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Swedish activist jailed for 20 years in Bahrain

A Swedish activist has been convicted to 20 years in prison in Bahrain for kidnapping a police officer, according to human rights group Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR).

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Suspended student stripper reports school for discrimination

A Swedish student who was trying to boost her finances by stripping and selling sexual favours has reported her adult education college for discrimination after being suspended for her "sick" behaviour.

Borg slams Gordon Brown as new IMF head

Borg slams Gordon Brown as new IMF head

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg on Thursday ripped the record of former UK PM Gordon Brown, while praising French finance minister Christine Lagarde amid speculation over who may succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the IMF.

New Swedish doc probed for missed cancer cases

New Swedish doc probed for missed cancer cases

Linköping University Hospital in central Sweden announced plans to review diagnoses by a doctor previously reported seven times for misdiagnosing cancer following revelations of similar errors at a Gothenburg hospital.

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Man convicted for sex crimes against 13 girls

A 35-year-old man from Stockholm considered to be one of Sweden's worst child sex offenders was sentenced to psychiatric care on Thursday for sexually assaulting more than a dozen pre-teen girls.

Friend sought gangster’s help to hush up King’s affairs: report

Friend sought gangster’s help to hush up King’s affairs: report

Anders Lettström, a close friend of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, has been caught on tape asking a reputed gangster to broker a deal to hush up reports of the King’s philandering in a recent tell-all book, according to Sveriges Radio (SR).

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Support for Swedish NATO membership drops

Fewer Swedes support Swedish membership in NATO and roughly half are outright opposed to the idea, a new poll shows.

Stockholm’s ‘Elms Dispute’: a victory for the tree huggers

Stockholm’s ‘Elms Dispute’: a victory for the tree huggers

This month marks the 40-year anniversary of a public demonstration that had longstanding ramifications for Stockholm city planners and residents, not to mention environmental activism, The Local's Geoff Mortimore explains.

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Reinfeldt touts ‘green economy’ on Brazil visit

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told Brazilian business leaders Wednesday that there should be a global "green economy" with sustainable growth.

Klüft to retire following 2012 London Olympics

Klüft to retire following 2012 London Olympics

Sweden's three-time world heptathlon champion Carolina Klüft, who now competes in the long jump, will retire after the London Olympics in 2012.

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Nobel winners urge UN action to save the planet

Some 20 Nobel laureates called Wednesday for world leaders to urgently act to ensure global sustainability, in recommendations handed over to a special UN committee.