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His government began in 2008 at the start of Europe’s financial crisis, and was the first in Lithuania to complete an entire four-year term since the nation became independent of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The government has won praise for averting bankruptcy and returning the economy to growth. Mr. Kubilius has vowed to introduce the euro in 2014, though the economy may fail to meet criteria on inflation and deficit spending.


Court convicts Berlusconiof tax evasion

MILAN — A court in Milan on Friday convicted former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of tax fraud and sentenced the media mogul to four years in prison, his first prison sentence in years of criminal probes.

The 76-year-old billionaire businessman won’t go to prison right away. In Italy, cases must pass two levels of appeal before the verdicts are final.

Berlusconi received a suspended sentence in 1997 for false bookkeeping, but that conviction was reversed on appeal.

Other criminal investigation probes against him on charges including corruption had ended in acquittal or were thrown out for statute of limitations.

Earlier laste week, Berlusconi had announced he wouldn’t run for a fourth term. He was forced to resign a year ago in Italy’s debt crisis, wasn’t in the courtroom.

His lawyers declined to make immediate comment, but he is expected to appeal.


IRA link probed inshooting of Belfast man

BELFAST — Northern Ireland authorities said a 36-year-old man was fatally shot as he sat on his living room sofa in a case with suspected links to drug dealing and Irish Republican Army extremists.

Police said Danny McKay died Thursday night at his home in suburban north Belfast after being shot at point-blank range by two gunmen. A suspected getaway car was found in Catholic west Belfast, an IRA power base.

Detective Chief Inspector John McVea said Mr. McKay was involved in criminal activity but added that nothing he “may have done in his life merits this.”

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