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UN angry over European pullout of police from South Sudan

New York - Three European countries rushed to evacuate their nationals serving as UN police in South Sudan during the recent heavy fighting, without even consulting the United Nations, according to an internal UN memo obtained by AFP.

Ecuador denounces spying on Assange at London embassy

Geneva - Ecuador's foreign minister voiced suspicion on Wednesday that British intelligence was perpetually spying on his country's embassy in London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is camped out. "There are cameras everywhere.

Ikea recalls millions of dressers in US, Canada after child deaths

Washington - Furniture giant Ikea said Tuesday it was recalling more than 35 million chests and dressers in North America after six children died in the United States when they tipped over.

Sweden takes next step to fossil-fuel freedom with eHighway

Sweden has taken a giant step forward in bringing the world closer to fossil fuel freedom with an "electric highway" that focuses on the carbon-intensive transportation industry's need for cleaner and more efficient energy sources.

Assange lawyer says Sweden should recognize UN opinion

Quito - A former Spanish judge who is defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday urged Sweden to recognize a UN working group opinion that his confinement amounts to arbitrary detention.

Sweden clamps down on asylum seekers

Stockholm - Sweden toughened its rules for new asylum seekers on Tuesday as well as for refugees wanting to join their families in the country, after receiving 160,000 asylum claims last year.

Angry Assange starts 5th year cooped in London embassy

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange started his fifth year camped out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London on Sunday, an occasion marked by his supporters with events celebrating whistleblowers.

U.S., Russia cutting nuke arsenals, but modernising: Study

Stockholm - The world's biggest nuclear powers, the US and Russia, are slowly reducing their nuclear arsenals but are modernising their capacities, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday.

In turnaround, Sweden agrees to continue nuclear power

Stockholm - Sweden's left-wing government struck a deal with the opposition Friday to continue nuclear power for the foreseeable future, backtracking on its pledge to phase out atomic energy.

Assange arrest warrant upheld by Stockholm court

Stockholm - A Stockholm district court on Wednesday maintained a European arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, rejecting his lawyers' request to have it lifted.

Swedes' long journey to their final resting place

Stockholm - "You don't leave a chicken in the fridge for several weeks, yet that's exactly what we do with our dead, it's terrible!

Rwanda genocide perpetrator gets life in prison in Sweden

Stockholm - A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a Swede of Rwandan origin to life in prison for genocide and war crimes for his involvement in the 1994 massacres.Claver Berinkidi, 61, moved to Sweden in 2002 and was naturalised in 2012.

Sore Russian officials bash Ukraine Eurovision win

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Sunday lashed out at arch-rival Ukraine's "political" victory in the Eurovision song contest, as one pro-Kremlin paper insisted Moscow's entrant was robbed.

Jubilant Ukraine hails 'unbelievable' Eurovision victory

Kiev - Jubilant Ukrainians erupted in celebration Sunday after Jamala won the Eurovision Song Contest with a powerful tribute to her Tatar people's deportation from Russian-annexed Crimea in 1944."Yes!!!" Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted.

Ukraine stuns Russia to win politically-charged Eurovision

Stockholm - Ukrainian singer Jamala snatched victory from arch-rival Russia to win the Eurovision song contest, adding a touch of political drama to the annual kitsch extravaganza.

Kitsch, glitz and politics as Russia slated to win Eurovision

Stockholm - Belgium's Laura Tesoro brought a dash of silver sparkle to Stockholm on Saturday as she kicked off the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the continent's annual music extravaganza, with Russia the hot favourite to win.

Unique Swedish study tests drugs to prevent child sex abuse

Stockholm - "No one would choose this, it's obvious," said Anders who has unwanted sexual thoughts about children.He is at the forefront of a unique scientific study under way in Sweden to see if drugs can prevent paedophiles from acting on their urges.

Sculptor of iconic knotted revolver, symbol of peace, dies

Stockholm - Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward, best known for his iconic sculpture of a revolver with a knotted barrel displayed outside the UN headquarters in New York, has died aged 81, Swedish officials said Wednesday.

Palestinians seek Eurovision apology over banned flag

Ramallah - A senior Palestinian official Saturday demanded an apology from Eurovision song contest organisers after the Palestinian flag was among a list of banned banners at next month's event in Sweden.

Pomp as Sweden's king celebrates 70th birthday

Stockholm - Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrated his 70th birthday Saturday joined by royals from Europe and beyond, as Swedes lined the streets to wish him many happy returns.

Finland risks 'serious crisis' with Russia if it joins NATO: Study

Helsinki - If Finland joined NATO it would provoke a "serious crisis" with neighbouring Russia, an expert report commissioned by the government warned on Friday.

Brussels suspect 'dumped metro bomb in toilet'

Brussels - A Swedish suspect in the Brussels and Paris attacks has told investigators that he dumped the explosives that he carried onto the Belgian capital's metro system into the toilet, reports said Friday.

Spain bristles at Eurovision ban of Basque flag... alongside IS

Madrid - Spain reacted with fury Friday at the Eurovision's inclusion of the Basque regional flag on a list of banned banners during the song contest, alongside the Islamic State group flag.

Sweden cuts sentence for doctor who held woman in bunker

Stockholm - A Swedish doctor who drugged and kidnapped a woman he planned to keep in a soundproof bunker for years had his prison sentence reduced on appeal Thursday, from 10 to eight years.

Immigration puts Swedish schools to the test

Stockholm - Sweden's schools were already struggling with demoralised teachers and declining test scores before the arrival of masses of young migrants whose needs have put unprecedented strain on the system.

Romania barred from Eurovision for back debts

Stockholm - Romania has been barred from this year's Eurovision Song Contest for failing to pay millions in debts to the European Broadcasting Union, the EBU said Friday.

Brussels suspect Krayem charged over Paris attacks

Brussels - Swedish national Osama Krayem, charged in connection with the Brussels bombings, has also been charged over the Paris attacks, Belgian media reported Tuesday citing prosecutors.

Baby boy for Princess Sofia of Sweden

Stockholm - Princess Sofia of Sweden, married to fourth-in-line to the throne Carl Philip, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday, the palace announced.

Swedish minister quits after comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

Stockholm - A Swedish cabinet minister of Turkish origin who compared Israel to Nazi Germany and was photographed with Turkish ultranationalists resigned on Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced.

Swedish prosecutors oppose lifting of Assange arrest warrant

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Thursday they were opposed to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's defense lawyers' request to lift a European arrest warrant against him over a 2010 rape allegation.
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Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström
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Canadian players pose with their gold medals after defeating Sweden in the men's ice hockey final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014
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A family of ducks crosses a pathway near the shore of Lake Mälaren in Sigtuna.
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Advertising agency DDB compares food, alcohol and tobacco prices between Norway and Sweden.
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Canada's Jonathan Toews celebrates after scoring on Sweden's goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period of the men's ice hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014
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Eighty percent of transactions in Sweden are made online or by debit/credit card
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E/S Movitz, the world's first supercharged ferry, Stockholm, Sweden.
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President Barack Obama talks with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt of Sweden during the arrival ceremony at Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport in Sweden, Sept. 4, 2013
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The Stockholm Grand Hôtel, a luxury 5-star hotel has been home to celebrities, Nobel prize laureates and high-profile events since 1874. On the waterfront, the hotel overlooks the Royal Palace and Stockholm’s Old Town
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Canadian players pose with their gold medals after defeating Sweden in the men's ice hockey final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014
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Round Smörgåstårta (Swedish sandwich cake), beautifully decorated with fruits and vegetables, lemon wedges, prawns and a Swedish flag.
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Street in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town
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Canada's Chris Kunitz (R) is congratulated by teammates, including goalie Roberto Luongo (L) and Alex Pietrangelo (3rd L), after scoring against Sweden during the third period of their men's ice hockey gold medal match at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014
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Riddarholmen church is one of the oldest churches in Stockholm. The cast-iron spire is one of the most distinctive landmarks on the Stockholm skyline.
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Swedish steelmaker SSAB said it will acquire Finnish competitor Rautaruukki, hoping to reduce costs and boost competitiveness in the sluggish steel market
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Gamla Stan, "the old town between the bridges". In the center is the 13 Century Riddarholm church, resting place of the Swedish monarchs.
The ruins of St. Olof’s Church in Sigtuna date from the XII Century. It s one of the three major r...
The ruins of St. Olof’s Church in Sigtuna date from the XII Century. It's one of the three major ruins of old Christian churches still left in Sigtuna. An old cemetery surrounds the ruins.