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Lithuania president against any EU sanctions for Poland

Jul. 16, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lithuania's new president spoke out Tuesday against the possibility of European Union sanctions on Poland for changes the country has made to its judiciary. Gitanas Nauseda was sworn in last week and was making his first foreign trip to Poland for talks on European and bilateral...

Lithuania's new president, a former bank analyst, sworn in

Jul. 12, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A former bank analyst has been sworn in as Lithuania's new president, taking the helm of the Baltic nation of 3 million. Gitanas Nauseda, 55, who won the May presidential election, arrived Friday at Lithuania's Parliament with his family in a pomp-filled ceremony. Nauseda, who...

Report: NATO jets escort Russian aircraft 6 times last week

Jul. 1, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Baltic region's main news agency says NATO fighter jets were scrambled six times last week after Russian military aircraft violated Lithuania's airspace. The Baltic News Service says NATO jets identified and escorted the Russian planes to international airspace over the...

Pistons take international prospect Doumbouya at No. 15

Jun. 21, 2019 1:18 AM EDT

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Sekou Doumbouya is still only 18 and he didn't start playing basketball until he was 12. "That's good. That means there's upside," Detroit Pistons executive Ed Stefanski said. "Youngest kid in the draft. We're excited." The Pistons drafted Doumbouya with the No. 15 pick of the...

The race is on: Candidates vie for top EU jobs

Jun. 20, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders on Thursday are seeking to fill up to five key jobs supervising the 28-nation bloc's policies that will be vacated in coming months. They include the post of Council President, held by Donald Tusk; president of the powerful executive Commission, now led by Jean-Claude Juncker;...

Correction: NBA Draft-International Model story

Jun. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — In a story June 14 about international players and the NBA draft, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Dallas Mavericks took Sarunas Marciulionis in the 1987 draft. It was Golden State that made the pick. A corrected version of the story is below: Mavs illustrate draft's...

6 people drown, hundreds seek medical help in Lithuania heat

Jun. 13, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Six people seeking relief from record heat in Lithuania have drowned, and hundreds have sought medical help as temperatures soared. The nation of 2.8 million hasn't seen rain for many weeks and a new June all-time heat record of 35.7 degrees Celsius (96 F) was reached in the...

Lithuanian circus owner releases bear he took 'hostage'

Jun. 12, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian police say a private circus owner has released a bear from a cage after a standoff with police trying to take the animal away. Authorities wanted the bear confiscated for many violations, most recently because it was kept in temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius (86...

After Fed, Europe also helps economy cope with trade war

Jun. 6, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The European Central Bank has taken action to support the economy in the 19-country eurozone, joining other major central banks like the U.S. Federal Reserve in responding to fears about global growth. The ECB said Thursday it would extend the earliest date for an interest rate...

The Latest: European Central Bank ready to help economy more

Jun. 6, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 4:25 p.m. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the bank is ready to "use all the instruments that are in the toolbox" to support the economy if needed. Draghi even said that members...