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Oil tanker held by Iran for over a year heads reaches international waters, tracking data shows

Jul. 11, 2024 13:10 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil tanker held by Iran for over a year after being seized amid tensions between Tehran and the United States reached international waters on Thursday, tracking data showed. The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Advantage Sweet traveled through...

Swedes take a new step in parental leave. Grandparents can now get paid to take care of grandkids

Jul. 01, 2024 16:29 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden launched a groundbreaking new law on Monday that allows grandparents to step in and get paid parental leave while taking care of their grandchildren for up to three months of a child’s first year. The development comes after the Swedish...

Sweden acquits former Syrian army general of role in war crimes committed in 2012 in his home country

Jun. 20, 2024 05:05 AM EDT
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden acquits former Syrian army general of role in war crimes committed in 2012 in his home country.

A Swedish diplomat says his release from a 2-year detention in Iran is like a dream

Jun. 18, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish European Union diplomat who was held in Iran for two years and freed in a prisoner swap over the weekend said Tuesday that his release was “the dream that I sometimes did not dare to believe in." Johan Floderus and a second Swedish citizen,...

Sweden frees an Iranian man convicted over 1988 mass executions in exchange for 2 men held by Iran

Jun. 15, 2024 18:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and Sweden carried out a prisoner swap Saturday that saw Tehran release a European Union diplomat and another man in exchange for an Iranian convicted in Stockholm of committing war crimes over his part in 1988 mass executions in the Islamic Republic. ...

European elections are 1st electoral setback for Sweden's populist party with far-right roots

Jun. 10, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The elections in Sweden to the European Parliament marked the first electoral setback for the Swedish populist party with far-right roots that grabbed more than 13% of the votes but came fourth, according to preliminary figures Monday. That made Sweden one of the few...

Swedish defense chief says actions against Philippines in South China Sea threaten global security

Jun. 07, 2024 07:02 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sweden’s defense chief has expressed alarm over Beijing’s repeated dangerous maneuvers against Philippine vessels in the South China Sea, saying such actions threaten global security, undermine stability and underscore the need to invest “for our security and...

Sweden to donate $1.23 billion in military aid to Ukraine

May. 29, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish government said Wednesday that it will donate 13 billion kronor ($1.23 billion) in military aid to Ukraine, in the largest package of assistance Sweden has so far donated. “It consists of equipment that is at the top of Ukraine’s priority...

Sweden seeks to answer worried students' questions about NATO and war after its neutrality ends

May. 29, 2024 02:34 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — The teacher's opening question to students in Stockholm is blunt: “Has joining NATO increased the threat to Sweden?” Sweden became the Western military alliance's 32nd member in March. The abrupt end to the Scandinavian country’s 200 years of...

Baltic Sea nations react warily to a reported Russian proposal to revise its maritime border

May. 22, 2024 12:36 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Leaders around the Baltic Sea reacted warily Wednesday to reports that Russia could revise the borders of its territorial waters in the region, with Lithuania's foreign minister calling it an "obvious escalation” that must be met with an "appropriately firm...