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UN panel rebuffs Britain over Assange ruling

Geneva - A UN panel has rejected Britain's request to review a ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained, according to a statement released late Wednesday in Geneva.

A reindeer's perilous journey in Swedish Lapland

Dikan - A herd of reindeer moves silently down the mountain, their silver coats and majestic antlers blending into the Swedish tundra as their herder leads them to their winter grazing grounds in the plains below.

Britain has Assange DNA sample: Ecuador

Quito - British police have received a genetic sample from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for Swedish prosecutors to use in their rape investigation against him, an official said Monday.

Sweden slaughters 200,000 hens on bird flu fears

Stockholm - Sweden on Friday said 200,000 chickens were being slaughtered at a farm where bird flu has been detected, following a resurgence in the virus across Europe.

Trump is 'just the president', says defiant fugitive Snowden

Stockholm - Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Monday downplayed the importance of President-elect Donald Trump and again defended his decision to leak documents showing massive surveillance of US citizens' communications.

Hidden Bergman 'masterpiece' to hit Swedish movie screens

Stockholm - Discovered in Ingmar Bergman's archive, a previously unknown manuscript about sexual and social revolution in the 1960s is to be turned into a movie, nearly a decade after the Swedish director's death.

Exclusive: EC Twins ink record deal with Sony Music Special

Acclaimed electronic duo, EC Twins, announced exclusively to Digital Journal that they inked an international record deal with Sony Music.

Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony: Swedish Academy

Stockholm - Music icon Bob Dylan will not attend the Nobel ceremony in December to accept his literature prize because he has "other commitments", the Swedish Academy said on Wednesday.

Tough prosecutor takes over Swedish PM murder probe

Stockholm - Sweden on Tuesday announced that tough prosecutor Krister Petersson will relaunch the probe into the 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme, still a mystery three decades on despite countless leads.

WikiLeaks' Assange questioned by prosecutors

London - Prosecutors were questioning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran embassy in London on Monday, the latest twist in the long-running legal battle over a rape allegation against him.

Five arrests, two injured at neo-Nazi rally in Sweden

Stockholm - Five people were arrested and two were injured in Stockholm on Saturday in clashes between police and anti-fascists at a rally by Swedish neo-Nazis, police said.

Ecuador to question Assange on rape allegations

Stockholm - Julian Assange will be questioned next week over longstanding rape accusations, Sweden's public prosecutor's office announced Monday, saying an Ecuadorian prosecutor would visit the WikiLeaks founder in the embassy where he has been holed up since 2012...

Pope understands Europe's caution over migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis, who has repeatedly called on Europe to open its doors to more migrants, stated Tuesday that governments have the right to carefully assess their capacity to effectively integrate those arriving from abroad.

Pope ends Sweden visit with mass for tiny Catholic community

Malm - Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Sweden Tuesday after holding a public mass for the Catholic minority in the Lutheran but secular nation where same-sex marriage is allowed even for priests.

'Swedish Schindler' declared dead by his homeland

Stockholm - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II, was finally declared dead by his homeland on Monday over 70 years after disappearing into the hands of the Soviet Union.

Pope takes Christian unity bid to Protestant heartland

Malm - Pope Francis and Lutheran leaders expressed deep regret Monday over the conflict between Catholics and Protestants during Christianity's nearly 500-year-old schism, calling for unity on the pontiff's landmark visit to Sweden.

Assange refused arrest warrant suspension for mentor's funeral

Stockholm - The Swedish prosecutor's office on Friday said it had rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to temporarily suspend an arrest warrant so he could leave the Ecuadoran embassy in London to attend the funeral of mentor Gavin MacFayden.

Sweden refuses to suspend Assange's arrest warrant for funeral

Stockholm - The Swedish prosecutor's office on Friday said it has rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to temporarily suspend an arrest warrant so he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London and attend a funeral.

Sweden's female Lutherans voice hope in the pope

Stockholm - Pope Francis offers hope for change in the Catholic Church on a range of moral issues -- but there's a long way to go, say the female leaders of Sweden's liberal Lutherans ahead of his landmark visit.

By 2040 Sweden to produce all its energy from renewable sources

Anne Nilsson, Director General of the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate claimed that Sweden was on track to produce all its energy from renewable resources by 2040.

Sweden wants EU to switch to emission-free cars by 2030

Stockholm - Sweden's environment minister on Saturday urged the European Union to ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2030.

Facebook apologises for removing cancer video

Stockholm - Facebook has apologised for taking down a breast cancer awareness video because the images were flagged as offensive, saying the move was "an error".

Outcry as Facebook removes Swedish breast cancer video

Stockholm - Facebook has removed a video on breast cancer awareness posted in Sweden because it deemed the images "offensive", the Swedish Cancer Society said Thursday.

Attacker in clown mask stabs man in Sweden

Stockholm - An attacker wearing a clown mask stabbed a man in Sweden, police said Friday, as a wave of hysteria about sightings of "creepy" or "killer" clowns sweeps the United States and European nations.

Assange interrogation postponed: Ecuador prosecutors

Quito - The interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a Swedish rape accusation has been postponed by a month at his request, Ecuadoran prosecutors said Wednesday.

Sweden to join NATO strategic comms centre: director

Riga - Non-aligned Sweden will join NATO's Strategic Communications Centre based in nearby Latvia amid heightened tensions with Russia in the Baltic Sea region, the centre said Friday.

Sweden to reintroduce military service

Stockholm - Sweden said Wednesday it would reintroduce compulsory military service from 2018, eight years after it was abolished.

Four men injured in shooting in Sweden

V - Four men were injured, one critically, in the centre of Sweden's southern city of Malmo, in what police said appeared to be a targeted attack by gunmen riding scooters.

Eritrea must reveal fate of detained officials, reporters: UN expert

Geneva - A United Nations expert on Friday called on Eritrea's government to urgently reveal the fate of around two dozen senior government officials and journalists arrested 15 years ago.

Angering activists, Norway says to kill wolves

Oslo - Norway was accused of authorising the "mass slaughter" of its endangered wolf population on Friday after announcing that 47 of the predators would be killed by hunters.
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Kläckeberga Church in Kalmar, Sweden. Photo taken: March 6, 2012.
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A family of ducks crosses a pathway near the shore of Lake Mälaren in Sigtuna.
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