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Documentary: MS Estonia has a large hole in the hull

A new documentary that premieres on a Swedish TV channel shows that the wreck of the sunken cruise ferry, MS Estonia, has a large hole in the hull; the finding is serious enough for the Estonian government to announce a new “technical investigation” into the disaster. MS Estonia, a 16,000-ton …

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Former Estonian president joins prominent Facebook critics to form an independent oversight board

A former president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, has joined a new initiative, founded by prominent critics of the social media platform, Facebook – a new independent oversight board whose goal is to analyse and critique Facebook’s content moderation decisions, policies and other platform issues in the run-up to the …

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Estonia donates €110,000 to the US state of Maryland

The Estonian government decided to allocate €110,000 to help the state of Maryland fight the novel coronavirus. Maryland is a long-time security and defence partner of Estonia. The relations began in the early 1990s with military cooperation and links have expanded to include many areas, such as education, cyber space, …

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The US and Estonia sign an agreement for collaborative research in cyber defence

The United States Army and the Estonian ministry of defence signed an agreement on 14 September that will enable the two countries to conduct future collaborative science and technology efforts in cyber defence. The Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center – a component of Army …

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US Black Hawk helicopters are to train in the Estonian airspace

Many US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters arrived in Ämari Air Base in Estonia on 13 September to take part in exercises around Ämari, the central training ground and around the town of Tapa in the following week. The main purpose of the helicopters is to train their cooperation with …

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LIVE: Estonia holds a discussion on human rights in Belarus at the UN Security Council

On the initiative of Estonia, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and backed by many United Nations member states, a high-level meeting will be held to discuss human rights abuses in Belarus. Belarus, a country bordering the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania as well as Russia, Poland …

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A US Army artillery brigade conducts first live-fire in Estonia

The US Army Europe’s 41st Field Artillery Brigade has deployed a battery of multiple launch rocket systems for exercise Rail Gunner Rush from 1-10 September in Tapa, Estonia, together with the Estonian Defence Forces. According to the US Army, this is 41st Field Artillery Brigade’s first live-fire training event outside …

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German jets are protecting the Baltic airspace

The German Air Force Eurofighter detachment has taken over the augmenting role of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at Ämari Air Base in Estonia, protecting the region against Russian aircraft. Germany took over the role from the French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 detachment on 31 August. The Baltic Air Policing …

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The Estonian Information System Authority asks businesses to report cyber attacks

The Estonian Information System Authority has issued a call to local businesses to report cyber incidents as it is the only way for the government to acquire a comprehensive overview of the threats present in the Estonian cyberspace and offer effective solutions to mitigate them. In the first six months …

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NATO soldiers cycle across Estonia in a show of unity

A team of Estonian, British and Danish soldiers and officers – part of the NATO battlegroup currently stationed in Estonia – cycle over 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) across the country in a show of unity. The tour, called “NATO Velo” started in Tartu, Estonia’s second largest town, on 15 August …

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