A key piece of evidence in the four-month-long trial were images captured from a propaganda video shot and distributed by the so-called Islamic State.

A Finnish court has acquitted Iraqi twins of all charges arising from their alleged roles in a massacre that occurred in Tikrit, Iraq, in 2014.

The District Court of Pirkanmaa on Wednesday ruled that the evidence presented to corroborate the heavy charges brought against the two men was inconclusive. The prosecution was demanding that the men be sentenced to life in prison for, for instance, several war crimes and murders committed with terrorist intent.

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Over 30,000 people gathered to pay tribute to President Mauno Koivisto (1923–2017), as his funeral procession passed through Helsinki on 25 May, 2017.

Over 30,000 people lined the streets of Helsinki to watch the funeral procession of President Mauno Koivisto on Thursday, according to the Helsinki Police Department.

Koivisto, born in Turku in 1923, served two terms as the President of Finland in 1982–1994, guiding the country out from under the shadow of the Cold War into the European Union. He passed away at the age of 93 at Meilahti Hospital in Helsinki on 12 May, 2017.

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Annika Saarikko (Centre) is the chairperson of the working group appointed to draft revisions to the alcohol legislation of Finland.

The ruling parties’ efforts to iron out the final few details of a draft bill to introduce changes to the alcohol legislation of Finland hit a serious deadlock on Wednesday.

Annika Saarikko (Centre), the chairperson of the working group appointed to draw up the reform bill, announced that the preconditions for continuing the negotiations do not exist and that the meeting scheduled for yesterday had consequently been cancelled.

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Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Employment, recently took part in a trip to the United States organised by the Finn Church Aid.


The United States is an example to follow in terms of promoting dialogue and co-operation between various population groups, views Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Employment.

“We should also promote such dialogue. The road to establishing trust is often a long one. There is a need to sit down at the same table and talk also in Finland, even if you do not see eye-to-eye on certain issues,” he writes in a blog on Puheenvuoro.

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Jussi Halla-aho (left), a Member of the European Parliament, and Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group, are both looking to become the next chairperson of the Finns Party.

Two of the four candidates vying for the leadership of the Finns Party, Sampo Terho and Jussi Halla-aho, have announced their willingness to place asylum seekers under tighter surveillance.

Both Terho and Halla-aho voiced their support for detaining asylum seekers for the duration of the asylum procedure – a policy adopted, to the dismay of human rights groups, in Hungary in March – in a leadership debate on YLE TV1 on Wednesday.

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The Centre Party remains reluctant to sanction the sales of strong beers – beers with an alcohol strength of 4.8–5.5% – at grocery shops.

A governmental working group convened yesterday to re-commence its discussions about the upcoming reform of Finland's alcohol legislation more than a year after finding an agreement on the reform bill, Outi Mäkelä (NCP), a member of the working group, reveals to Uusi Suomi.

The working group is set to continue its discussions on Wednesday, she adds.

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Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo (NCP) has dashed cold water on trade unions’ hopes for wage hikes in the collective bargaining talks scheduled for this autumn.

A number of trade unions have ramped up their rhetoric ahead of the sector-specific collective bargaining negotiations scheduled for this autumn.

The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL) has announced that it is pursuing notable wage hikes in the negotiations in an attempt to prevent the competitiveness pact and cuts in holiday pays from eroding the purchasing power of wage earners further.

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Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Employment, believes more can and should be done to facilitate the re-entry of the long-term unemployed to the labour force.

Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Employment, has rejected criticism levelled at the government’s upcoming working life trial.

The purpose of the trial is to determine if it is possible to facilitate the re-entry of the long-term unemployed to the labour force by offering them social rehabilitation services instead of rehabilitative work activities.

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Investments have picked up also outside the construction industry, says Timo Vesala, an economist at Lähi-Tapiola.

The Finnish economy may grow this year at a rate far exceeding its long-term growth potential, says Timo Vesala, an economist at Lähi-Tapiola.

Vesala estimates that the country’s economy can expand by up to three per cent this year, despite the fact what he describes as demographic headwinds continue to constrain the long-term growth potential to no more than roughly one per cent per annum.

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The debate over tuition fees for higher education students has yet again picked up in Finland.

Heikki Patomäki, a professor of world politics at the University of Helsinki, has expressed his reservations about recurring proposals to introduce tuition fees for higher education students in Finland.

He points out that the fees would have an impact on both the education institutions and the learning outcomes of students.

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