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Caught in graft allegations, Hungary PM Orban puts on hold approval of Finland, Sweden's accession to NATO
India

Caught in graft allegations, Hungary PM Orban puts on hold approval of Finland, Sweden's accession to NATO

EU member Hungary is in talks with Brussels to unlock billions of euros in EU funding currently held over corruption concerns. Opposition parties have accused Orban of blackmailing the EU by putting the approval on hold

Amid war in Ukraine, a ‘barbed wire curtain’ rises in Europe
World

Amid war in Ukraine, a ‘barbed wire curtain’ rises in Europe

Earlier this month, Polish soldiers began laying coils of razor wire on the border with Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave wedged between Poland and Lithuania. Cameras and an electronic monitoring system also will be installed in the area that once was guarded only by occasional patrols of border guards

NATO chief urges Turkey to support accession of Finland, Sweden
World

NATO chief urges Turkey to support accession of Finland, Sweden

Finland and Sweden applied for membership of the world’s biggest security alliance in the months after Russiainvaded Ukraine in February. In doing so, they abandoned longstanding policies of military nonalignment out of concern that Russian President Vladimir Putin might target them next

Ukraine War: Finland plans barbed-wire fence on Russia border to keep migrants out
World

Ukraine War: Finland plans barbed-wire fence on Russia border to keep migrants out

The prospective NATO member this week announced broad parliamentary support to replace its wooden fences, designed mainly to stop livestock from wandering across the 1,300-km border, with sturdier barriers to keep Russians and migrants out

Sanna Marin apologises for controversial photo taken at her residence
World

Sanna Marin apologises for controversial photo taken at her residence

The picture circulated by Finnish media shows two women kissing, lifting their tops to bare their torsos and covering their breasts with a sign that says ‘Finland’. Marin confirmed the picture was taken at her official residence in Kesaranta

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin tests negative for drugs after leaked party video uproar
World

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin tests negative for drugs after leaked party video uproar

The house party video that circulated on social media, raised questions about whether illegal substances were involved, following which Marin's urine sample was tested for the presence of various drugs

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin defends dancing, takes drug test to clear herself
World

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin defends dancing, takes drug test to clear herself

A video posted on social media Thursday shows six people at a party dancing and lip-syncing to a song, including Marin

'Slam-dunk for national security': US Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO with 95-1 vote, rebuking Russia
World

'Slam-dunk for national security': US Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO with 95-1 vote, rebuking Russia

The 95-1 vote, for the candidacy of Finland and Sweden, took a crucial step toward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 73-year-old pact of mutual defence among the United States and democratic allies in Europe

Finns call for halt to 'unbearable' Russian tourism
World

Finns call for halt to 'unbearable' Russian tourism

Finland remains Russia's only EU neighbour to grant tourist visas to Russian citizens. But many Finns are unhappy with the situation, and the thought of Russians enjoying a Finnish summer while Ukrainians suffer under a brutal invasion has been met with indignation

Riding on Ukraine war, NATO gets a new lease of life
World

Riding on Ukraine war, NATO gets a new lease of life

There were nearly 30 countries at this year’s NATO summit in Madrid on 29-30 June, an unprecedented number

Explained: How Turkey was stopped from using veto against Finland and Sweden’s NATO bid
World

Explained: How Turkey was stopped from using veto against Finland and Sweden’s NATO bid

A 10-article memorandum signed between the two countries and NATO addresses all of Turkey's objections and promises to establish a permanent mechanism to monitor implementation

Hopes fade for swift NATO accession for Finland, Sweden
World

Hopes fade for swift NATO accession for Finland, Sweden

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met representatives from the three countries to try to make progress on the issue. While he described the talks as ‘constructive’ Turkey made it clear there was still work to be done

Too close for comfort! How Sweden, Finland joining NATO will impact Russia’s relations with West
Opinion

Too close for comfort! How Sweden, Finland joining NATO will impact Russia’s relations with West

There’s a feeling that the desire to humiliate Vladimir Putin and reinforce US global military dominance is short-sighted and dangerous. It risks escalating, expanding, and prolonging the ongoing war in Ukraine

Explained: The significance of Paavo Nurmi Games where Neeraj Chopra set a new national record
Sports

Explained: The significance of Paavo Nurmi Games where Neeraj Chopra set a new national record

The Paavo Nurmi Games hold a great significance in the Javelin calendar, with the first edition of the tournament dating back to 1957.

Explained: How Russia earned $98 billion from fuel exports in first 100 days of Ukraine war
World

Explained: How Russia earned $98 billion from fuel exports in first 100 days of Ukraine war

India has become a significant importer of Russian crude oil, buying 18 per cent of the country’s exports. A significant share of the crude is re-exported as refined oil products, including to the US and Europe, an important loophole to close, said Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA)

Turkey has 'legitimate concerns' over terrorism, says NATO Chief
World

Turkey has 'legitimate concerns' over terrorism, says NATO Chief

Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden of supporting Kurdish militants and says it will not back the two Nordic nations joining NATO until they change their policies

Top US general, in Stockholm, signals support for Sweden and Finland as they pursue NATO membership
World

Top US general, in Stockholm, signals support for Sweden and Finland as they pursue NATO membership

While NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said repeatedly the two nations would be welcomed 'with open arms,' their membership bids are being blocked by Turkey

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg speaks with Türkiye president Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Finland, Sweden joining
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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg speaks with Türkiye president Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Finland, Sweden joining

The NATO chief's diplomatic efforts came before a gathering of senior officials from Sweden, Finland and Türkiye next week in Brussels

Explained: Why Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening incursions into Syria
World

Explained: Why Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening incursions into Syria

Analysts say the Turkey President is taking advantage of the Ukraine war to push his own goals in neighbouring Syria — even using its ability as a NATO member to veto alliance membership by Finland and Sweden as potential leverage

US shootings: Norway and Finland have similar levels of gun ownership, but far less gun crime
World

US shootings: Norway and Finland have similar levels of gun ownership, but far less gun crime

High levels of social cohesion, low crime rates and internationally high levels of trust and confidence in police and social institutions appear to reduce levels of gun homicide