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Helsinki - Finland, a former Russian Grand Duchy, celebrates the 100th anniversary of its independence on Wednesday.

100 years after independence from Moscow, Finland anchored firmly to West

Helsinki - A century after gaining independence from its powerful neighbour Russia, Finland continues to consolidate its ties to the West, as tensions flare between Moscow and the West.

Mattis looks to diplomacy as IS crumbles in Syria

Helsinki - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he supported a diplomatic solution for the Syria conflict, as America and its partners look beyond the defeat of the Islamic State group in the war-torn nation.

Four killed in Finland train crash

Helsinki - Four people including three soldiers were killed when a train crashed into an army truck in southwestern Finland on Thursday.

Macron 'inflexible' on opposition to Nokia job cuts

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday told Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila of his "total inflexibility" to plans by telecoms giant Nokia to cut nearly 600 jobs in France.

Finland frees sixth stabbing suspect, but alleged attacker held

Helsinki - Finnish police said Friday that they had released a sixth suspect in last month's stabbing spree that killed two and injured eight others in a southwestern city, leaving the alleged attacker as the only person still in custody.

Finland releases 2 suspects in knife attack probe

Helsinki - Finnish authorities on Tuesday said they had released two of the four suspects held in custody following this month's stabbing attack that killed two and wounded eight.

Finland police confirm identity of suspect in stabbing attack

Helsinki - The identity of the main suspect in the stabbing attack this month in the Finnish city of Turku has been confirmed as a Moroccan who sought asylum in the country in 2016, police said Sunday.

Finnish police arrest two more in stabbing case

Helsinki - Finnish police said Wednesday they had arrested two new suspects over last week's stabbing spree that killed two people and which investigators are treating as the country's first terror attack.

Suspect admits killings in Finnish stabbing spree

Helsinki - The main suspect in last week's stabbing attack in Finland admitted Tuesday to killing two people and injuring eight others but denied any intent to murder, his lawyer said.

Finland stabbing suspect may have been radicalised

Helsinki - Court documents on Monday identified the suspect in a stabbing spree in a Finnish city last week as 18-year-old Abderrahman Mechkah, with the country's intelligence agency saying he may have been radicalised.

Finland stabbing suspect may have been radicalised: intelligence agency

Helsinki - Court documents on Monday identified the suspect in last week's stabbing spree in a Finnish city as 18-year-old Abderrahman Mechkah, with the country's intelligence agency saying he may have been radicalised.

Finland marks minute of silence for stabbing victims

Helsinki - Finland observed a minute of silence on Sunday for the victims of a stabbing attack that left two people dead in what is being investigated as the country's first-ever terror attack.

Finland marks minute of silence for stabbing victims

Helsinki - Finland observed a minute of silence on Sunday for the victims of a stabbing attack that left two people dead in what is being investigated as the country's first-ever terror attack.

Moroccan asylum seeker 'targeted women' in Finland terror stabbing

Turku - Finnish police said Saturday that a Moroccan asylum seeker deliberately targeted women in a stabbing spree that left two dead and is being investigated as the country's first terror attack.

Police arrest five in raid after Finland stabbing spree

Turku - Finnish police arrested five people in a Turku apartment overnight in their investigation into a stabbing rampage that left two people dead, they said Saturday.

Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

Turku - Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku.Within hours of the attack on Friday the force had announced increased police patrols across the country.

Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

Turku - Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday.Within hours the force had announced increased police patrols across the country.

Cuban volleyball players' rape sentences cut on appeal

Helsinki - A Finnish court of appeal on Friday cut the prison sentences of five Cuban volleyball players jailed for aggravated rape in the southwestern city of Turku. The five were convicted in September by another court in the southern city of Tampere.

Finland's basic income experiment is lowering stress levels

For the last five months, Finland has been giving 2,000 citizens unconditional income. The country is already seeing benefits, with one being citizens are reporting decrease stress.

Five things to know about Finland's government crisis

Helsinki - Finland averted a government crisis on Tuesday after the prime minister, who had been due to submit his government's resignation, said his coalition would carry on with a new populist faction that emerged at the last minute.

Finnish govt survives as new populist faction emerges

Helsinki - Finland's government avoided collapse Tuesday after Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his coalition could carry on with a new populist faction which emerged when an anti-immigration party split in two.

Finnish PM seeks new coalition as populist party splits

Helsinki - Finland's prime minister was to tender his coalition government's resignation on Tuesday after ousting an anti-immigration and eurosceptic party whose new leader has been convicted of hate speech.

Finland government poised to collapse after ousting populists

Helsinki - Finland's centre-right coalition was on the verge of collapse on Monday after ousting the populist Finns Party whose newly elected hardline leader has been convicted of hate speech.

Jussi Halla-aho, Finland's populist hardliner

Helsinki - Jussi Halla-aho, newly elected leader of the populist True Finns party, is a former medieval language lecturer convicted of hate speech who has openly criticised immigration and Islam.

Finland's nationalist party elects populist hardliner

Helsinki - The populist Finns party on Saturday elected a leader whose hardline views risk breaking up the coalition government.Jussi Halla-aho, 46, a eurosceptic convicted of hate speech, replaced foreign minister and moderate Timo Soini, long the party leader.

Finland's president to stand for re-election

Helsinki - Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, a fiercely pro-European conservative, announced Monday his plans to stand for re-election in January 2018, where he is seen as a favourite.

German and Afghan killed, Finnish woman kidnapped in Kabul

Kabul - A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed and a Finnish woman kidnapped as gunmen stormed an international guest house in Kabul, officials said Sunday, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country.

Finland's oldest ferry goes electric

Oripaeae - The oldest operating ferry in Finland, hitherto powered by diesel, is set to be relaunched as the Nordic country's first all-electric ship.

Xi extends 'panda diplomacy' to Finland

Helsinki - China's President Xi Jinping, on the way to his eagerly awaited first encounter with Donald Trump, met his Finnish counterpart in Helsinki Wednesday, extending Beijing's famed "panda diplomacy" to Finland.
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