Morning headlines: Friday 19th October 2018

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Court: search of journalist’s home was legal

The Helsinki Court of Appeal says police acted lawfully when they went into the home of a journalist last December and seized 19 different items including computers, notebooks, memory sticks and phones. The police raid was in connection with a story the journalist, Laura Halminen, had published in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper which contained decade-old classified material about Finland’s intelligence capabilities. Halminen claimed the raid was illegal because police had no warrant to authorise it. She said the police’s actions threatened the protection of her source. Earlier this year the District Court ruled that police had the right to conduct the search, and rejected Halminen’s request to get back the things that were confiscated. This morning’s Appeal Court decision backs up the earlier ruling.

Kuopio rescue efforts as car goes into lake

Rescue divers were deployed to a lake in Kuopio late last night after a man drove his car into the water. He was under the surface for about five minutes according to firefighters at the scene, and was not conscious when he was taken to the shore. Police say the vehicle ended up about 30 metres from the beach, and the man was taken to hospital for treatment. There were no other passengers in the car at the time of the incident.

ASEM summit starts in Brussels

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) continues his mission to Brussels, switching gears this morning to tackle Asia issues. The Asia Europe Meeting ASEM takes place today, and brings together EU and Asian leaders to discuss issues like trade and investment, sustainable development and mitigating climate change, according to the PM’s office. While he’s in Brussels, Sipilä will hold some bilateral meetings with Asian leaders.

Friday morning weather

It’s a bright but chilly start to Friday morning in the southern half of Finland, with temperatures ranging from +8°C in Oulu to -1°C in Lahti. Meanwhile in Lapland and in parts of the eastern border there’s more cloud cover, with temperatures dipping low to -2°C in the far north of the country.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 19th October 2018 / Credit: FMI