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Finland hosts annual ice swimming championships

Competitors braved bone-chilling temperatures at Finland's annual ice swimming championships.

Toddlers and pensioners were among those involved at the event on a frozen lake in Ahtari where hundreds of people gathered to watch.

Temperatures are not set to reach above freezing this week in the region, but fortunately a number of hot tubs were on hand to warm swimmers up.

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Politician and two journalists killed in Finland shooting

The shooting appeared to take place outside this store. Credit: Reuters

A local politician and two journalists were killed after a random shooting in a bustling nightlife district of a small town in Finland.

The South Karelia Social and Health Care District said the shooting happened around midnight on Saturday in Imatra.

Police spokeswoman Heli Jamsen-Turkki said the victims were the chairwoman of the Imatra Town Council and two local reporters.

Forensic officers were seen gathering evidence. Credit: Reuters

The two reporters were also women.

Although their identities have not been announced, police said two of them were in their early 50s, and one was in her 30s.

A 23-year-old local man has been detained in connection with the attack.

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