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Trump's bail offer for jailed rapper rings hollow in Sweden

Jul. 20, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and "offered to personally vouch for his bail," a hollow offer in a criminal justice system that doesn't include bail. Trump tweeted that during "a very good call" with Prime...

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...

Australian student released in North Korea says 'I'm OK'

Jul. 4, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian student released after a week in detention in North Korea arrived in Tokyo on Thursday after telling reporters he was in "very good" condition, without saying what happened to him. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced to Parliament that Alek Sigley, 29, had been...

Nordic liberals take harder line on migrants to win votes

Jun. 26, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In Scandinavia, there's a new type of socially conscious liberal - that wants tighter restrictions on immigration. Left-wing parties in Denmark and Sweden that historically defended humanitarian values and generous welfare systems have shifted positions since Europe saw an influx...

Star quality can't save Sweden from 8th Olympic bid loss

Jun. 24, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Sweden sent its heir to the throne, its prime minister, and a hockey icon to help persuade International Olympic Committee voters. Carrying the baggage of seven failed Winter Games bids in four decades, the 100-strong delegation for Stockholm-Are thought it met all the IOC's...

Italy's Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Jun. 24, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Riding a wave of widespread Italian enthusiasm to be an Olympic host, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the 2026 Winter Games. International Olympic Committee members voted 47-34 for the long-favored Milan-Cortina bid over Stockholm-Are from Sweden that...

The Latest: Milan-Cortina wins bid by 47-34 votes

Jun. 24, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the 2026 Olympics vote (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The Milan-Cortina bid won 47 votes in its successful bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with Stockholm-Are receiving 34 votes. There was one abstention. ___ 6 p.m. Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympics in...

The race is on: Candidates vie for top EU jobs

Jun. 20, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders on Thursday are seeking to fill up to five key jobs supervising the 28-nation bloc's policies that will be vacated in coming months. They include the post of Council President, held by Donald Tusk; president of the powerful executive Commission, now led by Jean-Claude Juncker;...