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The Baltic state of Latvia is poised to get its first female prime minister after the President and leading parliamentary parties agreed on a single candidate.

A woman pays for her shopping in euros at a supermarket in Rujiena, near the border with Estonia. On 1 January Latvia became the 18th country to adopt the Euro

Latvia: The country that fell for the euro

The single currency is supposedly doomed, weighed down by the parlous state of the Greek economy and infighting between member states. So why on Earth would a Baltic state with a strong economy want to board this stricken ship?

Latvia Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis

Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovski resigns over Riga supermarket disaster

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

Emergency services attend the scene after the roof of a supermarket in Riga, Latvia collapsed, killing at least 21.

Latvian president Andris Berzins calls supermarket building collapse 'murder'

President Andris Berzins spoke as rescue workers resumed their search for ten people still missing

Martin O’Neill (right) and Roy Keane watch their team make a winning start

The body of missing Russian tycoon Leonid Rozhetskin has been found. But is he really dead?

The multimillionaire vanished five years ago. Was he the victim of a KGB hit... or did he fake his own death and escape to the US?

Martin O’Neill (right) and Roy Keane watch their team make a winning start

Republic of Ireland 3 Latvia 0 match report: Joy for Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as Republic revel in fresh start

It was one of those curious nights when events on the sidelines were always going to be more telling than those on the pitch, but Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane can at least take plenty of encouragement from a statement first win in charge of the Republic of Ireland. The new regime got off to a fine start with a commanding win over Latvia.

Martin O'Neill (left) and Roy Keane take training with Ireland

International friendly: Republic of Ireland v Latvia match preview

A look ahead to the international friendly fixture at the Aviva Stadium

Shelley Rudman became skeleton world champion this year

Shelley Rudman piles on pounds in search of skeleton gold

Shelley Rudman has weighty expectations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year as she bids to improve on the shock skeleton silver medal she claimed at the Turin Games in 2006.

On the ground: On a friendly street with a terrible secret - the terraced house where four-year-old Daniel Pelka was starved, abused and left to die

They were Tarmacing the pavements down the narrow street in north Coventry, much to the irritation of groups of bike-riding schoolchildren enjoying the start of a hot, glorious summer holiday.

There have always been doubts about Albert DeSalvo’s confession to the Boston murders

Does DNA prove Albert DeSalvo is the Boston Strangler?

Test breakthrough links man who confessed to the 1960s killing spree with the final victim

Postcard from... Brussels

The eurozone is getting a new member, and with Latvia’s entry comes a new coin that could rattle around in pockets from the southern shores of Cyprus to the northern reaches of Finland.

Album review: Ksenija Sidorova, Fairy Tales (Champs Hill)

One of my favourite albums of recent years has been Teodoro Anzellotti's accordion version of the Goldberg Variations, and elsewhere, Scandinavian and Baltic practitioners seem able to wrest more interesting effects from the instrument.

Album review: Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman, Egils Silins, Wagner In Switzerland (RCA Red Seal)

It's easy to overlook how important his stay in Zurich was to Wagner's development. Having fled there in exile following his participation in the failed Dresden Uprising of 1849, the composer would crystallise his ideas of musical drama in the city, through a series of essays, and more concretely in his prodigious output while resident there.

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Latvia Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis

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