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Norway's telecom group Telenor to leave Indian market

Norwegian telecommunications group Telenor said Thursday it was leaving the Indian telecom market and transferring its businesses there to Bharti Airtel.

Mainly immigrant suburb of Stockholm hit by riots

Dozens of youth clashed with police in a mainly immigrant suburb of the Swedish capital Stockholm on Monday night after an arrest in an underground train station.

Denmark registers sharp drop in asylum bids in 2016

Denmark saw asylum bids in 2016 drop by two-thirds compared to the previous year, the Scandinavian country's statistics agency said Monday.

Swedish police arrest eight in child pornography raid

Swedish police have arrested eight men this week on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography, prosecutors said Friday.

Sweden sentences Syrian man to life over killing of Syrian soldiers

A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment over his involvement in the 2012 killing of seven captive Syrian government soldiers.

Swedish court upholds life term for Rwanda-born man in 1994 genocide

A life sentence for a Rwandan-born man found guilty of genocide, murder and other crimes during the 1994 ethnic massacres in the central African country was upheld Wednesday by a Swedish appellate court.

Swedish court orders internet provider to block Pirate Bay

A Swedish appellate court Monday ordered an internet service provider to block customers from accessing the controversial Pirate Bay platform, overturning a 2015 lower court ruling.

Norway extends border checks to control migrant flows

Norway is extending temporary border checks until May to control the inflow of migrants, the government said Friday.

Record sales drive rise in China-owned Volvo Cars' full-year profit

China-owned Volvo Cars on Wednesday reported a 66-per-cent rise in net profit for full-year 2016, driven by strong sales in China and the United States.

Danish shipping and oil conglomerate Moller-Maersk sinks into red

Danish shipping and energy group AP Moller-Maersk posted a full-year 2016 net loss of 1.89 billion dollars, citing writedowns in its oil business and lower freight rates.

Sweden projects fewer asylum seekers in 2017

Swedish authorities expect a continued drop in asylum seekers this year, amid tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European states.

Sweden decries blast targeting vehicle owned by police chief

Swedish police said Monday they had no suspects after an explosive was planted on a vehicle owned by a Stockholm-area police chief, which was widely condemned.

Norway military sees increased threats from cyberattacks

Norway faces a growing threat from cyberattacks and hacking, the Scandinavian country's military intelligence service said Monday.

Norway probes Russian cyberattack on key agencies

Russian-based hackers have attempted to hack nine email accounts linked to the Norwegian police security service (PST) as well as other government agencies, the PST said Friday, amid an ongoing probe.

Norway to buy four German submarines

Norway will modernize its naval fleet by purchasing four German submarines, the Defence Ministry said Friday.

Swedish port city to serve as depot for Russian gas pipeline

A Swedish port city Tuesday approved plans to store pipes for an underwater pipeline to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.

Germany's Merkel and Sweden's premier criticize US travel ban

The new US administration's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries drew fire on Tuesday from the leaders of Germany and Sweden.

Germany's Merkel in Sweden for talks on EU, migration and Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Tuesday in Sweden for talks with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that were expected to centre on migration, job creation and Britain's exit from the EU.

Norway approves new liturgy for same-sex church marriages

The Church of Norway on Monday approved a new liturgy for all church marriages including same-sex weddings, following last year's decision by the country's largest religious denomination to approve same-sex weddings in church.

Three men held over livestreamed rape in Sweden

Three men were remanded in custody Wednesday in connection with a suspected rape of a Swedish woman that was allegedly streamed online at the weekend.

Climate change to bring more floods, droughts to Europe, agency says

Europe must prepare for the consequences of climate change, including increased risk of both floods and droughts, as well as the easier spread of infectious diseases, the EU's environment agency said Wednesday.

Sweden investigates three over alleged live stream rape

Three men were questioned Monday in connection with a suspected rape of a Swedish woman that was allegedly streamed online, authorities said.

Swedish population tops 10 million

The population of Sweden officially hit the 10-million mark on Friday, Statistics Sweden said, citing a rise in births and immigration.

Assange to remain in embassy but 'happy' for Manning, lawyer says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "very happy for Chelsea Manning," said Assange's Swedish attorney about US President Barack Obama's decision to reduce Manning's sentence.

Norway defends strict prison regime for mass murderer Breivik

Strict prison conditions are necessary for Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, state attorneys said on Tuesday at an appeal hearing on Breivik's prison regime.

Prison staff: Norwegian mass murderer Breivik not under mental duress

Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik has not shown signs of mental duress while incarcerated, prison and health officials said Friday at an appeal hearing.

Breivik says prison isolation made him "more radical"

Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik says he has become "more radical" during the roughly five years he has spent isolated in incarceration.

Norwegian mass murderer needs human contact, attorney tells court

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik tried to use dating adverts to contact ideological supporters and circumvent censorship rules, a state attorney said Wednesday.

Norway becomes first country to turn off FM radio

Norway on Wednesday began turning off analogue FM radio, making it the first country in the world to fully transition to digital audio broadcasting (DAB), broadcasting officials said.

Norway defends prison conditions; Breivik makes Nazi salute in court

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik made a defiant Nazi-style salute at the opening of an appeal hearing on his prison conditions Tuesday, as a state attorney underlined the need for the restrictive measures.

WikiLeaks rejects US intelligence report that Russia leaked material

WikiLeaks on Monday rejected a US intelligence report that Russia passed on leaked information to the whistle-blowing site as part of efforts to influence the recent US elections.

Greek, Italian mayors share Palme Prize for assisting migrants

Two mayors in Greece and Italy were Monday named co-winners of the 2016 Olof Palme Prize for their "inspiring leadership" in assisting "fellow human beings fleeing from war, terror, and misery."

Agency: Sweden was the target of 100,000 cyberattacks in 2016

Foreign spies working via the internet attacked targets in Sweden 100,000 times in 2016, the Swedish intelligence agency revealed on Sunday in an interview with broadcaster SVT.

Sweden convicts five Afghan teens of raping Afghan minor

A Swedish court Friday convicted five Afghan teenagers of raping an Afghan minor, but rejected the prosecution's request that they be deported after serving their sentences.

Sweden approves extradition of racist sniper to Germany

A Swedish court Thursday approved the extradition to Germany of a man serving a life sentence for a series of sniper attacks targeting immigrants in the early 1990s.

Norway's Statoil sells remaining Canadian oil sands project

Norwegian energy group Statoil said it is selling its remaining oil sands project in Canada, a decision welcomed  Thursday by environmental groups.

Norway prosecutors urge 10-year sentence for Islamic State supporter

Norwegian prosecutors Wednesday requested a 10-year sentence for a man charged with recruiting members for the Islamic State militant group in Syria, the first such case in the Scandinavian country.

Ikea's yearly profits jump by almost one-fifth to 4.2 billion euros

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea's full-year net profit rose 19.6 per cent to 4.2 billion euros (4.5 billion dollars), the group said Wednesday, citing growth in both mature and emerging markets.

Western arms firms keep lead role in global sales

Defence firms in the United States and Western Europe dominated global arms sales in 2015, but sales by companies in Russia and South Korea were also rising, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.

Norway: No suspects linked to stolen gate from former Nazi camp

Norwegian police said Saturday they had no suspects linked to the find of a gate believed to have been stolen in 2014 from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany.

Danish domestic flight makes emergency landing over smoke in cabin

A Danish domestic flight with 18 people on board made an emergency landing Saturday after smoke from one engine spread into the cockpit and cabin, the airline and airport officials said.

Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line to buy German rival

Global shipping giant A/S Maersk Line of Denmark on Thursday announced plans to grow its business by buying German rival Hamburg Sued, the world's seventh largest container shipper.

Norwegian Supreme Court rejects Snowden petition for safe passage

The Norwegian Supreme Court Friday rejected an appeal by US whistleblower Edward Snowden to secure assurances he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway.

Sweden great Ibrahimovic honoured with statue and 11th Golden Ball

Sweden's greatest footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic won his 11th Golden Ball at the annual Swedish football gala late Monday for "efforts at the highest level."

US whistleblower Snowden urges global effort for privacy protection

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden called Monday for a global fight to protect personal privacy as a basic human right against mass surveillance systems.

Bird flu detected in Danish duck flock

Danish authorities on Monday said bird flu had been detected in tame ducks and urged poultry farmers to adhere to precautionary measures to avoid a possible spread.

Ten people arrested at neo-Nazi rally in Stockholm

Ten people were arrested Saturday at a rally of neo-Nazis that was met with thousands of counter demonstrators in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, police said.

Sweden extends border checks to control migrant flows

Sweden said Wednesday it was extending temporary border controls until May to control the flow of migrants.

EU members on track for 2020 greenhouse gas emission target

The European Union remains on course to achieving its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gases by one fifth, despite emissions rising slightly last year, the bloc's environmental agency said Tuesday.

WHO: Children targeted in digital marketing for unhealthy foods

More measures are needed to regulate marketing for unhealthy foods that target children online, a European health agency said Friday.

China-owned Volvo Cars moves more production from Europe to China

China-owned Volvo Cars announced Wednesday it is moving more of its production from Europe to the Asian powerhouse where it is expanding capacity amid growing sales.

Sweden extends ID checks from Denmark to curb refugee flow

Sweden on Wednesday announced a three-month extension of identity checks for travellers from Denmark to Sweden as part of measures to reduce the flow of migrants.

Pope Francis ends historic visit to Sweden after celebrating Mass

Pope Francis ended a historic two-day visit to Sweden on Tuesday by celebrating Mass in the southern city of Malmo, and calling for more unity among Christians.

Sweden denies Assange temporary leave to attend funeral

A request by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for temporary leave to attend a funeral for a close associate in London has been turned down, Swedish authorities said Friday.

China-owned Volvo Cars' third-quarter net profit doubles

China-owned Volvo Cars on Thursday said third-quarter net profit doubled, driven by strong sales in China and the United States.

Sweden lowers projection for number of asylum seekers in 2016

Tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European states were Tuesday cited as the main factors for a continued drop in asylum seekers this year in Sweden.

Swedish court grounds camera-equipped drones

A Swedish court ruling stating that drones equipped with cameras should fall under legislation regulating surveillance cameras triggered protests Monday from media organizations, professional drone flyers and politicians.

Bob Dylan website drops reference to Nobel Prize in Literature

US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's official website has removed a reference to his Nobel Prize in Literature, news reports said Friday.

Two-month suspension for Norwegian skier Johaug over doping

Norwegian cross-country ski star Therese Johaug has been suspended from competition for two months after failing a doping test after using a cream to treat sunburnt lips, Norway's anti-doping agency said Wednesday.

Assange interview with Ecuadorean prosecutor postponed one month

A formal interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a suspected rape in 2010 has been postponed until November, Swedish and Ecuadorean authorities said Thursday.

Norwegian freedom of speech group postpones Snowden award ceremony

The Norwegian branch of writers' group PEN postponed an award ceremony for Edward Snowden on Tuesday amid legal efforts to secure assurances he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway.

Norway moves to ban veils in schools

Norway is to prepare guidelines banning female students from wearing full-face veils, the country's education minister said Thursday.

Norwegian premier attempts Pokemon hunt in parliament

Norewgian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Wednesday she has no regrets over attempting to play the popular mobile phone game Pokemon Go during a parliament session.

Trio wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "world's smallest machines"

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of researchers who figured out how to mechanically link molecules to make the world's smallest motors and machines, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

Nobel prize goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi for work on "cell recycling"

Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday for discoveries related to autophagy, a cell-recycling system that could be used to help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and cancer.

Power company Vattenfall completes sale of German coal business

Swedish state-owned power company Vattenfall said Friday it has completed the sale of its coal operations in Germany, a week after receiving approval from the EU executive.

Warm weather and strong dollar weigh on H&M third quarter profits

Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) said Friday its third-quarter net profit dropped due to a strong US dollar, warm weather and markdowns.

Iraqi activist wins Norway's Rafto human rights prize

Activist Yanar Mohammed was Thursday awarded Norway's 2016 Rafto Prize for her "work on behalf of women and minorities in war-torn Iraq."

Norwegian court rejects Snowden petition seeking safe passage to Oslo

A Norwegian court Wednesday rejected a petition by Edward Snowden that sought assurance he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway to accept an upcoming award.

Iceland nation in "cold war" with Iceland Foods over trademark claim

The government of Iceland has reacted angrily after a British supermarket chain of the same name registered the word "Iceland" as a trademark, prompting possible legal action from the firm's namesake nation.

Ikea reports rise in full-year sales

Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea on Tuesday said full-year net sales rose to a new high of 34.2 billion euros (38.4 billion dollars), noting strong growth in China, Australia, Canada and Poland.

Norwegian hairdresser fined for discriminating against Muslim woman

A Norwegian court on Monday fined a female hairdresser for discriminating against a Muslim woman who wore a headscarf.

Facebook reinstates iconic Vietnam War photo after controversial ban

Facebook on Friday reversed its ban on a famous Vietnam War-era photo of a young girl running naked down a road after a napalm bombing, following widespread criticism of the social media giant's policy on nudity.

Sweden still waiting for Assange interview date

Swedish prosecutors said Wednesday they have yet to hear from Ecuador about a date when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be interviewed regarding a suspected rape in 2010, an allegation he denies.

Lego see slowdown in profit growth even as sales surge 10 per cent

Danish toy company Lego on Tuesday posted a slight drop in net profit for the first half of 2016, even as turnover rose 10 per cent, lifted by strong sales growth in Europe and Asia.

Libya's remaining 500 tons of chemical weapons heading for destruction

A ship transporting Libya's remaining chemical weapons has left the North African country as part of an international operation to destroy the arsenal, the Danish government said Wednesday.

Lightning kills more than 300 reindeer in southern Norway

More than 300 wild reindeer were found dead after lightning struck a central mountain plateau in southern Norway, authorities said Sunday.

Biden warns Europe against overdependence on Russian energy

US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday cautioned European countries against becoming too dependent on Russian energy, including natural gas.

Biden says he expects Guantanamo to be shuttered by January

US Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he expects the Guantanamo Bay military prison to be closed by the time President Barack Obama leaves office in January.

Norwegian judge dropped from mass killer Breivik's appeal case

A Norwegian appellate judge who once served in a Labour government has been dropped from an upcoming appeal case concerning mass killer Anders Behring Breivik's claims that he is subjected to prison conditions that violate his human rights.

Ecuador to allow questioning of Assange in London embassy

Sweden on Thursday welcomed a decision to allow Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, a spokeswoman said.

Sweden refuses to deport Turkish asylum seekers linked to opposition

Sweden will "for the time being" not deport Turkish asylum seekers linked to the country's political opposition in the wake of last month's attempted coup in Turkey, authorities said Wednesday.

Swedish premier marches in Stockholm gay pride parade

Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, marched in Stockholm's annual gay pride parade on Saturday, refusing to let a sudden downpour dampen their spirits.

Danish church new venue for Pokemon Go players

A church in southern Denmark has been opened up for players of the popular mobile phone game Pokemon Go, Danish broadcaster DR reported Friday.

Danish politician wants to bar asylum seekers from Muslim countries

A leading lawmaker in Denmark on Thursday called for the Scandinavian country to bar entry for asylum seekers from Muslim countries for up to six years, citing recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

Olympic accommodation continues to receive mixed reviews

Germany's slalom canoeist Sideris Tasiadis has praised the athletes' village at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games amid concerns voiced by Swedes and Belarussians that it was not fit for purpose.

Sweden cautions against EU "in limbo" over British EU exit

The European Union "should not be kept in limbo for too long" over Britain's vote to leave the bloc, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Monday.

EU greenhouse gas emissions fall to new low, environment agency says

Emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union fell to a new low in 2014, the bloc's environmental watchdog said Tuesday, citing more use of renewable energy and better energy efficiency.

Tusk says EU and Britain would be "weaker" without each other

Both the European Union and Britain would be "distinctly weaker" if British voters approve leaving the bloc, EU President Donald Tusk said Thursday during a visit to Finland.

Kerry underlines need for nationwide ceasefire in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry underlined Wednesday the need for a "genuine cessation of hostilities" in Syria to allow humanitarian aid deliveries and pave the way for transition talks.

Kerry renews call for Syria ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday there was need for a "genuine cessation of hostilities" in Syria to allow humanitarian aid deliveries and pave the way for transition talks.

Swedish pilots end SAS strike; airline to resume flights

A pilot strike that disrupted hundreds of flights operated by Scandinavian airline SAS ended Tuesday after a Swedish pilots union and employers agreed amid mediated wage talks.

Mediators meet Swedish pilots, employers as SAS cancels more flights

Swedish national mediators on Tuesday met with a pilots union and employers in a new effort to resolve a pilot strike that has disrupted hundreds of flights operated by Scandinavian airline SAS.

SAS cancels more flights after labour talks with Swedish pilots fail

Scandinavian airline SAS said it plans to cancel 240 flights on Tuesday after overnight talks failed to end a strike by Sweden-based pilots over wages.

230 Swedish SAS flights cancelled as labour talks with pilots fail

Scandinavian airline SAS said 230 flights were cancelled on Monday, affecting 27,000 passengers, after new efforts failed to end a strike by Sweden-based pilots over wages.

SAS pilots in Sweden strike, disrupting flights

Several hundred Sweden-based pilots walked off work Friday, disrupting about 40 flights operated by Scandinavian airline SAS, the carrier said.

Ten EU countries violate air emission limits, watchdog says

Ten EU nations, including economic heavyweight Germany, failed to reduce air pollution under agreed levels in 2014, the bloc's environment watchdog said Friday.

Swedish prime minister: refugee summit recognizes problem as global

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Friday the selection of Sweden as one of the co-hosts of a summit on refugees recognizes his country's belief that the responsibility for refugees is global.

Tests show white powder found in Norway envelope not harmful

Tests of a white powder discovered in an envelope at a Norwegian postal terminal did not show any harmful substance, police said Friday, while a similar find in neighbouring Sweden also triggered an alert.

Nordic football associations propose Slovenian as UEFA president

Nordic football associations have agreed to propose Slovenia's Aleksander Ceferin as new president of European football's ruling body UEFA, they said Friday.