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Young woman found dead in Uppsala student area

A young woman was found dead on Friday night in an apartment in Studentstaden, the student quarter of Uppsala. Police say they are not ruling out the possibility of a crime and have begun an investigation.

The circumstances surrounding the death prompted speculation that the woman had been the victim of violence, reported Upsala Nya Tidning’s internet edition.

Per-Erik Eriksson, police spokesman in Uppland, declined to give further details of the direction the police enquiry was taking.

“In order to explore all possibilities we will carry out a forensic investigation,” he said.

The woman was found just before 10pm on Friday evening in the student accommodation area near the city centre.

A man was taken in by the police for questioning, though he was later released.

Per-Erik Olsson refused to say whether the man was still suspected of involvement in the incident.

“We don’t know yet whether a crime has been committed. That will be revealed by the post mortem and the forensic work,” he said.

POLITICS

Sweden extradites suspected PKK terror group member to Turkey

Sweden has extradited a convicted member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to Turkey as Ankara presses Stockholm for further steps in return for its membership in NATO, state media reported on Saturday.

Sweden extradites suspected PKK terror group member to Turkey

Mahmut Tat, who was sentenced to six years and 10 months in jail for PKK membership in Turkey, fled to Sweden in 2015 but his asylum request was rejected.

Tat arrived in Istanbul on Friday night having been detained by Swedish police, the Anadolu news agency reported.

He was taken by Turkish police soon after arriving at Istanbul airport and referred to court on Saturday, the private NTV broadcaster reported.

Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden in particular of providing a safe haven for outlawed Kurdish groups it deems “terrorists”, and held back on ratifying their NATO bids despite an agreement in Madrid in June.

NATO ambitions

Finland and Sweden dropped decades of military non-alignment and sought to join NATO in May, after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The decision requires a consensus within the US-led defence alliance, but only Turkey and Hungary are yet to ratify their membership.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held trilateral talks with his Swedish and Finnish counterparts on the margins of a NATO meeting in Bucharest this week.

“The statements (coming out of Sweden) are good, the determination is good but we need to see concrete steps,” Cavusoglu said.

Ankara has said it expects Stockholm to take action on issues including the extradition of criminals and freezing of terror assets.

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