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CHILD PORN

Swedish doc caught taking pics of naked kids

An Uppsala doctor is under investigation for child pornography crimes after being caught with thousands of images of naked children on his phone.

Swedish doc caught taking pics of naked kids
The man in this picture is not the man from the story

The man was caught after a concerned mother reported to police how she had seen a man snapping pictures of naked children playing at a Stockholm beach last summer, according to Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT).

When police arrived on the scene, witnesses observed the man throwing something on the ground. It turned out to be an empty packet of cigarettes containing a memory card.

Witnesses, who had observed the man, said that he had been secretly snapping the kids, and that on at least one occasion he had tried to get children’s attention with a bag of toys.

Police investigating the man were surprised to find that he is a high-ranking medical doctor from Uppsala, according to the paper.

On his phone, the officers discovered some 2,000 images of naked children playing, all between the ages of 1 and 5.

Another memory card turned out to contain a further 7,000 images of naked children, mainly from beaches around the area.

After searching through the man’s hard drives and USB memories, police discovered material that have been classed as child pornography, according to UNT.

Despite the ongoing investigation, however, the man is still working and according to UNT his workplace has not been informed of the suspicions against him.

The social services have been informed of the investigation, due to the fact that the man has children of his own.

However, the agency is not allowed to breach confidentiality and approach the man’s place of employment regardless of the fact that he will come across children in his work.

Police can choose to contact the man’s place of work, but haven’t in this case and the investigators are unwilling to speak to the paper.

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UNIVERSITY

Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100

Three Swedish universities made it into the top 100 in an annual ranking of the world's best schools on Tuesday, but some of the country's higher education seats dropped from last year.

Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100
Students at Lund University. Photo: Aline Lessner/imagebank.sweden.se

Lund in southern Sweden was again picked as Sweden's top university and came 73rd in the QS World University Rankings, but dropped three ranks on last year (and down from 60 in 2014).

Eight Swedish universities feature in the QS rankings, and all but three fell in the global list.

The ancient Uppsala University climbed back to the top 100, landing a spot in 98th place. Further down the list, Linköping and Umeå Universities both edged up to 282nd and 294th place, up from 286th and 319th, respectively.

The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) dropped from 92nd to 97th place. Gothenburg-based Chalmers University of Technology fell from number 132 to 139 (which is still an improvement on its 175th place in the 2014 QS World University Rankings).

Lund was given a five-star ranking in addition to its place in the list. “Lund is Sweden's most attractive study destination. The compact university campus encourages networking and creates the conditions for scientific breakthroughs and innovations,” read the QS description.

“The university has a clear international profile, with partner universities in over 70 countries. Funding of more than 5 billion kronor a year goes to research at eight faculties, which gives Lund one of Sweden's strongest and broadest ranges of research activity.”

THE LOCAL SWITZERLAND: ETH Zurich best in continental Europe

Now in their 13th year, the annual rankings are compiled by global higher education analysts Quacquerelli Symonds (QS), and rank 916 institutions according to four key pillars: research, teaching employability and internationalization.

For the first time in more than a decade US universities took all three top spots, with MIT placing first for the fifth successive year ahead of Stanford and Harvard, knocking Britain's Cambridge to fourth.

Tuesday's list comes less than a month after the Shanghai Rankings, which picked the Karolinska Institute as the best university in Sweden.