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Bikini-Clad Cop Makes Arrest While Sunbathing

Mikaela Kellner says she would have done the same even naked

(Newser) - She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn't stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief, the AP reports. A photo of Kellner pinning the suspect to the ground was trending on social media in Sweden this week. "My first intervention while... More »

World's 10 Most Livable Cities

Tough break, America

(Newser) - Maybe Donald Trump is … right? Monocle just released its annual list of the 25 most livable cities in the world, and the first American city (Honolulu) doesn't even show up until number 23. Skift reports the rankings are based on things like architecture, safety, and public transportation. American... More »

ABBA Performs for First Time in 30 Years

Band sang part of a song together Sunday in Stockholm

(Newser) - Lucky guests to a private party in Stockholm on Sunday witnessed what a guitarist calls "a piece of music history." Swedish band ABBA performed together for the first time in decades, marking 50 years to the day that band members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson first met,... More »

One Country Is Rapidly on Its Way to Losing Its Cash

Sweden is on track thanks to its adoption of IT and toughness on crime

(Newser) - There have been discussions of all financial transactions going digital for years, but only recently has it started to look like an eventual reality. Though CNN Money reported in June that Denmark looked to be closest to becoming cashless, alongside Sweden and Norway, researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of... More »

Office Inserting Chips in Workers' Skin

Swedish office block offers employees high-tech access

(Newser) - Some Swedish workers can now enter their building without a key and make purchases at the office cafe sans card—with a chip implanted in their hand, the BBC reports. Epicenter, a new Swedish office block, is offering employees a miniscule RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip to provide various kinds of... More »

Host 2022 Olympics? Cities Say No Thanks

Costs make gig increasingly unappealing

(Newser) - The race is on for the 2022 Winter Olympics—the race to get out of hosting, that is. Four cities that were considering hosting, including two finalists for the job, have dropped out of the running. Four finalists remain, but only two of those bids look robust. Cities just don'... More »

Oscar-Winning Director Killed Himself, Says Brother

'Searching for Sugar Man' filmmaker reportedly suffered from depression

(Newser) - The sudden death of acclaimed director Malik Bendjelloul may be a case of suicide. Bendjelloul's brother has told a Swedish newspaper that the 36-year-old killed himself, explaining that he had struggled with depression for a short period of time. Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm yesterday. The filmmaker rose... More »

Talk of Sweden: Rat So Giant It Terrified Cat

Rodent was 16 inches long, weighed two pounds

(Newser) - Scientists' prediction that giant rats could someday rule Earth hits a lot closer to home when you have a 16-inch-long rodent running around in your kitchen—and that's not including the tail. Sweden is abuzz over a mega-sized rat dubbed "Ratzilla" (unappetizing photos here ), which was discovered... More »

Supporters Cover Swastikas at Mosque With Flowers

After vandals deface doors, 'quiet majority' speaks up in Sweden

(Newser) - A vandal or vandals defaced the doors of a mosque in Stockholm with swastikas, but the move seems to have backfired. Anonymous members of the community then covered the swastikas with bouquets of flowers and left a note to the Muslim congregation: "For every hate crime there is a... More »

Woman Falsely Accused of Stealing Train to Become Train Driver

20-year-old cleaning lady gets new job as compensation

(Newser) - Earlier this year, a cleaning lady was accused of stealing and crashing a train she was on in Stockholm. Turns out, she didn't do it. So to make up for the double blow of serious injuries from the crash and calling her a train thief in a story that... More »

Riots Shake Stockholm for a 3rd Night

Gangs burn cars, buildings in Swedish capital

(Newser) - Groups of youths smashed shop windows, set cars ablaze, and burned down a cultural center last night as the riots that started in a Stockholm suburb after a fatal police shooting spread to other low-income areas of the Swedish capital. A police spokeswoman says 30 vehicles were set ablaze in... More »

Thief Who Left Victim on Tracks Sent to Prison

He robbed drunk man in Sweden, left him to get hit by train

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Tunisian who was caught on security camera robbing a man who had fallen onto the tracks on the Stockholm subway and then leaving him to be hit by a train was sentenced today to a year and a half in prison for theft. A Swedish court ordered Nadar... More »

US Embassy in Sweden Evacuated

Threatening letter contained mysterious substance

(Newser) - The US embassy in Stockholm was evacuated today, after receiving a threatening letter with a mysterious white powder inside, Reuters reports. Police briefly sealed off the area, which is in a wealthy neighborhood of the Swedish capital, but eventually allowed the staff of about 150 reenter the building. "We... More »

Hotel's New Fee: One Work of Art, Please

New York's Chelsea Hotel inspires Swedes to attract artists

(Newser) - Welcome to the hotel where artists can pay with their work—and anyone's art is accepted. The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm is letting guests stay overnight if they hand over a work of self-made art, The Local reports. “It all started with the fact that our general manager’... More »

Swede Minister Blasted for 'Racist Cake' Stunt

Controversial 'art' aimed to highlight genital mutilation

(Newser) - A Swedish culture minister is under attack for gleefully cutting into a cake made to look like a racist caricature of a black African woman. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth defended the cake-cutting event, part of an art installation at Stockholm's modern art museum that was intended to highlight the issue... More »

While in Sweden, Assange Stole Reporter's Girlfriend, Too

Days after odd encounter he's with women who accuse him of assault

(Newser) - Julian Assange not only mixed it up with two women now accusing him of sexual assault, but reportedly managed to steal the girlfriend of a mystery American journalist during an interview that same week, reports the Daily Mail . Assange allegedly started sweet-talking the woman almost immediately after the interview began... More »

Stockholm Attacker Had 3 Sets of Bombs

Taimour Abdulwahab probably intended to do more damage

(Newser) - The suicide bomber who killed himself in Stockholm carried three sets of bombs and had sent threats referring to "jihad" in an email shortly before his death, a prosecutor said today. Prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand identified the suicide bomber behind Saturday's blasts as 28-year-old Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen with... More »

1 Killed, 2 Injured in Stockholm Blasts

Police investigate two explosions as 'terror crimes'

(Newser) - A pair of explosions in central Stockholm yesterday killed one and injured two, the Guardian reports. A Swedish news agency was warned of the blasts minutes before they occurred; an email linked the attacks to Sweden’s military presence in Afghanistan, as well as a Swedish artist’s cartoons of... More »

Police Suspect Hoax in Airline Bomb Scare

Canadian woman phoned in tip about male passenger

(Newser) - The bomb scare that required a Pakistani passenger jet with 273 people aboard to make an emergency landing in Stockholm was apparently a hoax. Authorities diverted the plane, which took off from Toronto, after getting a tip that a man aboard had explosives. He turned out to be clean and... More »

Sign Theft Linked to Neo-Nazi Bomb Plot

Extremists planned to blow up Sweden's parliament building

(Newser) - The brazen theft of a concentration camp sign has been linked to a bizarre neo-Nazi plot to blow up Sweden's parliament. The wrought iron plaque reading "Arbeit Macht Frei"—work sets you free—was found hidden in woods in Poland days after it was stolen from Auschwitz. Now... More »

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