Morning Headlines: Monday 16th April 2018

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Overnight Fire Destroys Riihimäki Home

A two-storey row house in Riihimäki was completely destroyed by an overnight fire. Rescue crews were called to the four-room home just before midnight, and worked through the night to extinguish the blaze. Officials say one person suffered minor injuries in the fire, which was contained in the home, and didn’t spread to adjacent properties. This morning, fire fighters are still at the scene, and expect to stay there for a few hours.

Soini To EU’s Syria Meeting

Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) is meeting his EU counterparts in Luxembourg today, to discuss the situation in Syria. Over the weekend, US, French and British forces attacked targets in Syria as a response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians the week before, which they believe was carried out by President Assad’s forces. No new sanctions are in the pipeline, but EU countries are expected to send a robust message to Russia about blocking a resolution against its ally Syria at the United Nations.

Witness Disappears As Turku Terror Trial Continues 

Finland’s first terror trial continues today at a makeshift courtroom in a Turku prison. Prosecutors say Abderrahman Bouanane committed two terror-related murders, and eight attempted murders, during a knife rampage in the south west city last August. This week, the court will hear from more victims of the attack, but another witness has apparently left the country. Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reports one witness, a childhood friend of Bouanane from Morocco, has disappeared. The witness was set to testify about Bouanane’s radicalisation and this actions before last August’s attack. Officials think he’s left the country either voluntarily or was deported. Prosecutors say they were prepared for this sort of scenario, and hope they might still get him back to Finland to take the witness stand.

Rain Brings Dust Relief

The south and south east of Finland are in for plenty of rain on Monday, and that’s a good thing. The water should help prevent dust clouds that rise up from roads, as winter gravel is crushed by vehicle tyres. The heaviest rain will come in Uusimaa, Kymenlaakso, South Karelia and South Savo. In the west and north of the country it is more cloudy, but with less rain. According to meteorologists, the dust will be back later in the week as rains ease up.