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Eurovision 2015 Contestants: Finland

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät — which, for brevity's sake and because we don't want the Internet to run out of space, we shall refer to as "PKN" — is a punk rock band that was formed in 2009 in a charity workshop for adults with developmental disabilities. They entered the Eurovision Song Contest to raise awareness for people with Down's Syndrome.

PKN are already famous in their country for being the subject of the 2012 Finnish documentary The Punk Syndrome that shows how disabled people live and express themselves through music.

Their song "Aina mun pitää" ("I always have to"), which clocks in at 1'37" and is thus the shortest in Eurovision history, was written by the band's members. Its lyrics, in Finnish, are about having to engage in daily activities such as washing-up — and has, up to now, received mainly negative reviews.

Underdogs, then. But let's not forget (who could ever?) that Finland won in 2006 with Lordi's UFO-of-a-song "Hard Rock Hallelujah."

Anyway, we're just looking forward to making fun of everybody trying to pronounce the full name of the band.

Does it make you want to visit that country? 5.25/10

Was there enough glitter? 2.25/10

Ok to quit your day job? 3.75/10


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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Return At Your Own Risk: Gazans Stranded In Egypt Use Ceasefire To Go Back Home

Having been stuck outside their besieged homeland, hundreds of Palestinians have reentered Gaza, preferring to risk it all to be close to loved ones.

Photo of a Palestinian woman waiting to cross into Gaza from the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing

A Palestinian woman waits to cross into Gaza from the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing during the ceasefire

Elias Kassem

RAFAH — Like most Palestinians elsewhere in the world, Marwan Abu Taha has spent the past seven weeks glued to his phone screen, anxiously following the news in Gaza and talking with family in the besieged enclave.

But unlike others, Abu Taha was also desperately trying to get back inside Gaza.

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The father of four, among several thousand Palestinians stranded in Egypt since the war broke out, was allowed to cross back into Gaza on Saturday amid the current, temporary ceasefire.

“It’s a risk,” Abu Taha said over the phone from his home in Gaza’s central town of Deir Al Balah. “But I wanted to come back to be with my children.”

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