Scotland rivalry sparks Roy Hodgson`s imagination
Scotland rivalry sparks Roy Hodgson`s imagination

England boss Roy Hodgson believe his side`s pairing with Scotland for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will provide clashes of an intensity rarely seen in the preliminary stages.

England drawn with Scotland in 2018 World Cup qualifying draw
England drawn with Scotland in 2018 World Cup qualifying draw

England will face old enemies Scotland in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

NATO keeps mum on `Baltic brigade` request: Lithuania

NATO has vowed to hold "continuous" military exercises in eastern Europe to deter Russia but has yet to respond to a request by Baltic states for a permanent brigade, Lithuania said Wednesday.

US to pre-position tanks, artillery in Baltics, eastern Europe
US to pre-position tanks, artillery in Baltics, eastern Europe

The United States will pre-position tanks, artillery and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Tuesday, moving to reassure NATO allies unnerved by Russian involvement in Ukraine.

US to `pre-position` heavy weapons along NATO`s eastern flank

The US will pre-position heavy weapons, including tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and artillery in central and eastern Europe for the first time, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday in Estonia`s capital Tallinn.

Watch: Goat beauty contest in Ramygala, Lithuania

Goat beauty contest in Ramygala, Lithuania. Goats are decorated and cat walk is mandatory. 7 goats took part in this contest.

Lithuania says can take in 250 refugees, migrants

 Lithuania said Wednesday it has decided to resettle up to 250 Syrian refugees, migrants and asylum seekers transferred from Italy and Greece, as the European Union grapples with how to handle a crisis in the Mediterranean.

South Sudan: Worsening situation worries UN, India

 With the Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan, the world`s newest country, hunkered down protecting refugees as intense fighting rages around them, the UN Security Council is monitoring the situation there and hoped targeted sanctions would help resolve the conflict, Council President Ramlan Bin Ibrahim said Tuesday.

NATO flexes muscles in Baltics, Poland

US-led NATO drills began Monday in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia`s nervous neighbours amid tensions over Ukraine.

India ranks 24th in the first Environmental Democracy Index

India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index that is topped by Lithuania and evaluates nations' progress in enacting laws to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in environmental decision making.

India ranks 24th out of 70 countries in first Environmental Democracy Index
India ranks 24th out of 70 countries in first Environmental Democracy Index

India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index that is topped by Lithuania and evaluates nations' progress in enacting laws to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in environmental decision making.

Baltic countries request permanent NATO troop presence

The three Baltic countries are asking NATO to permanently deploy an army brigade to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a deterrent against an increasingly assertive Russia.

Former Portsmouth FC owner Vladimir Antonov loses extradition case
Former Portsmouth FC owner Vladimir Antonov loses extradition case

The former owner of English football club Portsmouth on Wednesday lost a High Court bid to avoid extradition to Lithuania, where he faces £400 million ($608 million, 540 million euros) fraud charges.

Lithuania detains suspected Russian spy: Prosecutor's office

 Lithuania has detained a Russian citizen suspected of spying, the prosecutor-general`s office said on Monday, a move that will further strain already poor relations between the ex-Soviet Baltic republic and Moscow.

Lithuania assumes rotating Security Council presidency

 Lithuania on Friday assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for May.

Lithuania bans Russian TV station over alleged `warmongering`

 Lithuania on Wednesday banned a Russian-language television channel for three months, accusing it of propaganda while covering events in Ukraine.

Lithuania claims one-third of Russian diplomats are spies

Lithuania on Monday alleged that one-third of Russian diplomats in the EU and NATO Baltic state were working for spy agencies, and warned that Moscow could test the alliance with unconventional tactics.

Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy friendly
Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy friendly

England manager Roy Hodgson will be without in-form striker Danny Welbeck and three other players for Tuesday`s friendly against Italy in Turin due to injuries. Arsenal striker Welbeck limped off during England`s 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday with a knee problem after scoring his sixth goal in five Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Harry Kane thrilled by dream England debut
Harry Kane thrilled by dream England debut

Harry Kane revelled in the "best moment" of his career after scoring just 80 seconds into his England debut in Friday`s 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley.

Euro 2016 qualifier: Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane on target in England stroll
Euro 2016 qualifier: Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane on target in England stroll

Wayne Rooney and debutant Harry Kane scored as England sank Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley on Friday to claim a fifth consecutive win in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship.