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Swedish PM, others test positive after parliament debate

Jan. 14, 2022 07:18 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tested positive for COVID-19, her office said Friday. The Swedish leader had taken part in a debate in Parliament with other party leaders earlier this week and at least two other top politicians have also tested...

Swedes step up military contingency over Russian activity

Jan. 14, 2022 05:57 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A top military chief in Sweden said Friday that there is increased Russian activity in the Baltic Sea which “deviates from the normal picture,” leading the Scandinavian nation’s military to raise its preparedness. "We have decided to reposition our troops. It...

Sweden to help households as electricity prices soar

Jan. 12, 2022 10:26 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden announced Wednesday it had earmarked some 6 billion kronor ($661 million) for a temporary scheme to help the most affected households across the Scandinavian country to cope with high electricity bills this winter. Households consuming more than 2,000...

Gold means confidence, less pressure for US curler Shuster

Jan. 11, 2022 14:15 PM EST

John Shuster won't be catching anyone by surprise at these Olympics. The five-time Olympian is back to defend his curling gold medal in Beijing, and the target on his back will be almost as big as the one on the ice. Four years after surviving five straight elimination matches to win...

Biathlon retirements mean new hopefuls take aim at Olympics

Jan. 10, 2022 10:29 AM EST

A flurry of retirements since the 2018 Winter Games left only a few athletes who will defend their Olympic biathlon titles, and the battle for gold will include a host of talented racers who have shown promise all season. Hanna Öberg of Sweden took gold in the women's 15-kilometer...

Sweden: Health officials advise expanded use of vaccine pass

Jan. 05, 2022 11:48 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s public health authorities on Wednesday advised restaurants, cultural venues and leisure centers to ask their customers to show digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination starting next week. The recommendation from the Swedish Public Health Agency...

Sweden prosecutes woman for recruiting son to fight in Syria

Jan. 04, 2022 09:10 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — A 49-year-old woman from Sweden has been charged with war crimes and breaching international law for allegedly assisting in getting her son to fight in Syria as a child soldier, Swedish public prosecutors said on Tuesday. The woman, who has been in custody in...

Without the NHL, Russia emerges as favorite for Olympic gold

Dec. 23, 2021 01:07 AM EST

Russia, OAR, ROC — whatever the name, now that the NHL is out of the Beijing Olympics, the Russians will be the favorites for the gold medal. After the NHL withdrew from the Beijing Olympics on Wednesday to save a league schedule ravaged by virus outbreaks on numerous teams,...

Sweden's most endangered Christmas decorations burnt, again

Dec. 17, 2021 08:58 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The two straw goats of Gavle, Sweden's most endangered Christmas decorations, have gone up in flames after surviving nearly a month on a downtown square. The animals are a beloved Swedish Christmas symbol, dating back to pagan times. But in what’s...

Briton ordered held by Sweden court in deadly ship collision

Dec. 17, 2021 05:21 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A British national has been ordered to be held in pretrial custody suspected of being drunk on the British freighter that collided with a Danish freighter off southern Sweden earlier this week, leaving one person dead and one missing. The man was a crew...