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Iceland's leader won't be around to welcome Pence

Aug. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's leader has announced that she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep "prior commitments" by attending a trade union conference and meetings in Sweden. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said that she's planned for...

German FM 'grateful' for Swedish teen's climate activism

Aug. 20, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he's "grateful" for Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg's climate protests. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday — one year after Thunberg first staged a protest in front of the Swedish parliament — that she was addressing "the biggest crisis of...

Rapper A$AP Rocky heading back to US as verdict looms

Aug. 2, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Rapper A$AP Rocky and two other American suspects were temporarily freed from a Swedish jail and planning to head back to the U.S. on Friday as judges mull a verdict in the assault case against them. The Stockholm District Court released the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim...

US presidential envoy sent to Sweden for A$AP Rocky's trial

Jul. 30, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — American rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to assault as his trial in Sweden opened Tuesday, a month after a street fight that landed him in jail and became a topic of U.S.-Swedish diplomacy. Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is accused with two others of beating a 19-year-old man...

Man in A$AP Rocky case allegedly hit with bottle, kicked

Jul. 26, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The man allegedly assaulted by American rapper A$AP Rocky and two other men in Stockholm was kicked while on the ground and hit with a bottle, Swedish prosecutors said in court documents obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The 500 pages of documents also included allegations that Rocky...

Rapper A$AP Rocky charged with assault over fight in Sweden

Jul. 25, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor on Thursday charged rapper A$AP Rocky with assault over a fight in Stockholm last month, in a case that has drawn the attention of fellow recording artists as well as U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump responded with two sharply-worded tweets, calling on Sweden to...

Correction: Sweden-Rapper story

Jul. 22, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In a story July 20 about President Donald Trump advocating with Sweden on behalf of A$AP Rocky, The Associated Press erroneously reported the rapper's real last name. It is Mayers, not May. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump's bail offer for jailed rapper rings hollow in Sweden...

Swedes can't give residence permit to terror attack victim

Jul. 18, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's justice minister says a Ukrainian woman who lost her leg in the deadly Stockholm terror attack cannot be granted a permanent residence permit out of compassion. Morgan Johansson said Thursday such a permit can't be given to Iryna Zamanova because "clemency only applies...

Sweden says it won't sign UN nuclear ban treaty

Jul. 12, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden said Friday that it will refrain from signing a United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, with the foreign minister arguing that the treaty "in its current form is not ready." Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the text has "no clear definition of nuclear weapons...

Australian freed in N. Korea keeps mum about detention

Jul. 5, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian student on Friday thanked Swedish and his country's diplomats for securing his release in North Korea but kept mum about what led to his weeklong detention. "I intend now to return to normal life but wanted to first publicly thank everyone who worked to ensure I was safe and...