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Op-Ed: Did Sweden deny Ananta Bijoy Das's fundamental human rights?

Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered last week for his work as a secular activist and blogger. Sadly, his death may have been prevented if Sweden had granted him a visa to speak on human rights at a conference.

Sweden seizes Pirate Bay web domains

Stockholm - A Stockholm court on Tuesday seized the Swedish web domains of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay over repeated copyright violations in a bid to end the site's activities.

Sweden's Carl Bildt advises Ukraine President and Russian group

Stockholm - Sweden's former foreign minister Carl Bildt has been appointed as an advisor to Russian-controlled investment group LetterOne, the company said Monday, just days after he joined an advisory group to Ukraine's President.

Sweden slammed for denying visa to murdered blogger

Stockholm - A free speech group launched a blistering attack on Sweden on Wednesday after it denied a travel visa to a secular Bangladeshi blogger who was then hacked to death by suspected Islamists.

'Gay sailor' to deter Russian subs from Swedish waters

Stockholm - A Swedish peace group said Tuesday it has lowered a sonar device into the Baltic Sea off Stockholm to deter Russian submarines, emitting the message "This Way if You Are Gay".

Swedish Supreme Court rejects Assange appeal

Stockholm - Sweden's Supreme Court said Monday it had rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault.

NATO to hold anti-submarine warfare exercise in Norway

Oslo - Norway said Thursday that up to 5,000 NATO troops would take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off its coast in early May, amid growing regional unease over suspected submarine sightings.

Swedish court to hear Assange arrest warrant appeal

Stockholm - Sweden's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it will hear an appeal by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault.

Swedish hostages held by Syrian jihadists return home

Stockholm - Two Swedish men held hostage by Syrian jihadists have been reunited with their families in Sweden, the country's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

'Never again' says Med boat survivor recalling horror journey

Stockholm - Gode Mosle, a photo technician from Damascus, shudders when he looks back on his terrifying journey on board a smuggler's trawler from a Libyan port across the Mediterranean into Europe.

Sweden opens world's first remote air control tower

Stockholm - Sweden on Tuesday inaugurated the world's first remote air control tower at the northern Ornskoldsvik airport, air traffic authorities said."The first Remote Tower Services landing!

Sweden raises defence budget amid Russia concerns

Stockholm - Sweden will raise defence spending by 10.2 billion kronor (1.09 billion euros, $1.18 billion) for the period 2016 to 2020, the government said Friday amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence.

Assange agrees to be questioned in London: Lawyer

Stockholm - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London over rape allegations, his Swedish lawyer Thomas Olsson said on Thursday.

Swedish military says 'sub' in photo was civilian boat

Stockholm - The Swedish military said Tuesday that a photograph believed to show a foreign submarine in the sea off Stockholm last October was in fact of a civilian vessel.

Saudi-bound apes fall victim to diplomatic monkey business

Stockholm - Four Amazonian monkeys due to be transferred from Sweden to Saudi Arabia have been left stranded in a Stockholm zoo after a diplomatic row prompted Riyadh to stop issuing business visas.

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.
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Luis Suarez inspired this Swedish online sex shop to create the Suarez  nipple clamp.
Luis Suarez inspired this Swedish online sex shop to create the Suarez "nipple clamp."
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Canada s Jonathan Toews celebrates after scoring on Sweden s goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the firs...
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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Canadian players pose with their gold medals after defeating Sweden in the men s ice hockey final ga...
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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 Bad Bad Boy  is an eight-metre high sculpture of a nude male figure urinating into the river by Fin...
"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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Narrow street in Gamla Stan (the Old Town)  Stockholm.
Narrow street in Gamla Stan (the Old Town), Stockholm.
Photo shows Saudi Arabia s Swedish embassy in Stockholm.
Photo shows Saudi Arabia's Swedish embassy in Stockholm.
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Canada s Chris Kunitz (R) is congratulated by teammates  including goalie Roberto Luongo (L) and Ale...
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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The Stockholm Grand Hôtel  a luxury 5-star hotel has been home to celebrities  Nobel prize laureate...
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
Sigtuna. Stora Gatan  the oldest commercial street in Sweden is the town’s main shopping area.
Sigtuna. Stora Gatan, the oldest commercial street in Sweden is the town’s main shopping area.
Rectangular Smörgåstårta (Swedish sandwich cake) decorated in the green colour theme. It s loaded...
Rectangular Smörgåstårta (Swedish sandwich cake) decorated in the green colour theme. It's loaded with cold smoked salmon slices, shrimp, lettuce and cucumber.
Canada s Rick Nash is checked by Sweden s Daniel Alfredsson (top) during the second period of their ...
Canada's Rick Nash is checked by Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson (top) during the second period of their men's ice hockey gold medal match at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014
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Gamla Stan   the old town between the bridges . In the center is the 13 Century Riddarholm church  r...
Gamla Stan, "the old town between the bridges". In the center is the 13 Century Riddarholm church, resting place of the Swedish monarchs.
Water  water  water everywhere sorrounding the magnificent old buildings of Stadsholmen island in St...
Water, water, water everywhere sorrounding the magnificent old buildings of Stadsholmen island in Stockholm.
Smoke bombs bursting at a Swedish hockey game in Stockhold.
Smoke bombs bursting at a Swedish hockey game in Stockhold.
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Canada s goalie Carey Price makes a save as Sweden s Daniel Sedin tries to screen him during the sec...
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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Riddarholmen church is one of the oldest churches in Stockholm. The cast-iron spire is one of the mo...
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.
The Bolinder Palace Hotel  part of the Stockholm Grand Hotel since 1889. It houses the Royal Swedish...
The Bolinder Palace Hotel, part of the Stockholm Grand Hotel since 1889. It houses the Royal Swedish Automobile Club (KAK)
President Barack Obama talks with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt of Sweden during the arrival ceremony ...
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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Female Iranian communists protest the hijab in Stockholm  Sweden
Female Iranian communists protest the hijab in Stockholm, Sweden
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Director Ingmar Bergman on the set of  Wild Strawberries.
Director Ingmar Bergman on the set of "Wild Strawberries."
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