Hungary 'Cannot Afford Not to Talk to Russia'

Hungary "cannot afford not to talk to Russia" about ensuring gas supplies, the Hungarian foreign minister said Thursday.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told The Associated Press that because of the cancellation of two natural gas pipeline projects, Nabucco and South Stream, "the only way to ensure energy security in Hungary is to negotiate with the Russians."



5th year in a row - Finland tops press freedom index

The 2015 World Press Freedom Index by the international organization Reporters Without Borders highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014, Yle News. Top of the list on the freedom index is Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark.


Two sacred places in Yamal became monuments of history and culture

In Yamal the sacred places "Kan-to" and "Toyay-schu pulnyana" will be included into the register of objects of cultural heritage of regional significance, IA «Sever-Press» reports. From Nenets language "Kan-to" is translated as "the lake is the God's gift" and "Toyay-schu pulnyana" means "the breath of the heavenly lake". The sacred places are situated in the locality of Lake Numto of Nadym district.



Increase in number of Ukrainian Hungarians seeking help

The number of Ukrainian Hungarians crossing over the border and seeking help from the Hungarian Maltese Charity has been increasing in recent days,portal reports. The charity offers temporary accommodation to them in their facilities and sometimes in offices to make sure that nobody spends the night in the street, its director said.



Fragile peace in Izhma: Lukoil and citizen carry on a dialog

An authorized on human rights in Komi could organize negotiations with local community and oil industry workers in Izhemsky District. The regional ombudsman Nadezhda Bykovskaya came forward as an intermediary in the organization of the dialog that concerned questions of seismic exploring close to the Krasnobor village in the Izhemsky District that is happened on demand the company "Lukoil-Komi".



Finland’s high schools under threat

Cuts to the education budget are expected to force the closure of some upper secondary schools in the coming years, and the Education Ministry is urging local authorities to plan ahead to ensure efficient use of resources, YLE News reports.