A French Dassault Rafale fighter jet takes off from Pirkkala earlier today (Image: Lehtikuva)

TWO €74 MILLION FRENCH FIGHTER JETS arrived at Pirkkala Air Force Base today to conduct simulated war games above the Finnis skies, in an attempt by the French to secure a €10 billion contract from the Finnish Defence Ministry. 

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A protestor is carried away by policeman in central Moscow this afternoon (Image: Lehtikuva)

IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS we lead with a shot from Moscow, where close to a thousand protestors gathered to demonstrate against Vladimir Putin's recent attempts to amend the constitution of Russia in a way that would allow him to remain in power indefinitely. In addition, we have protests in Beirut, snowfall in Tehran, and the aftermath of the Taal Volcano. 

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Rural firefighter volunteers observe an approaching 'megafire' in New South Wales (Image: Lehtikuva)

IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with a dramatic shot from Australia, where emergency services and volunteers are continuing to grapple with some of the most severe wildfires in Australia's history. We also have a churchgoing pig in Rome, Swiss fighter jets in the Alps, and sit-in protests in Baghdad. 

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Displaced Syrians flee bombardment in Aleppo Province earlier today (Image: Lehtikuva)

IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with a shot from Aleppo Province, where displaced Syrian civilians are fleeing intense bombardment from regime forces as the Syrian Arab Army attempts to retake southwestern Aleppo from rebel forces. We also have snowfall in Srinagar, impeachment stationery, and the aftermath of the Taal Volcano. 

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A sketch of the proposed 'Little Finlandia' structure, released this afternoon (Image: Lehtikuva)

WITH HELSINKI'S ICONIC FINLANDIA HALL set to close for a multi-year renovation and restoration project, the first designs for its temporary replacement have already been drawn up. The 'Pikku-Finlandia' ('Little Finlandia') Hall will be a temporary pavilion-style structure located next to the main building. 

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A koala awaits treatment for burn injuries at a makeshift field hospital on Kangaroo Island, Australia (Image: Lehtikuva)

IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with an image from Australia, where the devastating bushfires have led to thousands of koala bears being brought to hospitals for medical treatment. In addition, we have the protests in Lebanon, a snowstorm in Norway, and ice skating in Moscow. 

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A selection of illegal handguns seized in Tuusula and Nurmijärvi in autumn 2019 (Image: Eastern Uusimaa Police Department / Lehtikuva)

THE EASTERN UUSIMAA POLICE DEPARTMENT has released handouts of some of the illicit property they seized in the final weeks and months of 2019. Among the items seized include assault rifles, large quantities of amphetamines, and stacks of 50 euro notes. 

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A Eurofighter Typhoon Jet prepares to take off from Pirkkala Airforce Base in Pirkanmaa, Finland last night (Image: Lehtikuva)

SEVERAL EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON MILITARY JETS, which east cost over €90 million to manufacture, were flown in the skies above Pirkkala Air Base yesterday in a display that was part of an attempt to secure a €10 billion contract from the Finnish Ministry of Defence. 

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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. 

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A journalist outside Buckingham Palace in London this morning (Image: Lehtikuva)

IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with the story of 'Megxit', which has sent the British press into a frenzy after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they would be 'taking a step back' from the royal family. We also have a photo of Vladimir Putin off the coast of Crimea, snow in Athens, and a bird formation in Israel. 

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