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Renewal and nostalgia tango at the EU-Russia border

Jun 01, 2020 - 8:00 PM

As an architect pushes to reinvent the Kreenholm factory as a progressive cultural center, an older generation of workers resists attempts to modernize, holding on to memories of their lives during the Soviet Union

KREENHOLM. The Kreenholm Factory in Narva, Estonia. Screenshot from YouTube video.

Estonia reports 1st coronavirus case

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The Iranian citizen, who returned to Estonia from a business trip in his homeland, is currently hospitalized

Pope says youth 'outraged' by clergy sex scandals

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Pope Francis: 'We ourselves need to be converted. We have to realize that in order to stand by your side we need to change many situations that, in the end, put you off.'

THE POPE IN ESTONIA. Pope Francis leads a holy mass on September 25, 2018 at the Liberty Square in Tallinn, Estonia on the third day of his Baltic tour.  Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Pope honors Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis' trip to all 3 Baltic states is at risk of being overshadowed by mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy across the globe

Pope Francis' trip, which follows in the footsteps of late Saint John Paul II who travelled to all Baltic states in 1993, may be overshadowed by claims of abuse by the Catholic Church. File Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Nothing to be afraid of? Other countries use their national IDs in countless ways

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM

While proponents of a national ID system in the Philippines argue it will improve government services, examples from other countries show the many uses of a national ID beyond government functions

NATIONAL ID. Countries like Estonia, Pakistan, India, and Peru show the various way in which a national ID can be utilized by both government and private entities.

Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:08 PM

'The war of independence sent a clear message: anything is possible if a nation really wants it,' says General Riho Teras, Estonia's chief of staff

Russia expulsions won't deter U.S. 'commitment to allies' – Pence

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:59 PM

We stand with the people and nations of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania and we always will US Vice President Mike Pence says

PENCE IN ESTONIA. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvia's President Raimonds Vejonis, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and US Vice-President Mike Pence (R) pose for a photo prior talks in Tallinn, Estonia, on July 31, 2017. Photo by Raigo Pajula/AFP

Estonia to open world's first virtual data embassy

Jul 16, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The data embassy in Luxembourg will notably back up information regarding taxes land businesses identity documents pensions legislation and the census

Estonia expels Russian diplomats

May 26, 2017 - 10:59 PM

The incident follows a string of spy cases Most recently a Tallinn court earlier this month sentenced a Russian citizen living in Estonia to 5 years behind bars for spying on behalf of Russia s GRU military intelligence agency

Estonia jails Russian citizen for spying – reports

May 08, 2017 - 11:46 PM

A Tallinn court sentenced him to 5 years behind bars for spying on behalf of Russia s GRU military intelligence Estonia s ERR public broadcaster reports

Merkel accepts Britain's decision to delay triggering Brexit

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Germany and Britain agree that Prime Minister Theresa May needs time to prepare for talks to leave the EU

LISTENING. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend a press conference after talks at the chancellery in Berlin on July 20, 2016. John Macdougall/AFP

Estonia to take EU presidency from Britain – officials

Jul 20, 2016 - 11:47 PM

The Estonian government confirms it is ready to take Britain s place if necessary

DONALD TUSK. European Council President Donald Tusk claps as he attends a press conference after the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit of Heads of State and Government (ASEM11) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, July 16, 2016. Photo by Wu Hong/EPA

Germany slams NATO 'warmongering' on Russia

Jun 18, 2016 - 6:41 PM

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier points to the deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance s Baltic and east European member states

Russia frees Estonian officer in spy swap

Sep 26, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Kohver s defense lawyer says the swap was organized on the political level and was timed to boost Russia s image ahead of President Vladimir Putin s speech at the UN on Monday Sept 28

A handout picture made available by the Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia shows Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik shaking hands with Estonian policeman Eston Kohver on February 23, 2010 in Tallin. Moscow detained Kohver on September 6, 2014 in what Russia claims is a spying probe. AFP PHOTO / Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia

After first tourney, Gilas Pilipinas still has long road ahead

Aug 24, 2015 - 10:30 AM

With one month left before the FIBA Asia Championship is there time for the team to be worthy of the next logo in their uniforms: Laban Pilipinas?

LONG WAY TO GO. The 4-nation Estonia pocket tournament gave Gilas Pilipinas a chance to experiment and test itself. But it's still a long way to go before they're ready for the FIBA Asia tilt. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iceland, comes out winless in first tourney

Aug 23, 2015 - 12:18 AM

The Philippines still grappling with its new system and probing for chemistry in just 3 weeks together also dropped games to the Netherlands and host Estonia

THREE STRAIGHT LOSSES. Gilas Pilipinas, led by head coach Tab Baldwin (right) and Andray Blatche (left), absorbed 3 straight defeats, and much experience, in the 4-nation pocket tournament in Estonia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas rally comes up short in loss to Estonia

Aug 22, 2015 - 3:05 AM

Gilas comes out flat in the first half as they lose their second straight

DEFEAT AGAIN. Gilas loses their second straight in Estonia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas blown out by Netherlands

Aug 21, 2015 - 12:34 AM

By the time the fourth period commenced Netherlands’ lead was up to 68 42 and the outcome of the contest was no longer a question

Injured De Ocampo to join Gilas in Estonia

Aug 16, 2015 - 1:03 PM

Ranidel De Ocampo was initially in doubt to join the trip due to his injury

ESTONIA-BOUND. Though still injured, Ranidel de Ocampo will fly out with Gilas Pilipinas to Estonia for training camp. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ukraine says rebels attack near Mariupol, NATO deploys Baltics troops

Mar 09, 2015 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile NATO forces prepared for a major exercise in the Baltics where Russia s involvement in the Ukraine war has jangled nerves

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Estonia's pro-NATO Reform party wins vote overshadowed by Russia

Mar 02, 2015 - 8:04 AM

Some voters however are less concerned about the threat posed by Moscow and more focused on bread and butter issues

A woman votes during Estonian parliamentary elections in Torva, Estonia 01 March 2015. Valda Kalnina/EPA

Estonians vote; pro-NATO premier faces pro-Russian opposition

Mar 01, 2015 - 6:40 PM

Estonians vote in a parliamentary election with center right Prime Minister Taavi Roivas favored to form a new pro NATO coalition

Estonia's national flag flutters over the Parliament building in Tallinn February 20, 2015. Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Estonia aims to be a global e-commerce superpower

Nov 09, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Estonia hopes digital innovation will turn it into a global superpower in e commerce by offering foreigners e residency IDs and opening the door to doing business online throughout the European Union

Taavi Kotka, a former IT entrepreneur who now runs the project as Estonia's chief information officer presents the e-residency IDs project on July 4, 2014 in Tallinn. Raigo Pajula/AFP

Teenager kills teacher in Estonia school shooting

Oct 27, 2014 - 10:41 PM

Police say female teacher was shot dead by a teenage male pupil in a high school rampage in Estonia

Sex? It all started 385 million years ago

Oct 20, 2014 - 1:54 AM

Until now it was thought internal fertilization occurred much later in the evolutionary tale of vertebrates

DISCOVERY. Dr John Long inspects a model of a placoderm fish as the Museum Victoria unveils the fossilized remains of the oldest mother ever discovered – one of the biggest breakthroughs in palaeontology ever made. Photo by AFP/William West

Who's who in the fight against the Islamic State group

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:41 AM

About 30 nations agreed in mid September to provide Iraq with all necessary backing including military means

NATO to set up regional centers in east Europe – Lithuania

Sep 19, 2014 - 9:37 PM

The so called command and control centers will be launched in four or five countries namely Lithuania Latvia Estonia Poland and Romania

A meeting during the NATO 2014 summit at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, South Wales, on September 4, 2014. In the photo is UK Prime Minister David Cameron (R). Saul Loeb/AFP

Estonia fury as Russia charges 'abducted' policeman with spying

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:58 PM

Russia s FSB security service announced last week it had detained Eston Kohver as he attempted to carry out intelligence gathering in northwestern Russia close to the Estonian border

Obama vows US will not be intimidated by new beheading

Sep 03, 2014 - 9:01 PM

Obama pledged that justice would be done to the Islamic State ISIS killers of 31 year old reporter Steven Sotloff wherever they hid and however long it took

US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with his Estonian counterpart at the Bank of Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia, on September 3, 2014. Saul Loeb/AFP

Beleaguered Ukraine calls truce in pro-Russia revolt

Sep 03, 2014 - 4:04 PM

UPDATED Kiev s announcement raised hopes of an end to fighting that has killed at least 2 600 people and driven relations between Russia and the West to their lowest ebb since the Cold War

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a press conference on the sidelines of a European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on August 30, 2014. John Thys/AFP

Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Moscow s surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine comes ahead of a NATO summit in Wales at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby US President Barack Obama for military backing

A Ukrainian soldier drives on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on a road near a military camp in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

France suspends 'most' military cooperation with Russia

Mar 21, 2014 - 10:39 PM

France suspends most of its military cooperation with Russia says Paris defense minister

Biden to travel to Poland, Lithuania next week

Mar 15, 2014 - 8:59 AM

According to the White House US Vice President Joe Biden will consult Poland and Lithuania on steps to support Ukraine s sovereignty and territorial integrity

MORE DISCUSSIONS. US Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the Ukraine crisis with allies Poland and Lithuania. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Lessons from Estonia on cyberspace censorship

Sep 29, 2012 - 9:00 AM

PNoy could have learned from his Estonian counterpart who says cybersecurity should not prevent peaceful individuals from speaking their minds or gathering information and exchanging ideas