The Daily Populous

Sunday February 12nd, 2023 night edition

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Finnish President Sauli Niinistö says he believes Finland and Sweden's prolonged Nato membership process has been a headache for the organisation.

Sauli Niinistö says he expects Finland to be a Nato member by the time the alliance stages its next top summit, the Finnish news agency reports.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said he believes Finland and Sweden will be Nato members by the time the alliance stages its top summit in Vilnius, Lithuania from 11-12 July, Finnish news agency STT reports on Saturday.

He said that if Finland is still not a member by then, the situation would beg the question why joining the alliance would still be possible later on.

It has also surprised member countries," Niinistö told STT of the stalemate caused by Turkey's refusal to ratify Finland and Sweden's membership applications.

Responding to current debate regarding Finland and Sweden joining the military alliance at different times, Niinistö said Finland must maintain a "mutual understanding" with its Nordic neighbour.

He added that the goal was for both countries to swiftly join Nato together. »

I'm a wedding planner in Ukraine. I've adapted ceremonies to curfews and blackouts, and one bride asked for money toward a vehicle for her father's army unit instead of gifts.

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This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Oksana Bratseiko, a 29-year-old wedding planner at the Forever Bride Wedding Agency, who lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.

She'd already started fundraising on Instagram and raised the necessary total within a month of the wedding.

Yes, organizing a wedding at a time like this isn't easy, but it gives a boost to everyone's life. »

Wyoming Limiting Child Marriage Sparks Republican Outrage

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The Wyoming Republican Party is seeking to kill a bill working its way through the state Legislature proposing to raise the state's legal marriage age to 16, arguing that putting "arbitrary" limits on child marriage interferes with parental rights and religious liberty.

"In all scenarios, child marriage limits the rights of a child and deprives them of the opportunity to control their future.".

"In the House committee, there was no testimony weighing the trade-off of parental rights over against any 'significant issue' with child marriage in Wyoming," Wyoming Family Watch argued in its letter. »

McDonald's to remove 'tasteless' sign opposite Cornwall crematorium

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Burger giant McDonald's has said it will remove a "tasteless" sign opposite a crematorium in Cornwall after the unfortunate coincidental placement was pointed out by CornwallLive.

Although the advertising hoarding has caused hilarity among motorists who spot it on the busy A39, others fear it may upset grieving families.

The sign, advertising the fast food chain's McCrispy burger, is right next to a crematorium sign and has been placed on a bus stop directly opposite Penmount Crematorium on the road between Truro and Carland Cross. »