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Estonia to buy missiles, air defense system in EUR50M deal

Jun. 12, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia says it has agreed to buy a short-range air defense system complete with Mistral surface-to-air missiles from MBDA Missile Systems, a major 50 million euro ($59 million) military deal for the small Baltic country. Tuesday's contract by Estonia's state defense investment...

Dutch king starts tour of Baltics without mourning queen

Jun. 11, 2018 10:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Dutch King Willem-Alexander has started a tour of three Baltic countries without his wife, Argentina-born Queen Maxima, who withdrew from the trip following the death of her youngest sister. Willem-Alexander kicked off the state visits on Monday in Riga, Latvia, where he met with...

Estonia launches free bus travel to boost rural economy

Jun. 6, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia's government is planning to offer its citizens free bus rides in the hope of stimulating the rural economy. Economics ministry spokesman Rasmus Ruuda told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the new bus scheme, which will be rolled out from July 1, will give Estonians a chance to...

Correction: US-NATO-Military Exercise story

Jun. 4, 2018 7:56 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — In a story June 3 about a major U.S.-led military exercise in the Baltics, The Associated Press, relying on initial erroneous information from U.S. Army Europe, incorrectly reported that non-NATO member Israel is taking part. Israel isn't participating in the "Saber Strike"...

The Latest: Wozniacki-Kasatkina halted because of darkness

Jun. 3, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 9:25 p.m. The French Open fourth-round match between No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 14 Daria Kasatkina has been suspended for the day in the second set because of darkness. Kasatkina won the opening set 7-6 (5) against reigning Australian...

Danes seek to limit male circumcision to those 18 and over

Jun. 2, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Danish group says petition seeking to set a minimum age of 18 for non-medical male circumcision in the country has gathered the required 50,000 signatures to send the proposal to Parliament for debate later this year. Lena Nyhus of the group Intact Denmark told The Associated...

Finland to probe role of SS volunteers in WWII atrocities

May. 31, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Finland has commissioned an investigation to find out whether a Finnish volunteer battalion serving within Nazi Germany's notorious Waffen-SS committed atrocities during World War II. The government says the investigation will be conducted by Finland's National Archives and is to be...

The Latest: Sock calls French Open umpire "atrocious."

May. 29, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Jack Sock, the No. 14 seed, ranted and railed as he lost in the French Open first round for a second consecutive year. His tormentor Tuesday was 136th-ranked Jurgen Zopp of Estonia, who...

Russia: Estonia border treaty only if Tallinn changes tone

May. 23, 2018 9:40 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russia says it won't ratify a long-overdue border treaty with Estonia unless the small Baltic country stops its anti-Russian rhetoric. Russia's Embassy in Tallinn said Wednesday on Facebook that an "atmosphere free of confrontation must prevail in bilateral relations" for the treaty...

Estonian municipality put cannabis leaf on flag

May. 16, 2018 5:48 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The southern Estonian municipality of Kanepi has a cannabis leaf on its new flag — because that's what its name means in Estonian. Andrus Seeme, mayor for Kanepi's 2,500 souls, says a referendum was held in late 2017 and 80 percent picked the winning design — a...