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May 27, 1986 | From Reuters
A Tass press agency reporter has defected with his wife and two children while on assignment in Finland by crossing into neighboring Sweden, emigre sources said today. The sources said Raivo Ojasaar, 39, an Estonian who had been posted in Helsinki since 1981, may have continued to West Germany or the United States to seek asylum.
December 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Argentina has arrested an infamous navy officer, dubbed the "Blond Angel," at the request of Sweden, which wants to extradite and try him for the death of a young Swedish girl in 1977, a court said. Alfredo Astiz, who during Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship was a member of an anti-leftist death squad, is also wanted by Italy and Spain and has been condemned in absentia by France to life in prison for killing two nuns.
June 8, 2002 | Associated Press
Henrik Larsson still has the touch. Eight years after his last World Cup goal, the striker netted two Friday as Sweden beat Nigeria, 2-1, and sent the Super Eagles out of the tournament in the first round. Larsson scored the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute after he was fouled in the area by Ifeanyi Udeze.
May 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Swedish police on Wednesday tightened border checks after a valuable artwork by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch was stolen from a manor in southern Sweden. Thieves broke into the summer home of a Norwegian ship owner near Horby, 360 miles south of Stockholm, late Tuesday and stole the painting worth an estimated $138,000, police spokesman Per Jansson said. Works by the Norwegian painter, who died in 1944, are a popular target for thieves.
January 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Swedish tax officials want former ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus to pay $2.1 million for undeclared royalties from the supergroup's hits dating back decades. It is the second time the Swedish Tax Authority has claimed the 61-year-old singer dodged taxes by not declaring millions in royalties going back decades, officials said Thursday. Victor Palm, a tax official, said that authorities suspect royalty payments to Ulvaeus were made to companies operating in foreign tax havens.
February 21, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt
If the United States is at a loss over what to do about nuclear waste, it may be time to check out the Swedish model. A symposium at the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in San Diego last week highlighted the Swedish power industry in gaining public support for a geological repository for high-level radioactive waste. The Scandinavian success comes in stark contrast to efforts in the U.S., where spent nuclear fuel rods have remained for decades in temporary storage at power plants around the country.
March 24, 2002
"A Taste of Sweden" sandwiches 15 pages of well-organized information between 16 pages of color photographs and overviews of Stockholm and various regions of the Scandinavian nation. "Sweden A to Z" has alphabetized facts on everything from gasoline prices to tour companies, plus a directory of Internet sites. (212) 885-9700,
August 5, 1992 | Associated Press
A Russian man who hijacked an Aeroflot passenger jet to Sweden to escape service in the Soviet army was freed from prison Tuesday after serving half his four-year sentence. Mikhail Mokretsov, 20, said two weeks ago he had gone on a hunger strike to demand that he be allowed to remain in Sweden when he was released. He said he faces imprisonment if he is returned to Russia. The government's Culture Department is reviewing whether he can remain in Sweden.
March 28, 1987 | From Reuters
Sweden's ruling Social Democrats on Friday proposed the closure of two nuclear stations by 1996, the first step toward scrapping all 12 of its nuclear plants. Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson said the top priority is now to find a credible alternative to the nuclear network, which accounts for 50% of national energy needs.
August 3, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Sweden reached the gold-medal match in men's team handball, rallying to beat Spain, 25-20, to remain unbeaten in the tournament. Pierre Thorsson had seven goals on only eight shots for Sweden, which will meet Croatia on Sunday. Patrik Cavar scored eight goals in Croatia's 24-20 upset of world-champion France. Spain took a 12-10 lead over Sweden on goals by Aitor Etxaburu and Salvador Esquer late in the first half.
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