Lithuania

First swine flu case suspected in Lithuania

First swine flu case suspected in Lithuania Vilnius - Lithuania's health authorities were awaiting the results of tests Thursday in what could be the first case of swine flu in the Baltic states.

Samples taken from a Lithuanian citizen who returned to the country from Mexico on April 23 have been confirmed as containing a Type A influenza virus.

The samples have been sent to specialist laboratories in the United Kingdom to confirm whether it is swine flu, the Lithuanian Health Ministry said in a statement.

Baltics agree route of undersea electricity link to Sweden

Baltics agree route of undersea electricity link to Sweden Vilnius - The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agreed on Monday that a new undersea electricity connection linking their energy grid to Sweden will make landfall in Lithuania. The surprise announcement was made at an energy conference being held in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, where the three leaders signed a joint declaration.

Until now, both Lithuania and Latvia had competing claims to be linked to the Nordic energy grid via the undersea cable dubbed "Swedlink."

Lithuania reserves right to quit UN racism conference

Lithuania reserves right to quit UN racism conferenceVilnius  - Lithuanian Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas said Tuesday that his country reserved the right to leave the UN's racism conference in Geneva early if the final declaration proved unacceptable, or even if the atmosphere turned sour.

Speaking during a working visit to Poland, Usackas described a speech delivered Monday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the conference on racism as unacceptable, provoking and insulting to Israel and the Jewish people.

Lithuanian president says work on nuclear plant to begin 2009

Lithuanian president says work on nuclear plant to begin 2009 Siauliai, Lithuania  - Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus said Friday that work on a much delayed new nuclear power station in his country will get underway before the end of 2009 and possibly as early as the autumn.

"By May we will have a business plan. By the fall we can probably start work on digging the ground," Adamkus told journalists after meeting with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts.

Lithuanian scientist warns of undersea construction scramble

Lithuanian scientist warns of undersea construction scramble Vilnius - A Lithuanian scientist told parliamentarians Wednesday that two major infrastructure projects planned to run beneath the Baltic Sea could get in each others' way, raising the possibility of a seabed scramble to finish first.

Lithuanian industry "in freefall" amid Baltic economic fears

LithuaniaVilnius  - Industrial production (IP) in Lithuania nosedived by more than 15 per cent in February, according to official figures released Monday by the national statistics office.

EU member Lithuania is the biggest of the three Baltic states with the largest industrial sector. However, its industrial muscle appears to be withering in the face of the global economic downturn according to data from Statistics Lithuania showing industrial production fell by 15.3 per cent year-on-year in February.

January's figures showed a contraction by 5.6 per cent.

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