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Opinion: US Elections
Americans abroad: get off the fence, stop Trump

If you're an American in Europe, don't let high-minded queasiness stop you using your vote - there's too much at stake, says Laura Shields of Democrats Abroad.

Russian bombers spook Sweden-bound flight
A Russian Tupolev bomber not related to the story. Photo: STR/TT

A flight bound for Stockholm from Reykjavik got a nasty surprise last week when its pilot spotted two Russian bombers from his window.

Startup heavyweights back tech ace told to leave Sweden
Spotify founder Daniel Ek is one of the big tech names backing Tayyab Shabab (right). Photo: Ingvar Karmhed/SvD/TT & personal

Major names in the tech community have rallied behind a developer who was told he must leave Sweden within a month due to an admin error made by his former employer.

Poetry can 'save Arab world' says Nobel Prize hopeful
The Gothenburg Book Fair. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Speaking at the Gothenburg Book Fair, Syrian poet and possible Nobel Prize contender Adonis said that religious fanaticism is 'destroying the heart of the Arab world', but sees salvation in poetry.

Russian Sweden Democrat aide resigns over suspect deal
'Egor Putilov' had access to all areas of the Swedish parliament: Photo: Riksdag

A Russian-born political secretary for the Sweden Democrats has resigned after making six million kronor ($0.7m) in a property deal with a St Petersburg businessman.

'World class' developer told to leave Sweden over admin slip
Software developer Tayyab Shabab. Photo: Private

Tayyab Shabab has a house, a job and pays tax in Sweden, but he has now been told he must leave within three weeks.

Nigel Farage to speak at Swedish nationalists' gala
Nigel Farage pictured in London earlier this year. Photo: Frank Augstein/AP/TT

The former UKIP leader will make a speech at an 'alternative Nobel Prize' ceremony organized by the Sweden Democrats in Stockholm this November.

Fired Gambian minister flees to Sweden
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh (centre) sacked Sonko last week. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP/TT

Former Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko has fled to Sweden after he was removed from his position by the African country's president.

Swedish PM launches 'Global Deal' in New York
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has launched his new plan to give unions more influence in global companies.

Swedish PM: 'Important US doesn't isolate itself'
Stefan Löfven visiting Barack Obama at the White House in May. Photo: Heiko Junge/NTB scanpix/TT

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven has praised US president Barack Obama ahead of Tuesday's leaders' summit in New York on refugees.

The Local List
Six key points: What you need to know about the budget
Money, money, money, as the Swedes say. Photo: Izabelle Nordfjell/TT

The Swedish government's budget proposal for 2017, in a handy list.

Swedish budget: Integration, climate change and equality
Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson with the budget documents. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson has presented the Swedish government's new budget proposal for 2017, which it predicts to be the last running on a deficit.

Swedish PM: No 'direct' Russian threat to Sweden
Stefan Löfven meeting journalists in New York on Monday. Photo: Tina Magnergård-Bjers/TT

An increased military threat is not behind Sweden's decision to station troops on a Baltic Sea island, Stefan Löfven says.

Did Russian 'threat' lead to Swedish troops on Gotland?
Swedish soldiers on Gotland. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

A report in newspaper Dagens Nyheter claims that information about an increased threat from Russia contributed to Sweden stationing permanent troops on Gotland ahead of schedule.

Celebs snub Sweden's global union plan
Meryl Streep. Photo: John Locher/AP/TT

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has been asking celebrities, including Meryl Streep, to back his new plan to give unions more influence in global companies. But the endorsements aren't coming.

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People-watching: September 23rd-25th
Russian Sweden Democrat aide resigns over suspect deal
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