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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.

Tourist jailed for urinating on statue

A British tourist who urinated on one of Latvia's most revered monuments was made an example of by the Baltic state yesterday and sentenced to five days in custody.

Hindus give praise to Ganges

Hundreds of Hindu devotees flocked to take a dip in the Ganges yesterday to celebrate Ganga Dashahara festival in the north Indian city of Allahabad.

Mark Ramprakash: What I've Learnt This Week

1. Whitgift and its wonderful biscuits beats Colchester's communal loos

West Indies v India 235-9: Dynamic Bravo strikes to leave India on back foot

The repercussions of the preceding one-day series were evident on the opening day of the first Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground yesterday.

Latvian father of four critically ill after racist stabbing by gang of 20 teenagers

A Latvian father who had moved to Britain to earn money for his four young children is critically ill after a racist knife attack.

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Campaigner for workers' rights in South Africa

Euro 2004 on TV: Dangers of a Clive broadcast - cock-ups, calamities and clichés

From Richmond to Riga they've been cursing Clive Tyldesley. ITV's main commentator is having a bad tournament, and not least for his unerring ability to, well, fluff his timing.

Superb Stepanovs keeps Germany at bay

Latvia 0 Germany 0

Czechs rescued as Heinz's late strike breaks brave Latvia

Czech Republic 2 Latvia 1

Czechs wary of Latvian threat

Some upsets are greater than others. While Greece's victory over the host nation drew gasps of surprise just about everywhere last weekend, it is widely assumed that a minor miracle is what Latvia will need to find a way past the Czech Republic in Aveiro this afternoon.

Lord Mayor welcomes expanded EU

Latvia's comebackputs paid to Turkey

Turkey 2 Latvia 2 Latvia win 3-2 on agg
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