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Finland charges 3 men planning to join Syrian militants.

Finnish prosecutors have charged three men who planned to travel to Syria to become "foreign fighters with a terrorist group" between 2012 and 2013.

- FOX News - US

EU states pledge 24,000 resettlement places so far.

Twelve EU states have so far pledged 24,000 resettlement places for refugees as of Tuesday . The EU commission wants EU states to resettle 50,000 people by 2019. The pledging states are Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and UK.

- EU Observer - EU

Ukrinform: US Helsinki Commission calls Ukraine's 'internal enemy'.

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe has called corruption and the power of the oligarchs in Ukraine as a major “internal enemy” for further development of the state. The post Ukrinform: US Helsinki Commission calls Ukraine's 'internal enemy' appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Finnish President: What is a union that cannot provide security for its citizens?.

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö does not rule out a common foreign policy, which would make the European Union a global player. In an interview with EURACTIV's media partner Gazeta Wyborcza, he speaks about security threats on the eastern border and his support for deeper integration in security and defence policy.

- EurActive - UK

Mipcom: ITV Studios Finland Acquires Local Right to Hit Format 'The Final Four' .

ITV Studios Finland has acquired the local rights to “The Final Four,” the hit primetime singing competition format which is being developed and distributed by Armoza. The deal was signed on Tuesday at Mipcom. Armoza Format just announced few days ago the sale of “The Final Four”'s format to Conent ...

- Variety - US

Janus Putkonen and the Donbas DONi-News - disinformation and misrepresentation.

Finnish Janus Putkonen permanently moved to Donetsk in summer 2015.  At that time he founded the so-called DONi-News media company  with Russian money.

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Helsinki Commission's hearings on Karabakh conflict serve only Armenia's interests - MP.

Hearings on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, planned to be held by the US Helsinki Commission on October 18, serve only Armenia's interests, Azerbaijani MP Elman Nasirov told Trend on October 17.

- AzerNews - AZ

Umbra lets you instantly view complex 3D images on any device.

Umbra is launching a tool called Composit that will let you upload a complex 3D model to the cloud and then view it on any device. The Helsinki, Finland-based company makes it a lot easier for dispersed teams of engineers and product designers to work on the same project without having to be tethered to

- VentureBeat - US

Researchers uncover flaw that makes Wi-Fi vulnerable to hacks.

Finnish security firm F-Secure said experts have long been cautious about Wi-Fi's ability to withstand security challenges of the 21st century.

- BusinessDailyAfrica - KE

The Tenth Edition of the Awards 'Person of the Year' Now Accepting Nominations.

Nominations for the "Person of the Year" awards - annual prizes of contributions to human rights and human rights protection of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee are now open. By November 15, 2017, anyone can send their nominations of people and organizations whose work over the past year has contributed to the promotion of ...

- Novinite - BG

Mipcom: Dandelooo Picks-Up Worldwide Rights To 'Royale Sisters' .

Paris-based production and distribution company Dandelooo has taken worldwide distribution rights –not including Spain, Ireland, Belgium and Canada– to Finland's Pikkukala-produced animated series “Royale Sisters,” currently in pre-production. Belgium's Lunanime, which boarded Oscar-nominated “A Cat in ...

- Variety - US

Ukraine remembers Petro Grigorenko as his words in defence of Crimean Tatars could get you arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea

It is 110 years since the birth of Petro Grigorenko, Soviet General, founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, victim of punitive psychiatry and defender of the Crimean Tatar people. The anniversary is of acute poignancy at a time when Crimean Tatars are once again facing discrimination and persecution in their ...

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How will Helsinki Commission's hearings affect Karabakh peace diplomacy?

At the beginning of the next week, Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents will come together in Geneva to discuss the resolution of the long-lasting Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, one of the deadliest conflicts in the world.

- AzerNews - AZ

How will Helsinki Commission's hearings affect Karabakh peace diplomacy?

- Today.Az - AZ

Flight 666 arrives in HEL for the last time on Friday the 13th

Helsinki airport says Flight 666 left Copenhagen and arrived safely in HEL, the airport code for the Finnish capital Helsinki, for the last time.

- ABC News - AU

Flight 666 lands in HEL on Friday the 13th

The Helsinki airport says Flight 666 has arrived safety in HEL , the airport code for the Finnish capital , for the last time.The Finnair ...

- The Japan Times - JP

HappyOrNot raises $14.5 million to expand its 'smiley' feedback terminals

HappyOrNot, the Finnish company behind the familiar feedback system that puts physical terminals in retail and other public locations, has raised $14.5 million in a Series A round of funding led by European VC firm and early Spotify investor Northzone, with participation from Australia's AirTree. This represents the ...

- VentureBeat - US

Flight 666 to HEL took off one last time this Friday the 13th

The skyway to HEL is coming to an end for this Finnish airline.

- Washington Post - US

Flight 666 Makes Final Friday the 13th Trip to HEL

The flight has been making the trip from Copenhagen to Helsinki regularly

- TIME Magazine - US

Ministers agree common position on forestry climate rules

EU environment ministers on Friday agreed a common position on a legislative proposal aimed at preserving forests and counting the CO2 emissions they absorb. They propose to amend the European Commission's complex proposal to give Finland, an EU member with a large surface area of trees, some "flexibilities". NGOs fear the ...

- EU Observer - EU

Today marks the last flight 666 bound for HEL on Friday the 13th. Would you take it?

Would I board the last ever flight 666 bound for HEL on Friday the 13th? Uh, no. I'm not a superstitious person but even if that was a free flight to the magical world of Narnia I would have to skip it. SEE ALSO: Delta will offer free messaging on flights, but never, never phone calls Nordic airline Finnair has flown ...

- Mashable! - US

Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safely to HEL

The Helsinki airport says Flight 666 has arrived safety in HEL - the airport code for the Finnish capital - for the last time.

- The Daily Star - LB

Today Was The Last Friday The 13th For Flight 666 To HEL

If the thought of taking Flight 666 straight to HEL on Friday the 13th fills you with a kind of spooky glee, we regret to inform you that you will never have a chance to book this special Finnair flight on this particularly superstitious day. Finnair has been flying AY666 from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Helsinki on Friday the ...

- The Consumerist - US

World's 'unluckiest' flight 666 makes final flight to HEL on Friday the 13th

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 ― Passengers boarded the world's 'unluckiest' flight, numbered 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th, for the last time. In an unfortunate and sinister series of coincidences, travellers flying between Copenhagen and Helsinki,...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Bonkers or brave? Travellers take flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th

Some people would avoid flying altogether on Friday the 13th.  But some people wouldn't mind. In fact, some would book a trip with the flight number 666. And the hardiest few would book that flight straight to HEL. Today is the last day that Finnair's flight 666 will go from Copenhagen to Helsinki, having launched in ...

- City AM - UK

Finnish space tech firm ICEYE launches its Warsaw office

Finnish space tech company ICEYE is expanding its operations into Warsaw. The company is the leader in synthetic-aperture radar technology for microsatellites providing expanded access to reliable and timely earth observation data. Warsaw will be the firm’s first office outside of its current ...

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

The Man Behind All Those Behinds: 'Tom of Finland'

Despite its dutiful, box-checking nature, this biopic of the Finnish artist who brought gay sexual imagery out of the shadows finds room to let its characters breathe.

- NPR - US

This private credit firm is backing the UK as it raises a €300m fund

Private credit investor Certior is set to raise a new fund of €300m, City A.M. understands, backing the UK as one of its key geographies. The Finland-based fund of funds will invest primarily in credit funds which give loans to small and medium-sized enterprises . This allows investors exposure to a much wide portfolio ...

- City AM - UK

Helsinki Commission to hold briefing on Karabakh conflict

- Today.Az - AZ

Bulgaria Among 20 EU Countries to Establish Prosecutor's Office

The Council of EU has been given approval to regulate establishment of European Public Prosecutor's Office , a new prosecution, which will deal with financial crimes. Accordingly, EU member 20 countries will establish a Luxembourg-based EU prosecutor's office until 2020. European Public Prosecutor's Office for EU will be ...

- Novinite - BG

Sri Lanka PM's tour of Finland builds foundation to strengthen bilateral relationship

Oct 11, Helsinki: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's tour of Finland has built a strong foundation towards the bridging of the friendship between the two countries in a new vista and led to develop economic cooperation between the two countries, Finland Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä said.

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Finland Industry Federation members keen to invest in Sri Lanka

Oct 11, Helsinki: The representatives of the Confederation of Finnish Industries have said that they are willing to invest and explore business opportunities in Sri Lanka.

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic 6 months away from first spaceflight

The British entrepreneur discussed Virgin Galactic's space tourism plan at the Nordic Business Forum in Finland.

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Departing ECHA boss: 'I don't see myself joining a big lobby group'

Geert Dancet, the executive director of the Helsinki-based European Chemicals Agency , will retire at the end of the year. In a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV, he comes back over the EU's sometimes excruciating efforts to bring the powerful European chemical industry into line.

- EurActive - UK

Wall Street Journal reporter jailed in Turkey for 'spreading terrorist propaganda'

Ayla Albayrak, who has dual Finnish and Turkish citizenship, would appeal her conviction on the charge of engaging in propaganda supporting outlawed Kurdish rebels.

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Composer Chin Un-suk Wins Sibelius Prize

Korean composer Chin Un-suk won the 20th Wihuri Sibelius Prize in Helsinki, Finland on Monday. Founded in 1953, the Wihuri Sibelius Prize is only awarded when there is a nominee worthy of the prize and is one of the world's most prestigious for composers. Previous laureates include Paul Hindemith, ...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Finland's president, 69, and wife, 40, expecting baby

Finland’s 69-year old president, Sauli Niinisto, and his 40-year-old wife Jenni Haukio are expecting a baby, the president’s office said on Monday.

- BDNews24 - BD

Happy meal? Here comes the McVegan

McDonald's has started trial sales of a vegan burger in Finland.

- BBC - UK

Swedish and Finnish foreign ministers visit Serbia together

Serbia's First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Tuesday in Belgrade received the foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland. In conversation with Margot Wallstrom and Timo Soini, Dacic thanked the two countries "for their support to Serbia on its path towards the EU and added that these two countries support EU ...

- B92 - SK

Nokia's ditching virtual reality and a quarter of its workforce

Nokia is ditching development on virtual reality and cutting more than a quarter of its workforce. The now non-phone making Finnish tech firm is doubling down on its efforts in wearables and health instead, it announced today. The 310 jobs will go in the UK, US and Finland.

- City AM - UK

UNIAN: Ukraine-Finland trade expands by 13 percent in seven months

Trade between Ukraine and Finland in January-July expanded by 13 percent, to over $174 million year-over-year , according to the press service of the Export Promotion Center at the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs . The post UNIAN: Ukraine-Finland trade expands by 13 percent in seven months ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Nokia plans to cut up to 310 jobs, halt VR camera development

HELSINKI - Nokia plans to reduce up to 310 jobs from its Nokia Technologies unit and halt development of its virtual reality camera "OZO" and hardware, the Finnish company said on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

European governments return nearly 10,000 Afghans to risk of death and torture - Amnesty

Source: Amnesty International Country: Afghanistan, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland A new report details harrowing cases of Afghans who have been returned from Europe only to be killed, injured in bomb attacks, or left to ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Bittium targets combat radio market with new SDRs

Finland's ministry of defence has issued a letter of intent to Bittium to supply a new family of tactical software-defined radios . Following the implementation of its Tactical Wireless IP Network backbone, the company is now expanding into the combat net radio

- Jane’s - US

EU medicines agency reveals new home preferences

Staff said they preferred to move to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Milan, or Vienna. More than 70% said they would quit if the agency moved to Athens, Bratislava, Bucharest, Helsinki, Malta, Sofia, Warsaw, or Zagreb.

- EU Observer - EU