November 26th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Remains from 1600s ship found near Stockholm hotel

Remains of a ship were found during a renovation outside Stockholm's Grand Hotel.

Remains of a ship likely from the 1600s were discovered as workers renovated a hotel in central Stockholm, the Maritime Museum said.

"The discovery of the wreck is extremely interesting given the place where it was made," Maritime Museum Director Hans-Lennarth Ohlsson said in a statement from the Stockholm museum's website. "There was a naval shipyard on this spot until the start of the 17th century."

As workers were renovating part of Stockholm's Grand Hotel, not far from the royal palace, a worker found something interesting - the discovery turned out to be excavated parts of a ship.

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November 18th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Sweden orders arrest of WikiLeaks founder

The Stockholm Criminal Court on Thursday issued an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on probable cause, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force.

The court also ordered Assange arrested in his absence, which requires Swedish authorities anywhere in the world to detain Assange if they come across him. Sweden's director of prosecutions, Marianne Ny, had requested the arrest in absence.

"The background is that he has to be heard in this investigation and we haven't been able to get a hold of him to question him," Ny said earlier
Thursday.

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November 15th, 2010
02:06 PM ET

Julian Assange: Person of the Year?

Will WikiLeaks' director Julian Assange get the big honor from Time?

WikiLeaks' controversial founder is up for Time's Person of the Year honors. Julian Assange is among more than 20 nominees, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Chilean Miners (as a group) and the Unemployed American. You can vote online here.

Since July, Assange and his silver hair (which he briefly dyed black) has claimed constant headlines, whether because of his website - which published huge leaks of U.S. war intelligence - or because of a Swedish sex abuse case in which he is allegedly involved or because he stomped out of a CNN interview. Time calls Assange a digital age whistle-blower. High level American military officials and some security experts have called him dangerous for possibly putting the lives of informants at risk. Whatever Assange is, he's interesting. Time's audience will get to decide just how interesting.

Previous Person of the Year winners include 2009, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke; 2008, President Barack Obama; and, unconventionally, Time chose "You" in 2006 to acknowledge the role YouTube and social media play in everyday life.

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November 7th, 2010
09:44 AM ET

Suspect arrested in immigrant shootings in Sweden

Swedish police have arrested a 38-year-old man suspected in a series of shootings targeting immigrants, they said Sunday.

"The man was arrested late Saturday night on suspicion of murder and attempted murder," lead prosecutor Solveig Wollstad said.

Eight people have been injured and a woman, 20, killed in the shootings which police believe are connected to the gunman, according to CNN's Swedish affiliate TV4.

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October 7th, 2010
07:27 AM ET

Peruvian wins Nobel for literature

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, the Swedish Academy said.

Vargas Llosa won the prize "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individuals resistance, revolt, and defeat," the academy said.

"I am very grateful to have received this privilege," Vargas Llosa told CNN en Espanol.

"The truth is I did not expect it," he said in the televised interview. "It was a surprise ... but a pleasant surprise."

Vargas Llosa felt "very moved and enthused" by the prize, said Andina, the official Peruvian news agency, citing Peter Englund, president of the Nobel literature prize jury.

Vargas Llosa is in the United States, teaching two courses at Princeton University.

"He had gotten up at 5 a.m. to prepare for a class when he received our call at quarter to seven, while he was working intensively," Englund told Andina.

Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's leading novelists and essayists. He rose to prominence in the 1960s. Some of his best known novels include "The Green House" and "The War of the End of the World."

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September 25th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Authorities release suspect held in 'aviation sabotage' plot

[Update: 11:54 a.m.] A man arrested in connection with an emergency plane landing in Sweden on Saturday has been released, authorities said.
"The on-call prosecutor has decided not to arrest the man who has been
held suspected of bringing explosives onto an airplane," according to a
statement from the Swedish Prosecution Authority. "The suspicions against this man are not strong enough to formally arrest him and he is therefore free to leave Sweden."

Authorities arrested a passenger after a plane made an emergency landing in Sweden on Saturday morning, police said.

The plane - which had 273 people onboard and was flying from Canada to Pakistan - landed after a caller told authorities that a passenger had explosives with him.

All passengers were later evacuated from the plane, Stockholm Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.

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September 19th, 2010
08:02 PM ET

Opposition concedes in historic Swedish elections

The leader of Sweden's opposition coalition conceded defeat Sunday night, marking a historic moment as a non-socialist government appeared headed for re-election to a second term for the first time in the country's political history.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's centre-right four-party coalition - consisting of the Moderates, the Liberals, the Christian Democrats and the Centre party - appeared poised to hold on to power, judging by early and preliminary election results.

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August 21st, 2010
08:38 AM ET

Is Assange the target of a U.S. smear campaign?

[Update 11:30 a.m.] Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange is "no longer wanted" and "is not suspected of rape," Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne said in a statement published by the Swedish prosecutor's website Saturday.

[Original post] Reports of criminal accusations against  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange brought instant suspicion of a U.S. government-led smear campaign.

Assange, a citizen of Australia, has been accused in Sweden of rape and molestation, or harassment, the Swedish tabloid Expressen reported.

Read a rough Google translation of the Expressen report.

WikiLeaks recently published tens of thousands of U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan and has said it is preparing to publish another batch of 15,000 documents soon.

"We were warned to expect 'dirty tricks.' Now we have the first one," WikiLeaks' Twitter page said Saturday.

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August 21st, 2010
08:01 AM ET

Sweden drops rape accusation against WikiLeaks founder

[Update 11:30 a.m.] Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange is "no longer wanted" and "is not suspected of rape," Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne said in a statement published by the Swedish prosecutor's website Saturday.

[Original post] The founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is wanted in Sweden after accusations of rape and molestation, a spokeswoman for the Swedish prosecutor's office told CNN Saturday.

Spokeswoman Karin Rosander said Assange was arrested in absentia Friday night, and faces charges in relation to two separate instances, but she didn't have more detail about when the alleged crimes occurred or who the alleged victims are.

Assange denied the allegations in a posting Saturday on the WikiLeaks Twitter page, saying, "The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing."

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May 18th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Swedish man arrested on terror charges

Swedish man suspected of conspiring to commit a terror attack in Somalia was arrested on terror charges in Sweden Tuesday, police announced.

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May 13th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Protesters turn violent outside Iranian embassies in Sweden, Denmark

Protesters in Sweden and Denmark on Thursday assaulted Iran's embassies as demonstrations there turned violent.

Demonstrators at the Iranian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, pelted the building with rocks and Molotov cocktails on Thursday, police said.

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