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Swedish ex-envoy acquitted of planning illegal China meeting

Jul. 10, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A court has acquitted Sweden’s former ambassador to China of exceeding her authority in negotiations with a foreign country, concluding the first trial of its kind involving a Swedish diplomat in more than 200 years. The Stockholm District Court ruled Friday that the prosecutor...

Sweden's Sami people to set up commission on discrimination

Jun. 12, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Sami ethnic group in Sweden’s Arctic region is getting 1.2 million kronor ($130,000) from the Scandinavian country to set up a truth commission that will shed light on injustices against indigenous people carried out by the Swedish state. Matti Blind Berg, who heads the working...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 1982 file photo former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme makes the victory sign after the Social Democrats election victory. Swedish prosecutors will announce Wednesday June 10, 2020 a decision in the investigation into the long unsolved murder of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was shot dead in downtown Stockholm in 1986. (Bertil Ericson/TT via AP)

Sweden halts probe into 1986 murder of PM Olof Palme

Jun. 10, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Wednesday dropped its investigation into the unsolved murder of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was shot dead 34 years ago in Stockholm, saying the decision was made because the main suspect died in 2000 Palme was gunned down on Feb. 28, 1986, after he and his wife...

Ex-Swedish envoy on trial for alleged contacts with China

Jun. 5, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s former ambassador to China went on trial Friday charged with unauthorized contacts with a foreign power for organizing a meeting in Stockholm between the daughter of a Swedish publisher detained in China, Beijing’s ambassador and two Chinese businessmen about the...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden speaks during a news conference on a daily update on the coronavirus COVID-19 situation, in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday June 3, 2020. Tagnell has shown some contrition as criticism has grown over the country’s approach of not locking down the country has resulted in one of the highest death rates per capita in the world.  Tegnell told Swedish radio on Wednesday that “I think there is potential for improvement in what we have done in Sweden, quite clearly.”  (Anders Wiklund / TT via AP)

Scientist defends Sweden's hotly debated virus strategy

Jun. 3, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's chief epidemiologist on Wednesday defended his country's controversial coronavirus strategy, which avoided a lockdown but resulted in one of the highest per capita COVID-19 death rates in the world. Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency denied that “the Swedish...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, provided by Pascal Chatterjee, Phelan Chatterjee works at home in Telefonplan, Stockholm. (Pascal Chatterjee via AP)

VIRUS DIARY: Sweden stayed open. I stayed at home.

Jun. 2, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Early April. A buzz of my phone. “Free for a walk?” asks a friend. Another notification. “Coffee on Wednesday?” “Come for drinks!” I’m at a loss. I’m working remotely from Stockholm, out of the London office. Long shifts producing...

Lena Hallengren Minister for Health and Social Affairs, left, and Johan Carlson, Director General for the Swedish Public Health Agency, hold a news conference on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, about restrictions for vulnerable citizens over 70-years old in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 26, 2020.  (Claudio Bresciani / TT via AP)

Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

May. 26, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's government defended its response to the COVID-19 global pandemic on Tuesday despite the Scandinavian country now reporting one of the highest mortality rates in the world with 4,125 fatalities, or about 40 deaths per 100,000 people. “Transmission is slowing down, the...

FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, the damaged statue of soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic next to Stadion football arena in Malmo, Sweden. The much-vandalized statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in Malmo. Committee members from the Swedish city’s council have held a meeting Monday, May 18 to discuss proposals from local citizens about where to move the statue of the soccer player from its current location outside Malmo’s stadium. The bronze sculpture has been repeatedly attacked since Ibrahimovic become a part-owner in Hammarby.(Johan Nilsson/TT via AP, file)

Ibrahimovic statue to remain in Malmo despite vandalism

May. 18, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

The much-vandalized statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in Malmo. Where, exactly, remains to be seen. Committee members from the Swedish city’s council met Monday to discuss proposals from local citizens about where to move the statue of the soccer player from its current location outside the stadium....