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Violent murder reignites debate on capital punishment in Lithuania

The Lithuanian society was shocked by a violent rape and murder of a woman a week ago, the outrage growing into demands to reintroduce capital punishment, even though it has been a thing of the past in Lithuania as well as the European Union. The an-eye-for-an-eye chorus has been joined by politicians, including Parliament Speaker Vydas Gedvilas and former president Rolandas Paksas. Human rights activist and the more liberally-inclined part of the society call it incompetence and populism pure and simple, pointing out that such calls put Lithuania in one company with Belarus, the only state in Europe that still gives capital sentences.

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Central bank chief sees fiscal deficit as only threat to Lithuania's euro entry

The current situation is very favorable for euro adoption in Lithuania and the government's measures leading to an increased budget deficit pose no major risk of not meeting the fiscal deficit criterion, although it would be safer to have a reserve, Vitas Vasiliauskas, the central bank governor, tells BNS.

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Basketball star Šarūnas Jasikevičius signs contract with Žalgiris Kaunas

Lithuanian basketball star Šarūnas Jasikevičius will join Žalgiris Kaunas, champion team of the Lithuanian Basketball League, next season.

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Transparency International launches website specifying links among media, businesses, and politicians

The Lithuanian bureau of Transparency International has launched a website stirna.info which contains information about connections between media companies and businesses from 1996 until today.

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Lithuanian National Security Committee chairman: Prosecutors will see if there's new data on CIA prisons

Lithuanian prosecutors will see whether the human rights activists provided any new data about the alleged detention of suspected terrorists in Lithuania in the framework of the United States' secret detention program, says Artūras Paulauskas, chairman of the parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee.

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister: EU does not seek confrontation with Russia on Eastern Partnership

The European Union's (EU) aim to start closer political and economic relations with six post-Soviet countries of the Eastern Partnership program does not seek confrontation with Russia, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says.

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Lithuania's Ignalina NPP pays Taylor Wessing 6.75 million euros for legal services

Lithuania's shut-down Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) has paid 23.303 million litas (EUR 6.75m|) to the British law firm Taylor Wessing, which defended its interests under contracts with the Russian-owned German company Nukem.

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Economist Gitanas Nausėda: Lithuania's euro entry may depend on political factors rather than economic

Euro adoption in Lithuania may depend more on political factors than on economic reasons, Gitanas Nausėda, an adviser to the president of SEB Bankas, believes.

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SEB ups Lithuania's 2013 GDP growth forecast

SEB Bankas, Lithuania's largest bank by assets, has raised the country's GDP growth forecast for this year to 3.8 percent, from 3.2 percent in June, amid growing optimism in the domestic market, which is seeing a recovery in retail sales and growing demand for non-basic goods.

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Lithuania's City Service enters Spanish market

City Service, a property maintenance group with operations in Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Poland, is entering the Spanish market after acquiring Aldesa Servicios y Mantenimiento, a Madrid-based commercial facility management services provider operating under the Concentra brand name.

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EC official: Lithuanians should speak Lithuanian at EU events

Lithuanians should speak Lithuanian at international events, especially during the EU presidency, says Marco Benedetti, the European Commission's director general of interpretation.

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Surgeons at Lithuania's Santariškės Clinic perform unique heart surgery

Surgeons of Vilnius University Hospital's Santariškės Clinic this week performed a unique heart surgery, the first of its kind in the world.

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NGOs call on Lithuania to resume CIA prison investigation

International non-governmental organizations on Thursday called on Lithuania to reopen a probe into alleged detention of suspected terrorists in the country under the United States' Extraordinary Rendition and Detention Program, and say they have evidence about another person who was allegedly kept in detention in Lithuania.

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Russia has not ended blockade of Lithuanian trucks

Russia has not lifted tightened control procedures imposed on Lithuanian haulers, as expected by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, says Mečislavas Atroškevičius, the vice-president of the national road carriers' association Linava.

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Investing into basketball – money down the basket or asset to the nation?

Basketball, quasi-officially dubbed “the second religion” of Lithuania, gets a lion's share of state funding for sports. Some think that Lithuania would fare better by investing the money into other sports or even industries, while others maintain that investment into basketball pays good dividends. What both groups agree on, however, is that using achievements of Lithuanian basketball players is a good way to promote the country.

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Auditors say price for Lithuanian LNG terminal's FSRU reasonable

An independent audit ordered by the Lithuanian government has confirmed that a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) that is being built for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Klaipėda is not too expensive, the business daily Verslo Žinios reports.

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London court to resume hearing of Snoras bank's ex-owners extradition case

The Westminster Magistrates' Court in London is scheduled to resume the hearing of the extradition case of Vladimir Antonov and Raimondas Baranauskas, former owners of Lithuania’s bankrupt bank Snoras, on Thursday. The two are wanted in Lithuania in connection with numerous suspicions related to the collapse of the commercial bank.

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Body of Lithuanian officer killed in Kosovo flown back home

The body of Audrius Šenavičius, an officer of the Lithuanian Customs Department who was killed in a shooting in Kosovo last week, was flown back to Lithuania on Wednesday night, Gintarė Vitkauskaitė-Satkauskienė, spokeswoman for the Customs Department, has confirmed to BNS.

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Kaunas mayor slams decision to name plant after late Lithuanian president

Andrius Kupčinskas, mayor of Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city, says the government was not interested in the opinion of Kaunas residents when it decided to rename a local hydroelectric power plant after late President Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas.

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Lithuania steps up preparation for OECD membership talks

Lithuania wants to get more involved in the activities of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in an effort to better prepare itself for membership talks that will start in 2015.

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