Morning headlines: Thursday 15th November 2018

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Trump administration talks for Soini

Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue) is in Washington DC today for talks with senior Trump Administration officials today. He will be meeting with his US counterpart Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the agenda will be transatlantic cooperation, security in Europe and hybrid threats. Soini will also meet members of the US Congress and hold discussions with “representatives of think tanks” according to a statement. Other topics of discussion will be the impacts of the mid-term elections on US politics, the relations between the European Union and the United States, and the future of the rule-based system. Soini recently returned to work off after a month of sick leave, and a turbulent few months where he received an official rebuke for attending an anti-abortion event while on official government business in Canada; was the target of a no confidence vote in parliament; and made controversial comments about climate change.  His Blue Reform party hovers around 2% support in opinion polls.

Estonia police find body of missing Finn

Police in Estonia say they’ve found the body of a Finnish man, missing since the middle of October. Ari Saarilammi was on a recreational trip to Tallinn when he was reported missing. Authorities searched for the 54-year old, and conducted searches of the water in case he had fallen into the sea. His body was found about 10km away from the Estonian capital at the Miiduranna harbour, and his identity confirmed with Finnish police.

International rankings rise for two Finnish universities. 

The latest rankings for international universities based on graduate employability sees just two Finnish universities make the top 250 in the world. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings puts Helsinki University at number 48 – that’s up from number 83 last year. Aalto University is a new entrant on the charts this year at number 140. The new list reveals which universities the recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace. There are 250 universities spanning 41 countries but only two Finnish universities made the grade. Employers voted for institutions both in their own country and around the world, if they recruit internationally.

Thursday morning weather

There’s rain in the far north of Lapland this morning, with some sleet into central parts of the region as well – but for most of the country today it’s a cloud, overcast, or foggy start to the morning. Watch out for fog on the roads in central Finland especially. Temperatures range from zero degrees in parts of north west Lapland, to +8°C in the far south.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Thursday morning 15th November 2018 / Credit: FMI