Sweden: Russia biggest threat, third of its envoys are spies

Mar 19, 2015

Sweden: Russia biggest threat, third of its envoys are spies

The Swedish security service SAPO accused Russia on Wednesday of using as many as one-third of its diplomatic staff in the Scandinavian country for clandestine intelligence gathering. Offering an unusual glimpse into the hush-hush world of counterespionage, SAPO chief analyst Wilhelm Unge described the ...

U.N. chief Ban picks panel to probe Hammarskjold's death in 1961

Mar 17, 2015

U.N. chief Ban picks panel to probe Hammarskjold's death in 1961

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed an independent panel of experts to examine new information about the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to newly independent Congo in 1961. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq announced Monday that Mohamed ...

In about-face, Sweden offers to question Assange in London

Mar 14, 2015

In about-face, Sweden offers to question Assange in London

Julian Assange and his supporters warily welcomed a surprise U-turn Friday by Swedish prosecutors, who now say they are willing to come to London to quiz the WikiLeaks founder over alleged sex crimes. The reversal, however, doesn’t mean the anti-secrecy activist will soon be ...

Cartoonist sent into hiding after Copenhagen attacks

Feb 17, 2015

Cartoonist sent into hiding after Copenhagen attacks

A Swedish cartoonist believed to have been targeted in one of the Copenhagen shootings over the weekend has been sent into hiding, police said Monday. Lars Vilks — who has faced several death threats since his cartoon portraying the Prophet Muhammad as a dog ...

Jan 12, 2015

Sweden confirms second 'submarine' sighting

Sweden’s military on Sunday confirmed a second sighting in October of what appeared to have been a submarine in waters near the center of Stockholm harbor, not long after a search had been launched for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast. In November ...

Sweden hit by third mosque arson attack in a week

Jan 2, 2015

Sweden hit by third mosque arson attack in a week

Swedish police launched a manhunt Thursday after the third arson attack against a mosque in a week, amid growing tensions over the rise of an anti-immigration far-right movement. “Someone threw a firebomb, a Molotov cocktail, at the building,” Torsten Hemlin, a spokesman for Uppsala ...

Sweden can't avoid debate on immigration, analysts say

Dec 28, 2014

Sweden can't avoid debate on immigration, analysts say

Sweden may have narrowly avoided snap elections that would have been dominated by a debate on immigration, but with asylum seekers arriving in record numbers the issue is unlikely to stay off the agenda for long, analysts say. The Sweden Democrats, a far-right party ...

Dec 28, 2014

Swedish government makes deal with anti-immigration opposition

Sweden’s 3-month-old minority center-left government announced a deal with the opposition on Saturday to sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament, and avert a fresh election. Sweden’s normally stable politics were thrown into turmoil in December when Prime ...

Arson attack on Swedish mosque injures five

Dec 26, 2014

Arson attack on Swedish mosque injures five

An arsonist set fire to a mosque in central Sweden on Thursday, injuring five people, police said, as the country grapples with a political crisis caused by the rise of the extreme right. “Somebody threw an object through a closed window and afterwards a ...

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 ...