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

Baltic link to go ahead

MALMO - A controversial scheme to link Scandinavia to the heart of Europe by a 10-mile bridge and tunnel was given a provisional go-ahead by the Swedish government yesterday, provided strict environmental conditions are met, writes Leonard Doyle.

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IN ITS attitude to the formerly Soviet-run Baltic states, Sweden as always been torn between a desire to preserve its own neutrality, and guilt over failing to stand up for its weaker neighbours.

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THANK YOU for all the suggestions on uses for the old trading floor of the Baltic Exchange, the fabulous marble- clad hall soon to be restored in the wake of the IRA bombing. The ship traders are moving to smaller premises and the hall looks fated to be the foyer of an office block.

Russia resumes Baltic troop withdrawal

RUSSIA and Lithuania yesterday shelved a dispute which had threatened to sour their relations, and got the scheduled withdrawal of former Soviet troops from the Baltic republic back on track.

Estonians accused of anti-Russian 'apartheid'

RUSSIA and Estonia drew closer to confrontation yesterday when President Boris Yeltsin accused the Estonian government of practising 'ethnic cleansing' and 'apartheid' against its Russian minority. The dispute marked one of the lowest points in Russia's relations with the three former Soviet Baltic republics since Soviet forces attacked Lithuanian nationalists in January 1991.

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Jaruzelski investigated

Military prosecutors have begun an investigation into the former Polish Communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski's role in the violent suppression of workers' protests in 1970, Reuter reports from Warsaw. More than 50 people died when troops opened fire on strikers in the Baltic ports of Gdansk and Gdynia.

Departures: Shoestring Europe

LONELY PLANET has begun an assault on the European market. This week it publishes On a Shoestring guides to Western Europe ( pounds 14.95), Mediterranean Europe ( pounds 14.95) and Scandinavian and Baltic Europe ( pounds 10.95). It has also produced a second edition of its Eastern Europe guide and three phrase books: Mediterranean Europe ( pounds 3.95), Western Europe ( pounds 3.95) and Scandinavian Europe ( pounds 3.95).

Departures: Baltic bargains

IF YOU are prepared to exercise ingenuity, Fergus Brown and Gordon Smith of Coventry write, there is a cheaper way of reaching Scandinavia by ferry. In the past two years Mr Smith and Mr Brown have taken the direct route to Sweden, and they planned to do so again this summer. 'We stumbled across the Olau Line brochure. By using their services from Sheerness to Vlissingen and then onward with their sister company TT Line from Travemunde to Trelleborg, we discovered we could travel to Sweden at a

Outside chance

VILNIUS (AFP) - Stasys Lozoraitis, 68, a Lithuanian who has spent most of his life in the United States, is set to be the main challenger to the former Communist, Algirdas Brazauskas, in presidential elections on 14 February. Mr Lozoraitis was for many years the representative in the US of the Lithuanian government-in-exile.

Baltic losses spark share price collapse

SHARES in Baltic collapsed 28p to 56p after the leasing and property group announced pre-tax losses of pounds 2.7m for the first half of this year, writes John Murray.

Estonia race

TALLINN (Reuter) - Estonia was set for tough political bargaining to choose its next leader after the first post-Soviet presidential elections ended in deadlock. Arnold Ruutel, the outgoing president who steered Estonia's successful drive for independence from Moscow, was the clear popular favourite in Sunday's polls with 42.7 per cent of the vote.

Borrowed guns

MOSCOW (Reuter) - The small Baltic state of Latvia is so poor that it had to borrow cannons to salute the arrival of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden yesterday.

Russia to withdraw troops from Lithuania next year

MOSCOW (Reuter) - The Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, and the Lithuanian leader, Vytautas Landsbergis, agreed yesterday all former Soviet troops should be withdrawn from the Baltic republic by 31 August next year.

Estonia waits for fruits of freedom: Grim economic reality has overtaken hope, Adrian Bridge writes from Tallinn

KATRIN METSAMART was not quite sure why all the blue, black and white flags had come out in force in the streets of Tallinn. 'I think it is something to do with that putsch in Moscow last year,' she said, quickly returning to her coffee. 'But it doesn't mean anything to me anyway. As far as I am concerned, life has not got any better since then and many things are a lot worse.'
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