Key European human rights body marks 70th birthday

Europe 05/16/19, 14:13

Over 30 European foreign ministers have gathered in the Finnish capital to mark the 70th anniversary of the continent's key human rights body, the Council of Europe.The festivities were dampened somewhat by Russia's continued threat to pull out of the organization due to a long-running dispute over Crimea.The two-day meeting ...

Update: Vote in Finland called “the climate election”

Europe 04/14/19, 05:58

The Latest on Finland's parliamentary election (all times local):12:40 a.m.Greenpeace is calling the parliamentary vote in Finland the "climate election," saying that "never before has climate and the limits of planet Earth been discussed with such seriousness in Finland."Chairman of the Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho, right, campaigns for the Finnish ...

Finnish report: Some troops helped to kill Jews in WWII

Europe 02/10/19, 10:05

An Israeli Holocaust historian on Sunday praised Finnish authorities for publishing a report concluding that the country's volunteer battalion, which served with Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS, took part in atrocities during World War II, including participating in the mass murder of Jews.Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center lauded the determination ...

Russia’s most famous human rights activist dies at 91

World 12/08/18, 15:15

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91."She remained a human rights activist to the very end," said ...

‘Silence is gold, talk is silver’

Culture 12/04/18, 02:50

Finland is known for being one of the happiest countries in the world. It is renowned for its world-leading education system, and green environment, it boasts many of the world's cleanest mountains and most stunning natural lakes. However, what many people do not know is that this Scandinavian country is ...

Finnish Christian missionaries held in Malaysia return home

Europe 11/28/18, 11:06

Four Finnish tourists who were arrested in Malaysia last week for distributing Christian materials in public places on a resort island returned to Finland on Wednesday.Timo Valtonen held up a pen — similar to ones inscribed with Bible verses that were seized in Malaysia — as he and three others ...

German conservative voted lead candidate for top EU job

Europe 11/08/18, 08:10

German conservative politician Manfred Weber has won the race to lead the European Union's center-right parties into key EU elections in May.Weber was endorsed with 492 of 619 valid votes Thursday at a European People's Party Congress in Helsinki, ahead of former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb.Candidates of the EPP, ...

Hanyu wins Grand Prix skating gold in dominant style

Sports 11/04/18, 11:00

Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu started his Grand Prix season with a commanding victory by almost 40 points at the Helsinki round on Sunday.With a 13-point lead from Saturday's short program, the Japanese skater scored 190.43 points in the free skate to win with a total score of 297.12.Hanyu ...

Hanyu far ahead in Helsinki Grand Prix

Sports 11/03/18, 09:17

Yuzuru Hanyu leads comfortably after the men's short program at the Helsinki stage of the Grand Prix figure skating series after landing two clean quads.The Olympic champion from Japan was nearly flawless in the Saturday skate, aside from a wobble coming out of his quad toe-triple toe combination.Hanyu will go ...

More afternoon games could boost NHL popularity in Europe

Football 11/03/18, 02:33

Aleksander Barkov is quick to point out the NHL is so popular in Finland that tickets to two games in Helsinki sold out in less than five minutes."It shows how much they love the game," the Florida Panthers captain said. "There's good reason to do that every year."The NHL is ...

Della Monica, Guarise lead Helsinki Grand Prix

Sports 11/02/18, 10:54

Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise took the lead after the pairs short program Friday at the Helsinki stage of the Grand Prix figure skating series.Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Russia perform their routine during the pairs' short program at the figure skating Helsinki Grand Prix event in Helsinki, ...

Laine’s hat trick lifts Jets over Panthers 4-2 in Helsinki

Football 11/01/18, 17:25

Finland native Patrik Laine had a hat trick as the Winnipeg Jets took a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in a regular-season game in the Finnish capital on Thursday.Laine scored in the second period and twice in the third, including an empty-netter, for the Jets, who opened the back-to-back ...

Icebreaker tests out oil spill recovery system

Europe 10/03/18, 04:56

A Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic Sea, testing a new, inbuilt oil recovery system — a first for an icebreaker.The vessel, Polaris, can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. The Polaris operates mainly ...

Finnish ex-prime minister bids to become EU Commission head

Europe 10/02/18, 11:36

Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Tuesday he would run for the head of the European Commission following next year's elections.Stubb announced his bid at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, saying he sees himself as the "next generation candidate" to lead the European Union, a bloc that will ...

Obama to companies: Engage govts to avoid the Facebook fate

Tech 09/27/18, 13:23

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is urging private businesses to engage more with governments when developing new products and services, particularly in the technology sector, to avoid problems like those challenging Facebook.Obama told business leaders Thursday in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, that "you cannot separate the business environment from the ...

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