaparte's Grande Armée were reburied in Lithuania yesterday almost 200 years after the siege of Moscow failed and the men were forced to flee westwards in the freezing cold.

Evil weed in Baltic Sea puts marine life at risk

Record summer temperatures, farm fertilisers and a lack of wind have created a gigantic carpet of evil-smelling weed covering large areas of the Baltic and threatening both marine life and seaside tourism, scientists warn.

Cornelia Parker, Baltic, Gateshead

So many things seem airily suspended as you plunge down the steep, twisty streets to the banks of the River Tyne. The Tyne Bridge hangs so high in the air, almost shaving off the rooftops; seagulls wheel above your head, ear-gratingly raucous as a knife blade scraped against a sink. And, over at the old Baltic flour mill on the Gateshead side of the river, the centrepiece of Cornelia Parker's mini-retrospective consists of objects in suspension too. This is not unusual for Parker though. She has often suspended objects in the air. It is almost a trademark sculptural gesture on her part, to draw our attention to the perpetual lightness of things; to transform the nature of what she is inviting us to examine by robbing things of their groundedness, their solidity, their familiar contexts.

18th century champagne found in shipwreck

Divers discovered what is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne in a 200-year-old shipwreck under the Baltic Sea.

Divers find oldest champagne in Baltic wreck

A group of divers exploring a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea have found bottles containing what is thought to be the oldest drinkable champagne in the world, made in the late 18th century. "I picked up one champagne bottle just so we could find the age of the wreck, because we didn't find any name or any details that would have told us the name of the ship," diver Christian Ekstrom from Aland told Reuters today.

Album: Paul Hillier, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Baltic Runes (Harmonia Mundi)

The "runes" on this excellent album of choral works range from the rustic chants of Cyrillus Kreek to the religious pieces of Veljo Tormis and Sibelius's "Rakastava", where the lilting, rhythmic interplay of voices slips into soft languor once the union is consummated.

Leading article: The British disease

We are not in the business of encouraging foreign girls to impugn British manhood, but it is easy to appreciate the temptation that lurks in a bottle of Sambuca and a match, if you are confronted with the umpteenth British tourist behaving badly. The woman concerned might have been hauled before a court in Crete – while being feted by her compatriots as a heroine – but there is one youngish Briton, we suspect, who might wish he had joined the trend to a "staycation".

Lithuania's first female leader to cut spending

The first woman to be elected President of Lithuania said that the government must slash spending and questioned whether the country can afford its generous parental leave benefits.

Observations: Geordie with a Scottish accent

Tartan is a fabric usually associated with Scotland rather than Gateshead. Until now, that is. Staff at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art will bring a taste of the Highlands further south by wearing tailor-made tartan outfits till the end of March. And it's all in the name of art. Ninety members of staff, from front of house to office staff and directors, will be kitted out in unique tartan ensembles as part of the Italian artist Antonio Riello's B Square! project, which first launched two years ago in Austria.

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