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Proposal presented to tighten Finnish handgun laws

Helsinki - Finnish handgun laws are to be tightened, with more provisions planned to screen people applying for a handgun license, according to draft legislation released Wednesday.

The measures presented by the Interior Ministry were to be subject for review by various agencies and other groups.

There have been calls for tighter handgun laws in the wake of two school shootings in recent years. The most recent shooting, in September 2008 at a trade school in Kauhajoki, in western Finland, claimed 11 lives.

The gunmen in both school shootings bought handguns after briefly being member of shooting clubs.

Okabe becomes oldest winner of World Cup ski-jumping event

Takanobu OkabeKuopio, Finland  - Takanobu Okabe became the oldest winner of a ski-jumping World Cup event in history Tuesday when the 38-year-old won an event on the large hill in Kuopio.

Just 24 hours after Finland's Janne Ahonen announced that he was returning to the sport after less than a year in retirement, the Japanese jumper celebrated the fifth World Cup victory of his career with jumps of 123.5 metres and 123m for a total of 241.7 points.

Switzerland's Simon Ammann came second on 240.4 points after jumps of 119.5m and 126m with Adam Malysz of Poland claiming third on 239.3 after jumps of 119m and 127m.

ROUNDUP: Ahonen announces return to ski-jumping

Ahonen announces return to ski-jumping Hamburg  - Janne Ahonen announced Monday that he is to return to ski-jumping less than a year after announcing his retirement from the sport, the Finnish STT news agency reported Monday.

Ahonen called time on his career in March 2008, just two and a half months after claiming a record fifth title at the prestigious Four Hills tour, saying he no longer had the drive to train and wanted to call it a day at the peak of his powers.

Ahonen announces return to ski-jumping

Ahonen announces return to ski-jumpingHamburg - Janne Ahonen announced Monday that he is to return to ski-jumping less than a year after announcing his retirement from the sport, the Finnish STT news agency reported Monday.

Ahonen called time on his career in March 2008, just two and a half months after claiming a record fifth title at the prestigious Four Hills tour, saying he no longer had the drive to train and wanted to call it a day at the peak of his powers.

World champion Justyna Kowalczyk wins race, closes in on Majdic

Justyna Kowalczyk Lahti, Finland  - Two-times world champion Justyna Kowalczyk on Sunday won a women's 10 kilometre freestyle cross-country race in Finland's Lahti.

The Pole won in 24 minutes 38.6 seconds, beating Sweden's Charlotte Kalla by 22.4 seconds into second place. Norway's Marthe Kristoffersen managed to secure third place by just 0.1 second from Russian Evgenia Medvedeva.

Kowalczyk managed to cut Petra Majdic's lead at the top of the overall standings to just 71 points with seven races remaining.

World champions Austria take ski-jumping event in Finland

World champions Austria take ski-jumping event in Finland

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