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Russian frigate and container ship collide in Danish waters

Sep. 23, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Russian frigate has collided with a Marshall Islands-flagged container ship off Copenhagen, Denmark’s navy said. Weather reports show that there was thick fog in the area at the time of the collision on Wednesday morning. The navy also said that no one appeared to have...

Trump calls Swedish lawmaker in thanks for Nobel nomination

Sep. 22, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish lawmaker who nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East says he got a phone call of thanks from the American leader. Magnus Jacobsson, a member of Sweden’s Parliament for the Christian Democrats, wrote Tuesday on...

FILE - In this Monday Dec. 10, 2018 file photo, guests attend the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo Town Hall, Oslo. Dr. Denis Mukwege from Congo and Nadia Murad from Iraq will jointly receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. The award ceremony for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, traditionally held at the Oslo city hall on Dec. 10, will instead be held in scaled-down form at the city’s university because of the coronavirus outbreak. (Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix via AP, File)

Virus scales down December Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony

Sep. 22, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The award ceremony for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, traditionally held at the Oslo city hall on Dec. 10, will instead be held in scaled-down form at the city’s university because of the coronavirus outbreak. “It is a strange and challenging year in many ways. We...

People with bicycles pass an outdoor restaurant on a street in the Sodermalm neighbourhood of Stockholm, Thursday, August 20, 2020. (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP)

Swedish central bank sees key interest rate at 0 for years

Sep. 22, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s central bank on Tuesday kept its main interest rate at zero and said it expects it to remain “at this level in the coming years” due to the economic uncertainty created by the virus pandemic. Riksbanken said its policies and low interest rate had supported the...

Viking Line's cruise ship M/S Amorella is seen near the Aland islands, seen from Finland, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Finnish authorities say a Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people has run aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries. (Niclas Norlund/Lehtikuva via AP)

Baltic Sea ferry runs aground in Finnish waters, no injuries

Sep. 20, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people aboard ran aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries Sunday, and rescuers evacuated the vessel's passengers to shore, Finnish authorities said. The Finnish coast guard tweeted that the M/S...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo employees socially distance due to the coronavirus as they have a drink after work, in Stockholm. Sweden's relatively low-key approach to coronavirus lockdowns captured the world's attention when the pandemic first hit Europe. Now, as infection numbers surge in much of Europe, Sweden has some of the lowest numbers of new cases and there are only 14 people being treated for the virus in intensive care in the country of 10 million. (Stina Stjernkvist/TT News Agency via AP, File)

Sweden spared surge of virus cases but many questions remain

Sep. 20, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A train pulls into the Odenplan subway station in central Stockholm, where morning commuters without masks get off or board before settling in to read their smartphones. Whether on trains or trams, in supermarkets or shopping malls — places where face masks are commonly worn in much...

The Latest: No fans for junior hockey worlds in Edmonton

Sep. 17, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The 2021 world junior hockey championship will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, with no fans because of the pandemic. The event was originally scheduled for Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, from Dec. 26, 2020 to...

Freshmen Lauren Tamborini and Bailey Donahue move out of Sellery Residence Hall Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The students plan on attending class online. Citing rapidly rising COVID-19 cases including two straight days in which one in five student tests came back positive, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank locked down the state's largest university campus for two weeks. (Mark Hoffmann/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Wisconsin university eliminates spring break

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison decided Monday to eliminate spring break next semester in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The university’s Faculty Senate voted 140-7 to erase the nine-day break from the 2021 spring calendar. Officials said the move is designed...

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange take part in a protest outside the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey in London, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the U.S. government were squaring off in a London court on Monday at a high-stakes extradition case delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. American prosecutors have indicted the 49-year-old Australian on 18 espionage and computer misuse charges over the WikiLeaks publication of secret U.S. military documents a decade ago. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK judge rejects bid to delay Assange extradition hearing

Sep. 7, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Monday rejected a request by lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to delay his extradition hearing until next year to give his lawyers more time to respond to U.S. allegations that he conspired with hackers to obtain classified information. The adjournment request...

FILE - In this Wednesday May 1, 2019 file photo buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Timeline of Julian Assange's legal battles over past decade

Sep. 7, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The extradition hearing of Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, opened in London on Monday, the latest development in a long legal saga. Here is a look at key events. — August 2010: Swedish prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Assange based on one woman’s...