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Monday news wrap: Yle shake-up, President Niinistö tests his brand, WMDs, trolls target German student

In case you missed our big stories Monday, here’s an overview of the items -- and people -- that made news headlines. They include now ex-editor-in-chief Atte Jääskeläinen, President Sauli Niinistö, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and a German student apparently hounded out of Finland by internet trolls.

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Image: Derrick Frilund / Yle

Atte Jääskeläinen parted ways with national broadcaster Yle after a months-long storm gathering over his head following claims of freedom of speech violations and bowing to political pressure. Read more about the latest dramatic turn in the saga that led to Jääskeläinen’s abrupt departure on Monday afternoon.

President sets out to gauge his personal appeal

Sauli Niinistö
Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva
Long touted as a favourite to win a second term in office, President Sauli Niinistö announced Monday that he would contest the 2018 presidential election. Speaking at a press conference at his official residence, Niinistö said he would run as a non-affiliated candidate to measure the breadth of his popular appeal. Read more about how President Niinistö threw his hat into the ring.

Zeroing in on WMDs

A child receiving treatments after poison gas attack.
A Syrian child receiving treatment in a field hospital following a poison gas attack in Idlib province in April 2017. Image: EPA/STRINGER
Representatives of NATO member states and partner states as well as international organisations gathered in Helsinki on Monday to discuss weapons of mass destruction. Following a nerve gas attack on Syrian civilians in April, participants will pay special attention to chemical weapons – one of the most insidious of the weapons classified as WMDs.

Trolls hound wilderness buff

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Charlotte Arnswald has lived alone in a Finnish forest shelter for over a month. Image: Toni Pitkänen / Yle
What seemed to some to be a mostly harmless project – living alone off nature’s bounty for a summer – turned out to be a trigger for an online campaign of abuse against a young German student. Yle reports that the 23 year-old left Finland after just a month of her wilderness experience – following attempts by online trolls to out her location.

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