Morning Headlines: Tuesday 15th May 2018

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Foreign Minister Condemns Palestinian Deaths

Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) has condemned the deaths of 58 Palestinians, killed by Israeli forces in clashes on the Gaza border. The Foreign Ministry issued a late night statement saying that Finland was greatly concerned about the extensive use of force and the loss of lives at the Gaza border demonstrations. “We continue to urge for restraint and de-escalation. International law and human rights law, including the right to peaceful assembly, must be respected” says Soini.

Turku Terror Trial Closing Statements

The prosecution and defence will give their closing statements in Turku today, at the conclusion of Finland’s first ever terror trial. Moroccan asylum seeker Abderrahman Bouanane is accused of a terrorist knife attack last August. He is charged with killing two people, and the attempted murders of eight others.

Anniversary Of Civil War Ending

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of Finland’s short but brutal civil war. The end came when White forces captured the last remaining part of Karelia held by Red forces. With this victory, the whole of Finland was under White army control. The next day, troops marched in a victory parade in Helsinki, under the leadership of General Mannerheim who would go on to be the country’s long serving military leader and sixth president, in the 1940s. There were no negotiations at the end of the conflict, and no peace agreement was signed. Approximately 38,000 people died in the fighting, the majority of them from the Red side.

Finland Faces USA At World Championships

Finland’s ice hockey Lions face USA at the World Championships in Denmark today. It’s the last game in the Group B pool, and Finland could go top of the table if they beat America in regular play. Finland has won four out of six matches so far, easily beating tough opponents like Canada, but falling to Denmark and Germany. Today’s game starts at 13:15 Finland time.

Heatwave Continues

The Finnish Meteorological Institute says Tuesday’s weather will be the same as Monday: lots of hot weather across the country. Temperatures rise quickly this morning and many places will reach their highest temperatures already by 11:00. The warmed weather is expected in the Kanta-Häme region with peaks as high as +29°C, but meteorologists say they don’t expect the +30°C barrier to be broken.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Tuesday morning 15th May 2018 / Credit: FMI