VILNIUS - After getting off to a turbulent start, President Rolandas Paksas' presidency has recovered to assume a steady cruising altitude thanks to a series of high-profile meetings and tete-a-tetes over recent days. During the last week of September Paksas held several meetings with political rivals to iron out disputes that had dogged him in the first months of his presidency. The culmination, however, came last week during his trip to the Holy See, where he met John Paul II, spiritual leader to over 80 percent of Lithuanians. But rather than the few minutes spent with the ailing pope,...
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