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Sweden, Saudi Arabia to resume normal diplomatic relations

Stockholm - Saudi Arabia and Sweden have agreed to resume normal diplomatic relations two weeks after they were unexpectedly interrupted by a row over critical comments from Stockholm.

Swedish MPs meet Snowden, talk mass surveillance

Stockholm - Three Swedish members of parliament met with fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden at a secret location in Moscow on Friday to discuss mass surveillance, Swedish media reported.

2011 Nobel literature laureate Tomas Transtroemer dies

Stockholm - Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, has died at the age of 83, his publishing house Bonniers said on Friday.

Sweden 'feminist' policy sparks major Saudi spat

Stockholm - Sweden is seeking to quell an unprecedented diplomatic spat over human rights with Saudi Arabia which has seen ambassadors recalled and arms sales cancelled, drawing comparisons with Denmark's Mohammed cartoons controversy.

Russian bombers spark NATO scramble, protest in Baltic

Vilnius - NATO jets were scrambled Tuesday to escort Russian fighters and nuclear-capable bombers flying near the Baltic states and Sweden with their transponders switched off, sparking protests over the danger they posed to civil aviation.

Sweden's far-right leader to return to work after burnout

Stockholm - The leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats party will return to work in April after a five-month sick leave for burnout, he said in a television interview on Monday.

Assange demands rape case files before Sweden questions him

Ginebra - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will agree to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London over rape allegations, but only if he is given access to the investigation files, his defence said Monday.

Ecuador sees 'light at end of tunnel' in Assange case

Washington - The surprise offer by Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador's London embassy over rape allegations offers a clear breakthrough in the deadlocked case, Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Thursday.

Two killed in Sweden gang-related pub shooting

Gothenburg - Two men were killed and more than 10 were wounded after gunmen burst into a pub firing automatic weapons in a suspected gang-related attack in the Swedish city of Gothenburg late Wednesday.

'For Allah' inscription found on Viking ring from 9th century

The discovery of Kufic Arabic script on a ring recovered from a 9th century Swedish grave in Birka, a historic Viking-age site in Sweden, may prove that Vikings may have traded directly with Islamic countries.

Swede convicted for posting private sex tape online

Stockholm - A Swedish man was ordered Monday to pay damages to his ex-girlfriend for posting a video online of them having sex, the first such ruling in the Scandinavian country.

Saudi Arabia withdraws ambassador to Sweden in diplomatic row

Stockholm - A diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Sweden that has frayed relations between two of the world’s most-influential nations could exacerbate philosophical differences that could threaten cooperation in the battle against terrorism.

Swedish cartoonist draws Prophet Muhammad as a dog, wins award

Cartoonist, Lars Vilks, drew Prophet Muhammad as a dog in 2007, causing Denmark to become the terrorists' map of "preferred targets." Becoming fearful for his life, he lives under heavy guard in Sweden. For this, he has won a prize for courage.

Cartoonist Lars Vilks in first public appearance since Copenhagen attacks

Copenhage - Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks on Saturday made his first public appearance in Copenhagen after surviving an attack last month in the Danish capital, local media reported.

European Jews 'bankrupted' by security costs: U.S. envoy

Stockholm - Many Jewish bodies in Europe are being bankrupted by the growing need for security measures, the U.S. State Department's special envoy on anti-Semitism said on Friday.

1,000 days inside the embassy: Assange's London life

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who on Friday agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London over rape allegations, has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy for nearly 1,000 days.

Sweden offers to question Assange in London in U-turn

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors offered Friday to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London over rape allegations, in a U-turn that could provide a breakthrough in the deadlocked case.

Saudi recalls envoy to Sweden in row over human rights

Stockholm - Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Sweden, accusing it of flagrant interference in its internal affairs as the rift between the two countries deepens in the wake of Stockholm cutting military ties.

Sweden ends Saudi military ties over human rights issues

Stockholm - Sweden announced Tuesday it will not renew a military cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia, effectively ending defence ties due to mounting concerns over rights issues.

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.
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Narrow street in Gamla Stan (the Old Town), Stockholm.
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Kläckeberga Church in Kalmar, Sweden. Photo taken: March 6, 2012.
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Swedish cleaning lady steals commuter train, derails it and crashes into an apartment building.
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Advertising agency DDB compares food, alcohol and tobacco prices between Norway and Sweden.
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Director Ingmar Bergman on the set of "Wild Strawberries."
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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.
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Stockholm: The Royal Dramatic Theatre
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TF1 news highlights Finland and calls it Sweden (screen shot)
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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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Old buildings on Gamla Stan's waterfront.
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Carl Michael von Hausswolff
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"Bad Bad Boy" is an eight-metre high sculpture of a nude male figure urinating into the river by Finnish artist Tommi Toija, on display in city of Örebro, Sweden
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Canada's goalie Carey Price makes a save as Sweden's Daniel Sedin tries to screen him during the second period of the men's ice hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014
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