Latvian soldiers left for Iraq to serve as peacekeepers in the first battalion of the multinational force located in the Polish controlled zone. The 101 newly sent soldiers will relieve Latvian military presently serving there. The country currently has 123 soldiers stationed in Iraq.
The remains of the four Latvian mountain climbers who died on Mt. Cook in New Zealand a month ago arrived in Latvia. Teodors Kirsis, one of Latvia's most experienced climbers and a recipient of the Three Star Order, Latvia's highest honor, along with his daughter Evija, Ilmars Bernans and Aivars Prosenkovs fell to their deaths this past December.
The first gay marriage in the Baltic states was held in Latvia, uniting in ceremony Oskars Krumins and Aigars Rubezis. Maris Sants, a defrocked Lutheran priest, preformed the ceremony, which was not legally binding.
A businessman was found shot in his backyard at his home in Jurmala. The victim was identified only as Mihails and was reportedly a co-owner of an agricultural produce company.