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They Pulled a Dog From Icy River. It Wasn't a Dog

Construction workers said the wolf was 'calm. Slept on my legs'

(Newser) - 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. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae, and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu... More »

On Way to Helsinki, Putin Violated NATO Airspace

Estonian military rep cites a 'long pattern' of such Russian violations

(Newser) - Two Russian military planes, including one carrying President Vladimir Putin to Helsinki, Finland, briefly entered NATO airspace without clearance on Monday, according to Estonia. Roland Murof, a spokesman for the Estonian military, says Putin's Ilyushin-96 airplane crossed 1.7 miles into Estonian territory near the island of Vaindloo over... More »

US Ambassador Quits Over 'Factually Wrong' Trump

James Melville, top diplomat in NATO-reliant Estonia, says he's done

(Newser) - The United States embassy in Estonia has a brand new opening at the top, and the now-former ambassador, James Melville, went out swinging at President Trump, reports the Washington Post . "The honorable course is to resign," Melville wrote Friday on Facebook. "For the President to say the... More »

Estonia Is About to Get a Little Taller

It's switching to new system that will add 8 inches to highest point

(Newser) - Over the next three months, the Baltic country of Estonia will become a little bit taller. That's because it has decided to change how it measures heights above sea level, converting from an old Russian system to something called the European Vertical Reference System, reports the Postimees newspaper. The... More »

Around the World, Pro-Russia Candidates Are Winning

Add Moldova and Bulgaria to the list

(Newser) - Some think Vladimir Putin actively sought to get Donald Trump elected. If so, the Kremlin remains on a roll. Pro-Russia candidates won presidential elections in Eastern Europe over the weekend in Moldova (Igor Dodon) and Bulgaria (Rumen Radev), reports the AP. The resulting coverage sees some clear trends emerging:
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It's Unprecedented: Triplets Going to Olympics

Luik sisters of Estonia are about to make history

(Newser) - Two hundreds sets of twins have competed at the Olympics, but an Olympic historian says he's "99.9% sure" that triplets never have—in the same Olympic Games, or even separate ones. That will change next month when Estonian sisters Leila, Liina, and Lily Luik—the Trio to... More »

Introducing the World's First E-Resident

Estonia is now issuing electronic IDs to people who wish to do business there

(Newser) - Estonia is known as one of the world's most tech-savvy countries. Not only is it the birthplace of Skype, but its national ID system allows its citizens to file taxes and even elect politicians online. Now, the tiny Baltic republic of 1.3 million is issuing smart cards to... More »

European Student Opens Fire in Classroom

Estonian teen kills 56-year-old teacher

(Newser) - A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher during class today in a town in southern Estonia—the first known school shooting in the European nation. Four other students were in the classroom at Paalalinna School in the town of Viljandi, a police spokeswoman says. She adds that the shooter... More »

Man Returns Book 69 Years Late, Blames WWII

Book was checked out on March 7, 1944

(Newser) - An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library for the late return. Ivika Turkson of the Tallinn Central Library says that last week the man in his mid-80s returned the overdue book—which was checked... More »

Web Service May Die for Hundreds of Thousands

FBI advises Windows users to visit security website

(Newser) - The FBI says it's time for Windows users to make sure their computers aren't infected by an unusual virus. As it stands, hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide are infected and will be unable to surf the Web after July 9, the AP reports. It all started when... More »

Looking for a Safe Land? Hello, Estonia

Natural disasters are a rarity there, as well as in Qatar

(Newser) - With a devastating earthquake in Burma following on the heels of the one in Japan , which itself followed one in New Zealand , Slate's Explainer blog digs into the question of just which nations are safest from natural disaster. Your winners, based on data from a Belgium center that analyzes such... More »

US Uses Aid Dollars to Keep Allies in Afghanistan

Counterterror funds serve as tacit incentive to continue unpopular fight

(Newser) - The Pentagon is pouring millions of dollars into equipment and training for its smaller partner nations in the Afghanistan war, a new effort aimed at encouraging them not to abandon the increasingly unpopular conflict. While the funding cannot be openly used as an incentive for NATO nations to send troops... More »

FTC Shuts Down ISP Linked to Child Porn

(Newser) - The FTC has taken the rare step of shutting down an Internet Service Provider that it says was a haven for child pornography and malware run by Eastern European criminals, MSNBC reports. The case gives "a rare glimpse into the seediest parts of the web," writes Bob Sullivan.... More »

NATO Boots 2 Russians for Spying on HQ

Moscow charges expulsion is ploy to sabotage relations

(Newser) - NATO has expelled two Russian diplomats from its Brussels headquarters for spying, officials announced. The expulsion of the diplomats, one of whom is the son of Russia's EU ambassador, provoked an angry response from Moscow, which accused NATO of deliberately sabotaging relations. The spy scandal is the most serious rift... More »

NATO Girds For Cyberwar

Alliance plans research center in Estonia, target of 2007 attack

(Newser) - NATO is preparing for cyberwar, ComputerWorld reports. Sparked by a cyber attack on Estonia that took some financial systems off-line for hours in 2007, the Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence will open there next year. With the center’s help, NATO will be able to "defy and successfully... More »

Estonia Attack Prompts Cyber Security Blitz

Experts from all over studying how to soup up digital security

(Newser) - In the wake of what some are calling the first digital act of war—when hackers using as many as a million computers attacked Estonia's  web-based infrastructure—cyber security experts from all over Europe and the US are huddling to study how to prevent future disasters, reports the New York ... More »

Estonia Suspects Russia of Cyberattack

NATO geeks dispatched after barrage cripples e-government

(Newser) - Estonia is under cyberattack after removing a Soviet war memorial from its capital, reports the Guardian.  A barrage of mysterious spam assaults crippling government ministries, banks, corporations, political parties and news organizations has prompted NATO to deploy counter-cyberterrorism experts to the Baltic state, as officials cast a suspicious eye... More »

Don't Mind Us, We're British!

Rowdy brides and grooms Invade Eastern Europe for their "stag and hen dos"

(Newser) - Forget lap dancing at the local strip joint: British bridegrooms, brides and their wedding parties are descending on Eastern European capitals for cheap, drunken bachelor and bachelorette binges that last a week or more, the Journal reports. They're lured by low-cost air fares and rock-bottom prices on booze, but it's... More »

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