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 also interferes in politics brutally. That is not acceptable."The 55-year-old ...

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 finance minister, are vying to succeed the popular Dalia Grybauskaite, ...

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 finance minister, are vying to succeed the popular Dalia Grybauskaite, ...

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 myself to swimming. I used to live with it since ...

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 and customs officers in Spain, the United Kingdom, Poland and ...

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 incumbent Dalia GrybauskaiteLithuanian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Saulius Skvernelis, ...

Lithuanians choose a president to take over from ‘Iron Lady’

Europe 05/12/19, 01:32

Voters are going to the polls in Lithuania to elect a president to succeed Dalia Grybauskaite, who has completed her maximum two terms in office.Nine candidates are taking part in Sunday's vote, which could require a runoff in two weeks' time.The leading candidates include Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, former banking ...

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 down after two five-year terms. The election to choose the ...

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 skiing holiday March 16, had the whole plane — which ...

‘The Hill of Crosses’ – A place where you can revive your truest beliefs

Culture 03/26/19, 05:38

In a quiet suburb located in the beautiful country of Lithuania, ‘The Hill of Crosses’ stands quaintly as it witnesses years of historical ups and downs, its population’s enduring faith, and their eternally steadfast character. When the wind gently blows through the fields of the peaceful Siauliai countryside, strings of jade ...

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 season go away by wearing colorful masks and dressing up, ...

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 ice.Two smelt-fishing commemorative coins were issued last month by 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 and is getting hundreds of new users daily and already ...

Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies

Asia & Pacific 01/30/19, 01:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust.Lithuania is among a slew of former communist nations swept up in a wave of World War ...

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 to delay her extradition on Tuesday until her U.S. asylum ...

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 could hope for.Juncker said that "it's a sad day," as ...

Funeral for Polish nun who rescued Jews during Holocaust

Europe 11/22/18, 11:19

A Polish nun who was believed to be the oldest nun in the world and was recognized as a rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust was laid to rest on Thursday after dying last week at the age of 110.Sister Cecylia Roszak was remembered as modest and merciful as nuns ...

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 Lithuanian capital has unveiled pedestrian crossing signals featuring women to ...

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 is trying to make one of the ship's malfunctioning engines ...

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 Holy Mass at the Confluence Park in Kaunas, Lithuania, Sunday, ...

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