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Thunberg 'a bit surprised' to be Time Person of the Year

Dec. 11, 2019 2:46 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was surprised and honored Wednesday to be named Time’s youngest Person of the Year, while adding that others in the global movement she helped inspire deserve to share the accolade. The 16-year-old Swede has become the face of a new...

Greta Thunberg says voyage ‘energized’ her climate fight

Dec. 3, 2019 2:09 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg told cheering supporters Tuesday that her three-week journey across the Atlantic had “energized” her for the fight against climate change as she arrived in Portugal. The Swedish teen, whose one-woman protests outside the Swedish...

Reports: Iraqi minister suspected of fraud in Sweden

Nov. 23, 2019 10:30 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish media reports say Iraq’s defense minister, who holds dual Iraqi-Swedish citizenship, is suspected of illegally receiving benefits in Sweden. Local media, citing a Swedish defense official, reported that Najah al-Shammari claimed child and housing support for years despite...

Sweden backs North Macedonia’s EU membership talks

Nov. 18, 2019 12:10 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Sweden is offering support to North Macedonia’s efforts to join the European Union despite a big setback last month. Foreign Minister Ann Linde says Sweden is “aware of the disappointment” in North Macedonia at the EU’s failure to begin membership...

Sweden rejects Chinese criticism of press freedom prize

Nov. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s culture minister on Friday awarded the annual Tucholsky literary prize to a Chinese author despite a threat from the Chinese ambassador to ban her from entering the country. Author Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swede and co-owner of a Hong Kong store that sold gossipy books...

Shootings, blasts prompt Denmark to tighten border controls

Nov. 11, 2019 10:49 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark will temporarily reinstate border controls with Sweden and step up police work along the border after a series of violent crimes and explosions around Copenhagen that Danish authorities say were carried out by perpetrators from Sweden. The checks, which start Tuesday for...