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Sweden arrests 14 Polish activists for planning asylum centre attack

Stockholm - Swedish police said Tuesday they had arrested 14 Polish far-right activists for allegedly planning to attack an asylum centre, after finding axes, knives and iron pipes in their cars.

Britain, Sweden should accept Assange ruling: UN rights chief

Colombo - The UN human rights chief said on a visit to Sri Lanka Tuesday that Britain and Sweden should accept the findings of one of his panels that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been arbitrarily detained.

Nobel medicine prize board member resigns over surgeon investigation

Stockholm - Swedish genetics professor Urban Lendahl has resigned from the body which awards the Nobel medicine prize over an investigation into controversial surgeon Paolo Macchiarini.

UK press takes swipe at Assange and UN panel

London - British newspaper columnists on Saturday took aim at Julian Assange and the UN panel that found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been "arbitrarily detained".

UN panel emerges from shadows with bombshell Assange ruling

Ginebra - The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was thrust into the global spotlight Friday with its finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Sweden and Britain.

Britain rejects UN panel ruling on Assange: Government

London - Britain rejected a UN panel's ruling on Friday that called for Julian Assange's "detention" at Ecuador's embassy in London to be brought to an end, saying it would challenge the report's findings."This changes nothing.

Assange tells UK, Sweden to let him go after UN finding

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Friday urged Britain and Sweden to let him walk free from Ecuador's embassy in London after a UN panel found that the anti-secrecy campaigner was "arbitrarily detained.

Ecuador says Assange welcome to remain in London embassy

Quito - Ecuador said Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is welcome to remain in its London embassy, ahead of a UN panel's expected ruling that his stay there amounts to illegal detention."It's a personal decision.

Timeline of WikiLeaks founder's extradition fight

Stockholm - Here are key dates in the five-year legal saga of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.- November 18, 2010:A Swedish prosecutor issues a European arrest warrant for Assange on sexual assault claims involving two Swedish women.

UN panel's ruling has no impact on Sweden's Assange probe: Prosecutor

Stockholm - A UN panel ruling finding that Julian Assange's confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London amounts to illegal detention has no impact on the rape investigation against him in Sweden, the prosecution said on Thursday.

WikiLeaks founder Assange may leave embassy after UN panel ruling

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could walk out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London after more than three years on Friday, when a UN panel will rule whether he has been illegally held.

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks' fugitive anti-hero

London - A United Nations report on Friday calling for Julian Assange's "detention" to be brought to an end is the latest twist in a long-running case pitting hi-tech activists against mighty governments.

Sweden expects 100,000 asylum seekers this year

Stockholm - Sweden's Migration Agency said Thursday it expected around 100,000 asylum seekers in 2016, fewer than the 163,000 last year, but warned its estimates remain uncertain given Europe's struggle to control the migration crisis.

WikiLeaks founder Assange leaves fate up to UN panel

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Friday pending an opinion by a UN panel on his alleged rape case -- but Britain said it would have to arrest him.

Tensions rise in Sweden after killing of asylum centre worker

Stockholm - Masked men chased migrants in Stockholm this weekend in a rare act of overt violence against refugees, but one that reflects smouldering tensions in Sweden as it grapples with the consequences of a record influx of migrants.

Masked gangs threaten attacks against migrants in Sweden: police

Stockholm - Dozens of masked men believed to belong to neo-Nazi gangs gathered in Stockholm and handed out leaflets calling for attacks against young migrants, Swedish police said Saturday, amid rising tensions over the country's refugee influx.

Swedish police travel to Thailand over bookseller disappearance

Bangkok - Swedish detectives have travelled to Thailand to look into the disappearance of a Hong Kong-based bookseller who vanished in the kingdom and later resurfaced in Chinese custody, Thai police said Friday.

Sweden plans to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers: minister

Stockholm - Sweden intends to expel up to 80,000 migrants who arrived in 2015 and whose application for asylum has been rejected, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said Wednesday.

Call for more security after Swedish migrant centre stabbing

Stockholm - Swedish officials Tuesday called for greater security at overcrowded asylum centres a day after the fatal stabbing of an employee at a refugee centre for unaccompanied youths.

China 'deported' Swedish NGO worker

Bejing - China has deported a Swedish human rights activist detained earlier this month for allegedly posing a threat to national security, the government said Tuesday.

China releases Swedish rights activist: Stockholm

Stockholm - A Swedish human rights activist detained earlier this month by China for allegedly posing a threat to national security, has been released, Sweden's foreign ministry said on Monday.

Refugee centre worker stabbed to death by migrant in Sweden

Stockholm - A young asylum seeker on Monday allegedly stabbed to death an employee at a refugee centre in Sweden as police demanded more resources to stem rising violence linked to the migrant crisis.

Swedish university closed after 'massacre' threat

Stockholm - The University of Orebro in central Sweden said it would close on Monday after an anonymous threat raised fears of a planned massacre.

Bomb threat on Swedish plane was false: police

Stockholm - A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) plane carrying 72 people from London to Stockholm was on Friday diverted to Gothenburg and the passengers evacuated, due to a bomb threat which turned out to be false, police said.

Sweden, Ecuador at odds over Assange interrogation

Stockholm - Sweden's prosecution authority said Thursday Ecuador had refused its request to let a Swedish prosecutor question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, because Quito wanted an Ecuadoran prosecutor to do the questioning.

Sweden to question Assange 'soon': Ecuador president

Quito - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could face questions from Swedish prosecutors "in the coming days" at his hideout in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Wednesday.

EU has 'deep concerns' about China's detention of Europeans

Bejing - The European Union's ambassador to China said Wednesday it was "deeply concerned" about Beijing's detention of EU citizens, hours after state media broadcast the purported confession of a Swedish activist held by authorities.

Margot Wallstrom, Swedish FM embroiled in housing scandal

Stockholm - Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, a rising star of the left-wing who's made a name as an uncompromising women's and human rights defender, could see her lustre fade after becoming embroiled in a housing scandal.

Sweden launches probe into mosque arson bid

Stockholm - Swedish police said Sunday they have launched an investigation into possible arson after a fire at a mosque in the southwest of the country."At this time it is unclear how the fire started.

Ecuador says Assange can leave if no Swedish charges

Quito - Ecuador said Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can leave his hideout in its London embassy and go into exile in the South American country if Swedish prosecutors do not charge him after questioning him.
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