Robber shoots 74-year-old man and his dog

A 74-year-old man and his dog were injured in a robbery attempt in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, early on Friday morning.

“He was shot several times but as we far as we know his life is not in danger,” said Christer Nordström of the Uppsala police to local paper Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT).

The robbery took place shortly after midnight when the victim and his wife returned home from their shop.

The perpetrator, who was reportedly alone, demanded the couple give him money. After firing his weapon multiple times, he took off, most likely on a moped.

According to the police, the man didn’t get away with any money or valuables.

Police were unwilling to disclose any details about the nature of the victim’s injuries, but he was taken to the local hospital in an ambulance.

The victim’s wife escaped without any physical injuries but is said to be in shock from the incident. The couple’s dog, which was also shot, was taken to a nearby animal clinic to undergo surgery.

The robber reportedly wore a mask or a hood, shielding his face.

As of 6am on Friday morning, police had not arrested anyone for the deed, which has been classified as aggravated robbery.

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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/

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.”

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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.