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Iran agrees to compensate downed plane victims' families – Sweden

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde says the agreement has been reached after negotiations with Iran and the countries with citizens among the victims

VICTIMS. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020, people and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8 killing everyone on board. File photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Sweden sees first 'positive signals' for virus-hit economy

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The Swedish government now expects the economy to shrink by 6% in 2020, instead of by around 7% as earlier projected

People sit in a restaurant in Stockholm on May 29, 2020, amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Sweden's two biggest opposition parties called Friday for an independent commission to be appointed within weeks to probe the country's response to the new coronavirus. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

Sweden didn't lock down, but economy to plunge anyway

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:00 PM

While Sweden adopted a no-lockdown approach, its economy is highly dependent on exports, which are badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic

BUSY STREET. People walk at Drottninggatan in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 1, 2020. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

'Starting point': EU's frugal members cool on recovery plan

May 28, 2020 - 1:30 AM

Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden want emergency help for countries badly hit by the coronavirus to take the form of one-off loans

German police officers wearing a protective mask work at the border crossing between Austria and Germany, near the German village of Oberaudorf as Germany enforces border controls with five countries amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on May 7, 2020. - Germany introduced border controls with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in a bid to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Only those with a valid reason for travel, like cross-border commuters and delivery drivers, are allowed through, officials said. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

PH reopens embassy in Sweden after 8 years

May 15, 2020 - 11:43 PM

The embassy will also have jurisdiction over Finland

BUSY STREET. People walk at Drottninggatan in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 1, 2020. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Norwegian Air cuts 4,700 staff in subsidiary bankruptcy

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The bankruptcies of 4 Norwegian Air subsidiaries in Denmark and Sweden affect 1,571 pilots and 3,134 cabin crew

PH honorary consul general in Stockholm Erik Belfrage dies of coronavirus

Apr 19, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Swedish diplomat Erik Belfrage passes away at 74 years old

The late Swedish diplomat Erik Belfrage smiles for a photo. Photo courtesy of Belfrage's Twitter account

Sweden's Princess Sofia dons scrubs to help healthcare

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:37 AM

Princess Sofia volunteers after taking a 3-day course that re-trains furloughed airline cabin crew and hotel employees to work as hospital and nursing home staff

Princess Sofia of Sweden poses during her first day at work at the Sophiahemmet hospital in Stockholm, Sweden on April 16, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The Princess has completed an intensive training program and will now be able to assist hospital staff with non-medical related tasks during the coronavirus pandemic at the Sophiahemmet hospital in Stockholm, of which she is the patron. Jonas EKSTROMER / TT News Agency / AFP

Denmark, Sweden economies expected to contract sharply

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Denmark's gross domestic product is seen to shrink between 3% and 10% in 2020, while Sweden's could contract by 3.2%

People walk at Drottninggatan in Stockholm on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

Scandinavian countries launch economic virus response

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Norway's economic response includes immediate measures to avoid bankruptcies, while Sweden offers loans to companies via the banking system, among others

Toursits wear protective face masks as they visit the old town in Stockholm on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

China sentences Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:35 AM

Gui is one of 5 Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing salacious titles about Chinese political leaders

GUI MINHAI. Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R) are seen left by members of the Civic party outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong on January 19, 2016. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

10 sculptures by Dali nabbed in Stockholm break-in

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:18 PM

Thieves smash the glass door of the Couleur gallery in the upscale neighborhood of Ostermalm in Stockholm and nabbed the sculptures

Owner of the Couleur art gallery Peder Enstrom stands behind a police tape as an officer walks towards the gallery where exhibited Salvador Dali sculptures have been stolen by, according to the Police, “at least two thieves” who smashed the entrance window setting the alarm off at 4 a.m. on January 30, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by ALI LORESTANI / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Ibrahimovic statue vandalized again

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:45 PM

In the latest incident, the statue had collapsed against the barrier protecting it with its feet partially chopped off

COMEBACK. Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to AC Milan. Photo from Twitter/@acmilan

U.N. extends investigation of leader's mysterious 1961 death

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Former UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold died in a tragic plane crash in what was then known as Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia

PAYING RESPECTS. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pays his respect after laying a wreath on the grave of Dag Hammarskjold, who served as UN Secretary-General from 1953 until his death in Uppsala, Sweden, on April 22, 2018. Photo by Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/AFP/Sweden OUT

Greta Thunberg back outside Sweden's parliament for climate protest

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Greta Thunberg is back outside the same parliament where she began protesting for action on the climate crisis

SHE'S BACK. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate strike arranged by the organization "Fridays For Future" outside the Swedish parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, December 20, 2019. Photo by Pontus Lundahl/AFP

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Swedish prosecutor drops Assange rape probe

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:05 PM

'The evidence is not strong enough to file an indictment,' says deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson

ASSANGE. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Sweden honors detained Gui Minhai despite China threats

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:29 AM

'We are not going to give in to this type of threat. Never. We have freedom of expression in Sweden and that's how it is, period,' says Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven

DEFIANT. Swedish Culture and Democracy Minister Amanda Lind presents the Swedish PEN's Tucholsky Prize given to Chinese-Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 15, 2019, amid China’s threats of "counter-measures" against Sweden. Photo by Fredrik Sandberg / TT News Agency / AFP

Preschool panic in Sweden: Child brings grenade to class

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Police officers say it was a 'dangerous' grenade the boy had picked up this summer at the Rinkaby firing range, located outside Kristianstad

US rapper A$AP Rocky gets suspended sentence for assault

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) A Stockholm court convicts the rapper of assault and handed the suspended over a street brawl in June

REJECTED. Rapper ASAP Rocky's appeal against his detention in Stockholm has been turned down by Swedish court. Photo from ASAP Rocky's Facebook page

Explosion rocks Danish tax office

Aug 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

The cause of the blast at the tax agency's headquarters in the capital's Osterbro district us not immediately known, say Copenhagen police

BLAST. View of the damage at the building of the Danish Tax Authority at Oesterbro in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 7, 2019, after a powerful explosion near Nordhavn Station, late on August 6. Photo by Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP

Rapper A$AP Rocky pleads self-defense at assault trial

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The 30-year-old rapper says he acted in self-defense in a case that has stirred diplomatic tensions and outraged fans

US rapper A$AP Rocky faces trial over alleged assault in Sweden

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The rapper is scheduled to appear in court after being detained since the first week of July

Swedish prosecutor says US rapper ASAP Rocky to be tried for assault

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson says he has pressed charges against the rapper and 3 others after a street brawl last June

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 29, 2016, recording artist ASAP Rocky attends the LACMA Art + Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles. - US President Donald Trump said on July 19, 2019, the White House was in touch with Sweden over the controversial jailing of rapper ASAP Rocky. A Stockholm court on Friday ordered the Harlem rapper to stay in custody in Sweden for another week while an investigation is completed into an alleged assault during a street brawl. "I have been called by so many people asking me to help ASAP Rocky," Trump told journalists in the Oval Office. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP)

Sweden court rejects appeal of detained rapper ASAP Rocky

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Despite online protests and his lawyer's plea that the star is 'not a flight risk,' ASAP Rocky's appeal against his detention was turned down

Netherlands to face USA in World Cup final

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:44 AM

An extra-time strike by Jackie Groenen lifts the Netherlands past Sweden in a grueling semifinal showdown

GLORIOUS. Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen (left) celebrates with  teammate Lieke Martens. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Rapper ASAP Rocky arrested in Stockholm after street brawl

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The American rapper is suspected of 'aggravated assault' after a street brawl caught on video

Swedish court rejects request to detain Assange over 2010 rape case

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Uppsala district court says the fact that Julian Assange is currently in prison in Britain means he does not need to be formally detained in Sweden to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors

JULIAN ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

Swedish prosecutor issues formal request to hold Assange on rape suspicion

May 20, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The Swedish investigation concerns events which took place in 2010 when a Swedish woman accused Julian Assange of rape, after meeting him at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm

ASSANGE. A video grab taken from AFP TV footage shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as he is driven by British Police to Westminster Magistrates Court in London on April 11, 2019. File photo by Agence France-Presse

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

MPs urge UK to cooperate with Sweden in Assange case

Apr 13, 2019 - 6:41 PM

'Julian Assange skipping bail in UK, or any rape charge that may be brought by Swedish authorities shouldn't be ignored,' says Labor Party home affairs spokeswoman Diane Abbott

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Swedish firms bullish on Philippines, but frown on red tape

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Swedish firms doing business in the Philippines expect double-digit growth in the next 3 years, but also note that doing business in the country 'is not easy'

Mini mice architecture draws crowds in Sweden

Feb 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

A group named Anonymouse says: 'We were a group of friends sitting and talking about our shared love of tales where animals live in a world parallel to ours, where they take care of things we lose'

SMALL WORLD. An unknown artist calling himself 'Anonymouse'€ takes pictures of a mini restaurant and deli-shop for mice he has created in central Malmo, Sweden. Photo by Bjorn Lindgren/TT News Agency/AFP

Assange starts legal bid to unseal U.S. charges against him

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange file his application with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

US CHARGES. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Patient in Sweden suspected with Ebola admitted to hospital

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:47 PM

A health official says the patient, who lives in Sweden, returned from a trip to Burundi 3 weeks ago but was not known to have visited an Ebola-contaminated area

A door of the hospital in Enköping, Sweden, is pictured on January 4, 2019, as it has received a case of suspected Ebola, according to health care officials. The patient was first admitted to hospital in Enkoping after being treated now in Uppsala University Hospital. The emergency room in Enkoping has now been closed, and staff who came in contact with the patient are being cared for, a statement said. Ebola is a highly infectious and potentially fatal disease. Fredrik SANDBERG / TT News Agency / AFP

Yemen government team heads to crunch peace talks with rebels

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Although no date has been announced for the start of the negotiations, Yemeni government sources say they could begin as early as Thursday, December 6

PEACE TALKS. Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country's devastating war, on December 4, 2018 in Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Sweden talks 'critical opportunity' for Yemen peace – UAE

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The comments from the United Arab Emirates come as UN envoy Martin Griffiths is in the rebel-held capital Sanaa seeking to push forward the planned talks

PEACE TALKS. This file photo shows Yemeni pro-government forces gathering on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida on November 10, 2018.  File photo by AFP

Meggie Ochoa bags historic gold for PH in Jiu-Jitsu World Championships

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The 28-year-old fighter becomes the first Asian to win a gold medal in the worlds

HISTORY. Meggie Ochoa crowns herself as the country's first jiu-jitsu world champion. Photo from Instagram (@jjfphilofficial)

Yemen peace talks set for early December in Sweden – U.S.

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Saudis and United Arab Emirates 'are fully on board, by the way'

CLASH. In this file photo, Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 9, 2018. File photo by AFP

Mom of slain Filipina in Sweden seeks custody of grandchildren

Oct 04, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Slain Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong, 28, is survived by a 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter

SLAIN FILIPINA. A memorial Mass is held in Stockholm in the evening of October 2, 2018, for Mailyn Conde Sinambong, the 28-year-old Filipina killed allegedly by her husband who is an actor in Sweden. Photo courtesy of DFA

Swedish actor faces murder case for killing Filipina wife

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The Filipina, 28-year-old Mailyn Conde Sinambong, was allegedly 'severely beaten' by her 50-year-old Swedish husband, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

SINAMBONG CASE. Consul General Maria Elena Algabre of the Philippine embassy in Oslo discusses the case of murdered Filipina Mailyn Conde Sinambong with her maternal aunt Lugina Eliasen in Stockholm on October 1, 2018, before meeting with the Swedish lawyer handling the case. Photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Oslo

DFA vows justice for Filipina killed in Sweden

Sep 30, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is assisting the family of Mailyn Conde Sinambong, whose husband is a suspect in her murder

Sweden risks government deadlock as far-right gains

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:33 AM

(UPDATED) The Sweden Democrats, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, are presenting the the large number of asylum-seekers as a threat to Swedish culture and claim they put a strain on the country's generous welfare state

FAR-RIGHT. Jimmie Akesson of the Sweden Democrats speaks at the election party at the Kristallen restaurant in central Stockholm on September 9, 2018. Photo by Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/AFP

Swedish police probed for killing man with Down Syndrome holding toy gun

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:17 PM

Eric Torell is shot dead by a police patrol in the residential neighbourhood of Vasastan around 4am (0200 GMT) Thursday, August 2, after running away from home with a toy gun

Swede's stunt to save Afghan from deportation goes viral

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:00 AM

A spokesman at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service confirms the pilot decided Elin Ersson, along with the Afghan asylum seeker and the escorts accompanying him had to leave the plane, halting the planned deporation

French soldiers arrive in Sweden to fight wildfires

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Firefighters are battling around 50 wildfires after an unprecedented drought in the region and soaring temperatures, which have reached the highest in a century

FIRE FIGHTERS. Stephane Nissle and the rest of the French civil protection service arrive at Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm on July 23, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Sweden farmers feeling burden of historic drought

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A large part of Sweden, as well as Denmark, southern Norway and northern Finland, is currently experiencing a period of extreme heat which, according to weather forecasts, is unlikely to end soon

DRY SWEDEN. A picture taken on July 16, 2018 shows a cattle taking shelter from the sun under a tree in Malmkoping, Central Sweden. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

Sweden struggles to contain ferocious wildfires

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Swedish authorities say 44 fires are burning across the country, urging locals living close to the blazes in the central counties of Gavleborg, Jamtland and Dalarna to evacuate

WILDFIRES IN SWEDEN. Firefighters use helicopters to fight wildfires outside Hammarstrand in Sweden, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Mats Andersson/TT News Agency/AFP

England sinks Sweden to clinch World Cup semis berth

Jul 08, 2018 - 1:41 AM

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli send England into last 4 against a Sweden side that sees the Three Lions going 'all the way'

STEP CLOSER. Dele Alli (right) doubles England’s lead against Sweden in the second half. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP