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Exclusive: Brexit will not affect Britain-Latvia relation adversely, Latvian FM says


Latvia is an independent republic in the Baltic region, bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. It became a member of the European Union in 2004 and signed the Lisbon Treaty in 2007. Its capital Riga was named the European Capital of Culture in 2014 and the recent UN Human Rights Development Index categorises it as one of the countries with a "very high human development" score.

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IWD2018: How to try to make 2018 a better year for half of the society?


It's the International Women's Day (#IWD2018). It's an important occasion, recognised by the United Nations and gives all those who enshrine this occasion or celebrate it some reasons to think of certain dynamics.

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New Release : "China's Media Go Global"


"China's Media Go Global" is the latest book by the University of Westminster's Daya Thussu, which has just been published and is out now.

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Who Embittered the "Bitter Taste of Hope"?!


The Bitter Taste of Hope” is the latest book by Stephen Eric Bronner, a Distinguished Professor of the Rutgers University in New Brunswick. It was published in April 2017 by the State University of New York Press.

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Circumventing #FakeNews not by regulating the press!


To some of us, journalism is a "game". To others, it’s a "hobby". To the rest, it’s a profession. For a smaller group, journalism is "life." Those who dedicate their ‘lives’ to journalism find it challenging to divide their identity as individuals and journalists. However, doing serious journalism, which demands commitment and perseverance, has become a major challenge in the age of #FakeNews.

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Where does your country stand in the Passport Index 2017?


Arton Capital's Passport Index is the world’s most popular online interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world. The methodology of the Passport Index is described here. Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories are considered.

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"The Salesman" to be screened by the Rochester Film Society Today


The 2016 Iranian drama The Salesman by two-time Oscar-winning Director Asghar Farhadi will be screened by the Rochester Film Society today at 7:30 pm.

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Journalism, Studying Journalism, Doing Well in Everything - Somehow


I must remember
Not to say something that ruffles any feathers
Not to give any look that shakes any heart
Not to take a route, which is a detour
Not to write a line, which causes offence
I must remember that
The days and daytime are all happy
Everything is okay and fine
It’s only my heart, which is not actually a heart

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Inaccurate reporting on PM Stefan Löfven's visit to Tehran


On February 11, I tweeted a photo of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meeting Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in the Sa'dabad Palace in Tehran (adopted from the President's official website). I commented that it was the first official visit by a Swedish PM to Iran.

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