Kavita Pillay wears a red coat and stands near a sign that says "To the ice" in Finnish.

‘It’s never too late’: How learning Finnish taught me to embrace vulnerability 


It’s relatively easy to get by in Finland’s capital, Helsinki, without speaking Finnish. But meeting an American opera singer and a refugee from Iraq here taught reporter Kavita Pillay to embrace the vulnerability of learning a new language. 

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson talks during the parliamentary debate on the Swedish application for NATO membership, in Stockholm, Monday, May 16, 2022. 

In historic shift, Sweden will join Finland in requesting NATO membership

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Pedestrians walk along Aleksanterinkatu, the main shopping street, in Helsinki, Finland.

Helsinki’s mayor thinks English should be the city’s official language

Blue and white flag flutters in the air against the sky

Finland’s national word ‘sisu’ conjures new meanings for tough times


As the Arctic warms up, a ‘new ocean’ is bringing new commerce to the top of the world

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Activists dressed up as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" are shown back lit from a low perspective.

The red cloak of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is becoming a symbol for reproductive rights

Author Margaret Atwood says “everyone seeing these groups of women know what they mean.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seated next to President Donald Trump who has his arms folded.

White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

The White House struggled on Wednesday to contain a political outcry and confusion over US President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, denying Trump ever meant to say that Moscow was no longer targeting the United States.

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018.

Did Trump commit treason in Helsinki?

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There’s a serious word that’s been thrown around a lot since Donald Trump held a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. It’s the word “treason.” The thing is, Trump is not guilty of treason as the US Constitution defines the term.

Putin and Trump having fun at a press conference.

Trump sees no reason to believe Russia behind election meddling


At the news conference Trump was invited by reporters to offer even a single criticism of Russia, but repeatedly declined.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 17, 2017.

Germany’s relations with Russia and the US are a delicate balancing act in the Trump-Putin era

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President Donald Trump shocked Germans during the NATO summit in Brussels this week by accusing their country of being in bed with Russia. As Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Germany is in many ways stuck between a rock and a hard place.’