Week in pictures: August 24-30

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    Night of the Ancient Lights was celebrated around the Baltic Sea on Saturday. (Reet Sepp/Minupilt.err.ee)

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    New scans revealed that Estonia has hundreds of more sea islands than previously thought. The officials number of Estonian islands now stands at 2,355. Pictured: Auklaid, Öakse, Saarnaki and Hanikatsi islets (Hiiumaamudeliklubi/Wikimedia Commons)

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    An opinion poll named Marina Kaljurand as people's top choice for the next president of Estonia. (Reuters/Scanpix)

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    Estonia athletics team came home empty handed from IAAF world champs in Beijing, China. Pictured: Magnus Kirt. (AFP/Scanpix)

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    Port of Tallinn CEO Ain Kaljurand and board member Andres Kiil were arrested on suspicion of taking large bribes. (Postimees/Scanpix/ERR)

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    Estonian Police and Border Guard Board announced it's plan to build a high-tech fence along Estonian-Russian border. (Reuters/Scanpix)

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    Thousands of more pigs were put down as the African Swine Flu continues to ravage Estonian farms. (Postimees/Scanpix)

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    One woman was left dead and over two dozen injured in a serious traffic incident near Aseri, involving an SUV, a coach and a minibus. (PPA)

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    Social Democrats had a vote to decide whether they should continue in the current coalition government or leave. The coalition still stands. (Martin Dremljuga/ERR)

8/31/2015 3:41 PM
Category: Society

Week 35 key headlines: a corruption scandal, the Great Wall of Estonia and coalition woes.

On Tuesday, the Police and Border Guard Board accounced it's plan to wall off Russian, by building a 2.5-meter high fence along the Estonian-Russian border.

The tally of porkies slaughtered to curb the spread of the African Swine Fever had risen to 22,000 as of Tuesday. The epidemic still shows no sign of relenting. 

State-owned Port of Tallinn CEO Ain Kaljurand and board member Allan Kiil were detained on Wednesday for taking large bribes, which the prosecution says total in millions of euros.

A popularity poll conducted among 1,200 people living in Estonia found that Marina Kaljurand, the current foreign minister, is the peoples' choice to succeed President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in a year, when his term ends.

A serious traffic incident took place on Tallinn-Narva highway on Friday, leaving one dead and over two dozen people injured.

Around one thousands bonfires were lit on all corners of the Baltic Sea to celebrate the Night of the Ancient Lights on August 29.

On Sunday, the faith of the current government was hanging on a balance as social democrats gathered to decide whether to stay or leave the coalition. In the end, they decided to stay, although Minister of Entrepreneurship Urve Palo gave in her resignation notice shortly before the results of the secret ballot were made public.

IAAF World Championships in Athletics concluded in Beijing on Sunday. For the first time in over a decade, the Estonian team failed to win any medals.

M. Oll

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