Morning Headlines: Thursday 11th January 2018

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Finland Praised for Russia Attacks Response 

Politicians in America have praised Finland’s response to threats from Russia. The comments come in a new report that warns about widespread Russian attempts to interfere in elections in Europe. It was compiled by Democrats on the Committee on Foreign Relations. The report says that Finland is one of the favourite targets of “the Kremlin’s propaganda machine” and praises the launch of the Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki last year. “Finland started the Center after it experienced Russian attempts to use social media to interfere in it 2015 elections” the report notes, and praises awareness at all levels of government about the dangers to Finnish society of disinformation and attempts to interfere with democratic institutions coming from Russia.

Ex-Presidents & Prime Ministers

The next Finnish election is coming up at the end of the month, when the country goes to the polls to choose the next president. There are eight candidates standing. But what ever happened to Finland’s former Presidents and Prime Ministers? What did Presidents Halonen and Ahtisaari do once they left office? And what did the PMs do next? Some chose to stay in politics, some went into business and some took high paying European jobs with a salary of more than €20,000 per month. Find out more in our original story here.

Nothing But Net: Markkanen’s Career High

Finnish basketball star Lauri Markkanen soared to new heights on the court last night. The 20-year-old scored a career-high 33 points during the Chicago Bulls game against the New York Knicks. Markkanen’s points took his team to a thrilling overtime victory 112-119 on the road. During the game, Markkanen had 10 rebounds and scored eight 3-pointers.

Thursday Morning Weather

The temperatures dropped across the whole of the country this morning, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. In the south, which has seen mostly autumn-like conditions so far this winter, the cold snap takes the temperatures down to -5°C with foggy conditions and the likelihood of snow in the capital city region and Turku. Snow is also forecast for Tampere and up along the west coast towards Vaasa. In Lapland, temperatures dip down to -13°C.