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What happened in Sweden? Country asks Trump to clarify rally remarks

Sweden has asked the US State Department to clarify remarks made by President Donald Trump implying that the Scandinavian country had been the target...

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. Four of the...

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...

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...

Bomb threats trigger evacuation of Swedish trains

Two separate bomb threats prompted the evacuation of two Swedish passenger trains, and disrupted services on one of the country's main lines, police and...

European nations hit back at Trump's anti-abortion measure

Four European nations will host an international meeting next month aimed at countering President Donald Trump's order that blocks US funding for charities...

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...

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...

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...

Croatia, Swedish foreign ministers talk bilateral ties, EU, situation in S-E Europe

Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Wednesday held talks with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on ways to strengthen...

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. The city council of...

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. "The fight against...

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...

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. Two...

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. The three...

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. The agency said it...

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...

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...

Study: Russia running targeted false news campaign in Sweden

Russia is increasingly attempting to influence opinion in Sweden, according to a report by the Swedish Institute for International Affairs and reported on in...

Severe winter weather batters large parts of Europe

Parts of Europe faced chaotic travel conditions on Thursday as temperatures across the region plunged below zero amid heavy snowfalls, blocked roads, dozens of...

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...

Bulk data retention in Britain and Sweden breaches EU law, court says

British and Swedish measures allowing for the blanket collection and retention of communication data such as text messages and call history are in breach of EU...

Swedish court hears slander case filed by footballer Ibrahimovic

Lawyers for footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed Monday that the former coach of Sweden's athletics team slandered the footballer during a one-day trial in a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Assange lawyer barred from questioning on alleged rape

A Swedish lawyer for Julian Assange said he was not allowed to be present during the questioning of the WikiLeaks founder over a rape allegation, as Swedish...

Swedish prosecutor meets WikiLeaks' Julian Assange in London

A Swedish prosecutor visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London Monday to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange regarding allegations of rape and a less...

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...

EU allows five Schengen members to prolong border controls

EU trade ministers on Friday gave the green light to Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway - all members of the visa-free Schengen zone - to extend...

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. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven cited a rise in...

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...

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...

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...

Pope, Lutheran leaders commit to unity at Reformation commemoration

Pope Francis and Lutheran church leaders pledged to work for greater unity, push for justice and alleviate human suffering during joint commemorations of the...

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...

Pope, Lutheran leaders to meet in Sweden for Reformation anniversary

Pope Francis and Lutheran church leaders will travel to southern Sweden on Monday for the commemoration of a five-centuries-old event that has been one of the...

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. Net income for the period...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Four men injured in shooting in southern Sweden

Four men were injured, one seriously, in a shooting Sunday evening in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, police said. Initial reports said the shooters...

EU approves power company Vattenfall's sale of German coal business

The European Commission on Thursday cleared the way for plans by the Swedish state-owned electricity company Vattenfall to sell its lignite operations in...

Syrian aid group White Helmets hails "alternative Nobel" prize win

A group of Syrian volunteers who work to assist civilians amid their country's civil war, often at great personal risk to themselves, were honoured Thursday...

Swedish court rejects Assange request to repeal arrest warrant

A Swedish appellate court Friday rejected a request by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to repeal a detention order in relation to a suspected rape in 2010, an...

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...

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...

Baltic states and Sweden wary of Russian gas pipeline

Sweden and three of its Baltic neighbours were closely following plans to build a second underwater pipeline to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany,...

WikiLeaks founder's lawyer: Australia has not moved to help Assange

A lawyer and advisor to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the Australian native's government has done nothing for Assange despite repeated calls for...

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....

Young boy killed by grenade in Sweden

An 8-year-old boy was killed in an explosion after a hand grenade was thrown through the window of an apartment building in Gothenburg, police said Monday...

Turkey pledges no gaps in child sex abuse laws amid criticism

Turkey pledged Monday that there would be no gaps in its laws meant to protect children from sexual abuse, following domestic and international criticism of a...

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...

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...

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...

Sweden halves projection for number of asylum seekers in 2016

The number of people expected to seek asylum in Sweden this year was halved amid tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European...

Sweden approves utility Vattenfall's sale of German coal business

Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall Saturday cleared a hurdle in its plans to sell its lignite operations in Germany, after securing government approval for...

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. "You...

Late defeat against Belgium puts Sweden out of Euros

Sweden crashed out of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 defeat Wednesday against solid Belgium in Nice, on a handsome late goal from Radja Nainggolan. "It was a really...

Waiting for Zlatan - Sweden demands star makes impact on Euro 2016

If there is a disadvantage to having a genuinely world class player in your squad, it is perhaps there is an unavoidable tendency to wait on him to win you...

Italy leave it for late, down Sweden 1-0 to reach KO stage

Italy booked their ticket to the knock-out stage of Euro 2016 on Friday by beating Sweden 1-0 thanks to Eder's late goal. Eder gave Italy the winner in the...

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...

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...

Injury concerns for Ireland and Sweden after draw

Neither Sweden nor Ireland were fully happy with their 1-1 draw at Euro 2016 on Monday, and both now have injury concerns as well. Ireland manager Martin O'...

Own goal helps Ibrahimovic's Sweden draw 1-1 with Ireland

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden needed an own goal to salvage a 1-1 draw with fighting Ireland as Group E got going at Euro 2016 on Monday.Norwich's Wes Hoolahan...

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...

380 flights cancelled as Swedish SAS pilots strike

Scandinavian airline SAS said 380 flights would be canceled this weekend as a result of a strike by Swedish pilots over wage increases, the company said...

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. The strike...

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...

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...

Denmark, Sweden extend border controls until November

Nordic neighbours Denmark and Sweden said on Wednesday they will extend temporary checks until November in order to continue controlling the flow of migrants....

Report: Russia to take "necessary measures" if Sweden joins NATO

Russia's foreign minister said Friday that his country will take action at its northern borders should Sweden join NATO, amid an ongoing debate in Sweden and...

Sweden lowers projection for asylum seekers in 2016

The projected number of people seeking asylum in Sweden this year was revised downwards on Wednesday due to the hurdles migrants face in trying to reach...

Swedish man on trial for planning suicide attack denies charges

A Swedish man on trial for allegedly planning to commit a suicide attack has denied the charges in court, Swedish Radio reported on Friday. "I deny the...

Swedish airport terminal reopens after bomb alert

A terminal of an airport in western Sweden was reopened Thursday after a bomb scare temporarily caused police to evacuate part of the building. A search of...

Bomb alert forces evacuation at Swedish airport

Swedish police Thursday evacuated part of the domestic terminal of an airport in western Sweden, following a bomb threat, Swedish television reported....

Three asylum seekers arrested after fatal stabbing in Sweden

Three asylum seekers were arrested Friday on suspicion of murder after a fourth asylum seeker was fatally stabbed at a refugee centre in central Sweden, police...

Sweden, Denmark extend border checks to control migrant flow

Nordic neighbours Denmark and Sweden announced on Thursday they were extending temporary border checks until April to control the flow of migrants. "Europe...

Bosnia Islamic community leader placed under protection

The head of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein Kavazovic, has been placed under police protection after receiving a death threat from a...

Swedish court remands 13 in custody on asylum assault suspicion

A Swedish court said Friday it has remanded 13 men in custody on suspicion of preparing aggravated assault, possibly targeting an asylum reception centre....

Assange hails "sweet victory," urges governments to accept UN ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hailed a UN panel's finding that he is under arbitrary detention as a "sweet victory" on Friday, urging Britain and Sweden to...

Assange hails victory, urges Britain, Sweden to accept UN ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hailed a UN panel's finding that he is under arbitrary detention on Friday, urging Britain and Sweden to "implement the...

Britain, Sweden dismiss UN panel report calling for Assange's release

Britain and Sweden have dismissed a UN panel's findings Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being detained in an unlawful manner. The UN ...

Sweden rejects UN panel findings on "arbitrary detention" of Assange

The Swedish government rejects the conclusions of a UN panel that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is held in "arbitrary detention." Sweden says that "...

UN panel tells Britain, Sweden to end Assange's "arbitrary detention"

A UN expert panel said Friday that Britain and Sweden are detaining WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an unlawful manner and called on the countries to allow...

Swedish Foreign Ministry: UN panel says Assange detention "arbitrary"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's detention in the Ecuadorian embassy in London was "arbitrary," according to a UN panel that has investigated his case, the...

Sweden extends border controls to control flow of asylum seekers

Sweden is determined to control the influx of migrants to the country, a cabinet member said Thursday, shortly after the migration agency projected between 70,...

Assange to hand himself in if UN panel rules against him

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he would hand himself in to British police Friday in the event of an unfavourable decision from a UN investigation."I ...

Swedish police detain three after anti-immigrant protest in capital

Swedish police on Saturday detained three people on suspicion of assault following a protest rally in central Stockholm calling on the government to step down...

Sweden mulls expulsion of up to 80,000 declined asylum seekers

Sweden is preparing for the expulsion of up to 80,000 people whose asylum bids have been rejected, a cabinet member said Thursday. "I think it is in any...

Female employee killed at Swedish shelter for unaccompanied minors

A 22-year-old female employee was killed on Monday in a stabbing at a shelter in western Sweden for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, according to the...

Pope to visit Sweden for 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis is to travel to Sweden in October to commemorate the birth of Protestantism, a Christian faith which broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in...

Plane forced to land in Gothenburg after bomb threat

An SAS passenger plane flying from London to Stockholm made an emergency landing in the western Swedish coastal city of Gothenburg on Friday after a bomb...

Ecuador rejects Swedish request to question Assange

Swedish prosecutors said Thursday Ecuador has "on formal grounds" rejected a request to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, granted asylum by Quito....
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