Lithuania’s new president vows to fight power structures

Europe 05/27/19, 08:15

The winner of Lithuania's presidential elections says fighting elitist power structures will be among his top priorities.Gitanas Nauseda says that "oligarchy is very dangerous not only because it takes over control of mass media and starts controlling people's minds but ...

Lithuania presidential hopefuls: tone down Russia rhetoric

Europe 05/26/19, 01:55

Lithuanians are choosing a new president in a runoff vote between two candidates who both say they want to maintain a strict tone toward neighboring Russia while easing sometimes harsh rhetoric.Gitanas Nauseda, a prominent economist, and Ingrida Simonyte, a former ...

Lithuania presidential hopefuls: tone down Russia rhetoric

Europe 05/25/19, 04:47

The two contestants in Lithuania's runoff election for a new president have one thing in common: They want to maintain the strict tone toward neighboring Russia while easing sometimes harsh rhetoric.Gitanas Nauseda, a prominent economist, and Ingrida Simonyte, a former ...

Former Olympic swimming champion Meilutyte retires at 22

Sports 05/22/19, 07:49

Former Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte retired from the sport Wednesday after missing three doping tests.The 22-year-old Meilutyte said she wants to focus on her studies and other interests, rather than a third Olympics next year."I have given all of ...

EU police agency says operation smashed organized crime ring

Europe 05/22/19, 06:28

The European Union's police agency says an international law enforcement operation has smashed an organized crime gang that earned hundreds of millions of euros in drug and cigarette trafficking, assassinations and money laundering.Europol said Wednesday that more than 450 police ...

Update: Lithuania heads to runoff vote to pick president

Europe 05/12/19, 17:12

The latest on the presidential election in Lithuania (all times local):1:10 a.m.Voting results from Lithuania's presidential election indicate a prominent economist and a former finance minister will advance to a runoff ballot later this month to pick a successor to ...

Voters to pick successor of Lithuania’s popular ‘Iron Lady’

World 05/10/19, 01:58

Nine candidates are vying in an election Sunday to become Lithuania's next president, including a well-known economist, a former finance minister and the incumbent prime minister.Term limits require the Baltic country's current head of state, President Dalia Grybauskaite, to step ...

Lithuanian man flies alone on huge plane to Italy

Europe 04/02/19, 09:01

A Lithuanian man flying to Italy got a pleasant surprise when he boarded the plane: He was the only passenger on the Boeing 737-800.Skirmantas Strimaitis, who was flying from capital Vilnius to the northern Italian city of Bergamo for a ...

PHOTOS: Costume-wearing Lithuanians chase winter away

Europe 03/04/19, 06:46

A strange scenario took place in this central Lithuania village this weekend. Chanting devils, goats, witches and others filled the streets to chase winter away.After a long and dark winter, people in this Baltic country wanted to make the cold ...

PHOTOS: Lithuanians get good vibrations fishing for smelt

Europe 02/13/19, 02:23

Winter in Lithuania means spending weekends on frozen lakes while trying to attract a silvery fish that smells like fresh cucumber.Lithuanians love smelt and use vibrations to lure the small, slippery creature into nets through fishing holes drilled through the ...

New app lets dog lovers swipe right for perfect pet match

Europe 02/05/19, 04:38

If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right.Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners.Called GetPet, the app was launched last month ...

US court to hear arguments in ex-Lithuanian judge’s case

U.S. 11/27/18, 09:02

An appeals court will hear oral arguments in the case of a former Lithuanian judge and lawmaker jailed in Chicago and fighting extradition to her homeland . Neringa Venckiene's (vehn-KEE'-ehn-nayz) lawyers will ask the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

Update: Juncker: Brexit tragic, but it’s the best deal

Europe 11/25/18, 04:00

The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):10 a.m.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says it's a tragedy that Britain is leaving the European Union but that the country is walking away with the best deal it ...

Lithuania marks female suffrage with crossing lights

Europe 11/02/18, 11:53

The Lithuanian capital has unveiled pedestrian crossing signals featuring women to mark the 100th anniversary of female suffrage.Pedestrians cross the street by traffic lights featuring a female figure on the green light, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. The ...

Update: Crew of stranded ferry working to fix engine

Europe 10/02/18, 10:45

The Latest on stranded ferry in the Baltic Sea (all times local):4:30 p.m.A spokesman for Russia's Federal Agency for Sea and River Transport says that the crew of a stranded ferry in the Baltic Sea with about 300 people onboard ...

Pope to honor victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes in Baltics

Europe 09/23/18, 02:40

Pope Francis is paying tribute to the Lithuanians who suffered and died during Soviet and Nazi occupations on the day the country remembers the near extermination of its centuries-old Jewish community during the Holocaust.Faithful gather to follow Pope Francis' celebrating ...

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