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Opposition Parties Win Lithuanian Elections

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Lithuanian opposition parties that won Sunday’s parliamentary elections held talks early Monday on forming a new government. The leftist Social Democrats and the Labor Party, plus the populist Order and Justice party said they have agreed to form a three-party coalition, with the post of prime minister going to the Social Democrats. The parties […]

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Leftist Coalition Set to Win Lithuanian Elections

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A partial vote count in Lithuania suggests that opposition leftist parties are on track to win a second round of voting in parliamentary elections in the Baltic state. The Social Democratic Party and the Labor Party apparently have benefited from voter anger over austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius. Both parties ran on […]

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Lithuania Votes in Opposition

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Leaders of Lithuania’s three opposition parties met Monday to craft an agreement that could lead to a new government coalition, following Sunday’s vote that rejected the austerity-minded government. The three opposition parties received a little more than half of the votes cast. The Labor Party received 23 percent of the ballots, while the Social Democrats […]

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Amnesty International Calls on Lithuania to Reopen Investigation Into Rendition Flight

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 8:53 am (UTC-5)
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The human rights group Amnesty International has called on Lithuania to reopen an investigation into secret Central Intelligence Agency prisons in the country based on what they say is new evidence of a rendition flight. At a press conference in Vilnius Thursday, Amnesty International analyst Julie Hall says a February 2005 flight that allegedly carried […]

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Military Planes Crash Over Lithuania, No Serious Injuries

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Lithuanian military plane has collided with a French fighter jet during a NATO training flight, but none of the pilots involved was seriously injured. The crash occurred Tuesday near the Zokniai airbase in northern Lithuania when a Lithuanian L-39 Albatross and a French Mirage 2000 collided in midair. The Mirage suffered minor damage and […]

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Lithuania Seeks 16-Year Jail Term for Alleged Real IRA Smuggler

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Lithuanian prosecutor has asked a court to jail an Irish citizen for 16 years on charges of trying to smuggle weapons to an Irish paramilitary group opposed to British rule in Northern Ireland. Speaking Friday, prosecutor Gedgaudas Norkunas told the Vilnius court it should convict and sentence the Irishman, Michael Campbell, for attempting to […]

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Clinton Heads to Hungary, Lithuania

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Hungary and Lithuania at the end of June to promote human rights and democracy in the region. A State Department statement released Friday says Clinton will travel to Hungary June 29 where she will meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orban and civil society leaders. She will […]

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Lithuanian Parliament Passes Holocaust Compensation Fund

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Lithuania’s parliament has approved $53 million in compensation to Jews and their families for property stolen by the invading Nazis in World War Two. The money will be paid out over 10 years starting in 2013. Organizations representing the country’s Jewish community will administer the fund. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the United States […]

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