Morning headlines: Friday 18th January 2019

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Government meets for sex abuse allegation updates 

The government is meeting today to discuss how to move forward with new plans to prevent sexual offenses against children. They’re considering a list of ten recommendations prepared by the Ministry of the Interior after a spate of allegations against foreign-born men in Oulu and Helsinki, accused of sexually assaulting or raping under age girls. Ministers will also get an update from police officers about the latest developments in their investigation.

Multiple injuries in late night car crash 

Several people have been injured, one of them seriously, in a late night car crash in south west Finland. Rescue crews got a call around 23:30 and arrived at the scene to find one car had hit three oncoming vehicles. The driver of the car was seriously injured, and two other people in oncoming cars were also injured. It happened on Highway 2 on the road to Rauma. Fire fighters say there was snow on the road and -10°C temperatures making driving conditions dangerous at the time of the crash.

Australian Open: Kontinen into last 16

Finnish tennis star Henri Kontinen and his Australian partner John Peers have made it to the top 16 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. They beat UK brothers Ken and Neal Skupskin in two round 6-3, 6-4 to reach the latest stage. The match was delayed due to rain, but when play resumed Kontinen and Peers were able to secure their victory in just over one hour. In the next round they’ll either meet a US pair, or a Moldovan-Tunisian pair.

Friday morning weather

Snowfall continues across a lot of the country today. The snow which crossed southern Finland on Thursday moves into North Karelia, Kainuu and North Ostrobothnia this morning. Temperatures in parts of north west Lapland dip down to -22°C this morning, -15°C in Central Finland, and -6°C in the south.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 18th January 2019 / Credit: FMI