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Gay altarpiece of original sin makes waves in Sweden

Malm - Two Eves on one side of the tree, two Adams on the other, each couple openly flirting: a Swedish diocese said Wednesday it would remove a gay depiction of original sin that hung briefly as an altarpiece.

Handke faces protests at Nobel Prize ceremony

Stockholm - Nobel literature laureate Peter Handke faced protests and boycotts over his backing of Serbia during the wars in ex-Yugoslavia as he received his prize at a gala ceremony on Tuesday in Stockholm.

Sweden to prosecute ex-China envoy over Gui meetings

Stockholm - Sweden's former envoy to Beijing is to go on trial for overstepping her duties by trying to negotiate the release of a Chinese-Swedish dissident held in China, prosecutors in Stockholm said Monday.

Writer Handke steers clear of controversy in Nobel lecture

Stockholm - Austrian writer Peter Handke devoted his Nobel Academy speech to literary questions Saturday, avoiding the controversy over his pro-Serbian views that led Kosovo to announce a boycott of next week's awards ceremony.

Swedish prosecutor drops Assange rape investigation

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Tuesday they have dropped their investigation into jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, even though they found the plaintiff's claim "credible".

Sweden to give 'new information' on Assange rape probe

Stockholm - The Swedish Prosecution Authority said Monday it will provide an update with "new information" this week on a probe into a 2010 rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Sweden honours detained Gui Minhai despite Chinese threats

Stockholm - Sweden's culture minister on Friday defied a Chinese threat of "counter-measures" by awarding a Swedish rights prize to detained Chinese-Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai.

China threatens Sweden over rights prize to detained Gui Minhai

Stockholm - China on Friday threatened "counter-measures" against Sweden if the culture minister awards a Swedish rights prize as planned to detained Chinese-Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai.

Trend in gang crime bombings rock Sweden

Stockholm - Sweden, often held up as a safe and peaceful utopia, has experienced an unprecedented wave of bombings this year as criminal gangs increasingly use explosives to settle scores.

Nobel season wraps up with Economics Prize

Stockholm - This year's Nobel season has only honoured one woman -- Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk in Literature -- with just one prize left to be announced on Monday: the Economics Prize, which has only once gone to a woman in its 50 years of existence.

Nobel season wraps up with Economics Prize

Stockholm - This year's Nobel season has only honoured one woman -- Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk in Literature -- with just one prize left to be announced on Monday: the Economics Prize, which has only once gone to a woman in its 50 years of existence.

Post-scandal Academy to award two Nobel Literature prizes

Stockholm - The Swedish Academy will crown two Nobel literature laureates on Thursday, after postponing last year's prize over a sexual harassment scandal.

Pioneers of lithium-ion battery win Nobel Chemistry Prize

Stockholm - Three researchers won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for the development of lithium-ion batteries, paving the way for smartphones and a fossil fuel-free society.

Nobel Physics Prize honours dark matter and exoplanets

Stockholm - Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz on Tuesday won the Nobel Physics Prize for research that increases the understanding of our place in the universe.

Trio win medicine Nobel for work on how cells adapt to oxygen

Stockholm - Three researchers from the US and Britain on Monday shared the Nobel Medicine Prize for research into how human cells sense and adapt to changing oxygen levels, opening up new strategies to fight common diseases such as cancer and anaemia.

US-N.Korea talks end in contrasting assessments

Stockholm - North Korea and the United States walked away on Saturday with opposing assessments of nuclear talks in Sweden, which Pyongyang said broke down but Washington called "good discussions.

Nobel buzz for Greta and literature duo

Stockholm - Experts are cautious, but bookies are tipping teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg for the Nobel Peace Prize next week, while two literature laureates will be crowned after last year's award was postponed over a sex harassment scandal.

Technology to make environmentally friendly batteries developed

With a new process for creating 'green' batteries coming from Sweden, the anode and cathode are made of aluminium and an anthraquinone-based organic material respectively.

'Estonia' ferry disaster: call for new inquiry, 25 years on

Stockholm - Survivors and relatives of those who died in the Estonia ferry disaster called Saturday for a fresh inquiry into what happened, at memorial ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of the incident.

Tanker seized by Iran 'preparing to leave' harbour: Swedish owner

Stockholm - British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, seized by Iran more than two months ago, was preparing Friday to leave harbour after being given final clearance by Iranian authorities, its Swedish owner said.
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