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Finland reopens Iraq embassy after hiatus of nearly 30yrs

Nov. 14, 2019 6:22 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland says it is reopening its embassy in Iraq and sending an ambassador to Baghdad after a hiatus of nearly 30 years to re-establish bilateral ties, help in the country's reconstruction and boost trade. Repatriating thousands of Iraqis who are staying illegally in Finland after rejection...

Lithuania alarmed by Belarusian nuclear plant near border

Nov. 5, 2019 8:48 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Lithuania's president says a nuclear power plant that is due to start operating soon in neighboring Belarus poses "a huge threat to the safety and security" of countries in the region due to insufficient security standards. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said Tuesday in Helsinki that...

Nordic stock markets suspended by technical problem

Nov. 1, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Nasdaq Nordic, which owns most stock exchanges in the Nordics and Baltics, twice suspended its equity trading Friday throughout the region for hours because of unspecified "connectivity issues." The problems affected equity markets in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia,...

Horsepower, literally: Finnish horse show runs on manure

Oct. 28, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — In a glimpse of the future, an entire sports event has been run on horse manure. The world's governing equestrian body on Monday praised a climate-friendly scheme by a Finnish equestrian event to generate all its electricity needs from horse manure, saying the initiative paves way in...

The Latest: Main opposition party undecided on new election

Oct. 24, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Britain's main opposition Labour Party says it has not decided whether to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a snap general election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will wait and see whether the European Union agrees to delay...

Global caution over 5G puts pressure on Nokia

Oct. 24, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish tech company Nokia warned Thursday that its profits will be lower than expected due to tough competition and costs related to new-generation 5G networks, about which mobile operators are cautious amid global concerns about cybersecurity. The company based in Espoo, Finland, reported...

The Latest: UK minister: No-deal Brexit preparations gear up

Oct. 20, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 1:25 p.m. The British minister in charge of Brexit preparations says contingency plans are being "triggered" to cope with the disruptions expected if the country crashes out of the European Union without a...

Senate confirms former ambassador as new Air Force leader

Oct. 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a former ambassador and senior official at the Federal Aviation Administration as civilian leader of the Air Force. Wednesday's 85-7 vote makes Barbara Barrett the third consecutive woman to lead the Air Force, following Heather Wilson and Deborah James. Wilson...

EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Oct. 15, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers failed on Tuesday to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, amid stiff opposition to the move from France. "It was not a moment of glory for Europe," Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn told reporters in Luxembourg...

3 EU nations say Brexit talks likely to go beyond summit

Oct. 14, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Brexit divorce talks in Brussels are making such slow progress that three European Union nations predicted Monday the negotiations could spill beyond this week's crucial Brexit summit. Belying the need for speed across the Channel, Britain trotted out a horse-drawn carriage and a...