Lithuania

A woman walks past painted letter Z's, which has become a symbol of the Russian military, on bridge piers in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, April 15, 2022. 

No Z allowed: Some European countries move to ban the symbol used to promote Russia’s war in Ukraine

The letter Z has been used to glorify Russia's war in Ukraine. Now, countries like Lithuania and Latvia are moving to ban the letter as one step toward stemming Russia’s pro-war propaganda. 

No Z allowed: Some European countries move to ban the symbol used to promote Russia’s war in Ukraine
Yadgar Hussein recounts her perilous journey through Eastern Europe in her living room in Erbil after being deported from Poland, Nov. 24, 2021.

‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe

‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe
Protesters hold signs

'We cannot close the door or turn the page': Belarusian dissidents in Lithuania fear Lukashenko's crackdown

'We cannot close the door or turn the page': Belarusian dissidents in Lithuania fear Lukashenko's crackdown
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a candidate for the presidential elections in Belarus, greets people during a meeting in her support in Brest, Belarus, Aug. 2, 2020.

Belarus opposition leader: 'We are fighting for the future of our children'

Belarus opposition leader: 'We are fighting for the future of our children'
A close-up photo of Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius as he answers questions during a meeting with the press in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vilnius, Lithuania, Aug. 11, 2020.

Lithuanian foreign minister calls for support for Belarusian protesters

Lithuanian foreign minister calls for support for Belarusian protesters
A man and a woman are shown hugging with several people nearby taking photographs.

Belarus authorities free detainees amid protesters' pressure

Belarusian authorities have released about 1,000 people detained amid demonstrations contesting the results of the presidential election, in an attempt to assuage public anger against a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests and avoid Western sanctions.

Belarus authorities free detainees amid protesters' pressure
A man is shown kneeling on the ground in front of several security officers dressed in camoflage and carrying weapons.

Belarus says police fired live rounds at protesters as EU weighs sanctions

Intensifying a crackdown following a controversial election, Belarus' interior ministry said on Wednesday that police had fired live rounds at protesters in the city of Brest and arrested more than 1,000 people nationwide.

Belarus says police fired live rounds at protesters as EU weighs sanctions
A long line of police are shown stretching across a 4-lane road at night with smoke in the distance.

Belarus opposition leader flees country; Russia approves coronavirus vaccine; Trump proposes additional limits on US-Mexico border

The main challenger in Belarus' presidential vote, who has refused to concede defeat amid a massive police crackdown on protesters, has left the country and is now in neighboring Lithuania. And, Russia has became the first country in the world to clear a coronavirus vaccine. Also, the Trump administration is reportedly considering additional ways to limit entry at the US-Mexico border.

Belarus opposition leader flees country; Russia approves coronavirus vaccine; Trump proposes additional limits on US-Mexico border
Russian state-owned television station RT logo is seen through a window with caution tape in front of a building

Baltic ban on Kremlin-tied RT step toward dismantling ‘machinery of disinformation,’ says media expert

Latvia and Lithuania have banned Kremlin-tied RT television channels over links to Dmitry Kiselev, who is sanctioned by the EU for spreading propaganda about Ukraine. "The problem is that RT is a part of this infrastructure of propaganda," media expert Solvita Denisa-Liepniece told The World's Carol Hills.

Baltic ban on Kremlin-tied RT step toward dismantling ‘machinery of disinformation,’ says media expert
A person on an orange bicycle rides past a billboard of people with masks

Baltic 'bubble' looks to reopen regional travel

The Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are poised to become one of the first blocs to reopen regional travel, thanks to their swift response to the pandemic and measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Baltic 'bubble' looks to reopen regional travel
The author's 3-year-old daughter Leila has been occupying herself during the "stay at home" order in Boston amid the coronavirus outbreak by making cards and beaded necklaces for her preschool friends. 

How families around the world talk coronavirus with kids

It’s hard explaining to kids what COVID-19 is, much less the new restrictions that come with it. Reporter Ari Daniel spoke to a bunch of families all over the world about their challenges and how they’re making do.  

How families around the world talk coronavirus with kids
People look at a visualization on a wall

Don't let your vote get stolen — 5 essential reads about disinformation in 2020

Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote?

Don't let your vote get stolen — 5 essential reads about disinformation in 2020
A man in shorts and a baseball hat stands next to construction workers covered in soot.

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ revisits nuclear catastrophe with a nod to climate change

A new look into HBO's upcoming miniseries "Chernobyl" gives us a deep look into the nuclear power plant disaster that rocked the then Soviet Union and continues to impact Ukraine to this day. Director Johan Renck spoke with Carol Hills about why he feels this story needs to be told.

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ revisits nuclear catastrophe with a nod to climate change
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, delivers a speech as 4 men and one woman sit in chairs on the stage

Countering Russian disinformation the Baltic nations’ way

European countries, especially the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have confronted Russian disinformation campaigns for decades. Their experience may offer useful lessons as the US joins the battle.

Countering Russian disinformation the Baltic nations’ way
A sunset with the silhouette of a mosque and man approaching

How 16 Americans found family, faith and their immigrant roots — generations after their parents left their homelands

Through war and Islamophobia, a generation thought they might have lost their histories and faith in Eastern Europe. But, unexpectedly, they found it again.

How 16 Americans found family, faith and their immigrant roots — generations after their parents left their homelands