Morning Headlines: Friday 8th June 2018

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Overnight Fire Burns Pietarsaari Warehouse

Nineteen fire engines were called to an overnight fire at a warehouse in Pietarsaari in Ostrobothnia. The alarm was raised around 04:00 and when rescue crews arrived on the scene at the industrial site, they found the 6,000 sq metre warehouse fully engulfed, and generating a lot of smoke. It is thought that some tyres and packing materials were stored inside. Firefighters say the blaze is now under control and it won’t spread to nearby buildings. Nobody was inside the warehouse at the time, and nobody was injured in the fire.

US And Russian Commanders Meet In Helsinki

Top American and Russian military commanders are meeting in Helsinki today, although the exact time, location or agenda for their discussions has not been made public. Finnish military chiefs are holding separate talks with the two men, although Finns are not involved in the discussions between the two countries. The American and Russian commanders are also meeting separately with President Niinistö.

Minister Of Defence To NATO Meeting

Finland’s Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö (Blue) is in Brussels today, attending a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers. Although Finland is not a full member of the military alliance, it has been a so-called ‘Partner for Peace’ for more than 20 years. The ministers are discussing the overall security situation, and cooperation between NATO and the EU. Minister Niinistö will also take part in discussions about the ongoing mission in Afghanistan, which Finland has been participating in for many years.

Friday Morning Weather

Another cooler start to the day on Friday, but the forecast calls for warmer temperatures by the afternoon. The brightest sunshine is again in the capital city region, with cloud cover across the rest of Finland this morning. Temperatures range from +12C in the south to +4C in north west Lapland.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 8th June 2018 / Credit: FMI