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Police evacuate about 500 people from Sweden's security agency over suspected gas leak

Feb. 23, 2024 09:44 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A suspected gas leak at the headquarters of Sweden’s security agency on Friday forced the authorities to evacuate some 500 people from the facility, Swedish broadcaster TV4 said. Police spokesman Anders Bryngelsson told the TT news agency that emergency services...

Hungary and Sweden agree on defense deal ahead of final vote on Sweden's NATO accession

Feb. 23, 2024 07:25 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The prime ministers of Hungary and Sweden concluded a defense industry agreement on Friday that will expand Budapest's fleet of Swedish-built fighter jets, paving the way for Hungary’s likely ratification of Sweden’s long-delayed NATO bid. The meeting...

Sweden and Hungary move to smooth over tensions ahead of vote on Sweden's NATO accession

Feb. 22, 2024 09:52 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Nearly two years after Sweden formally applied to join NATO, its membership now hinges on convincing one country — Viktor Orbán’s Hungary — to formally ratify its bid to join the military alliance. Hungary’s nationalist government has delayed...

Hungary's governing party says it's ready to approve Sweden's NATO accession on Monday

Feb. 20, 2024 06:58 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A vote in Hungary's parliament on ratifying Sweden's bid to join NATO could come as early as Monday, according to a senior member of the country's governing Fidesz party. It would bring an end to more than 18 months of delays by the nationalist government that have...

Hungary's government declines offer to meet US senators seeking approval for Sweden's NATO bid

Feb. 18, 2024 14:46 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators made an official visit to Hungary's capital Sunday and called on the nationalist government to immediately approve Sweden's request to join NATO. Hungary is the only one of NATO's 31 existing members not to have...

Sweden has thwarted Iranian attack plots, counterintelligence police say

Feb. 08, 2024 04:43 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A senior member of the Swedish security police said Thursday that Iran has planned attacks on the country, days after local media reported that two Iranians were deported for a plot to kill three Swedish Jews several years ago. Earlier this week, Swedish broadcast...

NATO allies warn Hungary not to hold up Sweden's membership as US patience wears thin

Feb. 07, 2024 12:25 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that he and his NATO counterparts cautioned Hungary on Wednesday against further delaying Sweden’s membership in the military alliance, and he warned that patience in Washington has its limits. Lawmakers from the...

Sweden closes probe into explosions on Nord Stream pipelines, saying it doesn't have jurisdiction

Feb. 07, 2024 08:33 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish officials said Wednesday that they have decided to close their investigation into the September 2022 explosions on the underwater Nord Stream gas pipelines which were built to carry Russian natural gas to Germany, saying they don’t have jurisdiction. ...

Orbán's party boycotts a session of Hungary's parliament to further stall Sweden's bid to join NATO

Feb. 05, 2024 09:40 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán boycotted an emergency session of parliament on Monday where a vote was scheduled to place Sweden's bid to join NATO on the legislative agenda, adding to 18 months of delays that have angered Hungary's...

A London judge acquits climate activist Greta Thunberg of refusing to leave oil industry conference

Feb. 02, 2024 18:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg was acquitted Friday of a charge of refusing to follow a police order to leave a protest blocking the entrance to a major oil and gas industry conference in London last year. The courtroom gallery erupted with applause as Judge John Law...