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50 countries ranked by how they collect biometric data and what they do with it

From passport photos to accessing bank accounts with fingerprints, the use of biometrics is growing at an exponential rate. And while using your fingerprint may be easier than typing in a password, just how far is too far when it comes to biometric use, and what’s happening to your biometric data once it’s collected, especially where governments are concerned?

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Belarusians protest Moscow-integration deal shrouded in secrecy

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is meeting Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Saturday to discuss deeper integration. Back in Minsk, meanwhile, Belarusians are hitting the streets to protest against what they say could be a full capitulation to Moscow.

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Survey: retail tax will raise prices and affect economy

The Lithuanian government's proposed tax on major retailers' turnover will inevitably raise prices and will negatively affect the country's economy, a new survey shows.

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‘He's gonna be our star’ – EC vice president praises Lithuanian EU commissioner

In his first press conference as European commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius presented the European Environment Agency's State of the Environment Report on Thursday. The conference began with praise from EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans who said the Lithuanian commissioner would be “one of our stars”.

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Kazakhstan's SCAT company looks to resume Kazakhstan-Lithuania flights (Exclusive)

… flights between Kazakhstan and Lithuania, a representative of Kazakhstan … on the Nur-Sultan – Vilnius over the period from … Transport and Communications of Lithuania told Trend earlier, Kazakhstan … and logistics. "Lithuania’s priority for cooperation …

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Climate change impacts not only the environment: adds risk for financial markets

Climate risk can weigh on banks’ credit fundamentals in several ways. As a result, central banks and supervisors are increasingly acknowledging that climate-related risks are relevant for financial stability and the soundness of banks.

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Grigorian and Puipa among candidates for national culture awards

12 candidates have been selected for the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts and they include opera singer Asmik Grigorian, film director Algimantas Puipa as well as Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte ir Lina Lapelyte, the authors of the Lithuanian pavilion at the Vienna Biennale, the Culture Ministry announced on Friday.

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Western Europe profits from the East, claims Romanian MEP

“Contrary to popular wisdom, most of the money in Europe flows from East to West, not the other way around,” Romanian MEP Clotilde Armand wrote in an op-ed published by Politico Europe on Friday.

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Lithuania breaks rank with EU and backs Israel in UN resolution

Lithuania was one of 11 European countries to break rank with the EU and voted on Tuesday against a UN resolution regarding the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat.

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Lithuania’s GovTech Lab receives European award

Lithuania’s GovTech Lab initiative won in the 'Prosperity' category at the European Innovation in Politics Awards, according to a press release.

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Lithuania opens visa centres in five US cities

Lithuania has opened visa centres in five cities across the United States, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

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Opera singer and Venice Biennale winners among nominees for Lithuanian arts prize

Twelve nominees have been selected for the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts, the Culture Ministry announced on Friday. The list includes opera singer Asmik Grigorian, film director Algimantas Puipa and the trio of artists behind Lithuania's award-winning pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė.

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Media leaks helped sway Turkey on NATO's Baltic defence plans – Lithuanian FM

Turkey's willingness to block NATO's defence plans for the Baltic states and Poland was simply Ankara's negotiating position, Lithuanian foreign minister says, adding that the leaking of information may have helped change Ankara's position.

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Liubajevas proposed for head of border guard service

Lithuania's Ministry of the Interior is nominating Rustamas Liubajevas, head of the ministry's Public Security Policy Group, to lead the country's State Border Guard Service, with the government expected to decide on his appointment next Wednesday.

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Lithuania opens visa centers in US

Lithuanian visa centers have been opened in the United States, Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

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