Tag Archives: Sweden

New ABBA Album Outsells Entire UK Top 40 Combined

The BBC reports: Abba singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad has said “don’t be too sure” that their comeback album Voyage is their last, in her first interview about the reunion. The Swedish superstars released the LP, their first for 40 years, on Friday. It is on course to be the fastest-selling album of the year so far and outsold the rest of …

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Climate Change Scientists Share Nobel Prize In Physics

From the Nobel Prize Committee: Complex systems are characterised by randomness and disorder and are difficult to understand. This year’s Prize recognises new methods for describing them and predicting their long-term behaviour. One complex system of vital importance to humankind is Earth’s climate. Syukuro Manabe demonstrated how increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere lead to increased temperatures at …

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Two US Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize For Medicine

From the Nobel Prize Committee: Our ability to sense heat, cold and touch is essential for survival and underpins our interaction with the world around us. In our daily lives we take these sensations for granted, but how are nerve impulses initiated so that temperature and pressure can be perceived? This question has been solved by this year’s Nobel Prize …

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ABBA Releases Two Singles Ahead Of New Album

The BBC reports: Pop legends Abba have surprised and delighted fans by announcing their first studio album for 40 years. Abba Voyage will be released in November, before a “revolutionary” set of concerts where virtual avatars will play hits like Mamma Mia and Waterloo. The quartet, who split up in 1982, said they ended up back in the recording studio …

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Ransomware Attack Closes 800-Store Swedish Chain

Reuters reports: The Swedish Coop grocery store chain closed all its 800 stores on Saturday after a ransomware attack on an American IT provider left it unable to operate its cash registers. Hundreds of American businesses were hit on Friday by an unusually sophisticated attack that hijacked widely used technology management software from a Miami-based supplier called Kaseya. According to …

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Previous Holdout Sweden Imposes Strict Lockdown

MarketWatch reports: Sweden is switching from its voluntary lockdowns to a much more aggressive approach that will see public events of more than eight people banned. The Nordic country was one of the few countries that didn’t go into an enforced lockdown, and has rejected the need for masks. In October, it drew up guidelines for a voluntary lockdown in …

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Trump Gets Second Nomination For Nobel Peace Prize

The New York Post reports: President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for a second time this week — this time for brokering a historic peace deal between Serbia and breakaway republic Kosovo. In a Friday morning tweet, Magnus Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish Parliament, announced he was nominating the Trump administration and the two European …

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Researchers: “Nanobody” Has Potential As Antiviral

Courthouse News reports: Researchers in Sweden have identified a small neutralizing antibody that has the capacity to block the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, from entering human cells. In a paper published Friday in Nature Communications, the researchers propose that the nanobody has the potential to be developed as an antiviral treatment. Single-domain antibodies, also known as nanobodies, are fragments …

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Sweden Now #2 Country In COVID Cases Per Capita

Newsweek reports: Sweden’s total number of coronavirus cases grew by more than 100 overnight Wednesday, making it the second most-infected country per capita in the world. The Scandinavian country known for its light-touch approach to battling the pandemic reached 54,562 total cases Wednesday, according to covidgraph.com, which compiles current data from multiple government health agencies and universities across the world. …

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Sweden Admits Mishandling COVID After Deaths Soar

Bloomberg News reports: Sweden’s top epidemiologist has admitted his strategy to fight Covid-19 resulted in too many deaths, after persuading his country to avoid a strict lockdown. “If we were to encounter the same illness with the same knowledge that we have today, I think our response would land somewhere in between what Sweden did and what the rest of …

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Kevin Spacey Accuser Ari Behn Dead By Suicide

The BBC reports: Ari Behn, the former son-in-law of Norway’s king, has died aged 47, his spokesman has said. Behn, the author of several novels and plays, married Princess Martha Louise in 2002 but the couple divorced two years ago. His spokesman told Norway’s NTB agency that Behn had taken his own life. In December 2017, Behn accused the disgraced …

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Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation

The Guardian reports: The alleged rape investigation involving Julian Assange, who is in prison in Britain, has been discontinued. The deputy chief prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson, told a news conference: “I want to inform about my decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation.” Tuesday’s decision follows a ruling in June by a Swedish court that Assange, who denies the accusation, should not …

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Sweden Reopens Rape Case Against Julian Assange

The BBC reports: Swedish prosecutors have reopened an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010. The inquiry has been revived at the request of the alleged victim’s lawyer. Assange, who denies the charges, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012. The 47-year-old …

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Ecuador: Assange’s Poop-Smearing Was The Final Straw

CBS News reports: Ecuador revoked Julian Assange’s asylum status because he smeared his feces on the walls of the country’s embassy, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said. In an interview with CBS News’ partner BBC News, Moreno said Assange “even attacked some of the guards, something that definitely can’t be tolerated.” “He exhausted our patience and pushed our tolerance to the …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Swedish Activist Thwarts Deportation Of Afghan Man By Refusing To Take Her Seat On Flight

The Washington Post reports: Around the world — from Chicago to Munich to Roskilde, Denmark — airports have become centers of political protest over deportations. Activists have blocked airport entrances, demonstrated outside terminal fences and even stormed a runway in attempts to stop flights carrying deportees. This week, one Swedish student tried a different approach. When Elin Ersson learned that …

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ABBA To Release First New Songs In 35 Years

The Guardian reports: ABBA have announced that they have written and recorded their first new songs since they split in 1982. The Swedish four-piece, who had nine No 1 hits in the UK between 1974 and 1980, and who have sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide, announced on Instagram that they had recorded two new songs for a project …

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Platinum-Selling Dance Artist DJ Avicii Dies At 28

Billboard Magazine reports: Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died at age 28 on Friday, April 20, his publicist confirmed. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Presser With Swedish PM

CNN reports: President Trump will meet with the Prime Minister of Sweden followed by a joint press conference at 3:30PM. Trump will face reporters on Tuesday amid questions about chaos inside the White House and new prospects for talks with North Korea. Trump attempted to rebut claims on Tuesday that his West Wing is rattled with disorder and low morale. …

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TENNESSEE: Sweden’s Electrolux Puts Major Expansion On Hold After Trump Unveils Stiff Tariff On Steel

CNBC reports: Sweden’s Electrolux, Europe’s largest home appliance maker, said on Friday it would delay a planned $250 million investment in Tennessee, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. On Thursday, Trump said the duties — 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum — would be formally announced next week, although White …

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Court Refuses To Quash Warrant For Assange’s Arrest

Reuters reports: A British court on Tuesday rejected a legal attempt by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to have a warrant for his arrest quashed. Assange, 46, has been holed up inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London for more than five years because he fears extradition to the United States. If he were to leave, he would face arrest by British …

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