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Sweden ex-envoy cleared in China dissident case

Stockholm - A Stockholm court on Friday cleared Sweden's former ambassador to Beijing of charges of overstepping her mandate by trying to negotiate the release of a Chinese dissident.

Virus pariah Sweden's reputation takes a hit

Stockholm - Sweden has long enjoyed a strong reputation as a world leader on issues like gender equality and human rights, but its reputation is taking a beating over its softer approach to the new coronavirus, with Swedes now unwelcome across much of Europe.

Stockholm guide offers COVID-weary Swedes a tour of pandemics past

Stockholm - With tourists confined at home and Stockholmers avoiding crowds, a guide is trying to boost business with tours of the city's previous pandemics, from the black death to cholera outbreaks.

Sweden names chief suspect in PM murder, closes probe

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors on Wednesday named their main suspect in the 1986 killing of prime minister Olof Palme, closing the murder case that has gripped the Scandinavian country for more than three decades.

Prosecutors close probe into Swedish PM murder, suspect dead

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Wednesday they had closed their investigation into the 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme as their main suspect, a Swede known for his opposition to Palme's leftwing policies, was now dead.

Who killed the Swedish PM? Suspense as probe nears end

Stockholm - In a highly anticipated announcement, Swedish prosecutors will reveal Wednesday whether they are pressing charges or closing the investigation into the unsolved 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme.

Sweden didn't lock down, but economy to plunge anyway

Stockholm - Unlike most countries, Sweden never locked down during the coronavirus pandemic, largely keeping businesses operating, but the economy appears to be taking a hard hit nonetheless.

Sweden puts ex-envoy on trial over China dissident negotiations

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors argued Friday that the country's former ambassador to China overstepped her role and risked national security by trying to negotiate the release of a dissident, as the first day of her trial concluded.

Sweden to announce landmark decision on 1986 Palme murder

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors will announce on Wednesday whether they plan to press charges or close the investigation into the unsolved 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme.

Sweden puts ex-envoy on trial over China dissident negotiations

Stockholm - Sweden's former ambassador to China went on trial in Stockholm on Friday accused of overstepping her mandate and risking national security by trying to negotiate the release of a dissident.

Sweden admits virus response could have been better

Stockholm - Sweden's top epidemiologist said Wednesday there was room for improvement in the country's controversial softer approach to curbing the spread of COVID-19, but maintained he still had faith in the strategy.

Climate change forces Sami reindeer herders to adapt

- Once, the lynx, wolverines and eagles that preyed on their animals were the main concern for reindeer herders as they moved them to find food in the winter.

More peacekeeping operations, fewer troops in 2019: report

Stockholm - The number of international peacekeeping missions rose slightly in 2019, but the number of personnel deployed continued to decline, researchers said Wednesday.

As Europe slowly exits lockdown, Sweden hunkers down for long haul

Stockholm - Sweden has taken a soft approach to virus restrictions and although its rules are likely to be in place longer than in other countries, officials are adamant their strategy is a winner in the long term.

Sweden admits failure to protect elderly in care homes

Stockholm - Bjorn Branngard's mother died in a Stockholm nursing home where five of the eight people in her section and more than a third of residents have so far succumbed to the new coronavirus."They didn't have time to take care of my mother," he told AFP.

Op-Ed: 'Herd immunity' is a dangerous, inappropriate, idea

Stockholm - The theory of “herd immunity”, that wonderful expression equating humans with animals, is controversial with good reason. The theory says that those who recover are immune. There are a lot of holes in it.

Swedish coronavirus model under fire as deaths rise

Stockholm - Sweden's softer approach to containing the new coronavirus was already an outlier in Europe and is coming under even more scrutiny as death rates leap ahead of its Nordic neighbours.

Furloughed staff in Sweden retrain to help hospitals

Stockholm - Furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic, airline and hotel employees in Sweden are retraining to work as hospital and nursing home assistants as the death toll nears 900 in the Scandinavian country.

Op-Ed: Australia cautiously doing well in pandemic

Sydney - Australia is called the Lucky Country for many reasons. This time, it’s because we seem to have dodged a few bullets from this virus. Our infection rate is very low, and we’ve only just now hit 37 deaths after a few weeks.

Meet Sarah Sjöström: Olympic gold medalist, world record holder Special

Olympic gold medalist and world champion swimmer Sarah Sjöström chatted with Digital Journal about the International Swimming League (ISL), motivations, and her competitive swimming career.
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