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As Sweden joins NATO, it bids farewell to more than two centuries of neutrality

Mar. 02, 2024 00:14 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's last war ended in 1814, and when the rifles and cannons it aimed at Norway fell silent, the once-warring power would not take up arms again. For the next two centuries, Sweden embraced a policy of neutrality, refusing to take sides in wars or join any...

Senators warily allow F-16 sale to Turkey as part of NATO expansion agreement. 'A deal's a deal'

Feb. 29, 2024 18:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. senators declined on Thursday to block the sale of F-16s to Turkey, despite voicing deep disdain for Turkey's conduct as an ally. They were upholding an unofficial bargain that Turks would get the fighter jets if they stopped blocking Sweden's accession to NATO. ...

Traces of toxic gas found during evacuation of Swedish security agency, local media report

Feb. 28, 2024 10:51 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Traces of a toxic, colorless gas were found at the headquarters of Sweden’s security agency where a suspected gas leak last week forced authorities to evacuate some 500 people from the facility, a local paper reported Wednesday. The daily Svenska Dagbladet...

Sweden charges a man for mapping military installations

Feb. 28, 2024 06:41 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man who allegedly mapped military installations in Sweden was charged Wednesday with unauthorized possession of secret information. Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said the 66 year-old man, who was not identified, had been gathering information for “a long time”...

Here’s what to know about Sweden’s bumpy road toward NATO membership

Feb. 26, 2024 17:57 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s bid to join NATO — held up for almost two years — cleared its last hurdle when Hungary gave its go-ahead Monday to let the Nordic country into the alliance. It brought an end to more than 18 months of delays by the nationalist government in Budapest...

Hungary's parliament ratifies Sweden's NATO bid, clearing the final obstacle to membership

Feb. 26, 2024 16:00 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament voted Monday to ratify Sweden's bid to join NATO, ending more than 18 months of delays that frustrated the alliance as it sought to expand in response to Russia's war in Ukraine. The vote, which passed with 188 votes for and six...

Timeline of Sweden's bid to join the NATO alliance

Feb. 26, 2024 12:13 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Hungary's parliament approved Sweden's application to join NATO on Monday, paving the way for the Scandinavian country to become the alliance's 32nd member. Hungary was the last holdout after Turkey agreed to Sweden's accession in January. Newcomers need to be...

Denmark closes probe into Nord Stream blasts saying there's not enough grounds for a criminal case

Feb. 26, 2024 07:30 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark on Monday joined Sweden in closing its investigation into the 2022 explosions that damaged the Nord Stream gas pipelines, with authorities saying they concluded there was deliberate sabotage but “not the sufficient grounds" to pursue a criminal case. ...

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

Feb. 23, 2024 10:50 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A suspected gas leak at the headquarters of Sweden’s security agency Friday forced authorities to evacuate some 500 people from the facility, Swedish broadcaster TV4 said. Seven people from the headquarters in Solna, just north of Stockholm, were hospitalized,...

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...