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Sea-Watch 3 captain calls for EU action on migrants rescues

Jul. 18, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port with migrants onboard has called for the European Commission to do its best to avoid new political standoffs. Carola Rackete, captain of the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, was questioned by...

Finland says Russian aircraft suspected of air violation

Jul. 17, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's defense ministry says a Russian aircraft is suspected of having violated the Nordic country's airspace. The ministry said in a short statement that the alleged violation took place Wednesday morning on the Baltic Sea near the town of Porvoo, east of Helsinki. It provided no...

Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

Jul. 12, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. With stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9" Needles,...

Top US and Russian diplomats meet, make no visible progress

Jul. 10, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Senior diplomats from the United States and Russia met in Helsinki on Wednesday to search for ways to ease tensions between Moscow and Washington, but didn't report any immediate progress, with Venezuela a sticking point. The U.S. State Department said that Under Secretary for Political...

German leader Merkel seen shaking for 3rd time in a month

Jul. 10, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body shook visibly at a public event for the third time in less than a month on Wednesday, but the longtime leader insisted that there's nothing to worry about. Merkel shook as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti...

Lithuanian couple crowned 'wife carrying' world champions

Jul. 6, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SONKAJARVI, Finland (AP) — A Lithuanian man and his wife have won the world 'wife carrying' title, leaping over timber and wading through waist-high water to beat dozens of other couples for a second year running. The prize is the wife's weight in beer. Vytautas Kirkliauskas and his wife Neringa...

Japanese crown prince in Finland to mark centenary of ties

Jul. 2, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and his wife Crown Princess Kiko have arrived for a four-day visit to Finland where the royal couple will mark the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between the two countries. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto's office said Tuesday the couple...

Nordea Bank says its CEO will retire by end-2020

Jun. 30, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The Nordic region's largest financial group confirmed Sunday market speculations that it has begun looking for a successor to replace its current chief executive, who is retiring by the end of 2020. Nordea Bank said in a statement that president and CEO Casper von Koskull will turn 60 next...

Like old pals, Trump, Putin make light of election meddling

Jun. 28, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Smiling together on a global stage, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin cheerfully dismissed Russian interference in U.S. elections, shared their contempt for the world's news media and generally flaunted their personal bond on Friday. That was one day after the Russian leader praised the...

Italy: Several EU nations agree to take migrants from ship

Jun. 28, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's appeal to fellow EU nations to take some of the 40 migrants still aboard a rescue ship anchored off a tiny Mediterranean island in a weeks-long standoff has obtained a "positive" response from five countries, the Italian foreign minister said Friday. In a tweet, Enzo Moavero offered his...