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Lithuanian bishops: skipping fasting on February 16 this year is not a sin

In an unprecedented move, the Conference of Lithuanian Bishops, the governing body of the Lithuanian Catholic Church, said that meat dishes okay for the people of faith on February 16, which marks the 100-year anniversary of Lithuania's statehood and the Lent Friday, which is traditionally a day of fasting for religious Catholic people.

Lithuania President exhorts mayors to be more proactive in tackling devastating emigration

A research by the Lithuanian bureau of the International Organization for Migration introduced to all the mayors and a couple dozen editors-in-chief of national and regional newspapers in the Presidential Palace Wednesday makes the same conclusion: emigration is Lithuania’s biggest scourge – the view is shared by the President’s Office and the Lithuanian population alike.

Alcohol advertising ban in Lithuania creates trouble around magazines from abroad

Since an alcohol advertising ban has come into effect in Lithuania in January 1, foreign publishers have refused to adjust to the new rules making their local distributors tear out pages from the magazines.

Vilnius invites Canada to engage in Ukraine rebuilding programme

Lithuanian politicians are inviting Canada to join a long investment programme for the support of Ukraine that would bring more investment to the large Eastern European country, which defends its territory from pro-Kremlin rebels in a war since 2014.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian Railways to run pilot train between Klaipeda and Sovetsk

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai will in early January run a pilot passenger train between the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda and Sovetsk, a border town in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The state railway company said on Friday, December 29, that it would operate the pilot service on January 5 and 7.

Lithuania paves way for special prosecutors in political corruption cases

The Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, has voted with support of 78 MPs, four against and 22 abstentions for a set of amendments to the Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The changes envision that, starting from July 2018, political corruption cases in Lithuania will be investigated by prosecutors with special powers and immunity and all prosecutors will get a pay raise from mid-2018.

Croat soldier dies in Lithuania barracks

A soldier from the Croat contingent in Lithuania, who served in the Rukla military town as part of NATO international forces, has passed away.

Week in Lithuania. Vilnius mayor apologises for poor performance of road services

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius has admitted that the road services of the Lithuanian capital city were not efficient enough in their response to the weather conditions, apologising to Vilnius residents for the inconveniences they encountered due to traffic interruptions.

Famous Lithuanian film director suffers backlash amid sexual misconduct accusations

Although the list of powerful Lithuanian men accused of sexual misconduct is nowhere to match the similar compilation in the United States, where many women have busted an army of entertainment industry big-names, politicians and other public life celebs, however, the wave of woman revelations of men’s unwanted sexual advancement has reached Lithuania, too.

In pictures: Museum of painter, Holocaust survivor Bak opened in Vilnius

In Vilnius, a museum to Jewish-Polish painter Samuel Bak has been opened. During the occupation of Lithuania by the Nazi Germany, the artist survived the Holocaust in the country.

Medical cannabis bill paves way in Lithuanian legislature

Otherwise conservative Lithuania has made a big stride forward legalising cannabis for medical use with 92 Lithuanian parliamentarians voting Thursday, November 15, to open the bill draft on medication containing cannabis. The law draft should go back to the parliamentary floor for deliberations on December 12.

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