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Estonia elects its first female president

Estonia has a population of 1.3 million people Credit: Reuters

Estonia has elected its first female president following weeks of disagreement.

Politicians in the Baltic state failed to agree from a choice of four candidates in August and five last month.

Kersti Kaljulaid, 46, will be sworn in as president on October 10 and replace Toomas Hendrik Ilves who is stepping down after two five-year terms.

"I believe the whole of Estonia won today", Kaljulaid said.

Screams of terror as lightning bolt narrowly miss car

Dramatic footage has captured the moment a bolt of lightning struck the side of the road and narrowly missed hitting a couple as they drove through the countryside in Estonia.

Screams can be heard on the video as Riho Ossep and his wife realise how close they had come to disaster.

The video was recorded on mobile phone by Rhio's wife and was posted to YouTube on August 7th.

Ossep said: "I asked my wife to make a videoclip for our first rainy day on vacation.

"My wife asks me when recording video do I want thunderstorms left on video and then suddenly lightning struck the ground next to us."

Harry thanks Estonia troops for Afghanistan service

Prince Harry visited NATO soldiers in Estonia and observed joint military exercises on the second day of his trip to the Baltic nation.

Dressed in army fatigues, Harry gave awards for outstanding service to Estonian soldiers who had completed tours in Afghanistan.

Prince Harry met troops from the Estonian army at a military exercise in Sangaste. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Estonian servicemen have been based with British troops in the military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where Prince Harry also served.

The military exercises observed by the Prince are taking place about 100 kilometres from Estonia's south-eastern border with Russia. Around 600 NATO troops are taking part, with some 100 soldiers from Britain.

Earlier this week, Britain offered to deploy more fighter jets in the Baltic states to reassure its NATO allies in the face of tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

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