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AT LEAST 23 PEOPLE HAVE DIED so far in what is already being described as one of the most severe typhoons to hit Japan in modern times. Typhoon Hagibis reached peak speeds of 241 km/h yesterday evening prior to making landfall in Shizuoka Prefecture at about 7pm local time.
IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, we lead with a scene from Idlib Province in Syria, which has come under increased bombardment from the Damascus-based government forces in recent days. We also have flooding in the Gaza Strip, a political rally in North Korea, and a car explosion at the Dakar Rally.
WINTER SOLSTICE HAS FINALLY ARRIVED IN FINLAND TODAY, meaning that the days will now begin getting longer and brighter. In one week from today, the daylight hours in Helsinki will be seven minutes longer than they are today.
THE LARGEST CLIMATE STRIKE IN HISTORY took place today, with over 3600 actions taking place across the globe. A large number of protestors gathered in central Helsinki on Friday to protest government inaction in the face of mounting ecological catastrophe.
FINLAND'S LARGEST MULTI-ARTS FESTIVAL officially kicked off last night, with performances, acts, and openings occurring across the city. The two-week festival is expected to draw close to half a million attendees from across the country and beyond.
THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT people arriving in Germany from Finland are no longer required to observe a mandatory two-week quarantine. The decision comes as a number of EU countries prepare to relax travel restrictions in anticipation of the summer tourist season.
TWO FINNS HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO NORWEGIAN POLICE AND FACE POSSIBLE IMPRISONMENT after being accused of "throwing stones" across the Norwegian border into neighbouring Russia.
RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN LÄÄKÄRILEHTI, a Finnish medical journal, has revealed that two male doctors in Finland have now died from COVID-19. The findings do not give any further information about the deceased, but note that they were of 'working age'.
PROTESTERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF HONG KONG'S escalating dispute over Chinese control of the region faced off in Helsinki's Narinkkatori yesterday, in a peaceful protest attended by both PRC and Hong Kong citizens.
US NAVAL FORCES have joined up with dozens of warships from 18 countries, including Germany and Denmark, in the Baltic Sea for one of the largest NATO exercises of the year.
THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES has upheld a Trump Administration law that prevents virtually all Central and South American migrants from seeking asylum in the country, reversing decades of asylum policy.
THE GOVERNMENT-OWNED GAMBLING MONOPOLY VEIKKAUS has reopened all of the slot machines in bars, supermarkets, restaurants, kiosks, and service stations across Finland today, following a four-month enforced closure that was necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.
THE SHIPPING COMPANY VIKING LINE will be resuming its thrice-weekly cruises from Helsinki to Mariehamn, Åland on July 1 for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19 caused cruise operators to shutter their business.
A VIDEO POSTED ON INSTAGRAM yesterday apparently shows several youths attacking and beating a young female of Somali origin. The short clip has caught the attention of tens of thousands of viewers. The ethnicity of the assailants is not clear.
TEMPERATURES ACROSS FINLAND ARE PREDICTED TO SOAR as Midsummer weekend approaches, with the Finnish Meteorological Institute predicting that the mercury could hit 30°C in some parts of the country.
ROBERT MUGABE, THE FREEDOM FIGHTER TURNED STRONGMAN who ruled Zimbabwe for an uninterrupted 37-year stretch, has died at the age of 95. Mugabe was removed from power in 2017 following years of economic and social collapse in a country that was once described as 'Africa Breadbasket'.
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