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Happy Helsinki summit fails to charm Trump and Putin

Apo - The United Nations may have judged Finland the happiest country in the world, but the Helsinki summit failed to make Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin smile.

Helsinki: the right fit for Trump-Putin summit

Apo - The choice of Helsinki for Monday's first summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is a reminder of the Finnish capital's Cold War history when it hosted a number of key tete-a-tetes.

Tight security ahead of Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki

Apo - Finland may have largely shut down for the summer holidays but officials and police have been drafted back into work ahead of a historic summit in Helsinki between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Helsinki, an obvious choice for Trump-Putin summit

Apo - The choice of Helsinki as the location for the first long-awaited summit between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is a reminder of the Finnish capital's Cold War history when it was the backdrop for a number of key tete-a-tetes between US and...

Migrants use World Cup Fan IDs to try to enter EU

Sanktpeterburg - A small number of migrants have used Russia's World Cup ticketing system that allows visa-free travel for foreign fans to try to enter the European Union illegally, with neighbouring Belarus and Finland reporting cases.

Finland jails asylum seeker for life over first terror attack

Apo - A Finnish court on Friday sentenced a Moroccan asylum seeker to life in prison over what was described as the nation's first terror attack after he killed two women and injured eight others in a stabbing spree last year.

Top US, Russian military brass to meet in Helsinki

Apo - Top US and Russian military officials will meet in Helsinki on Friday as part of recurring talks to prevent conflicts such as Syria and Ukraine from escalating, Finnish and US officials said.

Finland approves Russian gas pipeline plans

Apo - Finland on Thursday granted its final approval for a pipeline dubbed Nord Stream 2, which will be used to pump Russian natural gas to Germany, to go through its waters in the Baltic Sea.

Transgender man gives birth in Finland first

Apo - A Finnish woman who underwent hormonal therapy has become the nation's first transgender man to give birth, local media said Wednesday, triggering controversy as laws require infertility to change gender.

Puigdemont slips out of Finland despite arrest warrant: lawyer

Apo - Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont foiled attempts by Finnish police to arrest him under a European arrest warrant, after his lawyer confirmed on Saturday he had left the country.

Finnish police seek Puigdemont's arrest under European warrant

Apo - Finnish police said Saturday they were seeking to arrest Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont under a European arrest warrant issued by Spain, but did not know his whereabouts.

Finns find key to being world's happiest despite ups and downs

Apo - Finns have long been perceived as taciturn and introverted people in a country known for its dark, cold winters and high suicide rate. Today, they are also considered the world's happiest.

Finland re-elects pragmatic president Niinisto to ease Russia worries

Helsinki - Finns on Sunday re-elected their popular and cautious president Sauli Niinisto, who is credited with maintaining a balanced relationship with the nation's powerful neighbour Russia at a time of simmering relations between Moscow and the West.

Finland's cautious president Niinisto poised for re-election

Helsinki - Finns voted on Sunday, expected to re-elect president Sauli Niinisto who is credited for maintaining a balanced relationship with powerful neighbour Russia at a time of simmering tensions between Moscow and the West.

Coffee, speeding fines and heavy metal: Five things to know about Finland

Helsinki - Finland on Sunday holds presidential elections, with polls suggesting the incumbent Sauli Niinisto is likely to be re-elected for another six-year term.Here are five things to know about the Nordic nation.

Finns set to re-elect Niinisto to ease Russia concerns

Helsinki - Finland's pragmatic president Sauli Niinisto, whose skills at staving off tensions with the Nordic nation's powerful neighbour Russia have earned him popularity among voters, was poised to win another six-year term following voting Sunday.

Finland's president Niinisto on course for second term

Helsinki - Finnish President Sauli Niinisto is a pragmatic pro-EU conservative whose skill at balancing relations with Moscow and Washington amid heightened tensions is likely to get him re-elected for another six-year term on Sunday.

Coffee, speeding fines and heavy metal: Five things to know about Finland

Helsinki - Finland on Sunday holds presidential elections, with polls suggesting the incumbent Sauli Niinisto is likely to be re-elected for another six-year term.Here are five things to know about the Nordic nation.

Finland's president Niinisto on course for second term

Helsinki - Finnish President Sauli Niinisto is a pragmatic pro-EU conservative whose skill at balancing relations with Moscow and Washington amid heightened tensions is likely to get him re-elected for another six-year term on Sunday.

Giant pandas arrive in Finland in Chinese charm offensive

Helsinki - Finland on Thursday welcomed a panda pair after a long plane ride from their native China, which leased the fluffy animals to the Nordic nation to strengthen ties.

Nose spray tested to kick gambling habit: Finnish researchers

Helsinki - Finnish researchers on Monday said they were to launch a study to see if gambling addiction can be treated with a fast-working nasal spray.

In Finnish Lapland, tourists fill Santa's sack with cash

Rovaniemi - In the run up to Christmas tourists from around the world flock to the Santa Claus Village, an amusement park in Finnish Lapland, where temperatures can hit nearly -15 degrees Celsius (5 Fahrenheit).

Five things to know about Finland

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.
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