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Stockholm Heads Toward Grim Record Not Seen Since 1934

Will Swedish capital go whole month of December without an hour of sunlight?

(Newser) - "Do you think it's dark?" That was the question posed by Swedish meteorologist Ulrika Elvgren last week to her fellow citizens, and answered in the same tweet with her own answer: "Yes, it has been extra dark." The reason for her inquiry: Multiple parts of the...

Prosecutors: No Proof Mom Imprisoned Her Son

Swedish authorities let elderly woman go, but they're still trying to figure out events of last 30 years

(Newser) - An elderly mother suspected of keeping her 40-something son imprisoned in their Stockholm apartment for nearly 30 years had insisted to authorities that wasn't true. Now, she's been released from custody after Swedish prosecutors decided Wednesday to drop the case against her, saying they don't have enough...

Reports: Mom Kept Son Locked Up for Nearly 30 Years

'The mother is suspected of illegal deprivation of liberty,' Swedish police rep says

(Newser) - A septuagenarian Swedish mother is denying she held her son hostage for nearly three decades after he was reportedly discovered, in bad shape, by a relative. Per local media reports cited by AFP , the 41-year-old man was discovered Sunday after his mother ended up in the hospital and an unidentified...

Castro's Crocodile Bites Arm 'on the Wrong Side of the Glass'

Victim was giving a speech at a Stockholm aquarium

(Newser) - One of Fidel Castro's crocodiles bit a man who, police said, "had his arm on the wrong side of the security glass" at a Stockholm aquarium. The victim, who is in his 70s, had climbed up to make a speech next to the crocodile enclosure during a private...

A$AP Rocky Will Be Freed
A$AP Rocky Will Be Freed

A$AP Rocky Will Be Freed

But the rapper has to return for his verdict on Aug. 14

(Newser) - Rapper A$AP Rocky and two other US suspects will be freed from jail until Aug. 14, when judges are expected to announce a verdict in the assault case against them , a Swedish court announced Friday. It wasn't immediately clear from the decision by the Stockholm District Court whether the...

Outcry Dismissed, Sweden Puts A$AP Rocky on Trial

Rapper's assault trial has started in Stockholm despite Trump's efforts to free him

(Newser) - It's been a long month for A$AP Rocky, detained by Swedish officials after allegedly attacking someone in a street fight at the end of June, and on Tuesday, the next phase of his overseas experience began. The 30-year-old American rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty at the...

A$AP Rocky Stuck Despite Trump's Offer

Rapper will remain in Sweden for assault trial

(Newser) - President Trump's offer of help for A$AP Rocky wasn't enough. On Thursday Swedish prosecutors said the 30-year-old rapper will remain in custody in Sweden until his trial on an assault charge begins Tuesday, per NBC News . Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage are...

Sweden: Attacker Was 'Known to Authorities'

39-year-old Uzbek man is in custody

(Newser) - The man accused of killing four people with a hijacked beer truck in Stockholm Friday is a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan who was a "marginal character" already known to authorities, officials in Sweden say. Police say they found a "suspect device" in the vehicle and they haven't ruled...

Sweden 'Attacked,' PM Says After Truck Slams Into Store

At least 3 dead after Stockholm incident

(Newser) - A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, and Swedish police confirm at least three people have died, per the Independent . People in the downtown area are fleeing the scene in panic, the AP reports. Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have been fired at the...

Bob Dylan Finally Gets Around to His Nobel

He'll stop by Stockholm to pick up that Literature prize he won months ago

(Newser) - Bob Dylan will be knockin' on the Swedish Academy's door this weekend to finally pick up his Nobel Prize in Literature. Rolling Stone reports that the singer-songwriter, who famously didn't reply right away upon learning he'd won the prize in October—and who sent singer Patti Smith...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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