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Sweden FM slams China as missing bookseller row escalates

Sweden FM slams China as missing bookseller row escalatesBEIJING (AP) — Sweden has condemned China's "brutal" detention of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, escalating a standoff sparked two weeks ago when Chinese agents seized the Hong Kong-based bookseller as he was traveling with Swedish diplomats.



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Sweden urges China to release bookseller Gui Minhai

Sweden urges China to release bookseller Gui MinhaiStockholm on Tuesday called on Beijing to release dissident publisher Gui Minhai after the Swedish citizen was snatched for a second time in mainland China while being accompanied by Swedish diplomats. “We expect our citizen to be released immediately and be given the opportunity to meet Swedish diplomatic and medical personnel,” Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement. One of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for salacious titles about the lives of China’s political elite, Gui first went missing in 2015 and resurfaced in detention on the mainland.



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Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with Russia

Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with RussiaSweden is preparing to issue a public information manual on what to do in the event of war, as debate in the country grows over how to deal with the threat from Russia. The brochure, due to be sent to 4.7m households, will inform the public how they can take part in “total defence” during a war and secure water, food and heating. The booklet with the working title If Crisis or War Comes will also give guidance on dealing with threats from cyber attacks, terrorism and climate change, the FT reported. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military support for Ukrainian separatists, along with increased activity and exercises near the Baltics and Scandinavia have caused deep unease in Sweden. The neutral country has begun to reverse deep post war defence cuts and incursions by Russian planes and submarines have sparked intense public debate over whether to join Nato. Sweden has seen debate over whether to join Nato Credit:  Victor Svedberg / Regeringskansliet In September 2017, the country held its biggest military exercise in 23 years, with war games involving 19,000 Swedish personnel and allies from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Norway and America. The country last year voted to reintroduce conscription. “All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defence or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, leader of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.



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Sweden drops rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Sweden drops rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian AssangeSweden has dropped a rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. If Assange leaves the embassy, London authorities can still arrest him for jumping bail in 2012.



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Sweden eyes stronger terror laws after truck attack

Sweden eyes stronger terror laws after truck attackAfter the Stockholm truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 others, Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson has told AFP he is seeking to toughen the nation’s terrorism laws. The suspected truck driver who mowed down shoppers in the attack, named in court documents as 39-year-old Uzbek national Rakhmat Akilov, had expressed an interest in jihadist organisations, according to police. Q: How do you want to strengthen Sweden’s terrorism laws?



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Sweden falls silent to honor truck attack victims

Sweden falls silent to honor truck attack victimsSweden’s Prime Minister said on Monday the country would never yield to terrorism, as he led a minute’s silence for those killed and injured when a truck driver mowed down pedestrians on a Stockholm shopping street. “We will never surrender to terror,” Lofven said in his speech outside Stockholm’s city hall, as flags flew at half mast across the capital and church bells chimed while shoppers and tourists thronged the city center. The suspect had been denied permanent residency in Sweden and expressed sympathy for Islamic State.



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Sweden holds minute of silence for truck attack victims

Sweden holds minute of silence for truck attack victimsSwedes observed a minute of silence across the country on Monday for the victims of last week’s truck attack by a Uzbek man whom police believe was a jihadist sympathiser. Media reports said the suspect had confessed, claiming he had been ordered by the Islamic State group to carry out the attack against “infidels”. Under grey and rainy skies, the crowd observed a minute of silence at noon (1000 GMT), many visibly moved with tears streaming down their cheeks as a sea of flowers and candles covered the ground.



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Sweden truck attack: What we know

Sweden truck attack: What we knowStockholm (AFP) – The 39-year-old Uzbek suspected of carrying out the Stockholm truck attack had been refused residency in Sweden and had shown interest in extremism, according to police.



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Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?

Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?On a Thursday segment of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly directed a debate over crime and immigration in Sweden. On one side of the issue was a Swedish newspaper reporter Anne-Sofie Naslund, who argued against the notion that immigration was making her country dangerous. On the other side was a man named Nils Bildt, who was identified onscreen and verbally as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor."



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Trump’s Sweden gaffe gets ridiculed on late night TV

Trump’s Sweden gaffe gets ridiculed on late night TVWhen President Trump picks up his copy of the New York Times on Tuesday morning, he’ll see something he likes for a change: a photo of himself smiling and shaking hands with his new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, a pick that has been widely praised. Below the image, though, Trump will see a story that has continued to dog him for the last three days: the fallout over the president’s suggestion during his campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden the night before. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump told his supporters on Saturday night.



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