Defense Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis was hospitalized upon returning from a recent visit to Iraq to visit Latvian soldiers. Arnolds Laksa, a member of Latvia's First Party, and military chaplain Elmars Plavins, who also made the trip, were also hospitalized. The cause of their sickness is unknown.UNESCO announced that the Baltic song festivals are part of the world's cultural heritage. Financial support from UNESCO will now be available for the promotion of the events. Latvia had initially applied alone, but later joined with Lithuania and Estonia for a joint proposal. The first Latvia...
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