Posts published in Day: October 4, 2018

Germany shares Iran, Syria goals with US, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says

Thursday, October 4, 2018

After meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Maas said the two nations have the “same goals” on Iran — despite the US decision to abandon the Iran nuclear pact. The meeting came amid strained trans-Atlantic ties. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his American counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reaffirmed areas of trans-Atlantic cooperation during a Wednesday meeting in Washington. The 45-minute meeting comes during a time of strained…

Sexual assault still underreported at Munich Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Oktoberfest is known around the world for its beer, pretzels and lederhosen. But female visitors frequently find themselves the targets of harassment and groping. Some even say it has become predictable. Groups of lederhosen-clad men and women wearing dirndls excitedly walk through the stalls and food stands at Munich’s infamous Oktoberfest, lining up outside its even more infamous beer tents in hopes of getting a warm spot inside on a chilly…

Opinion: people who don’t vote demonstrate that this is a country of losers

By Viesturs Kairišs on Thursday, October 4, 2018

«Latvia’s independence is not something that can be sacrificed for out benefit. I’m not about to claim moral high ground over people who don’t vote, but purely on a human level I cannot accept it. It seems humiliating to me. People degrade and destroy themselves by acting in such a way towards the country, especially when it is put in such a complicated situation. I would classify non-voting as a…

Lithuania bans pedestrians from using mobile phones in crosswalks

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pedestrians in Lithuania will be banned from using mobile phones in crosswalks and motorists will have to give way to pedestrians who are about to step into a crosswalk. The government approved on Wednesday the respective amendments to the Road Traffic Rules. The amended rules require pedestrians to avoid any distractions, including the use of an electronic mobile device, before entering the crosswalk and while crossing the street. Under the…

US is ready to lend more cybertools to NATO

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The U.S. will make cyberwarfare capabilities available to NATO to bolster the alliance’s efforts to counter Russian hacking and network espionage, a senior U.S. official said. The announcement is likely to come during a two-day defense ministers’ meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, which opened Wednesday. The U.K. and Denmark are expected to offer similar support. “We will formally announce that the United States is prepared to offer NATO its…

Soldier found dead in Vicenza barracks identified

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The soldier found dead on Monday in his barracks at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, has been identified as Sgt. Kevin Deon Connor. Connor, 24, of Sherrills Ford, N.C., was assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. military officials said Tuesday. The death is under investigation by U.S. military and Italian authorities. “We are saddened by this loss and express our deepest condolences to the family,”…

Lithuanian president congratulated German people on Unity Day

Thursday, October 4, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany on Unity Day and sent her best wishes for the continued success, prosperity, unity, and peace of the people of Germany. According to the President, the reunification of Germany 28 years ago not only united the country but also opened the way for reconciliation and solidarity of the whole continent. It was a step of major importance to…

Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis to attend NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels

Thursday, October 4, 2018

On October 3-4 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis is taking part in the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels (Belgium) where NATO deterrence and defence measures will be discussed. A topic of particular focus will be the assessment of allies’ progress on increasing defence spending. NATO Defence Ministers will meet with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Defence Ministers of Sweden and…

First sex robot brothel in the US blocked by officials in Texas

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The first sex robot brothel in the United States has been blocked by officials in Texas. Toronto-based KinkySdollS had planned to open a Houston location , where customers could both buy “adult love dolls” and rent them for use in private rooms. The lifelike sexbots – priced from $2,500 (£1,900) each – react to touch and have vocal responses, while more expensive versions with AI can engage in conversations. At…

No indications that Latvia may fail to receive new trains – Kucinskis

Thursday, October 4, 2018

There are no indications that Latvia may fail to receive new trains, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) said in an interview with LNT television today. “There are no indications that we could continue riding soviet-era trains,” added Kucinskis. As reported, joint-stock company Pasazieru Vilciens (Passenger Train) has received technical offers from Spanish company Patentes Talgo S.L.U. (Talgo), Swiss company Stadler’s subsidiary in Poland Stadler Polska Sp.z.o.o (Stadler), Spanish company Construcciones…