Latest Lithuania News

Draws take place for Olympic basketball qualifying tourneys

Nov. 27, 2019 9:45 AM EST

If Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to compete in the Olympics next summer, Greece will have to win a few games in Canada first. The draws to see which countries will grab the remaining basketball berths in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — four men’s spots and 10 women’s spots in the 12-team fields...

Lithuanian court frees on bail ex-judge after US extradition

Nov. 19, 2019 3:02 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former Lithuanian judge who exposed a pedophile ring that allegedly involved high-ranking officials in Lithuania and who was recently extradited from Chicago has been released on 10,000 euro ($11,100) bail. The Baltic News Service says 48-year-old Neringa Venckiene was released...

Alleged Norwegian spy returns home after Russian prison time

Nov. 17, 2019 8:21 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — A Norwegian man convicted of espionage in Russia has returned to his native country after a Cold War-style spy swap in Lithuania. Norwegian news agency NTB said Sunday that Frode Berg was flown by private jet from Vilnius, Lithuania, to Gardermoen military air base near Oslo late Saturday....

Lithuanians, Norwegian released in spy swap with Russia

Nov. 15, 2019 8:59 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage in Russia were freed Friday in exchange for two Russians who had been in prison in Lithuania. Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, who were convicted in 2016, have been reunited with their families, Lithuanian spy chief...

The Latest: Lithuania, Russia carry out spy swap

Nov. 15, 2019 8:01 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on a spy swap between Lithuania and Russia (all times local): 2 p.m. Lithuania’s spy chief, Darius Jauniskis, says the two Lithuanian men convicted of spying in Russia “have been reunited with their families” after they were released as...

Lithuania's spy chief says Russia has released two Lithuanian men convicted of spying; Norwegian will also be released

Nov. 15, 2019 7:52 AM EST
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Lithuania's spy chief says Russia has released two Lithuanian men convicted of spying; Norwegian will also be released.

England, Czech Republic, France and Turkey reach Euro 2020

Nov. 14, 2019 6:37 PM EST

England qualified in style for the 2020 European Championship, while the Czech Republic, France and Turkey also booked their places Thursday at next year’s tournament. England only needed a draw to qualify but Harry Kane scored a hat trick in a 7-0 win over Montenegro, and the Czech Republic also advanced...

Lithuanian ex-judge jailed for 2 months after US extradition

Nov. 8, 2019 5:40 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian court has remanded in custody for two months a former judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring in Lithuania. Friday's ruling by the Kaunas district court was in line with the prosecution's request as Neringa Venckiene, 48, was considered...

Lithuania ex-judge returns home after US extradition

Nov. 7, 2019 9:24 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A former Lithuanian judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring appeared at a detention hearing Thursday after being extradited to her home country from Chicago. Neringa Venckiene, who faces charges that include submitting false reports regarding claims...

Lithuania votes paves way for large spy swap with Russia

Nov. 7, 2019 5:40 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian lawmakers adopted a bill Thursday that is paving the way for a spy swap with neighboring Russia. The exchange could include a Norwegian citizen serving a 14-year sentence for espionage in a Russian jail. Lithuania's parliament voted 76-2 to give the country's president...