Court case threatens to take gloss off Ostersund’s rise
OSTERSUND, Sweden (AP) — It was one of European soccer's most heartwarming stories, an unconventional club from a sleepy city in central Sweden making an eight-year journey from the amateur ranks...
Swedish actress Bibi Andersson dies at age 83.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Bibi Andersson, the Swedish actress who starred in classic films by compatriot Ingmar Bergman, including "The Seventh Seal" and "Persona,"has died. She was...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — When Julian Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012, he was fleeing from sexual assault accusations against him in Sweden. Swedish authorities...
Sweden charges 3 policemen in shooting of disabled man
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's prosecution authority has charged three police officers in the fatal shooting in Stockholm last year of a disabled man who waved a toy gun.
Putin outlines ambitious Arctic expansion program
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia's foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other...
Swedish government pledges support for 2026 Olympics
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish government is getting behind the country's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, aiming to match a rival Italian bid which got a key lawmakers' pledge last...
In Sweden, naked policeman arrests fugitive in sauna
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — There's no escape from the long arm of the law in Sweden. Not even sitting naked in a sauna.
Police spokewoman Carina Skagerlind says an off-duty police officer...
Sweden releases alleged Russian spy from custody
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor said Friday a computer specialist suspected of spying for Russia has been released from custody.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Russian diplomat quietly left Sweden following the arrest of a computer specialist he allegedly handled as a spy and met for dinner in Stockholm three weeks ago to...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The chief executive of one of Sweden's largest banks was fired Thursday in the wake of allegations that the bank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in...
Swedish bank’s offices raided in money laundering probe
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish authorities were raiding the headquarters of one of Sweden's largest banks on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether Swedbank was connected to a...
TA' QALI, Malta (AP) — Alvaro Morata scored a goal in each half to lead Spain to a comfortable 2-0 win over Malta on Tuesday, its second consecutive victory in qualifying for the 2020 European...
HELSINKI (AP) — A natural gas-powered bus that didn't have any passengers on it caught fire from an explosion in Sweden's capital, but there were no signs it was terror-related, Stockholm police...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 46-year-old man was found guilty Friday of preparing an attack in Stockholm on behalf of the Islamic State group and sentenced to seven years in jail.
Swedish navy boat hits quay; 7 injured, 2 seriously
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish military says one of its fast assault crafts crashed into a quay in the Stockholm archipelago during a drill, injuring at least seven people.
SANNA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels criticized Britain's foreign secretary on Monday over comments about the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, saying Jeremy Hunt had misrepresented what the...
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WILLOW, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska (all times local):
The world's most famous sled dog race is underway in Alaska.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It sounds like science fiction, but for the past several weeks, visitors to Monroe Park have been able to step inside a large gold-colored shipping container and have a...
Sweden arrests person suspected of spying for Russia
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish domestic security agency says a person has been arrested on suspicion of having been recruited by Russia to carry out "illegal intelligence activities...
Sweden summons Russian ambassador over fighter jet incident
HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden says it will summon Russia's ambassador on Monday to explain why a Russian fighter jet flew just 20 meters (66 feet) away from a Swedish reconnaissance plane in...
Kristoffersen wins GS but Hirscher secures World Cup title
BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — World champion Henrik Kristoffersen won the third-to-last World Cup giant slalom of the season Sunday but failed to prevent Marcel Hirscher from locking up the season-long...
Iraqi man convicted in Sweden of war crimes
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish court has convicted a man who fought against the Islamic State group in Iraq of war crimes for posting macabre pictures and videos on Facebook.
The Orebro District Court on Tuesday sentenced 38-year-old Kurda Bahaalddin H Saeed H Saeed to 15 months in jail.
The court says the Iraqi national had posted photos and films taken in February-March 2015 in northern Iraq of himself "with bodies which in some cases have been truncated."
Sweden to send inspector in detained Swedish publisher case
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden will send an inspector to Beijing to "get a clearer picture of what happened" during meetings in Stockholm between the daughter of a Swedish publisher detained in China, the country's ambassador there and two businessmen to discuss the possible release of her father.
Swedish publisher’s daughter: Chinese men told me to be mum
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The daughter of a Swedish publisher detained in China says two Chinese businessmen she met in Stockholm said her father could be released if she stopped talking to the media.
Angela Gui says that when she questioned the plan, the mood "became really threatening."
Gui spoke Sunday to Swedish broadcaster SVT about the meetings with the men, which were arranged by Sweden's ambassador to China, Anna Lindstedt.
Shiffrin prevails despite distractions over her choices
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Maybe Alpine skiing won't be so lost without Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal after all.
One week after Vonn and Svindal retired by claiming medals in their final races, Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher both showed true grit by fighting through debilitating sickness to claim the slalom titles at the world championships that everyone expected them to win.
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Shiffrin skis through sickness to ‘sweetest’ win of career
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin couldn't breathe. She felt like she was suffocating. She had no energy, and self-doubt had set in.
Then came some words of encouragement from her coaches: "The reality is you have to push for 60 seconds. Everything else doesn't matter. Just 60 seconds."
Sweden’s Langfors leads by 1 after 3 rounds of World Super 6
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Sweden's Per Langfors was at the top of the leaderboard after three rounds of the World Super 6, with Ireland's Paul Dunne, Norway's Kristoffer Reitan and Australian Brad Kennedy one stroke behind in the European Tour event.
Lanfors shot an 8-under 64 and had a 10-under total of 206 after three rounds on Saturday.
Kristoffersen topples Hirscher to win giant slalom at worlds
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Norwegian skiing is in safe hands, even with its beloved king now in retirement.
Henrik Kristoffersen gave Norway its second individual gold medal of the world championships by toppling an under-the-weather Marcel Hirscher to win the giant slalom on Friday.
With Kjetil Jansrud also victorious in the downhill last week, Norway appears in great shape heading into the post-Aksel Lund Svindal era.
The Latest: Kristoffersen wins giant slalom at worlds
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the skiing world championships (all times local):
Henrik Kristoffersen captured his first skiing world championships gold medal by winning the giant slalom thanks to a brilliant second run.
The Norwegian was in third place after the first leg but toppled leader Alexis Pinturault and favorite Marcel Hirscher to win by 0.20 seconds.
Hirscher took silver and Pinturault won bronze, 0.42 seconds behind Kristoffersen.
Main suspect in Sweden’s royal jewels heist confesses
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The main suspect in the theft of royal funeral artifacts from a Swedish cathedral confessed Friday to stealing them after his DNA was found on the items that were pulled out last week from a garbage bin north of Stockholm.
Sweden FM says she’s upset by ambassador to China case
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom says she is "very upset" over meetings arranged by the country's ambassador to China between the daughter of a detained Swedish publisher and two businessmen who allegedly threatened the woman.
Ambassador Anna Lindstedt has been recalled to Sweden and is being investigated.
Sweden probing its envoy to China over ‘threatening’ meeting
BEIJING (AP) — Sweden's ambassador to China is under internal investigation over a meeting she arranged between the daughter of a detained Swedish publisher and two Chinese businessmen who she says threatened her father.
Ambassador Anna Lindstedt returned to Stockholm on Wednesday to meet with officials from the foreign affairs ministry, the Swedish Embassy in Beijing said by phone. Lindstedt is not under criminal investigation.
Shiffrin’s plans blown off course in windy giant slalom
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin might have lost this race before it even started.
The moment she stepped outside Thursday, Shiffrin was hit in the face with an unseasonably warm gust of wind — not to mention the rain flooding this Swedish resort.
"When I saw this today I was ... losing confidence a little bit," Shiffin acknowledged after settling for the bronze medal in the giant slalom at the world championships.
Sweden calls on Ibrahimovic to offer backing to Olympic bid
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Looking to make one final push ahead of the vote to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, Swedish bid chiefs are calling on the country's most famous sports star to offer his backing.
Petra Vlhova is ‘a very strong rival’ for Mikaela Shiffrin
ARE, Sweden (AP) — If Mikaela Shiffrin can be likened to a sleek, technically perfect Formula One car, the Slovakian skier who is developing into her biggest rival is like a rally vehicle — bigger, more physical and rougher around the edges.
Yet when it comes to racing, Petra Vlhova is nearly as fast as Shiffrin.
Grandmaster Flash, Mutter win 2019 Polar Music Prize
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — American rapper and DJ Grandmaster Flash, German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and international music charity Playing for Change Foundation on Wednesday won Sweden's Polar Music Prizes for 2019.
The award panel said Grandmaster Flash, born Joseph Saddler, is "rightly heralded as a hip-hop virtuoso," and "one of the first to manipulate music by placing his fingers on the vinyl."
The Latest: Subban welcomes Lindsey Vonn home with goat cake
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the Alpine skiing world championships (all times local):
P.K. Subban of the NHL's Nashville Predators has done his best to welcome home Lindsey Vonn and into retirement.
Subban tweeted out video Tuesday of Vonn returning to Nashville, Tennessee, saying she was back in the mix and officially retired.
Study: Ancient European stone monuments spread from Brittany
BERLIN (AP) — A new study suggests the practice of building huge stone monuments spread throughout ancient Europe from northwestern France.
So-called megaliths have long fascinated archaeologists because of the immense skill and effort required to build monuments like Stonehenge in England.
Sweden needs more resources, skills to fight wildfires
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's civil protection agency says the country needs more water-dropping resources to fight serious wildfires like the ones last year and improve cooperation between the rescue...
Shiffrin, the new face of skiing, cites Osaka as inspiration
ARE, Sweden (AP) — During her inexorable rise to someday becoming the most successful Alpine skier in history, Mikaela Shiffrin has been shooting some admiring glances at another young female athlete excelling at her chosen sport.
And she, too, is emerging from the shadow of an all-time great.
Aamodt and Paerson defend Shiffrin’s race selection
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Scandinavian skiing royalty Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Anja Paerson have come to Mikaela Shiffrin's defense over her decision to race only three events at the world championships.
Shiffrin's decision to sit out the Alpine combined was questioned by fellow Americans Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller.
Aamodt and fellow Norwegian Lasse Kjus won Olympic or worlds medals in all five disciplines during their careers.
Pinturault ends long wait for individual skiing gold
ARE, Sweden (AP) — With the Alpine combined possibly getting axed from major skiing championships, Alexis Pinturault had one final chance to assert his long-time dominance of the event.
He didn't waste it.
The French skier produced the second-fastest slalom leg to rise from 24th place after the downhill portion and win by 0.24 seconds at the world championships on Monday.
It was Pinturault's first individual gold medal at a major championship.
The Latest: Positive prognosis on Chilean skier after crash
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest from the skiing world championships (all times local):
Chilean skier Henrik von Appen appears to have avoided a serious injury after his crash in the Alpine combined at the world championships.
Von Appen could be heard screaming loudly after skidding on an icy section on the downhill leg and landing on his left side on top of his skies. He slid down into the safety nets and was tended to by medical staff for about 10 minutes.
Post-Vonn era in skiing begins with men’s Alpine combined
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The post-Lindsey Vonn era begins with the men's Alpine combined at the skiing world championships.
Vonn was scheduled to leave Sweden on Monday to begin a new chapter in...
Lessons for Brexit from Norway’s hard border with Sweden
ORJE, Norway (AP) — With fresh snow crunching under their boots and a handful of papers to be checked and stamped, truck drivers from Latvia, Sweden and Poland make their way across Norway's Orje customs station to a small office where their goods will be cleared out of the European Union and into Norway.
‘Like a fairytale’: Svindal wins world silver in final ski
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Aksel Lund Svindal stretched out his arms and looked to the snow-filled sky, soaking in a big skiing atmosphere one last time as thousands of flag-waving Norwegians cheered their idol at the finish area.
Didn't matter that he'd been beaten to gold — by 0.02 seconds, no less — by teammate Kjetil Jansrud in the final race of his illustrious, medal-filled, 17-year career.
Silver, gold, whatever; he was simply going to savor the moment.
Norway’s Svindal bids skiing goodbye in downhill at worlds
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Norwegian great Aksel Lund Svindal bids skiing goodbye in the downhill at the world championships on Saturday.
Norwegian fans, including Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, are traveling over the border to see Svindal race for the last time before he retires.