AN INFLATABLE, EXPLORABLE MINI-CITY by the UK-based art collective Architects of Air has sprung up outside the Oodi Library in Central Helsinki, just in time for the two-week-long Helsinki Festival that kicks off this Friday.
AROUND 150 MIGRANTS from various countries have jumped the border fence at Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in North Africa, in one of the largest concerted crossings in recent history.
HURRICANE DORIAN IS DUE TO HIT the United States mainland shortly, prompting one of the largest mass evacuations in the country's history. An estimated eight million people across the Eastern Seaboard have been evacuated from the homes this week.
A FIRE BROKE OUT YESTERDAY EVENING at Naistenklinikka, a Helsinki hospital for maternity and women's care, prompting a wholesale evacuation of patients and resulting in dozens of cancelled operations and appointments.
FLOW FESTIVAL, ONE OF THE MOST INTERNATIONALLY WELL-KNOWN in Finland, kicked off this weekend, drawing tens of thousands of revelers from dozens of countries. The Festival has been plagued with a slew of last-minute cancellations and poor weather, but that didn't stop people coming out to see an impressive roster of global acts.
THE TEAM AT HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT have boosted their ranks with the help of some four-legged friends. Golden retriever dogs have been recruited to help airport staff detect contaminated foodstuffs and anything that may be carrying African Swine Fever.
HELSINKI RAILWAY STATION WAS EVACUATED today after a fire broke out in a Hesburger restaurant inside the station. It is believed that the fire was caused by an electrical outage inside one of the packing freezers, according to initial reports from YLE.
MEMBERS OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE'S ARMY of North Korea made their international performance debut at Moscow's Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival last night, with a characteristically vivid performance that followers of the so-called 'Hermit Kingdom' recognise well.
THE VISIT OF RUSSIAN LEADER VLADIMIR PUTIN to Helsinki yesterday brought the city to a virtual standstill in some areas, with a security presence unseen since the visit of Donald Trump in 2018.
THE NORMALLY FLAT AND MONOTONOUS SANDS of Aurinkolahden Beach in Eastern Helsinki was transformed on Monday by the appearance of thousands of sandcastles, as part of an environmentally-charged public art project.
UNPRECEDENTED WILDFIRES HAVE BROKEN OUT in the popular resort island of Gran Canaria, causing as many as 9000 holidaymakers to evacuate.
INDIA AND PAKISTAN are set to make their opposing cases for Kashmir in front of assembled world governments at the 42nd UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva this week, the first such meeting since India unilaterally removed Kashmir's semi-autonomous status last month.
TECH GIANT GOOGLE HAS OPENED a 'Digital Garage' in central Helsinki with the express purpose of providing skills, experience, and expertise to jobseekers and entrepreneurs in the capital.
THE FINNISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE has ordered the construction of four new Pohjanmaa-class naval vessels, for the total cost of €1.3 billion. The Finnish shipbuilder Rauma won the contract, whilst the Swedish company Saab will be supplying the battle systems for the ships.
PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY NASA'S EARTH OBSERVATORY have revealed the devastating scale of fires that have been raging across South America, in particular, the Brazilian Amazon, in recent weeks.
BRITISH AIRWAYS has been forced to cancel "almost 100%" of its flights on Monday and Tuesday, as the result of an ongoing pay dispute which has resulted in a widespread staff strike among pilots.
AN ADVENTUROUS PENGUIN has been rescued by Australian responders after swimming more than 2500km from its home in New Zealand across the Tasman Sea to Victoria, in Australia.
PROTESTERS GATHERED IN CENTRAL HELSINKI on Saturday to protest the deportations of Afghan asylum seekers, a practice that Amnesty International has repeatedly condemned and which is likely in breach of UN guidelines.
RUSSIA AND UKRAINE have exchanged dozens of prisoners in a landmark deal which represents the most significant diplomatic gesture between the two countries since Russia's invasion of Crimea in 2014.
THE WORLD AIR GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIPS kicked off in Oulu this week, drawing thousands of enthusiasts who demonstrated that you don't need to learn an instrument to become a rock god.
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