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Swedish police say suspect in car fires arrested in Turkey

Swedish police say suspect in car fires arrested in TurkeyCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man suspected of arson in connection with dozens of car fires in Goteborg, Sweden's second largest city, has been arrested in Turkey, police said Wednesday.



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Man with Down's Syndrome shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home with toy gun 

Man with Down's Syndrome shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home with toy gun A man with Down’s Syndrome has been shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home in the middle of the night carrying a toy gun. Eric Torell, 20, who was autistic and was described by his family as being severely disabled, was fatally shot by police who erroneously believed he was carrying a real weapon in the early hours of Thursday morning in downtown Stockholm. Police officers say Mr Torell acted “threateningly” after responding to reports of a man showing a gun to residents at around 4am local time in the district of Vasastan. He died of his injuries after being shot in the stomach. One witness, who was awoken by the sound of several gunshots, said they heard police shouting at someone to lay down his weapon and lie on the ground. Mr Torell had been staying with his father when he wandered out of his home with the toy gun his mother, Katarina Söderber, said looked like a “submachine gun”. Eric Torell was shot dead by police  “He got it as a gift. It looked a little like a submachine gun. Until now it was just thrown in a pile of toys,” Ms Söderber told Swedish newspaper Expressen. She reacted angrily to the suggestion her son may have acted threateningly, describing her son as “the world's sweetest and most lovable person”, adding he could only say a few words like ‘mum’ due to his speech difficulties. Eric Torell was shot dead by a police patrol in the residential neighbourhood of Vasastan around 4am Credit: AFP Ms Söderber compared her son to “being like a three-year-old”, adding he had been reported missing after leaving home in the night. “It's impossible to understand. He wouldn't hurt a fly,” she said [translated]. Katarina Söderberg (R), mother of Eric Torell, speaking to the Expressen  Ms Söderber added that her son had left home unannounced on previous occasions but had always returned.   His father, Rickard Torell, told Expressen he went out to search for his son when he realised he was missing.   Mr Torell paid tribute to his son who he described as the “friendliest and most loving person in the world”.  A bullet hole is seen at a bicycle at the site  Credit: AFP Sweden’s Public Prosecutor's Office confirmed a routine preliminary investigation into possible police misconduct has been launched. Police said they would not speculate on the case until the investigation is complete. Stockholm police chief Ulf Johansson called the shooting "a terrible event."



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Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboat

Thieves steal Swedish royal crowns, flee in motorboatThieves have stolen two crowns and an orb from the Swedish royal family’s collection, making off in a motorboat after the heist. The priceless artifacts were snatched from a cathedral in Strangnas, about an hour west of the capital Stockholm, at lunchtime on Tuesday, police said. The robbers broke into a glass case that held the funeral regalia of King Karl IX and his wife Queen Kristina and swiped the two crowns and an orb from the 17th century.



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Thieves Steal Swedish Crown Jewels Before Fleeing By Speedboat

Thieves Steal Swedish Crown Jewels Before Fleeing By SpeedboatIn a plot that could have come out of a heist movie, two men on Tuesday raided



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China's arrest of Swedish bookseller could set dangerous precedent: Germany

China's arrest of Swedish bookseller could set dangerous precedent: GermanyChina’s detention of Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai while he was being accompanied by Swedish diplomats could set a dangerous precedent for other EU citizens, Germany’s ambassador to China said Tuesday. Michael Clauss said all European countries with diplomatic representation in Beijing were concerned about China’s actions, and “stood behind Sweden” in its efforts to secure Gui’s release and in condemning his arrest. “That China’s authorities treat an EU citizen this way is without precedence.



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Swedish PM condemns attempted arson attack at synagogue as three arrested

Swedish PM condemns attempted arson attack at synagogue as three arrestedThree people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, prosecutors said. There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement he was outraged by the attack.



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3 people arrested in firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue

3 people arrested in firebomb attack on Swedish synagogueHELSINKI (AP) — Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Goteborg, the second anti-Jewish attack in the Nordic nation in two days. Jewish groups condemned the attacks as "unconscionable" and demanded that authorities take action.



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Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalist

Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalistDanish police said Saturday that divers had recovered the decapitated head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who vanished in August while interviewing a Danish inventor aboard his homemade submarine. In a grisly case worthy of a Nordic noir thriller, Copenhagen police inspector Jens Moller Jensen told reporters that divers had found bags containing her missing clothes, her head and legs in Koge Bay, south of the Danish capital. “Last night our forensic dentist confirmed that it was Kim Wall’s head,” he said.



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Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalist

Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalistDanish police said Saturday divers had found the decapitated head and two legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who vanished in August while interviewing a Danish inventor aboard his homemade submarine. Copenhagen police inspector Jens Moller Jensen told reporters divers had found bags containing her missing clothes, her head and two legs in Koge Bay, south of the Danish capital. “Last night our forensic dentist confirmed that it was Kim Wall’s head,” he said.



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Swedish journalist's torso found in submarine death mystery

Swedish journalist's torso found in submarine death mysteryCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Journalist Kim Wall had reported on conflicts, crises and natural disasters around the world. Earlier this month, she set out to sea from laid-back Copenhagen for a story about an eccentric Danish inventor and his home-made submarine.



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