Presidents of Russia, Estonia meet after nearly a decade
MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Estonia held talks at the Kremlin for the first time in nearly a decade Thursday, a step toward reversing an absence of high-level contacts that Russian...
Estonia likely to see euroskeptic party brought to power
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia's outgoing prime minister has been designated to form a government in a decision that likely will bring a populist, eurosceptic party to power for the first time in the...
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Nearly 70 soldiers from Maine National Guard's 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are going to spend the next several months conducting training with strategic...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Estonia's intelligence agency says a Russian state-controlled television station has been portraying members of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Estonia in "a hostile and...
HELSINKI (AP) — A far-right populist party known for anti-immigration and euroskeptic views sealed a deal Saturday to be one of three coalition partners in Estonia's next government.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A populist lawmaker has been elected as speaker of Estonia's parliament as the Baltic country's legislature convened for the first time since March 3 general...
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Voters in Finland have begun casting their ballots for the April 14 general election to renew the country's 200-seat parliament.
Estonian populist party lists chairman for EU election
HELSINKI (AP) — A far-right Estonian populist party now in talks to form a government in the small Baltic nation has listed its chairman as the party's top candidate in the European Union...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The chief executive of one of Sweden's largest banks was fired Thursday in the wake of allegations that the bank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in...
Swedish bank’s offices raided in money laundering probe
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish authorities were raiding the headquarters of one of Sweden's largest banks on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether Swedbank was connected to a...
HELSINKI (AP) — A senior Estonian politician has resigned from the Center Party's leadership to protest a decision to start government formation talks with a euroskeptic populist party that made...
Estonian ski coach faces investigation in doping ring
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Prosecutors in Estonia say they have opened criminal proceedings against a veteran ski coach linked to a doping ring.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Nearly 70 soldiers from Maine National Guard's 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are being deployed to Poland.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Tiny Estonia has become the latest European country with a political landscape reshaped by a populist party promising national survival in an age of globalism, a...
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A center-right party that held the prime minister's office in Estonia for over a decade won the Baltic country's general election Sunday, while a far-right populist party...
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on Estonia's general election (all times local):
Preliminary results from Estonia's parliamentary election show a center-right party that...
What to know about Estonia’s general election
TALLIN, Estonia (AP) — Nearly a million people are eligible to vote Sunday to choose Estonia's 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, where the outgoing prime minister and his Center Party is pitted...
What to know about Estonia’s March 3 general election
HELSINKI (AP) — Nearly a million people are eligible to vote Sunday to choose Estonia's 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, where the outgoing prime minister and his Center Party is pitted against the...
Sweden probes bank in money laundering case
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor has launched an investigation into one of Sweden's largest banks in connection with a sprawling money laundering scandal at Danish bank Danske...
Conservationists fight oil shale plan in eastern Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups objected Tuesday to the U.S. government's approval of the early stages of an oil shale project near the Utah-Colorado border by a company...
Animal saved from icy Estonian river turns out to be a wolf
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf.
Estonians kick off online voting for March election
HELSINKI (AP) — Balloting has started for next month's general election in Estonia, an online voting pioneer, amid tight protective measures a day after Microsoft warned that hackers linked to...
Estonia orders Danish bank to close unit over alleged fraud
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonian authorities said Tuesday that the local branch of Danske Bank must close after the financial group admitted that massive amounts of money from Russia and former Soviet states had been laundered through the subsidiary.
The Estonian Financial Supervisory Authority said the activities of Denmark's largest financial institution must cease in Estonia within eight months.
Estonia: Ex-army officer, father guilty of spying for Russia
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A court in Estonia on Monday found a former Estonian military officer and his father guilty of treason for spying for Russia, Baltic media reported.
Sildaru, Blunck win gold in ski halfpipe at worlds in Utah
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Teenager Kelly Sildaru of Estonia is quickly making up for lost time in her return from a knee injury, winning the women's ski halfpipe competition at the world championships.
With a big final run Saturday, Sildaru surpassed Cassie Sharpe of Canada for gold. American Brita Sigourney of Carmel, California, earned bronze.
Estonia extradites to US man suspected of heroin trafficking
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia has extradited to the United States a man suspected of trafficking hundreds of kilograms of heroin to the New York area and using the profits to fund the Taliban.
The Baltic region's main news agency BNS said Thursday that Haji Abdul Satar Abdul Manaf, who was detained in Tallinn on Oct. 9, was extradited to the U.S. on Wednesday.
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Polish envoy to Slovakia summoned over tainted meat scandal
BRATSLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's agriculture minister summoned the Polish ambassador to Bratislava on Friday over a scandal in which meat from sick Polish cows that were slaughtered illegally was exported to 11 other European Union countries.
Polish authorities have previously acknowledged the meat was exported to Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, France, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia.
Poland exported 5,500 pounds of meat from sick cows to EU
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of pounds of meat from sick cows who were slaughtered illegally in Poland were exported to 10 other European Union countries, the country's top veterinary official said on Thursday.
Pawel Niemczuk said about 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of the meat was exported to Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, France, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia..
Meat from sick cows also went to 20 sales locations in Poland but has since been recalled, he said.
Gun maker’s move to eastern Iowa brings big contract
ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) — A gun-making group moving to eastern Iowa is bringing with it a $25 million contract to make rifles for a European nation's military.
No more paperwork: Estonia edges toward digital government
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop.
"Now we will register our child," Andrejs Lunde says with gravity as he inserts his ID card into the card reader. His wife, Olga, looks on proudly.
And just like that, Oskar is Estonia's newest citizen. No paper. No fuss.
10 detained in Estonia over massive money laundering
HELSINKI (AP) — Ten former employees of the Estonian branch of Danske Bank have been detained in connection with a probe into a major money laundering scandal that allegedly involved money from Russia and former Soviet states.
Estonian Prosecutor General Lavly Perling said Wednesday the employees were mainly Danske Bank client managers suspected of knowingly assisting large-scale money laundering that involved Azerbaijan and Georgia, two former Soviet republics.
Russian guards not in a Christmas mood on Estonian border
HELSINKI (AP) — Travelers beware: Russian border guards are not in a Christmas mood.
They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia's alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian-Russian border.
The Baltic News Service says Igor Abramson of Russian state-owned broadcaster Channel One Russia apparently "seemed suspicious."
The Latest: Trump, Erdogan talk about Russia-Ukraine dispute
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have spoken on the phone to express their concerns about the Russia-Ukraine clash in the Kerch Strait and Russia's detainment of three Ukrainian ships and 24 crew members.
Greece investigates display of Nazi symbols at Estonia game
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek prosecutor is investigating the display of a Nazi symbol by home fans during a Greece's match against Estonia in Athens in the UEFA Nations League.
The investigation by a prosecutor for racist violence was ordered Tuesday following a complaint by Greece's Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis.
Report: Retired Latvian official held as suspected spy
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The main Baltic news agency says a retired Latvian official has been arrested on suspicion of spying "probably for Russia."
The Baltic News Service says 62-year-old Oleg Buraks has been in pre-trial detention since his Oct. 16 arrest.
The news service said Buraks headed the firearms registration department at Latvia's Interior Ministry for years and retired in 2006. Latvia's security police haven't commented on the case.
Pope: Priestly abuse scandals driving Catholic faithful away
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis conceded Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations.
Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and final day of his Baltic pilgrimage, which coincided with the release of a devastating new report into decades of sex abuse and cover-ups in Germany.
The Latest: Pope says church judged unfairly on sex abuse
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltics (all times local):
Pope Francis says it's unfair to apply contemporary moral standards to the Catholic Church's history of sex abuse cover-up since everyone covered up the crime in the past.
In comments to reporters returning Tuesday from the Baltics, Francis wasn't excusing the church's cover-up, which he said was evidence of the "corruption" that has so scandalized the faithful.
Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades.
Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union and cheered as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia emerged from five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism.
Danish bank CEO quits amid money laundering scandal
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The chief executive of Denmark's largest bank resigned Wednesday after an internal report into allegations of massive money laundering via an Estonian subsidiary showed that "the vast majority" of transactions were deemed to be "suspicious."
Danske Bank commissioned the probe last year following reports that dirty money was flowing through the Baltic subsidiary including from family members of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Lithuania: Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Walmart has agreed to remove shirts with Soviet emblems from its online shop after three Baltic countries complained about the clothing, Lithuanian authorities said Tuesday.
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were forcibly annexed by Moscow in 1940 and remained part of the Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991, except for a brief occupation by Nazi Germany 1941-1944.
Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a Sept. 2 story that referenced the 1941 attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union, The Associated Press called the two former allies. In 1939, despite sharp ideological differences, the two powers entered into a non-aggression pact that paved the way for them to carve up Poland and for the Soviet Union to take the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. That pact was never formally recognized as an alliance, and in 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union, in coalition with allies including Britain, the United States and other nations, fought for four years to defeat the Nazis.
Baltic countries want Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Three Baltic countries have lashed out at retail giant Walmart for selling online T-shirts and other products with Soviet Union emblems on them, and demanded that the goods be removed.
Estonia suspects former officer, father spied for Russia
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonian officials said Wednesday that a former military officer and his father have been arrested on suspicion of treason and spying for Russia.
The state prosecutor's office and the Estonian Internal Security Service, or the security police, said in a joint statement that Deniss Metsavas, born in 1980, and Pjotr Volin, born in 1953, were detained Sept. 3.
Serena Williams hits 18 aces in US Open win; Isner into QF
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams' yells of "Come on!" crescendoed right along with the tension in a fourth-round U.S. Open match that began as a rout and suddenly became riveting.
When she ripped a backhand winner to claim the third set's opening game Sunday, Williams let out her loudest shout of the day, leaning forward and rocking both arms. This turned into a test, and she passed it.
Atletico beats Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Super Cup
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in its rival's first game without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atletico got off to a flying start with Diego Costa scoring the competition's fastest goal just 50 seconds in, but Madrid came back to take a 2-1 lead as Los Blancos tried to prove they can still win trophies without Ronaldo and with a new coach.
Post-Ronaldo Real Madrid gets 1st test in UEFA Super Cup
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo is still hanging over Real Madrid as the team prepares to face fierce rival Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.
Captain Sergio Ramos, though, has no doubt that the club can deal with the departure of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who joined Juventus in a 112-million euro ($131-million) deal after the World Cup.
Estonia halts NATO air drills after jet misfires missile
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia's defense minister has ordered a halt to NATO air exercises in Estonia pending an investigation after a missile was accidentally fired over the Baltic country's airspace by a Spanish fighter jet on a military exercise this week.
The air-to-air missile that was erroneously launched Tuesday over southern Estonia has not been found, but no people were reported injured or killed by the misfiring, Defense Minister Juri Luik said Thursday.
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia says it favors an idea floated by neighboring Finland to abolish the practice of advancing the clock an hour during the summer within the European Union but is undecided yet which time it prefers to stay in permanently.
Economics Minister Kadri Simson said Thursday the practice of advancing clocks by an hour has become outdated with rapid technological change and the original arguments for it aren't valid anymore.