American Fowle released from North Korea: State Department

Oct 22, 2014

American Fowle released from North Korea: State Department

American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes ...

Swedish navy widens search for mystery submarine

Oct 21, 2014

Swedish navy widens search for mystery submarine

The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt Monday for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War. Swedish soldiers and sailors were scouring the sea southeast of Stockholm in the biggest operation of ...

Swedish military releases photo of mysterious 'foreign vessel'

Oct 20, 2014

Swedish military releases photo of mysterious 'foreign vessel'

The Swedish military has presented photographic evidence of a mysterious “foreign vessel” off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports it was on the “hunt” for a damaged submarine. Ever since the armed forces received a tip-off about a “man-made object” off the coast ...

Two Americans, one German win Nobel Prize in chemistry

Oct 8, 2014

Two Americans, one German win Nobel Prize in chemistry

Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing new methods that let microscopes see finer details than they could before. The three scientists were cited for “the development of super-resolved fluorescence ...

U.S. whistleblower Snowden wins Swedish rights prize

Sep 25, 2014

U.S. whistleblower Snowden wins Swedish rights prize

Fugitive U.S. intelligence agent Edward Snowden was jointly awarded a Swedish human rights award on Wednesday for “revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance,” the prize’s organizers said. The Right Livelihood Honorary Prize is awarded annually “to honour and support those offering practical and ...

Sep 19, 2014

Swede acquitted of rape after 'sexsomnia' diagnosis

A Swede who had sex with a woman while he was asleep was acquitted of rape because he suffers from “sexsomnia,” according to a court ruling AFP obtained Thursday. The 26-year-old man did not have “the intention” to have sex, the Sundsvall appeal court ...

'Hubot' series focuses on human-robot divide

| Jul 18, 2014

'Hubot' series focuses on human-robot divide

by Erik Fau

He has no special interest in science fiction, but the creator of a Swedish sci-fi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers. “Real Humans,” by screenwriter-actor Lars Lundstroem, stars humanoids called “hubots,” a word mixing humans and robots. They ...

Jul 17, 2014

Swedish court upholds detention order for Assange

A Swedish court on Wednesday upheld its detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder that has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for two years. Assange’s defense team said it would ...

Peace-loving Sweden now major weapons exporter

May 20, 2014

Peace-loving Sweden now major weapons exporter

Alongside a global reputation for peacemaking and generous foreign aid, Sweden has become a major world supplier of weapons. It can count a number of regimes criticized for human rights abuses among its customers. Ranked the third largest arms exporter per capita after Israel ...