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Lithuania upset

Lithuanians turned their backs on independence hero Vytautas Landsbergis in Sunday's presidential election, voting instead for two political novices with no links to established parties.

Final figures issued yesterday showed that 44-year-old Arturas Paulauskas, who topped the poll with 45 per cent, would face 71-year-old Lithuanian- American Valdas Adamkus in a runoff for the largely ceremonial job on 4 January. - Reuters, Vilnius