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Lithuania: Monika Marija withdraws “Criminal” from Eurovizijos Atranka final, Alen Chicco takes its place

Monika Marija has solved her problem of having two songs entered in Lithuania’s national final. The singer has confirmed she has withdrawn her entry “Criminal” from Euvovizijos Atranka. The move ensures that Monika can focus on her other entry “Light On” and won’t risk splitting her vote.


Major Crypto Wallet Provider Blockchain.com Opens Office in Lithuania

Major crypto wallet provider Blockchain.com has opened its fifth office location, continuing its expansion into Europe, the company announced in a blog post on Feb. 19. According to Blockchain.com, the company considered several locations in Europe, choosing Vilnius, Lithuania. The firm said it foun


The Wiwi Jury reveals their favourites in Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka 2019

Tonight Lithuania will decide. Eight semi-finalists will face off in the grand final of Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka, to select who will represent Lithuania at Eurovision 2019. The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has listened to the finalists and listed ou


Lithuania Central Bank’s Policy Update Opens the Door for Crypto Payments

The central bank of Lithuania has updated its position on cryptocurrencies and tokens issued through initial coin offerings. The regulator has revised the definition of these assets specifying the conditions under which financial institutions can operate with digital money and accept crypto payments


Lithuania’s LMT selects Harmonic for encoding for live OTT service

Harmonic's EyeQ content-aware encoding solution deployed for live OTT service. Lithuanian teleco operator LMT has deployed Harmonic’s EyeQ content-aware encoding solution for its live OTT service, delivered to TVs via 4G set-top boxes.


Lithuania procures additional missiles for Javelin anti-tank system

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence’s (MND) Defence Materiel Agency has procured additional missiles for the US-made Javelin anti-tank defence systems. The procurement is valued at over $20m, which includes $5m provided by the US as financial support.


Central Bank of Lithuania Issues Updated Position on Virtual Assets and ICOs

The Bank of Lithuania has updated its position on virtual assets and initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to an announcement published on Feb. 14. The Bank of Lithuania initially issued a document detailing its position towards ICOs and digital currency in October, 2017, defining how and when vi


Lithuania arrests eight top judges in anti-corruption crackdown

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania detained 26 people including eight top judges in an anti-corruption probe on Wednesday, and the Prosecutor General said he would seek to review some verdicts issued by the judges.


Lithuania Adds China to List of Foreign Intelligence Threats

Two weeks ago (February 5, 2019), the Lithuanian intelligence community released its annual “National Threat Assessment” (Kam.lt, February 5). As in the past, this report asserts that the greatest intelligence threats to Vilnius come from Russia and Belarus. But for the first time, it adds China to


Lithuania marks 101st Independence Day

VILNIUS – Lithuania marks its 101st Day of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania on Saturday. The state's leaders will traditionally honor the memory of the signatories to the Act of Independence at Rasos Cemetery, and a state award ceremony will be held at the Presidential Palace.


Nationalism Rising: A Torchlight March for Lithuania

I am surrounded by sea of people, all marching with torches. A chant begins: Lye Tu Vah! Lye Tu Vah! Lye Tu Vah! The chant becomes a roar and then dies away. It is patriotic Lithuanians shouting out the name of their country as they march through the streets of their capital city, Vilnius. We are ce


NATO forces conduct cold weather training in Lithuania

Allied troops focused on building shelters to protect themselves from the elements. “It is important not to build your shelter too high. Hot air rises and cold air goes down. To keep warm with these temperatures you want to stay close to the heat,” said a Dutch private in the infantry company. The D


The Baltics to Boston, USA from only €292 roundtrip

Cheap flights from the Baltics to Boston, USA from only €292 roundtrip with SAS. Allow the search to complete, then click an OTA to view the advertised price. Use Google Chrome to translate the booking site if needed.


Emilee MacCormack Wears Elegant Looks for L’Officiel Lithuania

Photographer Michael Sheller captures elegant fashions for L’Officiel Lithuania’s online edition. Starring model Emilee MacCormack, the editorial features next level glamour with looks styled by Paulina Gzik. From dramatic long gowns to dreamy ruffled tops, the brunette shines in the designs of Mass


Vilnius National Concert Hall Architecture Competition

An international architectural idea competition for the National Concert Hall has been launched. Architects from all over the world are invited to design one of the most important future spaces in the capital city of Lithuania and to submit their proposals to Vilnius City Municipality.


Lithuania: Jurijus among confirmed finalists of Eurovizijos atranka 2019

We’re just one step away from finding out who will succeed Ieva Zasimauskaitė as Lithuania‘s Eurovision 2019 representative. Tonight’s second semi-final of Eurovizijos atranka 2019 saw the remaining twelve acts sing their entries and as usual, the Lithuanian juries made their decisions alongside the


Crypto OTC Trading and Wallet Firm Blockchain Opens Lithuania Office

Blockchain, an early Bitcoin wallet startup that has lately expanded its services to include institutional crypto trading services, has announced it is “thrilled” to be opening a fifth location in Vilnius, Lithuania.


Accused of Laundering $234 Billion, Danske Bank Ceases Most Banking in Russia and Baltic Countries

Close on the heels of Danske Bank being ordered out of Estonia this week for its alleged role in laundering funds totaling $234 billion USD for Ukrainian, Azerbaijani and Russian clients, Danske Bank has now announced it will be, “clos(ing) down its banking activities in the Baltics and in Russia.”


The Baltics to Los Angeles, USA for only €272 roundtrip

Cheap flights from the Baltics to Los Angeles, USA for only €272 roundtrip with SAS. Allow the search to complete, then click an OTA to view the advertised price. Use Google Chrome to translate the booking site if needed.


EU needs common anti-money laundering system

VILNIUS – The euro area and the European Union need a common money laundering prevention system, Lithuanian Finance Minister Vilius Sapoka said on Wednesday following Swedish media reports linking Swedbank to Danske Bank's money laundering scandal.