COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A Finnish court has convicted a Moroccan asylum-seeker of two terror-related murders and eight attempted murders and given him a life sentence for a stabbing attack in southwestern Finland last year, in the first terror trial in the Nordic country. The southern Finland district court said Friday Abderrahman Bouanane, an alleged sympathizer of the Islamic State group, was guilty of the Aug. 18 stabbing rampage in Turku. Bouanane, who is in his early 20s, had pleaded guilty but denied committing a terrorist act as prosecutors had alleged. They said he was motivated largely by hatred after heavy bombardments by the Western alliance in the Syrian city of Raqqa. A life sentence in Finland is on average between 12 and 20 years with most serving 14-16 years.
After clearing the European Parliament last month, the EU's sweeping copyright laws have passed their final hurdle by receiving approval from member states. The new rules are designed to bring outdated copyright regulations into the online age, making internet platforms liable for content uploaded to their sites. A total of 19 European Council members, including France and Germany, voted in favor of the new Copyright Directive. Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland and Sweden voted against adopting the directive, whereas Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained -- but their opposition ultimately didn't matter. EU countries now have 24 months to apply the directive to their national legislations.
COPENHAGEN – A 17-year-old asylum-seeker from Russia was arrested Sunday in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station in Norway's capital that police defused before it detonated, authorities said. The youth was detained on suspicion of handling explosives, but investigators do not know if he planned to carry out an attack with the homemade device, Signe Aaling, chief prosecutor for Norway's PST security service, said. Aaling described the explosive as "a primitive improvised explosive device with limited damage potential." "PST is now working on finding his intentions and find out whether others are involved," she said. The youth was not identified, but security service head Benedicte Bjornland said Norwegian intelligence was aware of him.
Brest, Belarus - At noon each day, the small, echoing arrivals hall of the Soviet-era train station in the Belarusian city of Brest is lined with people waiting to meet relatives who have been turned away from the border with Poland. "We do not know if they made it," says an elderly Chechen woman waiting with her daughter as she watches the wooden arrivals doors. Like many others at the train station, her family has been divided as some members have attempted to cross into Poland. Of the hundreds who attempt the crossing each day, only one or two families are typically permitted to enter. Though there is no consensus on what the official figures are, Human Constanta, a human rights initiative based in Belarus, estimates that 600 people attempt the crossing daily.