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Sweden eyes fingerprint scans to stop passport fraud

Stockholm - Sweden needs to beef up its border security to stop passport fraud, a government inquiry argued Monday as the country grapples with unprecedented levels of immigration.

Assange appeal lodged with Swedish Supreme Court

Stockholm - Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday they filed an appeal to Sweden's Supreme Court seeking to quash the 2010 warrant for his arrest on accusations of rape and molestation.

Cartoonist sent into hiding after Copenhagen attacks

Stockholm - A Swedish cartoonist believed to have been targeted in one of the Copenhagen shootings at the weekend has been sent into hiding, police said Monday.

Swedish anti-racists swamp first PEGIDA anti-Islam rally

Stockholm - Sweden's first rally by the German-inspired "anti-Islamisation" movement PEGIDA in the city of Malmoe was dwarfed Monday by a counter-demonstration about a hundred times larger, according to police estimates.

The Pirate Bay returns a month after forced closure

Notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay has returned to life just a month after being taken offline by Swedish police last December. The site is blamed for copyright fraud amounting to billions of dollars by the music, film and software industries.

Memorial marks 70 years since 'Swedish Schindler' disappeared

Stockholm - Nearly 200 people gathered in Stockholm on Saturday to light candles and mark the 70th anniversary of the disappearance of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.

'Swedish Schindler' mystery remains unsolved, 70 years on

V - Seventy years on, mystery still surrounds the disappearance of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, though his family is certain the answer lies with Russia.

Show of solidarity in Stockholm Special

Stockholm - Braving cold winds, sleet and below freezing temperatures, more than 3000 people gathered in Stockholm’s main historic square, Sergels torg, on Sunday. They were out to show their support for the Charlie Hebdo victims last week.

Sweden confirms second 'submarine' sighting

Stockholm - Sweden's military on Sunday confirmed a second sighting in October of what appeared to have been a submarine in waters near Stockholm city centre, not long after a search had been launched for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast.

Swedish court stops hotly contested wolf hunt

Stockholm - A Swedish court has pulled the plug on a wolf hunt due to start Friday, favouring animal rights activists in one of the country's most hotly disputed environmental issues.

Sweden protestors demand end to mosque arson attacks

Stockholm - More than a thousand protesters took to the streets in Sweden on Friday to urge an end to a spate of attacks against mosques, amid growing tensions over the rise of an anti-immigration party.

Sweden hit by third mosque arson attack in a week

Stockholm - Swedish police launched a manhunt Thursday after the third arson attack against a mosque in a week, amid growing tensions over the rise of a far right anti-immigration movement.

Fire at Sweden mosque for second time in days

Stockholm - A fire broke out at a mosque in Sweden early on Monday in what appeared to be the second arson attack in less than a week on a place of Muslim worship, officials said.

Sweden can't avoid immigration debate: Analysts

Stockholm - Sweden may have narrowly avoided snap elections that would have been dominated by a debate on immigration, but with asylum seekers arriving in record numbers the issue is unlikely to stay off the agenda for long, analysts say.

Sweden avoids snap poll in deal that counters far right

Stockholm - Sweden's government on Saturday announced a deal with the opposition that will avert the country's first snap elections in more than half a century and counter the rising influence of the anti-immigrant far right.

Swedish protesters denounce mosque arson attack

Eskilstuna - Several hundred marchers turned out in Sweden on Friday to denounce an arson attack on a mosque that injured five people Thursday, as the traditionally tolerant country confronts the rising influence of the extreme right.

Arson attack on Swedish mosque injures five

Stockholm - An arsonist set fire to a mosque in central Sweden on Thursday injuring five people, police said, as the country grapples with a political crisis caused by the rise of the extreme right.

Sweden to test wireless charging of buses on city roads in 2016

The Swedish city of Södertälje is to begin testing of a new wirelessly charged electric-hybrid city bus system on its roads in 2016 as part of efforts to reduce fuel consumption and pollution in the country.

Sweden urges fresh look into secretary general death

New York - Sweden asked the United Nations on Monday to reopen an inquiry into the mysterious death more than 50 years ago of secretary general Dag Hammarskjold, citing new evidence and a need to close "an open wound.

Russia denies military jet near miss with airliner over Sweden

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry on Sunday denied a report by Swedish military that a Russian military plane nearly collided this week with a passenger plane over Sweden.

Assertive Russia causes military rethink in Sweden

Stockholm - With an assertive Russia next door, Sweden has started to beef up its military after a decade of downsizing, but a credible deterrent may take years to achieve, analysts warn.

Police search for bomb on plane in Stockholm

Stockholm - Police were searching for a possible bomb on a plane at Stockholm's main airport Tuesday after a threat which led to the evacuation of part of the international terminal.

Dewani leaves South Africa after honeymoon murder acquittal

Cape Town - British businessman Shrien Dewani flew out of South Africa on Tuesday, a day after he was acquitted of murdering his bride during their honeymoon in a case that captured international attention.

Murdered bride's family slams Dewani decision

Cape Town - The family of a murdered Swedish bride whose millionaire husband was cleared of her killing have blasted the decision by a South African judge not to put him on the stand during his sensational trial.

British millionaire Dewani cleared of honeymoon murder

Cape Town - Millionaire British businessman Shrien Dewani walked free Monday after a South African judge cleared him of murdering his Swedish bride after a sensational trial where his sexuality played a key role.

Judge to rule on Dewani honeymoon murder case

Cape Town - A South African judge will rule Monday on whether charges that millionaire British businessman Shrien Dewani murdered his bride on their honeymoon should be thrown out of court.

France chided ahead of controversial economic reforms

Paris - Crisis-hit France was urged Sunday by Germany and its own Nobel prize-winning economist to reform, days before Paris prepares to unveil a controversial set of measures to unblock its stagnating economy.

Swedish far-right party demands apology for 'neo-fascist' tag

Stockholm - The far-right Sweden Democrats party on Saturday demanded that the prime minister and finance minister apologise for calling it "neo-fascist".

Swedish PM calls snap election after losing budget vote

Stockholm - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven called the country's first snap election in over half a century Wednesday after a far-right party torpedoed his two-month-old government's budget in a parliamentary vote.

Sweden faces political crisis as extreme right rejects budget

Stockholm - A political crisis erupted in Sweden Tuesday when the extreme-right Sweden Democrats, the country's third largest party, vowed to block the new leftist-green government's budget, a move that could trigger new elections.
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Kläckeberga Church in Kalmar, Sweden. Photo taken: March 6, 2012.
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