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.
TEENAGE CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG offered a scathing rebuke to world leaders at the UN Climate Summit in New York last night, stating that they "are failing us" in their response to climate change. Her outspoken speech to delegates rapidly went viral around the world today.
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.
A LARGE DOG IN TURKU has found viral fame after a bus driver shared an image of the dog riding solo on his bus. The dog hopped on the bus without its owner late on Thursday evening, with the Southwest Finland Police Department later confirming they had received reports of a dog travelling without a ticket.
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.
THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT MP PÄIVI RÄSÄNEN has been questioned by the Helsinki Police Department for alleged incitement, over an anti-LGBT+ booklet she published in 2004. The faith-based legal advocacy group ADF International, who is supporting Räsänen, claims that she was subjected to 'lengthy' questioning over the booklet.
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.
THE BRITISH CRUISE LINER MS QUEEN ELIZABETH was delayed in Hernesaari Harbour last night as climate activists from the group Extinction Rebellion surrounded it with kayaks in protest against the environmental damage caused by large ships. The ship was bound for St Petersburg and was delayed for a short while before being able to pass.
AN ICE SCULPTURE BY ACCLAIMED ARTIST ANSSI KUOSA has appeared outside of the Kiasma Contemporary Art Gallery in Central Helsinki. The piece, depicting a young girl holding some books, is meant to evoke the effects of climate change on young girls and their future.
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.
FINNAIR HAS ANNOUNCED THAT it will be suspending all flights to Mainland China throughout February, with no flights running to the country between 6-29 February. The carrier cited concerns over the impact of the Wuhan Coronavirus as the reason for the decision.
THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT HAS RULED that the sale of pharmaceutical and medical supplies that are used in hospital care will be significantly restricted and reduced, as part of an effort to conserve essential supplies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HELSINKI'S KANSALLISTEATTERI HAS ANNOUNCED that it will be cancelling all of its spring shows and suspending ticket sales until late May in an effort to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. In addition, Helsinki's public transport network, HSL, has said it will no longer allow passengers to buy bus tickets directly from drivers.
A PATIENT INFECTED WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS has entered the intensive care unit (ICU) at Helsinki University Hospital, the first patient in Finland to require such treatment. In addition, the CEO of THL, Markky Tervahauta, has stated that the number of actual coronavirus cases in Finland is likely to be 20-30 times higher than official estimates.
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.
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