SOME OF THE BEST GAMERS ON THE PLANET descended on the Finnish capital today in the hopes of playing their way to a $25,000 (22,000 EUR) grand prize.
LAURA KUKKONEN, AN 18-YEAR-OLD musical talent and Helsinki native, took to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl last night to take first place at a global violin championship. The 'Play with Ray' competition gave three talented finalists the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to play on stage alongside world-renowned violin master Ray Chen.
SOME OF THE BIGGEST STARS of online streaming platforms such as Youtube, Twitch, Tik Tok, and podcasting are in the Finnish capital this weekend, along with 17,000 of their biggest fans.
THE FAR-RIGHT GOVERNMENT OF HUNGARY has launched further verbal attacks on Finland, continuing months of hostile language from the Orban administration in response to Finland's strong stance against Hungary's clampdown on civil liberties and an escalating corruption situation.
A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR ON FRIDAY that resulted in close to an entire month's worth of rain hitting the Greater Helsinki region has paralysed public transport and caused significant disruption across the city.
A DRONE ATTACK ON AN ARAMCO facility in Saudi Arabia which has sent oil prices soaring has triggered global fears of an imminent recession. The attack, believed to have been launched by Houthi militia fighters in Yemen, instantly knocked out a facility responsible for producing 5% of the world's daily oil supply.
The Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, has taken action to suspend Parliament in the coming weeks, in what has been viewed as an attempt to stifle lawmaker's opposition to his government's policy on Brexit.
HELSINKI'S FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC BUSES are set to shortly hit the streets, promising a low-pollution and carbon-free commute for residents. The fleet of 30 buses arrived at the Pasila bus depot yesterday. and should be on the roads next week.
TEENAGE CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG has arrived in New York after a 15-day carbon-free voyage across the Atlantic. She was greeted by a flotilla of yachts as her vessel rounded the Statue of Liberty yesterday evening.
A COLLISION BETWEEN TWO ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS in Finnish Lapland has left over a dozen conscripts injured and hospitalized. The collision is believed to have occurred in an attempt to avoid a reindeer on the road.
A 5.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE hit the Albanian capital of Tirana on Saturday, causing dozens of injuries and destroying buildings and infrastructure in the downtown area. The quake is thought to be the most powerful to hit the country in close to 30 years.
A LARGE HERD OF CATTLE, including several fully-grown bulls, have escaped from a farm in Laukaa in Central Finland. Authorities believe the best way to remove the danger is to neutralise the entire herd, and have appealed to local hunting associations to assist.
AN ESCAPED WHITE WALLABY caught locals in Åland by surprise on Friday afternoon, disrupting traffic and attracting plenty of attention from across the region. The furry creature, named Willy Wonka, belongs to a local resident and apparently escaped from his home after being spooked by a lightning strike.
MEMBERS OF NUMEROUS FAR-RIGHT GROUPS clashed with police and pro-EU demonstrators in central London on Saturday, following a week of Brexit drama which has seen the British parliament move to wrest control of the process from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
THE FINNISH ARMY is currently simulating chemical weapon attacks as part of a training exercise in Säkylä. The Pori Brigade conscripts are learning how to handle mustard and sarin gas, among other weapons currently prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention.
THE FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE has stated that today will be the last day of summer weather, at least in Southern Finland. Following several weeks of unseasonably warm late summer weather, the sunny spells are due to end this week.
A LARGE FIRE HAS ENGULFED a pile of old tires in Pietasaari, in Ostrobothnia. The fire is reportedly over 100 metres long and 20 meters wide, with authorities as yet unsure as to how the blaze started.
A MURAL BY THE RENOWNED Italian graffiti artist Moneyless has appeared on the side of an apartment building in Espoo, in anticipation of the upcoming Upeart arts festival.
WARMER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES combined with inconsistent rainfall across the country has resulted in the harvest of grains such as barley and wheat in Finland occurring earlier than usual.
THE CATEGORY 5 STORM HURRICANE DORIAN has now been battering The Bahamas non-stop for a full 24-hours, with scientists saying it is on track to become one of the most severe storms in the region in recorded history.
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