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Department set to move all prisons out of Vilnius

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lithuania’s Prisons Department plans to move all detention institutions out of Vilnius, including the Lukiskes remand prison from central Lithuanian capital, informs LETA/BNS. “We are drafting a vision of moving all detention institutions from Vilnius. For instance, we all know where Lukiskes is,” Interior Minister Eimutis Misiunas said after meeting with Prisons Department chief Robertas Krikstaponis on Friday. In addition to the Lukiskes prison, the department’s institutions in the Lithuanian…

Hungary unveils memorial to crash that killed Polish leader

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hungarian and Polish leaders on Friday unveiled a memorial in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, dedicated to the victims of a 2010 plane crash in the Russian city of Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of others top Polish officials. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s governing Law and Justice party and twin brother of the president who died in the crash, praised the memorial as a “beautiful gesture…

Latvia to improve infrastructure in general education institutions

Friday, April 6, 2018

An agreement regarding plans to modernize infrastructure in general education institutions in Kuldiga, Valka, Preili and Tukums have been signed by Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis. He said: «Soon infrastructure and study materials of general education institutions will be fitting for the education environment of the 21st century.»

Dutch royal couple coming to Lithuania in June

Thursday, April 5, 2018

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will pay a state visit to Lithuania in June. The royal couple will be in Vilnius on June 13-15 at the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaite, her press service said. The visit will focus on the Lithuanian and Dutch relations in business, trade and culture, cooperation in NATO and in the European Union. The Lithuanian president and the King of the Netherlands…

PM: Construction of Estonia’s eastern border must continue

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Constructing Estonia’s eastern border has to continue by all means, Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Tuesday while visiting the Luhamaa border crossing point. It can be seen from a border construction project completed in February that building the border infrastructure would be considerably more expensive than initially thought. According to the prime minister, the government has discussed the adjusted investment needs and has decided that building the border infrastructure…

YouTube shooting shows how fake news spirals on social media via ‘conspiracy theory entrepreneurs’

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Within minutes of the shooting at YouTube offices in California, social media was awash with conspiracy theories and images of the supposed “shooter” wearing a Muslim headscarf. Some Facebook videos were quick to claim that it was a “false flag” attack, carried out to discredit the powerful U.S. gun lobby in the wake of the Parkland high school massacre in Florida. With wildly exaggerated accounts of the death toll circulating,…

Trade wars will affect ordinary people, not politicians – Lithuanian president in US

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite said during a visit in the United States that the three Baltic states would work to ease the economic tensions between the European Union and the United States, emphasizing that trade wars would mainly affect ordinary people. “There are some tensions occurring between US and Europe. I would like to say that our countries will be the countries who will try to secure that disbalances that…

France strike: Rail misery as three-month action tests Macron

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

France’s rail network has been severely disrupted, as a wave of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron’s labour reforms gets under way. The start of the strike has been dubbed “Black Tuesday”, but the action will spread over three months, affecting two days in every five. Staff at state railway SNCF are leading the strike, but the energy and waste collection sectors are also affected. The unrest presents Mr Macron’s biggest…

Latvia urges its citizens not to be afraid of Russian military exercises

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Latvian deputy Artis Pabriks assured the general public that there was no reason to be afraid of Russian military exercises. “We aren’t afraid of Russian military exercises. We will keep an eye on them, and remain vigilant and confident in ourselves, our state and our freedom. Don’t let them ruin Easter for us,” he wrote on Twitter Russian naval forces informed Latvia that it would conduct training launches of missiles in…