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Swedish prosecutor issues formal request to hold Assange on rape suspicion

May 20, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The Swedish investigation concerns events which took place in 2010 when a Swedish woman accused Julian Assange of rape, after meeting him at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. File photo by Agence France-Presse

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

MPs urge UK to cooperate with Sweden in Assange case

Apr 13, 2019 - 6:41 PM

'Julian Assange skipping bail in UK, or any rape charge that may be brought by Swedish authorities shouldn't be ignored,' says Labor Party home affairs spokeswoman Diane Abbott

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Swedish firms bullish on Philippines, but frown on red tape

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Swedish firms doing business in the Philippines expect double-digit growth in the next 3 years, but also note that doing business in the country 'is not easy'

Mini mice architecture draws crowds in Sweden

Feb 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

A group named Anonymouse says: 'We were a group of friends sitting and talking about our shared love of tales where animals live in a world parallel to ours, where they take care of things we lose'

SMALL WORLD. An unknown artist calling himself 'Anonymouse'€ takes pictures of a mini restaurant and deli-shop for mice he has created in central Malmo, Sweden. Photo by Bjorn Lindgren/TT News Agency/AFP

Assange starts legal bid to unseal U.S. charges against him

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange file his application with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

US CHARGES. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Patient in Sweden suspected with Ebola admitted to hospital

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:47 PM

A health official says the patient, who lives in Sweden, returned from a trip to Burundi 3 weeks ago but was not known to have visited an Ebola-contaminated area

A door of the hospital in Enköping, Sweden, is pictured on January 4, 2019, as it has received a case of suspected Ebola, according to health care officials. The patient was first admitted to hospital in Enkoping after being treated now in Uppsala University Hospital. The emergency room in Enkoping has now been closed, and staff who came in contact with the patient are being cared for, a statement said. Ebola is a highly infectious and potentially fatal disease. Fredrik SANDBERG / TT News Agency / AFP

Yemen government team heads to crunch peace talks with rebels

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Although no date has been announced for the start of the negotiations, Yemeni government sources say they could begin as early as Thursday, December 6

PEACE TALKS. Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country's devastating war, on December 4, 2018 in Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Sweden talks 'critical opportunity' for Yemen peace – UAE

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The comments from the United Arab Emirates come as UN envoy Martin Griffiths is in the rebel-held capital Sanaa seeking to push forward the planned talks

PEACE TALKS. This file photo shows Yemeni pro-government forces gathering on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida on November 10, 2018.  File photo by AFP

Meggie Ochoa bags historic gold for PH in Jiu-Jitsu World Championships

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The 28-year-old fighter becomes the first Asian to win a gold medal in the worlds

HISTORY. Meggie Ochoa crowns herself as the country's first jiu-jitsu world champion. Photo from Instagram (@jjfphilofficial)


Yemen peace talks set for early December in Sweden – U.S.

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Saudis and United Arab Emirates 'are fully on board, by the way'

CLASH. In this file photo, Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 9, 2018. File photo by AFP

Mom of slain Filipina in Sweden seeks custody of grandchildren

Oct 04, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Slain Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong, 28, is survived by a 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter

SLAIN FILIPINA. A memorial Mass is held in Stockholm in the evening of October 2, 2018, for Mailyn Conde Sinambong, the 28-year-old Filipina killed allegedly by her husband who is an actor in Sweden. Photo courtesy of DFA

Swedish actor faces murder case for killing Filipina wife

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Filipina, 28-year-old Mailyn Conde Sinambong, was allegedly 'severely beaten' by her 50-year-old Swedish husband, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

SINAMBONG CASE. Consul General Maria Elena Algabre of the Philippine embassy in Oslo discusses the case of murdered Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong with her maternal aunt Lugina Eliasen in Stockholm on October 1, 2018, before meeting with the Swedish lawyer handling the case. Photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Oslo

DFA vows justice for Filipina killed in Sweden

Sep 30, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is assisting the family of Mailyn Conde Sinambong, whose husband is a suspect in her murder

Sweden risks government deadlock as far-right gains

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:33 AM

(UPDATED) The Sweden Democrats, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, are presenting the the large number of asylum-seekers as a threat to Swedish culture and claim they put a strain on the country's generous welfare state

FAR-RIGHT. Jimmie Akesson of the Sweden Democrats speaks at the election party at the Kristallen restaurant in central Stockholm on September 9, 2018. Photo by Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/AFP

Swedish police probed for killing man with Down Syndrome holding toy gun

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:17 PM

Eric Torell is shot dead by a police patrol in the residential neighbourhood of Vasastan around 4am (0200 GMT) Thursday, August 2, after running away from home with a toy gun

Swede's stunt to save Afghan from deportation goes viral

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:00 AM

A spokesman at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service confirms the pilot decided Elin Ersson, along with the Afghan asylum seeker and the escorts accompanying him had to leave the plane, halting the planned deporation

French soldiers arrive in Sweden to fight wildfires

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Firefighters are battling around 50 wildfires after an unprecedented drought in the region and soaring temperatures, which have reached the highest in a century

FIRE FIGHTERS. Stephane Nissle and the rest of the French civil protection service arrive at Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm on July 23, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Sweden farmers feeling burden of historic drought

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A large part of Sweden, as well as Denmark, southern Norway and northern Finland, is currently experiencing a period of extreme heat which, according to weather forecasts, is unlikely to end soon

DRY SWEDEN. A picture taken on July 16, 2018 shows a cattle taking shelter from the sun under a tree in Malmkoping, Central Sweden. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

Sweden struggles to contain ferocious wildfires

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Swedish authorities say 44 fires are burning across the country, urging locals living close to the blazes in the central counties of Gavleborg, Jamtland and Dalarna to evacuate

WILDFIRES IN SWEDEN. Firefighters use helicopters to fight wildfires outside Hammarstrand in Sweden, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Mats Andersson/TT News Agency/AFP

England sinks Sweden to clinch World Cup semis berth

Jul 08, 2018 - 1:41 AM

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli send England into last 4 against a Sweden side that sees the Three Lions going 'all the way'

STEP CLOSER. Dele Alli (right) doubles England’s lead against Sweden in the second half. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Swedish intellectuals form new literature prize in Nobel protest

Jul 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

However, some observers are skeptical about whether the New Academy can compare with the Nobel Literature Prize's history of recognizing distinguished authors

NEW PRIZE. More than 100 Swedish intellectuals form a new literature award giving body in protest, after the Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel laureates, plunged into a crisis over long-standing ties to a man accused of sexual assault on several women. File photo of Nobel Museum by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

World Cup 2018: The elite 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The big guns are all primed up for global football's quarterfinal battles

FAVORED. England stands among the favorites to reach the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Sweden ends 24-year World Cup quarters wait

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Emil Forsberg delivers as Sweden squeaks past Switzerland to reach the last 8 for the first time since 1994

GAME-WINNER. Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg (center) gets congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips into themselves – here's why

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet

CHIPS. Chips with everything. www.shutterstock.com

World Cup 2018: The last 16

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Check out how the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup's knockout stages

STRONG START. Belgium (in red) downs England, 1-0, in their final group game to join Croatia and Uruguay as the only teams to win all 3 games in the group stage. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

World Cup wide open after dramatic group stage

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Croatia stays impressive, Brazil finds its footing, while France and Argentina labor through

CONSISTENCY. Croatian star Luka Modric (right) looks to lead the way again in the last 16 after Croatia’s impressive run in the group stage. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Sweden powers into World Cup last 16

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:58 AM

The Swedes take Mexico along with them to the knockout stage as South Korea eliminates defending champion Germany

ICING. Sweden bounces back from a loss to Germany with a 3-0 showing that catapulted them to the knockout stages. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Sweden must bounce back fast with World Cup group on knife-edge

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Sweden needs a win over Mexico and will progress if it registers a better result than Germany

HARSH CRITICISM. Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz will be one of the players to prove his worth after he received racial abuse on social media. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Kroos stunner rescues Germany's World Cup hopes

Jun 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The Germans hold nerve as Toni Kroos brings the defending champions back from the brink

RELIEF. Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring a goal during their must-win match against Sweden. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

No Nobel Literature Prize after #MeToo turmoil

May 04, 2018 - 11:54 PM

For the first time in almost 70 years there will be no Nobel Literature Prize this year

NO WINNER. Anders Olsson, the acting permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, annonunces that the Swedish Academy has decided to postpone the award of the 2018 Nobel literature prize, during an interview to the Swedish newsagency TT News Agency in Stockholm, May 4, 2018. Photo by Janerik Henriksson/ TT News Agency / AFP

UN Security Council meets over Syria in remote Swedish farmhouse

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'Hopefully there will be some new ideas on the table and I think it'll be on those tracks: the humanitarian situation, the chemical weapons,' says Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

UNSC MEETING. Journalists wait before a group picture during the annual informal working meeting with the UN Security Council on April 21, 2018, at Dag Hammarskjold's farm at Backakra, close to Ystad, southern Sweden. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

'No criminal suspicion' in DJ Avicii's death, says Oman police source

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Two autopsies confirm this finding, says the source with Oman's Royal Police

GONE TOO SOON. Famed DJ Avicii died Friday in Muscat, Oman. He was 28. Photo from Avicii's Facebook page

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Mar 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

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North Korea's top diplomat meets Swedish leaders

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:02 AM

Ri Yong Ho meeets Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom a week after US President Donald Trump agrees to a historic summit with the North Korean leader

RI YONG HO IN SWEDEN. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho (C) leaves the Swedish goverment building Rosenbad in central Stockholm on March 16, 2018. Photo by Vilhelm Stokstad/TT News Agency/AFP

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Day 1: Medal tally, brief results

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Germany leads the medal tally so far, with 2 gold medals. The Netherlands and Norway have bagged 4 medals each.

GOLD MEDAL. Germany's Andreas Wellinger celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the men's normal hill individual ski jumping event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018, in Pyeongchang.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

UN Security Council considers demanding 30-day Syria truce

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Diplomats say it remained unclear whether Russia would resort to its veto to block the draft resolution proposing the ceasefire

UNSC ON SYRIA. The United Nations Security Council is considering a measure to impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

China says Swedish publisher held under criminal law

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Chinese officials give no public reason for Gui Minhai's detention

GUI MINHAI. Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R) are seen left by members of the Civic party outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong on January 19, 2016. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Senate approves PH treaties with EU, Sweden, Germany

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The chamber's approval comes despite President Rodrigo Duterte's criticism against the European Union for its opposition to his policies

Danish inventor Peter Madsen charged with journalist's murder – prosecutors

Jan 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

His trial will begin on March 8, charged with premeditated murder as well as dismemberment and 'sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature,' prosecutors say

PETER MADSEN. This file photo taken on August 11, 2017 shows Peter Madsen (R) as he talks to a police officer in Dragoer Harbor south of Copenhagen on August 11, 2017, following a major rescue operation after the submarine sank in the sea outside Copenhagen Harbor. File photo by Bax Lindhardt/Scanpix Denmark/AFP

Fall in the Swedish Lapland

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

A mountain climber shares his experience hiking in the mountains of the North

1 dead, 1 hurt in blast outside Stockholm area metro

Jan 07, 2018 - 8:45 PM

(UPDATED) A man in his 60s dies after succumbing to injuries sustained when 'according to witnesses he picked up an object off the ground which promptly exploded'

Mamma Mia! Dismay, disbelief as Italy fails to qualify to World Cup

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Italy not being at the World Cup is a new experience for most of the country's fans

TRAGIC. Italy fails to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, losing 0-1 aggregate to Sweden. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Powerful explosion rocks Swedish police station

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:36 PM

The blast, heard from as far away as 20 kilometers (12 miles), causes no injuries but serious material damage. The police station entrance is completely destroyed, with dozens of windows smashed.

EXPLOSION. Police forensics work outside the police station in Helsingborg, on October 18, 2017, after a powerful explosion happened at the main entrance. Photo by Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency/AFP

Nobel 2017 season opens with medicine prize

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Like every year, speculation is rife about the possible winners, given the number of worthy laureates in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics

In this file photo, a portrait of Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel can be seen on the speaker's desk at the Nobel Forum in Stockholm, prior to the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Medicine on October 3, 2016. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Denmark to seek murder charge against submarine inventor

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:24 PM

At latest on September 5 we will try to hold him in custody on a murder charge after her dismembered body was found special prosecutor Jakob Buch Jepsen says referring to Peter Madsen

PETER MADSEN. This file photo taken on August 11, 2017 shows Peter Madsen (R) as he talks to a police officer in Dragoer Harbor south of Copenhagen on August 11, 2017, following a major rescue operation after the submarine sank in the sea outside Copenhagen Harbor. Photo by Bax Lindhardt / Scanpix Denmark / AFP

Headless torso belongs to reporter missing from Danish submarine

Aug 23, 2017 - 2:14 PM

3rd UPDATE The 30 year old Wall a freelance journalist who had reported for The Guardian and The New York Times had not been seen since boarding Danish inventor Peter Madsen s submarine on August 10 to interview him for a story

Divers from the Danish Defence Command preparing for a dive in Koge Bugt near Amager in Copenhagen on August 22, 2017 where a woman torso was found yesterday. Scanpix Denmark AND Scanpix / Liselotte Sabroe / AFP

Sting donates Swedish music prize money to refugees

Jul 10, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Sting donates the money to Songlines which offers young asylum seekers musical activities to help them integrate into society

STING. The musician donated around $118,000 to Songlines. Photo of Sting from Instagram account.

Swedish prosecutors drop rape probe against WikiLeaks' Assange

May 19, 2017 - 5:46 PM

UPDATED Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape by Julian Assange the prosecutor s office says in a statement

ASSANGE. Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen on a screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a press conference on the platform's 10th anniversary on October 4, 2016 in Berlin. File photo by Steffi Loos/AFP

Which countries have the best healthcare?

May 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Of the 20 countries heading up the list all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage