By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
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Lithuania (/ˌlɪθjuːˈeɪniə/, U.S. usually ) is a country in Northern Europe, the southernmost of the three Baltic states. Situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, it shares borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the southeast, Poland, and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to the southwest.Across the Baltic Sea to the west lies Sweden and Denmark.Its population is 3.32 million. Its capital and largest city is Vilnius. - Source: Wikipedia
Maria Sharapova leaned back and pumped her arms. She ripped her elbows back and forth, screaming after her victory. Four pumps, five — she rocked forward — six pumps. More. Sharapova had just defeated Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 Friday, her first victory over the seven-time major winner in a Grand Slam. This was a match clearly worth celebrating, but it was if Sharapova had won the Australian Open title eight days early.
On Jan. 20, the Azerbaijani Americans commemorate the 23rd anniversary of "Black January," events that marked the beginning of the end of Soviet rule in Azerbaijan. On the night of Jan. 19, 1990, Azerbaijan was invaded by 26,000 Soviet troops. A courageous resistance by Azerbaijanis to the Soviet invasion continued into February. Eventually, 170 Azerbaijanis were killed, 321 disappeared, more than 700 were wounded, and hundreds more were detained.
The ongoing debt crisis in the eurozone has given rise to a predictable genre of tasteless humor directed at the ailing nations on its periphery. A typical example would go like this: An Italian, a Portuguese and a Greek go into a bar and have a round of drinks. Who pays? The German.
As the great-grandson of Lithuanian immigrants (and having visited Lithuania several times to see friends and cousins), I am quite concerned about the cost overruns, stringent European Union regulations and tactical inexperience that are hindering efforts to dismantle the Soviet-era nuclear power plant in Visaginas ("Lithuanians near old nuclear plant fear for their lives," Web, Sunday).
The parking lot outside the atomic power plant is weedy and potholed. Bus stops that once teemed with hundreds of workers are eerily empty.
German pastor Gabriele Stangl says she will never forget the harrowing confession she heard in 1999. A woman said she had been brutally raped, got pregnant and had a baby. Then she killed it and buried it in the woods near Berlin.
Eric Hayes grew up in gyms, tagging along with his father, Kendall, to high school basketball practices at Virginia's Potomac High School.
A member of the Basque separatist group ETA responsible for its arms and explosives caches was arrested in eastern France on Sunday, officials said.
Lithuania's conservative ruling government appeared on course to win the country's parliamentary election Sunday, according to an exit poll, with the much-maligned coalition mustering around 25.2 percent of the vote.
Prague, Czech Republic
Russian Cossacks on horseback Sunday kicked off a two-month friendly march on Paris to mark the bicentenary of a key battle Russia fought against Napoleon that led to an eventual French defeat.
One 3-pointer after another, Kevin Durant shot down Argentina — and perhaps the notion that defense wins championships.
No looking ahead to the medal round yet. Not when Argentina is the next opponent for the U.S. men's basketball team.
When the moment arrived, the Americans responded.
Jessica Ennis won the Olympic heptathlon gold medal on Saturday, the first for Britain on the track at the London Games.