Morning Headlines: Tuesday 20th February 2018

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Intelligence Law Changes

Parliament will continue discussions on the new intelligence bill during this afternoon’s session. In the proposed reform, civilian and military intelligence agencies would be given the power to investigate people without a suspicion that they’ve committed a criminal offense. This would enable intelligence agencies to gather information on activities that could threaten national security, proponent argue. Opposition parties have called for the right balance to be struck between protecting civil liberties of Finns, and having the right tools to counter any threats to nation security.

Lauri Love Extradition Abandoned

Authorities in America have said they won’t continue their fight to extradite accused computer hacker Lauri Love from Britain to the USA to stand trial. Love is accused of hacking classified computer networks and downloading a huge amount of sensitive documents from US federal agencies. Love, whose mother is from Finland, claimed at trial that he shouldn’t be sent to America because he suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and other diagnosed disorders including psychosis and depression. Last month a British court agreed with him and now the Americans say they won’t fight that decision. Love is hoping to get his Finnish passport back and visit relatives in Helsinki, but he could still face hacking charges in UK.

Finnish Tourist Drowns In Bali

A Finnish citizen has died in Bali after apparently getting into difficulties while swimming in the sea. The Foreign Ministry confirms reports in an Indonesian newspaper that the Finn went swimming in front of a local hotel when he got caught in strong currents and waves. The newspaper says it happened on Sunday, and reports that efforts were made to revive the man on the beach, but he was found to be dead on arrival at a local hospital.

Michelin Star For Helsinki Restaurant

Helsinki’s Grön restaurant is the new recipient of a coveted Michelin Star this morning. At an awards ceremony in Copenhagen. Michelin Stars are an international rating for the best restaurants in the world and their chefs. Between one and three stars are awarded. Grön on Albertinkatu specialises in vegetarian food, and joins four other capital city restaurants who also have Michelin Stars: Ask, Demo and Olo, as well as Ora which is the successor restaurant to Chef & Sommelier.

Olympic Update: Finns Seek Quarter Final Berth

Finland’s men’s ice hockey team will take on host nation South Korea today at the Olympics. Both teams are hoping for a quarter final place against Canada tomorrow. There’s been some changes to the team ahead of the match which starts at 14:10 Finland time. Meanwhile more Finns are in action today with the 10km cross country combined skiing event. Watch out for medal hopefuls Laura Toivanen, Kaisa Mäkäräinen, Tero Seppälä and Olli Hiidensalo in today’s shooting and skiing competitions.

Tuesday Morning Weather

It’s a bright, sunny, and bitterly cold start to the day for much of central, south and south east Finland today. According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI, temperatures range from -17°C in the capital city region to -26°C in Central Finland. There’s some snow forecast for central, west coast and south west parts of the country where temperatures will range from -15°C in Åland up the west coast to -25°C in Oulu. Meanwhile in Lapland, some parts will see the temperature drop to -28°C on Tuesday morning, and an overcast start to the day.