12-year-old child dies in Finland after shooting at school

COPENHAGEN- A 12-year-old child has died after being shot in a primary school in the Finnish town of Vantaa near Helsinki, Finnish police said on Tuesday. Two other 12-year-olds were seriously injured, the police said. The emergency services arrested another 12-year-old pupil outside the school. The suspected perpetrator had a firearm with him. The police said the arrest went smoothly. The public has been asked to stay away from the area as police continue their investigations at the primary school in the Viertola district in Vantaa in the south of Finland. (dpa/NAN)

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Finland named world’s happiest country for 7th year in a row

FINLAND- Finland has remained the happiest country in the world for the seventh year in a row, according to the annual World Happiness Report published on Wednesday, March 20. Fiinland’s Nordic neighbours Sweden, Denmark and Iceland also retained their places in the top 10. Rising unhappiness, especially among young people, has seen other Western countries drop down the index, with the United States and Germany dropping out of the top 20 for the first time since the report’s first edition more than a decade ago. The United States and Germany came in 23rd and 24th respectively. In turn, Costa Rica and Kuwait entered the top 20 at 12 and 13, while Eastern European countries Serbia, Bulgaria and Latvia reported the biggest increases in happiness. Afghanistan, plagued by a humanitarian catastrophe since the Taliban regained control in 2020, remained in last place. The survey asks people in 143 countries and territories to evaluate their lives on a scale from zero to 10, taking into account factors such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity and corruption. Its …

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Ohanaeze turns back on Simon Ekpa, urges FG to go after him

ABUJA- Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation has urged the Federal Government to activate its diplomatic ties with Finland to get Simon Ekpa, a Finland-based Biafra agitator. Ohanaeze wants the Federal Government to liaise with the Government of Finland to address the activities of Ekpa and his disciples in the South-East. On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, while appearing before the House of Representatives accused Ekpa of sabotaging the activities of security agents in the South-East. Musa urged the Federal Government to liaise with the Finnish Government over Ekpa’s activities in Nigeria. Reacting to this in an interview with ThePunch, the Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Ambassador Okey Emuchay, expressed Ohanaeze’s support for the proposition by the Chief of Defence Staff. Emuchay said the leadership of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation had already discussed the suggestion, adding that everybody in the South-East is concerned about Ekpa’s activities in the region. “This morning, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and myself, we have discussed it, and then as you know, everybody, all the stakeholders in the South East, the governors, …

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