On Jan. 1, Latvia will adopt the euro, and its lats currency will be no more. Farewell to the bearded Krisjanis Barons, the collector of folk songs who graces the 100-latu note. The Baltic nation is shucking a piece of its heritage because its leaders predict joining Europe’s common currency zone will lead to more trade and prosperity.
Chinese police shot and killed six rioters who were planting explosives in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a website run by the local government’s press office reported yesterday.
Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold and Wang Jiarui, head of the Communist Party of China’s International Department, discussed bilateral ties in Ulaanbaatar yesterday, Xinhua News Agency reported.