Russian military has close calls with civilian jetliners

Dec 19, 2014

Russian military has close calls with civilian jetliners

Recent close shaves between Russian military planes and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West in European skies amid the crisis in Ukraine, analysts say. In the latest incident, Sweden said Dec. 12 that ...

Dec 19, 2014

Assertive Russia leads to military rethink in Sweden

With an assertive Russia next door, Sweden has started to beef up its military after a decade of downsizing, but a credible deterrent may take years to achieve, analysts warn. In one of the most dramatic steps since the end of the Cold War, ...

Dec 14, 2014

Sweden says Russian jet nearly collided with passenger plane

A Russian military jet nearly collided with a commercial passenger plane that had just taken off from an airport in Denmark, the Swedish military said Saturday. The incident happened Friday south of the Swedish city of Malmo, shortly after the passenger plane had departed ...

Countries vow to resettle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees: U.N.

Dec 10, 2014

Countries vow to resettle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees: U.N.

Countries have more than doubled the number of Syrian refugees they are willing to resettle to over 100,000, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. “Today, 28 countries expressed their solidarity with the Syrian refugees but also with the five neighboring countries ...

Snowden calls on U.N. to protect privacy, rights

Dec 2, 2014

Snowden calls on U.N. to protect privacy, rights

Edward Snowden, co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award, has called on the United Nations to propose new measures to protect individual privacy and human rights. The prize, also known as the “alternative Nobel,” recognizes “the work of so many people … not just over ...

Nov 23, 2014

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with Islamic State: official

As many as 300 Swedes may have joined the brutal Islamic State group insurgency in Iraq and Syria, Sweden’s intelligence chief said Saturday. “A hundred cases of people who have left to join the fighting have been confirmed, then there are the presumed cases ...

WikiLeaks' Assange loses appeal against Swedish arrest warrant

Nov 21, 2014

WikiLeaks' Assange loses appeal against Swedish arrest warrant

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday lost an appeal against a Swedish arrest warrant issued to have him questioned over alleged sex crimes. “The Court of Appeal refuses Julian Assange’s claim that the detention order of the city court be set aside,” the ruling ...

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes peace process will restart

Oct 31, 2014

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes peace process will restart

The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs European Union states would follow its lead. The move drew praise from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and criticism from Israel, and has displeased the United States, Israel’s principle ...

Malala awarded 'Children's Nobel' prize in Sweden

Oct 30, 2014

Malala awarded 'Children's Nobel' prize in Sweden

Children’s rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Wednesday received the World’s Children’s Prize 2014 in Sweden, after winning a global vote involving millions of children. The awards organization cited the 17-year-old Pakistani girl for “her courageous and dangerous fight for ...

Hunt for sub sends Cold War chill across Baltic

| Oct 22, 2014

Hunt for sub sends Cold War chill across Baltic

by Karl Ritter

Sweden’s biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In scenes reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops have combed the Stockholm archipelago since Friday for signs ...