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 ...

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 ...