Morning Headlines: Wednesday 27th September 2017

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Espoo Pizza Fire Attack Case

Three men accused of fire bombing an Espoo pizza restaurant will be in court today. They are facing charges of aggravated destruction and attempted murder for the attack which took place in June. According to the prosecution, one of the accused men was kicked out of the pizza restaurant the day before the attack, which lead to a physical incident. The pizzeria was completely destroyed in the attack, and an adjacent restaurant was damaged by smoke. In addition, a 42-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman are suspected of involvement.

Finnish Medics Arrive At Rohingya Camp

A medical team from the Finnish Red Cross is starting work this morning in Bangladesh, building a huge portable hospital to help Rohingya refugees who have fled from violence across the border in Myanmar. Lohja midwife Janna Laine is leading the team, which expects to face malnourished patients, under weight infants, and a possible cholera outbreak. Read more about how Finland is involved in the Myanmar crisis in our original story.

Niinistö Meets Italian President

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö will hold talks and a press conference today with Italian Prime Minister Sergio Mattarella. The Italian is in Finland for a state visit, accompanied by his daughter. On the agenda for talks this morning, economic and political relations between Finland and Italy, as well as security policy and topical international issues. This evening President Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio will host a dinner at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. The last time an Italian President visited Finland was in 2008, when Giorgio Napolitano met with President Tarja Halonen. President Niinistö made a working visit to Italy in November 2014. You can watch the press conference live at 11:40 this morning at this link

Court Decision For Wood Cartel

Helsinki District Court will give its verdict today on compensation for forest companies’ timber cartel. The market court already ruled in 2009 that the Forestry Association, Stora Enso and UPM-Kymmene operated a cartel from 1997 to 2004, when the companies illegally shared information about their business practices and prices. Metsähallitus, which is responsible for managing the state’s forests, and hundreds of private forest owners have also demanded compensation in the cartel case, but so far all the actions dealt with have been dismissed in District Court.

Weather

Wednesday morning weather begins fairly mild across most of the country, with temperatures ranging from +7°C in Lapland to +12°C in the capital city region, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. But there’s going to be cloud cover and fog or mist in many place at the beginning of Wednesday.