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Frenchman at centre of Nobel scandal on trial for rape

Stockholm - The man at the centre of a sexual assault scandal that prompted the Swedish Academy to postpone this year's Nobel Literature Prize denied two counts of rape at the start of his trial on Wednesday.

Swedish police arrest suspect over royal jewels heist

Stockholm - Swedish police said Thursday they have arrested a person suspected of stealing priceless royal jewels from a cathedral in broad daylight in July.

Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

Stockholm - The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said Wednesday that "Europe belongs to the Europeans" and that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them.

Sweden's far-right seeing possible ceiling to its support

Stockholm - Sweden's far-right had hoped to overtake the "establishment" in weekend elections and become the country's biggest party, but, having fallen well short of that goal, some are now wondering whether support for the Sweden Democrats has peaked.

Sweden faces deadlock as far-right gains in vote

Stockholm - Sweden faced political deadlock on Monday after the far-right made gains in legislative elections whose result makes it tough to form a functioning government.

Immigrants anxious over rise of Swedish far-right

Rinkeby - "I'm not afraid, but I am worried," Hassan Abdullahi said while distributing voting papers at a polling station in a disadvantaged Stockholm suburb, as the far-right was set to win record support in Swedish elections Sunday.

Swedish Liberal leader auctions shirt off his back to fight racism

Stockholm - The leader of Sweden's Liberal party put a blue shirt he wore throughout the campaign up for auction on election day Sunday, vowing to donate the money to an anti-racist magazine as the far-right was tipped to win record votes.

Stefan Lofven: welder turned Sweden PM grappling with immigration

Stockholm - Sweden's Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has probably never stood so alone: roasted by the right for leaving the door wide open to asylum-seekers and lambasted by the left for later slamming it shut.

Ex-gymnast opposition leader must be nimble to win in Sweden

Stockholm - The challenger to become Sweden's next prime minister, conservative Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson, is an eternal optimist chasing voters seduced by the far-right who claim soaring immigration is straining the country's famed welfare model.

Far-right tipped to win big as Swedes vote

Stockholm - Swedes go to the polls in legislative elections Sunday, with the far-right expected to post a record score as voters unhappy about immigration punish one of the few remaining left-wing governments in Europe.

Sweden 'naive' about integration: ex-Peshmerga Swedish MP

Stockholm - Sweden's "naive" approach to integrating asylum seekers has opened the door to the far-right, an outspoken lawmaker told AFP ahead of elections expected to see the country's once-marginal anti-immigration party make gains.

Swedish far-right leader receives death threat: party

Stockholm - The far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) on Friday said their leader Jimmie Akesson has received a letter with a death threat as the party is on course to win record support in Sunday's legislative election.

Far-right seen surging as Swedish election outcome uncertain

Stockholm - Swedes vote in legislative elections on Sunday expected to see the far-right surge amid a deep rift over the integration of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, with the election outcome seen as uncertain.

Nobel prize for literature not to be awarded in 2018

Earlier in 2018 the Swedish Academy said that it would not award a Nobel prize for literature this year. Instead, two prizes will be awarded next year. The decision came after a sexual assault scandal involving the husband of one of the Academy's members.

Spain PM asks Catalan leader to talk to those against independence

Enk - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday asked Catalonia's separatist leader Quim Torra to start a dialogue with those against independence and ditch his "posturing" to ease tensions in the region.

Jimmie Akesson, the architect of Sweden's rising far right

Stockholm - Jimmie Akesson, the leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats, is a charismatic speaker who has succeeded in attracting mainstream voters with his efforts to cleanse the party of its neo-Nazi roots.

Sweden returns Nazi-looted Kokoschka painting to Jewish heir

Stockholm - Sweden's modern museum on Tuesday said it had returned a Nazi-confiscated painting by Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka to the heir of a persecuted Jewish art collector.

The far-right Sweden Democrats' rocky path to 'normalisation'

Ystad - The far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) who originated from the neo-Nazi movement, have sought to clean up their image in recent years with a sweeping revamp that has widened their appeal.

Far-right poised for big wins in Sweden election

Stockholm - The anti-immigration far-right is expected to soar in Sweden's September 9 general election, capitalising on voter discontent as Swedes punish traditional parties over immigration, integration and health care.

Women cheer as Swedish man-free music festival opens

Gothenburg - Matilda Hagerman laughs with her friends as she queues at a man-free music festival, which kicked off in Sweden on Friday in protest against a wave of sexual assaults at festivals in recent years.
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