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Vilnius Academy of Arts suspends professor amid sexual abuse allegations (Updated)

Audrius Klimas, the rector of Vilnius Academy of Arts, or VDA, says that Professor Jonas Gasiūnas has been suspended for two weeks following reports that he allegedly sexually abused female students. […]

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Lithuanian foreign minister welcomes US “shame list” of Russians

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Tuesday welcomed the US decision to publish a “shame list” of Russian politicians and businessmen. […]

Lithuanian film retrospective in Paris

Extensive Lithuanian film retrospective in Paris inaugurated year-long celebration of statehood restoration centenary

The Cinémathèque Française in Paris is hosting one of the biggest projects presenting Lithuania’s national cinema, a two-week long film retrospective which opened yesterday. It also marks the launch of a cycle of events in France to celebrate the centenary of the restoration of Lithuania’s statehood. The French cinema-going public will have the chance to explore the most extensive programme of Lithuanian film put together in recent years, covering several generations of filmmakers and a variety of genres and styles, Lithuanian Film Centre announced in its press release. […]

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Climate in medieval Lithuania

From the eighth century onwards, climate in Europe was becoming ever milder while the period from the 10th through the 13th century is often referred to as the “warm Middle Ages” or the “climatic optimum”. Summers were, on the average, one to two degrees Celsius warmer compared to the late 20th century, and precipitation was more abundant. The warm and humid climate enabled more intense development of agriculture and husbandry while also making use of new crops. By burning out sections of wood, people were rapidly expanding open areas for fields and grazing grasslands. Oat, wheat, barley, all suitable for drier climate, were the favourite corn, as well as the less-demanding rye. Archaeologists date the first traces of winter rye fields in the Samogitian Heights back at around the year 800. […]

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Flu epidemic declared in Kaunas, several other Lithuanian municipalities

The city of Kaunas and the municipalities of Jonava, Prienai and Ukmergė have declared a flu epidemic. […]