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Plucky air guitarists chase stringless glory at world titles in Finland

HELSINKI: Air guitar enthusiasts gathered in the Finnish city of Oulu on Friday to shred and strum their imaginary instruments in pursuit of the world championship of the bizarre dance form. Under gray, wet skies, this year’s 15 finalists appeared on the open air stage on Oulu’s central square, twanging, jangling, riffing, screeching and plucking the air. This year’s title was taken by Japan’s Nanami Nagura, who performed under the artist name Seven Seas in the contest’s 23rd edition. Read More: Lynyrd Skynyrd…

Finland jails asylum seeker for life over first terror attack

HELSINKI: A Finnish court on Friday sentenced a Moroccan asylum seeker to life in prison over what was described as the nation's first terror attack after he killed two women and injured eight others in a stabbing spree last year. The district court of Southwestern Finland found Abderrahman Bouanane guilty of two murders and eight attempted murders "with terrorist intent" in the southern Finnish city of Turku on the afternoon of August 18, 2017. The court said in its verdict that the 23-year-old swore allegiance to the…

Pakistan ranks ahead India among world’s happiest countries

Pakistan has been ranked as the 75th happiest nation in the world, according to a new UN report released on Wednesday. The World Happiness Report, a landmark survey of the state of global happiness, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants. India is ranked far lower at 134 nestled between the African nations of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger. Bangladesh has been ranked at 115, Sri Lanka 116, Bhutan 97, while war-ravaged Afghanistan is placed at…

Finland invests $1 billion in Nokia to boost national influence

HELSINKI: Finland’s government investment arm has spent about 844 million euros ($1.04 billion) on building a 3.3 percent stake in Nokia to strengthen national influence over the telecom network gear maker. Nokia ruled the global mobile phone market a decade ago and the collapse of that business was a major cause of a decade of economic stagnation from which Finland is only just recovering. Nokia, which employs 6,300 people in Finland in a global workforce of around 102,800, is now focused on the telecom network…