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Lithuanian Jewish sites shut after threats amid WWII debate

Aug. 7, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Jewish leaders in the Lithuanian capital are indefinitely closing the city's sole synagogue and community center following threats sparked by an emotional debate over the country's World War II-era history. Community leader Faina Kukliansky told The Associated Press on Wednesday...

'Chernobyl' miniseries sends curious tourists to Lithuania

Jul. 30, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

VISAGINAS, Lithuania (AP) — An HBO miniseries featuring Soviet-era nuclear nightmares has sparked global interest in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and boosted tourism in Lithuania. The Baltic country, which served as the filming location for "Chernobyl," has become a destination of so-called atomic tourism...

Jailed judge alleging pedophile ring on verge of extradition

Jul. 22, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a former Lithuanian judge and parliament member jailed in Chicago said Monday that a new court ruling could be a fatal blow to his client's long fight against extradition to Lithuania, saying she could be sent back any day now to the Baltic Sea nation where she says she exposed...

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;...