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9 Eritrean refugees arrive in Lithuania under EU program

Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:16
Nine Eritrean refugees arrived in Lithuania this week under the EU's resettlement program, the Migration Department said on Thursday.

BNS asks Lithuanian leaders if they approve of same-sex partnerships

Thursday, May 25, 2017 09:37
Amid renewed discussions in the Lithuanian parliament on legalization of same-sex partnerships, BNS asked the country's leaders if they would approve of such a move.

Lithuania violates life prisoners' rights by depriving them of hope of release - ECHR

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 15:59
Lukiškiai prison in Vilnius
DELFI / Valdas Kopūstas
Lithuania violates the rights of prisoners serving life sentences by depriving them of any hope of release, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled on Tuesday.

Seimas speaker unveils VDU plan to become national university

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 15:46
The Vytautas Magnus University (VDU)
DELFI / Paulius Garkauskas
Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, on Tuesday unveiled plans by Vytautas Magnus University (VDU) to become a national "umbrella" university.

Liberals move to allow partnerships for both different and same-sex couples

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 09:55
Lithuania's opposition Liberal Movement proposes to allow civil partnerships for both unmarried opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples.

Total number of students in Lithuania falls 20% in 6 yrs

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 09:55
The total number of students in Lithuania's general education and higher education schools has dropped by more than 20 percent over the past six years, Statistics Lithuania said in Monday.

Lithuanian language watchdog backs original name spelling on ID document's main page

Monday, May 22, 2017 17:01
The Lithuanian language watchdog proposes to allow using non-Lithuanian Latin-based characters for spelling names on the main page of personal identity documents.

Police set to buy new boat for counter-terror operations at sea

Monday, May 22, 2017 12:55
Lithuanian police are buying a new motor boat that the anti-terrorist operations unit Aras will use for operations at open sea.

Judaica Research Center opens in Lithuanian national library

Monday, May 22, 2017 11:39
The Judaica Research Center is opening in the Martynas Mazvydas National Library in Vilnius on Monday.

Hundreds hike in eastern Lithuania to honor memory of anti-Soviet partisans

Monday, May 22, 2017 10:26
Over 300 people on Sunday took part in a 10-kilometer walk in eastern Lithuania to honor the memory of anti-Soviet partisans.

Cigarette packet with explosive thrown in Belarusian Embassy's territory in Vilnius

Friday, May 19, 2017 10:21
Cigarette packet with explosive thrown in Belarusian Embassy's territory in Vilnius
Įmonės archyvas
A packet of cigarettes containing an explosive device was thrown into the territory of the Belarusian Embassy in central Vilnius on Thursday evening, local authorities said.

Lithuanian court tells prosecutors to ask US for more info on fraud suspect

Thursday, May 18, 2017 15:22
A Vilnius court told the Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office to ask the United States for additional information about Evaldas Rimašauskas, a Lithuanian national who is wanted in America on large-scale fraud charges.

Financial crimes body opens probe into US real estate of ex-president's widow

Thursday, May 18, 2017 14:32
Lithuania's Financial Crime Investigation Service (FCIS) has launched a pre-trial investigation regarding real estate owned by former President Algirdas Brazauskas' widow Kristina Brazauskienė and her family members in the United States.

Seimas hosts LGBT+ portraits for IDAHOTFREE

Thursday, May 18, 2017 09:37
IDAHOT (International Day of Homophobia and Transphobia), celebrated around the world on May 17, was also commemorated by the most prestigious Lithuanian institutions. In addition to Vilnius Town Hall being lit up in the colours of the rainbow, the gallery of the Lithuanian Parliament hosted an exhibition of Lithuanian LGBT+ community portraits taken by Samanta Matuizaitė (ARCANA FEMINA), organisers announced in a press release.

Conservatives propose to put alcohol sales restriction bill on hold

Thursday, May 18, 2017 09:21
The opposition Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats proposes that the parliament temporarily suspend debates on a controversial package aimed at sharply reducing access to alcohol until political groups in the Seimas reach consensus and muster enough votes to pass the legislation.

Gays fleeing persecution in Chechnya find refuge in Lithuania

Thursday, May 18, 2017 09:14
Gay men fleeing persecution in Chechnya have found refuge in Lithuania: Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius confirmed to BNS on Wednesday that two persons who suffered repression in the southern Russian republic have come to Lithuania.

Unity is crucial for Jewish community - Israeli ambassador

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:01
Unity is the most important thing to any community, Israel's Ambassador to Lithuania Amir Maimon said ahead of the election of the chairman of the Jewish Community of Lithuania.

Lithuania is world's 'top drinker' - WHO

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 09:47
Lithuanians consume the most alcohol in the world, according to 2016 data presented by a World Health Organization official in Vilnius on Tuesday.

Concert staged in Vilnius to protest against planned alcohol restrictions at mass events

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 09:27
Several hundred people gathered outside the parliament building in Vilnius on Tuesday to watch a show staged to protest against the ruling coalition's plans to restrict alcohol consumption at concerts and other mass events.

Lithuania's emigration rate remains higher than last year

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 14:48
Statistics show that Lithuania's official emigration rate did not slow down in April and remained higher than in the same period last year.

Rainbow Bus: protest held next to the Russian Embassy

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 14:15
On 13th May, 2017 in order to draw the attention to the persecution and serious human rights violations against LGBT people in Chechnya (Russian Federation), the National LGBT rights organization LGL organized a protest next to the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, the Lithuanian Gay League reported in a press release.

Truck carrying 676 kg of hashish busted in Lithuania

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 13:47
Hashish
Muitinės departamentas
Lithuanian customs officials have detained a truck en route from Spain, carrying 676 kg of hashish, the Customs Criminal Service said, noting this was the largest drugs shipment busted in the country this year.

Police drafted conditions for 120 cars for sole supplier

Monday, May 15, 2017 13:52
Police car
DELFI / Dainius Sinkevičius
The Lithuanian Police Department, which is set to buy at least 120 new cars, drafted conditions for the tender for a single supplier, the Public Procurement Agency said.

Šiauliai politicians discuss future of Soviet troops' graves in central square

Monday, May 15, 2017 09:54
Soviet soldiers in Berlin
Corbis / Scanpix
As part of the restructuring of the central square of Šiauliai, a city in northern Lithuania, the city's politicians are deciding the future of graves of Soviet troops located there.

Hackers seeking weak spots in Lithuania's strategic systems

Friday, May 12, 2017 15:03
IBM X-Force
Bendrovės archyvas
Lithuanian officials say that hackers constantly search for seek spots in systems of strategic importance, therefore, executives of companies and institutions should pay more attention to cyber security, top executives of relevant institutions told BNS in comment of a Reuters report about hacker attempts to penetrate with Baltic electricity networks.

Request for Lithuanian scam suspect's extradition to US lacks necessary info

Friday, May 12, 2017 14:05
The US extradition request for Evaldas Rimašauskas, a Lithuanian national who is reportedly suspected of defrauding US-based Internet giants Facebook and Google of 100 million US dollars, fails to provide the necessary information required by Lithuanian laws, the suspect's lawyer said on Friday.

Vilnius court to hear request to extradite USD 100 mln scam suspect to US

Friday, May 12, 2017 11:22
The Vilnius Regional Court is scheduled to hear on Friday a request to extradite Evaldas Rimašauskas, a Lithuanian national suspected of defrauding US-based Internet giants Facebook and Google of 100 million US dollars, to the United States.

Authorities had wiretapped phone of man suspected by US of large-scale fraud

Thursday, May 11, 2017 15:38
In an effor t to detain or receive relevant information about Evaldas Rimašauskas whom the US suspect of very large-scale fraud, Lithuanian authorities had wiretapped his conversations.

Snow affects power supply to 9,000 Lithuanian householdsFREE

Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:44
Around 9,000 households in the regions of Vilnius and Kaunas were without electricity on Thursday morning after a heavy snowfall in the eastern and central parts of the country overnight, the power distribution grid operator said.