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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."

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