Posts published in Day: April 12, 2019

Lithuania hands note to Russia over threats to embassy staff

Friday, April 12, 2019

Lithuania has delivered a diplomatic note to Russia over threats to its embassy staff and their family members in Moscow. The note was handed to a representative of Russia’s embassy in Vilnius on Friday, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said. “On March 31, the Lithuanian embassy in Moscow received a threatening letter calling on the embassy staff and their family members to leave Moscow in a month’s time (and) linked to…

Beautician quit her job to become a NAKED cleaner

Friday, April 12, 2019

When an Edinburgh entrepreneur launched a cleaning firm, she gave a whole new meaning to stripped back style. Soon the Scottish capital’s movers and shakers were calling up Victoria Murphy’s firm, Glimmer, to help with buffing-up the silverware. For Victoria, 25, employs a 15-strong army of naked cleaners – including three men – who charge between £55 and £75 an hour for their service, depending on the level of nudity.…

New Tallinn Mayor defends right of Russian culture to co-exist in Estonia

Friday, April 12, 2019

Mihhail Kõlvart from the Centre Party has been elected as the Mayor of the Estonian capital and has used the occasion to express his views on Estonian and Russian cultural and language issues in the Baltic country. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that Kõlvart was elected to the post on Thursday, April 11, with 45 votes in favour of his candidacy, with 25 against. Kõlvart replaced his fellow Centre Party…

Grigorjeva wins bronze medal at European Wrestling Championship

Friday, April 12, 2019

Latvia’s Anastasija Grigorjeva on Thursday won the bronze medal at the European Wrestling Championships in the Romanian capital city of Bucharest. In the 68 kilogram category, Grigorjeva defeated Lithuania’s Danute Domikaityte 8:3 in the bronze medal match. Ukraine’s Alla Cherkasova won the gold medal after defeating Adela Hanzlickova (Czech Republic) 11:6 in the final match. Grigorjeva, who gave birth to a boy last fall, missed the previous European Championship. Furthermore,…

Iran welcomes Egypt’s reported withdrawal from ‘Arab NATO’ plan

Friday, April 12, 2019

Cairo’s rejection of US-led security initiative will be welcome in Tehran if confirmed, Iran’s foreign ministry says. Iran’s foreign ministry says it welcomes Egypt’s reported decision to withdraw from a US-led “Arab NATO” initiative, according to the Iranian state news agency IRNA. Bahram Qasemi, the ministry spokesman, told IRNA on Thursday that the reports on Cairo’s move were not confirmed officially yet, but if the news is true, Tehran would welcome…

Lithuanian defense minister targeted

Friday, April 12, 2019

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis was targeted in cyber-information attack, resulting in spread of fake news in local and social media, the country’s Defense Ministry said Thursday in a statement. According to the statement, during the attack a local news website Kas vyksta Kaune was hacked to post fake news about Karoblis’s involvement in corruption. Fake news also has spread across social media. On Thursday, the President’s Office, the government…

Lithuania’s CEC to announce presidential candidates

Friday, April 12, 2019

Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission is due to announce the official list of presidential candidates. Social democrat EU commissioner Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis, MEP Valentinas Mazuronis, economist Gitanas Nauseda, MPs Mindaugas Puidokas ir Naglis Puteikis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, representing the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, MP Ingrida Simonyte, representing the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, and MEP Valdemar Tomasevski, leader of the Electoral Action…

After surviving no-confidence vote in Saeima, PM Karins points to work ahead

Friday, April 12, 2019

After a majority of Saeima members today rejected a proposal calling for his resignation, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) underlined the work that has to done in in the education and financial sectors, as well as plans for administrative-territorial reform. The prime minister expressed gratitude for the public support he had received lately, saying that several people had urged him to carry on with his work. Karins told journalists…

German Baltic Air Policing detachment conducts operational training

Friday, April 12, 2019

The German Eurofighter detachment augmenting NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission conducted operational training events with an Estonian Air Force M-28 transport aircraft and a German Air Force A400M cargo aircraft. In addition to providing intercept capability to safeguard the NATO airspace in the Baltic region, the German Eurofighter detachment is engaged in regular training activities to further improve aircrew proficiency and skills, say NATO. “In an unidentified aircraft training scenario,…

Julian Assange faces decades in US jail

Friday, April 12, 2019

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. At Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court. He now faces US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest ever leaks of government…