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Sweden eyes Ecuador deal by year-end, paving way for Assange probe

Stockholm - Sweden hopes to reach a judicial cooperation deal with Ecuador by year's end that would pave the way for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, officials said Monday."We hope to have an agreement soon ....

Sweden's far-right wants referendum on immigration

Stockholm - Sweden's far-right Sweden Democrats, which recently topped an opinion poll for the first time, want a referendum to be held on the country's generous immigration policy, its party leader said Saturday.

Sweden to meet Ecuador officials Monday over Assange

Stockholm - Swedish officials will meet their Ecuadorian counterparts on Monday to find a way for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation.

Another 1,400 migrants rescued off Libya, 52 found dead

Rome - A Swedish coastguard ship docked at the Sicilian port of Palermo on Thursday carrying more than 570 migrants and the bodies of 52 people, officials said.

Millennium sequel hits bookstores as author admits 'total fear'

Stockholm - The eagerly-awaited sequel to Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium crime trilogy hit store shelves in 25 countries on Thursday, as the author admitted he wrote the book in a manic depressive state.

'Millennium' author backs Danish newspaper boycott

Stockholm - The Swedish author of the highly-anticipated sequel to the Millennium crime trilogy said Tuesday he supported a Danish newspaper boycott of him over his publisher's refusal to let literary critics read the book in advance.

Sweden's far-right posts record score as migration soars

Stockholm - As immigration to Sweden soars, the far-right Sweden Democrats have topped an opinion poll for the first time, illustrating growing hostility to refugees and beggars in a country known for its open-arms policy.

Sweden urges Amnesty to learn from its prostitution laws

Stockholm - Sweden is urging Amnesty International to study its pioneering prostitution law, amid disappointment over the human rights group's vote to back the decriminalisation of the sex trade, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said.

Germany may receive 750,000 asylum-seekers this year: report

Berlin - The number of people seeking asylum in Germany could surge to 750,000 this year, media reported Tuesday, as the UN's refugee chief warned that Europe's biggest economy and Sweden were bearing too much of the burden.

Eritrean asylum seeker admits to Ikea double murder: lawyer

Stockholm - An Eritrean man facing deportation has admitted to the double stabbing murder of a mother and son at an Ikea store in Sweden this week, his lawyer said Thursday.

Britain making 'formal protest' to Ecuador over Assange case

London - Britain is to make a "formal protest" to Ecuador over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a minister said Thursday, as two of the four allegations against him expired because of the statute of limitations.

Swedish prosecutors drop Assange sexual assault probe

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors dropped a sexual assault probe against Julian Assange on Thursday after the time limit on the case expired, but still want to question the WikiLeaks founder about a rape allegation.

Sweden to drop Assange sex assault probe as deadline expires

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors are set to drop a sexual assault probe against Julian Assange on Thursday when the case reaches its expiration date without investigators having succeeded in questioning the WikiLeaks founder.

CCTV 'shows Ikea suspect tried to kill self' after murders: report

Stockholm - CCTV footage from an Ikea store in Sweden, where two people were stabbed to death earlier this week, shows the alleged attacker trying to commit suicide, the Aftonbladet daily reported Wednesday.

Two Eritrean asylum seekers held over deadly Ikea attack

Stockholm - The two suspects in a knife attack at an Ikea store in Sweden that left two dead are Eritrean asylum seekers, one of whom is in critical condition, police said Tuesday.

Assange sex assault case deadlocked over asylum: Sweden

Stockholm - Sweden's sexual assault inquiry on Julian Assange is deadlocked with Ecuador over a dispute regarding the WikiLeaks founder's asylum status, Swedish officials said Monday.

Pregnant Swedish teen held by IS in Syria: media

Stockholm - A pregnant 15-year-old Swedish girl is being held by the Islamic State group in Syria after running away from her foster home with her boyfriend to join Al-Qaeda, Swedish media reported Monday.

Two stabbed to death at Ikea store in Sweden, two arrested

V - Two shoppers were stabbed to death at an Ikea store in the central Swedish town of Vasteras on Monday, police said, adding that two suspects had been arrested.

Two stabbed to death at Ikea store in Sweden: Police

Stockholm - Two people were stabbed to death at an Ikea store in the central Swedish town of Vasteras and a third person was wounded, police said on Monday."Police received a call about wounded people at Ikea ... around 1:00 pm.

Russia slams Sweden over expelled diplomats

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday lashed out at Stockholm and confirmed it had expelled a Swedish diplomat in retaliation for the Scandinavian country turfing out one of Moscow's diplomats.

Sweden says diplomat expelled from Moscow in retaliatory move

Stockholm - A Swedish diplomat has been expelled from Moscow in a tit-for-tat move after the Scandinavian country recently kicked out a Russian diplomat, Stockholm's foreign ministry said Monday.

Sweden says sub wreck a Tsarist Russian vessel

Stockholm - Sweden said on Tuesday the wreck of a submarine found off its coast appeared to be a Tsarist-era Russian vessel that collided with a Swedish ship about a century ago.

Swedish wreck divers claim 'Russian mini sub' discovery

Stockholm - Swedish wreck divers said Monday they had found the wreck of a Russian mini-submarine in Swedish territorial waters, nine months after a high-profile hunt in Sweden for a mystery submarine.The Swedish military reacted with caution to the claim.

Two Swedes arrested over 'terrorist crimes' in Syria

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors on Thursday announced the arrest of two Swedes suspected of committing murder in war-torn Syria, in the nation's first such detentions since the conflict erupted in 2011.

Swedes waiting for Ecuador as Assange deadline looms

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Thursday that they were still waiting for Ecuador's permission to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, as the statute of limitations nears for some of his alleged crimes.

Swedish PM rushed to hospital

Stockholm - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was rushed to hospital on Thursday after becoming ill on a flight from Ethiopia, his spokeswoman said.

Swedish man sentenced to prison for porn surfer extortion

Stockholm - A Swedish man who sent bills to thousands of people who visited a porn site and threatened to publish their names if they failed to pay was sentenced Monday to two and a half years' jail for extortion.

UN seeks further inquiry on Hammarskjold crash

New York - New information uncovered by a UN panel on the death of former secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold should be investigated to establish whether his plane was attacked just before it crashed in southern Africa, the UN chief said Monday.

Sweden boosts military readiness amid Russia concerns

Stockholm - Sweden is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises with NATO amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Friday.

Spanish police return art stolen from Swedish churches

Madrid - Spanish police on Monday returned 12 artworks, including several 15th-century wood engravings, to Sweden's embassy in Madrid after they were allegedly stolen by a Spaniard from Swedish churches and museums.
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Stockholm: The Royal Dramatic Theatre
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The Bolinder Palace Hotel, part of the Stockholm Grand Hotel since 1889. It houses the Royal Swedish Automobile Club (KAK)
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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.
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Designer crystal is being smashed at Orrefors Kosta Boda glass factories in Sweden, rather than sold at a discount.
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Kläckeberga Church in Kalmar, Sweden. Photo taken: March 6, 2012.
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Advertising agency DDB compares food, alcohol and tobacco prices between Norway and Sweden.
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Swedish cleaning lady steals commuter train, derails it and crashes into an apartment building.
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Luis Suarez inspired this Swedish online sex shop to create the Suarez "nipple clamp."
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McDonald's in Sweden have a history of serving cleaner to customers.
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Canada's Sidney Crosby (87) scores on Sweden's goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the second period of their men's ice hockey gold medal game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014
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Swedish cleaning lady steals commuter train, derails it and crashes into an apartment building.
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