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Man locks wife in bathroom over coronavirus fears

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:27 PM

Lithuania police say it intervened in a domestic dispute after a man locked his wife in the bathroom over fears that she may be carrying the coronavirus

Lithuania confirms 1st case of coronavirus

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The 39-year-old, who returned from Verona and immediately went on sick leave, has been isolated in hospital in the Baltic state's northern city of Siauliai, and has mild symptoms

PROTECTION. In this file photo, passengers walk while wearing protective masks, as a preventive measure regarding the COVID-19, at Jorge Chavez International Airport, in Lima on February 27, 2020. File photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP

Lithuania, Norway swap spies with Russia at border

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(UPDATED) Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda first pardoned the two Russians jailed by Vilnius for spying, prompting Moscow to announce it will respond in kind

PARDONING SPIES. President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda speaks at the 74th Session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters on September 25, 2019 in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

FIBA World Cup referees sent home after blunder

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:29 PM

A crucial mistake in the dying seconds of the France-Lithuania quarterfinal match prompts FIBA to expel 3 referees from the World Cup

CONTROVERSIAL. Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas and France’s Rudy Gobert figure in a contentious sequence in the final stretch of the game. Photo from

HBO's 'Chernobyl' sparks tours, stokes fears in Lithuania

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Lithuania is getting a lot of tourist visits after the show 'Chernobyl' was filmed in the country

People take part in a guided tour inside the inoperative Ignalina nuclear power plant in Visaginas, Lithuania, on July 31, 2019. - Fans of HBO's hit series "Chernobyl", detailing the world's worst nuclear disaster, can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Emmy-nominated TV drama by taking a new tour of its set at a Soviet-era reactor in Lithuania. (Photo by Petras Malukas / AFP)

Lithuania's new president sworn in, vowing to tackle inequality

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The 55-year-old independent, who replaces outgoing Dalia Grybauskaite, is a political novice who spent most of his career in commercial banking

THE NEW PRESIDENT. Lithuanian presidential candidate, economist Gitanas Nauseda, talks to the press after winning the election on May 26, 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. File photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

Political novice wins Lithuania presidential race

May 27, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Vowing to build a 'welfare state,' Gitanas Nauseda says he would bridge the gap between rich and poor in Lithuania

THE NEW PRESIDENT. Lithuanian presidential candidate, economist Gitanas Nauseda, talks to the press after winning the election on May 26, 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

Pope Francis honors Holocaust victims in Lithuania

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:36 PM

'In these days, I reserve a special thought for the Jewish community,' Pope Francis says, calling for 'dialogue and the shared commitment for justice and peace'

Pope honors Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis' trip to all 3 Baltic states is at risk of being overshadowed by mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy across the globe

Pope Francis' trip, which follows in the footsteps of late Saint John Paul II who travelled to all Baltic states in 1993, may be overshadowed by claims of abuse by the Catholic Church. File Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Lithuania capital launches provocative 'G-spot' tourism ads

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it's amazing. Vilnius, the G-spot of Europe,' says the advertisement

G-SPOT AD. Inga Romanovskiene, director of official tourism service Go Vilnius (R) and Indre Speciunaite (L) public relations project manager pose in front of a projection of a publicity campaign to promote tourism in Vilnius in Vilnius on August 7, 2018. Photo by  Petras Malukas/AFP

PH-Ateneo blasts Lithuania to stay on track of podium finish

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The Blue Eagles streak to their 3rd straight victory for a 4-2 record in the Jones Cup

SURPRISE RUN. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles continue to surprise in the club tournament. Photo by Glen Lopez/Fabilioh

European Union states to form 'rapid response' cyber force – Lithuania

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis says his counterparts from Croatia, Estonia, the Netherlands and Romania will join him on Monday to sign the agreement in Luxembourg. Finland, France, Poland, and Spain will join later this year.

Only 5 countries close gender gap in education, health – WEF

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The Philippines reopens its gender gap in health and survival this year, but maintains its gender equality in educational attainment

HEALTH ACCESS. A total of 34 out of 144 countries studied by the World Economic Forum have closed the gender gap on health and survival. Photo by Shutterstock

Russia expulsions won't deter U.S. 'commitment to allies' – Pence

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:59 PM

We stand with the people and nations of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania and we always will US Vice President Mike Pence says

PENCE IN ESTONIA. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvia's President Raimonds Vejonis, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and US Vice-President Mike Pence (R) pose for a photo prior talks in Tallinn, Estonia, on July 31, 2017. Photo by Raigo Pajula/AFP

Gilas falls to Lithuania for third Jones Cup loss

Jul 21, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The Philippines couldn t keep up with the hot shooting Lithuanians

JONESING. Mike Myers topscored with 14 points and 7 rebounds in the Philippines' loss to Lithuania. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lithuania – Jones Cup 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Gilas Pilipinas faces a must win game against Lithuania at 3 pm on Friday July 21 in Taipei

WATCH: Giant Easter egg rolled in Lithuania

Apr 18, 2017 - 2:57 PM

Students in Lithuania revive a two decades old tradition

Screenshot from Agence France-Presse

Spain gets first basketball win despite security scare

Aug 12, 2016 - 1:40 PM

In other action Lithuania emerged victorious against Argentina

'Trump-Putin kiss' graffiti shows misgivings in Baltic states

May 13, 2016 - 8:54 PM

Street graffiti depicting Donald Trump passionately locking lips with Russian President Vladimir Putin went viral on social media in Lithuania appearing to show concern over the US White House hopeful s attitude toward Moscow

KISS ME. People walk past a mural on a restaurant wall depicting US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting each other with a kiss in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on May 13, 2016. Photo by Petras Malukas / AFP

WHO aims to make Europeans start moving, stop smoking

Sep 16, 2015 - 11:30 PM

Ministers of health from the WHO s 53 European members on Wednesday also signed up to an unprecedented roadmap to make tobacco a thing of the past

Ukraine says rebels attack near Mariupol, NATO deploys Baltics troops

Mar 09, 2015 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile NATO forces prepared for a major exercise in the Baltics where Russia s involvement in the Ukraine war has jangled nerves

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Bionic man: Lithuanian gets life-changing arm reconstruction

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:13 PM

21 year old Martynas Girulis had a useless limb since birth Just last year he got a bionic arm which he controls with his brain after undergoing surgery his Austrian doctor calls the first of its kind

BIONIC ARM. This picture taken on November 27, 2014 shows Lithuanian man Martynas Girulis using his new bionic prosthetic arm and hand to type using a keyboard at his home in Pagegiai, Lithuania. Petras Malukas/AFP

Lithuania joins eurozone to seal ties with West

Dec 31, 2014 - 8:16 PM

For a nation scarred by decades of Soviet occupation eurozone entry is an important step and symbol of deeper economic and political integration with the West Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says

A picture of Euro coins is screened in a shop window of a bank in Vilnius on December 27, 2014, as Lithuania will adopt the Euro on January 1, 2015. Lithuania hopes joining the eurozone will boost its security amid anxiety over Russia, but many in the Baltic state fear the currency switch will also bring price hikes. AFP PHOTO/ PETRAS MALUKAS

UN Security Council: 5 countries set to join world's 'top table'

Oct 13, 2014 - 11:17 AM

For the contenders a Council seat is the ultimate diplomatic prize raising a country s profile several notches boosting influence and providing knockoff benefits in bilateral ties

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Kim Haughton/UN Photo

NATO says Russian forces 'still inside Ukraine'

Sep 21, 2014 - 1:09 AM

US General Philip Breedlove says a two week old ceasefire was still there in name but what is happening on the ground is quite a different story

CEASEFIRE? Without providing precise numbers, US General Philip Breedlove confirms there are still Russian forces inside Ukraine. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

NATO to set up regional centers in east Europe – Lithuania

Sep 19, 2014 - 9:37 PM

The so called command and control centers will be launched in four or five countries namely Lithuania Latvia Estonia Poland and Romania

A meeting during the NATO 2014 summit at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, South Wales, on September 4, 2014. In the photo is UK Prime Minister David Cameron (R). Saul Loeb/AFP

France claims first FIBA World Cup podium finish

Sep 14, 2014 - 2:45 AM

France bags bronze in the FIBA World Cup their best finish in the tournament after winning the battle for third against Lithuania

BRONZE BATUM. Nicolas Batum drops 27 points as France claims bronze in the 2014 FIBA World Cup with a win against Lithuania. Photo from

US breezes past Lithuania into World Cup final

Sep 12, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Kyrie Irving had 18 points while Klay Thompson and James Harden both had 16 points as Team USA awaits the France vs Serbia winner in the World Cup final

James Harden, Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis of Team USA celebrate after earning entry to the World Cup final. Photo from

Motiejunas, Valanciunas work magic for new-look Lithuania

Sep 06, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Lithuania s NBA stars Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas have been working magic for the national team at the 2014 FIBA World Cup

Jonas Valunciunas blocks a shot from Mexico’s Francisco Cruz during Lithuania’s opening win. Photo by Angel Medina G./EPA

Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Moscow s surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine comes ahead of a NATO summit in Wales at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby US President Barack Obama for military backing

A Ukrainian soldier drives on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on a road near a military camp in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Putin seeks 'statehood' talks on east Ukraine

Aug 31, 2014 - 7:53 PM

UPDATED The remarks come just hours after the European Union gives Moscow – which the bloc accuses of direct involvement in the insurgency – a week to change course or face new sanctions

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after his talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus, early 27 August 2014. Alexander Zemlianichenko/EPA

Russia 'practically' at war with Europe

Aug 30, 2014 - 10:49 PM

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite warns Russia is practically at war with Europe and urges tougher sanctions against Moscow

INDEPENDENCE. Ukrainian soldiers sing the national anthem at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 20 August 2014 during a rehearsal of the military parade which will be held in honor of Independence Day of Ukraine on 24 August. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

All roads lead to Spain: FIBA World Cup Group D preview

Aug 30, 2014 - 3:57 PM

Take a closer look at FIBA World Cup Group D which includes Lithuania Slovenia Australia Mexico Korea and Angola

Goran Dragic (R), Bostjan Nachbar (L) and Mirza Begic (C) and the rest of Slovenia are hoping to recreate this scene a few more times at the FIBA World Cup. Photo by Georgi Locovski/EPA

Biden to travel to Poland, Lithuania next week

Mar 15, 2014 - 8:59 AM

According to the White House US Vice President Joe Biden will consult Poland and Lithuania on steps to support Ukraine s sovereignty and territorial integrity

MORE DISCUSSIONS. US Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the Ukraine crisis with allies Poland and Lithuania. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Crimean parliament asks to join Russia as EU leaders meet

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:50 PM

UPDATED The local parliament in Crimea took another step towards seceding from Ukraine asking to become part of Russia as EU leaders held an emergency summit to deal with the worst East West crisis since the Cold War

UNREST IN CRIMEA. Unidentified armed men patrol outside of Simferopol airport in the autonomous republic of Crimea in Ukraine on February 28, 2014. Photo by AFP

Filipino beaten by mafia agrees to settle; donates to charity

Dec 22, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Andy and Monika Hernandez were harassed by the local mafia in Lithuania But they ve decided to look at the incident in a positive light

Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike in support of pro-EU protests

Nov 26, 2013 - 3:27 PM

The nation of 45 million has been thrown into fresh political crisis by the government s abrupt decision to scrap the signature of a historic deal with the European Union at a summit in Vilnius later this week

ANGER IN KIEV. Ukrainian protesters carry a poster depicting jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko past the Cabinet of Ministers building during a protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 25 November 2013. EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

Kerry arrives in Europe to seek support on Syria

Sep 07, 2013 - 7:46 AM

Kerry will also travel to Paris and London and meet Arab leaders including Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the authorization of use of force in Syria on September 4, 2013. EPA/SHAWN THEW

US NBA stars, rivalries spice quarterfinals

Aug 07, 2012 - 10:36 PM

Three intense match ups and the US NBA Olympic Dream Team s first win or go home game in their quest for gold in London promise a passionate set of men s basketball quarterfinals

US NBA stars tested; Spain falls to Russia

Aug 05, 2012 - 10:10 AM

Lithuania made the NBA stars sweat while Russia upset 2008 finalist Spain

USA basketball edges Lithuania, makes semis

Aug 04, 2012 - 11:40 PM

LeBron James seized command with the game up for grabs as the United States defeated Lithuania 99 94 to clinch a berth in the medal playoffs

Lithuanian is first 15-year-old Olympic swim champ in 40 years

Jul 31, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Lithuania s Ruta Meilutyte made history by being the first gold medal swimmer in four decades also the first to win a swim gold for her country

Mafia attacks Filipino cafe-owner in Lithuania

Jul 01, 2012 - 9:14 PM

A Filipino photojournalist turned restaurant owner and his wife were hurt by alleged Lithuanian mafia in an incident considered a racially motivated attack