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On inviting all children, including those born with down syndrome

I am not a weeper. Never have been. It's not uncommon for us men to stifle tears and we could argue whether it's due to nature or nurture. But not here, not now. This is about 2 kids, each born with down syndrome, and how they blessed me with tears.

Sweden takes next step to fossil-fuel freedom with eHighway

Sweden has taken a giant step forward in bringing the world closer to fossil fuel freedom with an "electric highway" that focuses on the carbon-intensive transportation industry's need for cleaner and more efficient energy sources.

Op-Ed: Vancouver Canucks please trade for contract and get youth, pick

My suspicion is that it is frustrating for most fans of the Vancouver Canucks to hear GM Jim Benning repeat over and over again his mantra of making the team competitive now. Of putting the 2017 playoffs ahead of the franchise's next decade, or more.

Sweden clamps down on asylum seekers

Stockholm - Sweden toughened its rules for new asylum seekers on Tuesday as well as for refugees wanting to join their families in the country, after receiving 160,000 asylum claims last year.

U.S., Russia cutting nuke arsenals, but modernising: Study

Stockholm - The world's biggest nuclear powers, the US and Russia, are slowly reducing their nuclear arsenals but are modernising their capacities, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday.

In turnaround, Sweden agrees to continue nuclear power

Stockholm - Sweden's left-wing government struck a deal with the opposition Friday to continue nuclear power for the foreseeable future, backtracking on its pledge to phase out atomic energy.

Two new types of childhood blood cancer detected

Lund - Two new types of blood cancer have been detected, by virtue of advances in genetic testing. The discovery may signal the greater use of personalized medicine, applicable to different patients.

Assange arrest warrant upheld by Stockholm court

Stockholm - A Stockholm district court on Wednesday maintained a European arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, rejecting his lawyers' request to have it lifted.

Swedes' long journey to their final resting place

Stockholm - "You don't leave a chicken in the fridge for several weeks, yet that's exactly what we do with our dead, it's terrible!

Rwanda genocide perpetrator gets life in prison in Sweden

Stockholm - A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a Swede of Rwandan origin to life in prison for genocide and war crimes for his involvement in the 1994 massacres.Claver Berinkidi, 61, moved to Sweden in 2002 and was naturalised in 2012.

Ukraine stuns Russia to win politically-charged Eurovision

Stockholm - Ukrainian singer Jamala snatched victory from arch-rival Russia to win the Eurovision song contest, adding a touch of political drama to the annual kitsch extravaganza.

Kitsch, glitz and politics as Russia slated to win Eurovision

Stockholm - Belgium's Laura Tesoro brought a dash of silver sparkle to Stockholm on Saturday as she kicked off the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the continent's annual music extravaganza, with Russia the hot favourite to win.

Unique Swedish study tests drugs to prevent child sex abuse

Stockholm - "No one would choose this, it's obvious," said Anders who has unwanted sexual thoughts about children.He is at the forefront of a unique scientific study under way in Sweden to see if drugs can prevent paedophiles from acting on their urges.

Sculptor of iconic knotted revolver, symbol of peace, dies

Stockholm - Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward, best known for his iconic sculpture of a revolver with a knotted barrel displayed outside the UN headquarters in New York, has died aged 81, Swedish officials said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Edmonton Oilers lose draft lottery yet rewarded for ineptness

They did not get the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft — thank heavens for small miracles — but the ineptness that is the Edmonton Oilers franchise was still rewarded Saturday. The Oilers wound up in fourth and will get a sure-fire stud.

Pomp as Sweden's king celebrates 70th birthday

Stockholm - Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrated his 70th birthday Saturday joined by royals from Europe and beyond, as Swedes lined the streets to wish him many happy returns.

Sweden cuts sentence for doctor who held woman in bunker

Stockholm - A Swedish doctor who drugged and kidnapped a woman he planned to keep in a soundproof bunker for years had his prison sentence reduced on appeal Thursday, from 10 to eight years.

Immigration puts Swedish schools to the test

Stockholm - Sweden's schools were already struggling with demoralised teachers and declining test scores before the arrival of masses of young migrants whose needs have put unprecedented strain on the system.

Potential treatment for sleeping sickness parasite

Stockholm - Scientists are reporting they may have found a cure for the parasitic disease sleeping sickness. The new therapeutic attacks the parasite directly.

Romania barred from Eurovision for back debts

Stockholm - Romania has been barred from this year's Eurovision Song Contest for failing to pay millions in debts to the European Broadcasting Union, the EBU said Friday.
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