Finland's co-ruling party set for loss
HELSINKI • Finland's co-ruling Eurosceptic Finns party is poised for a loss in Sunday's municipal elections, with the latest opinion polls showing the party to be far behind its centre-right coalition partners. The local election is not expected to change the course of Prime Minister Juha Sipila's three-party government, but a loss for the Finns could complicate the coalition's efforts and tip the party's own leadership race in favour of hardline candidates.
Hardliner to run for Iran presidency
LONDON • Hardline Shi'ite cleric Ebrahim Raisi announced on Sunday he would run in Iran's presidential election next month, challenging moderate President Hassan Rouhani's economic record and his policy of detente with the West. The former prosecutor-general may struggle for recognition among voters, though analysts say Mr Raisi, thanks to the support he enjoys from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, could pose a real challenge to Mr Rouhani's bid for a second term.
Suspected Nazis in German army
BERLIN • The German military's counter-intelligence agency is looking into 275 suspected right-wing extremists in its ranks, including a soldier heard saying "Heil Hitler", the Defence Ministry told Parliament yesterday. The ministry's 15-page answer detailed cases of soldiers performing Nazi salutes or uttering racist remarks against servicemen with migrant backgrounds. Public displays of Nazi symbols and salutes are illegal in Germany.