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The Latest: Sweden pauses use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The Latest: Sweden pauses use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Health
STOCKHOLM — Sweden is pausing the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure amid concerns about reports of blood clots in some recipients in Europe.“The decision is a precautionary measure,” Sweden's chief epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, said in a statement.The move by the Swedish Public Health Agency was to remain in effect until an investigation by the European Medicines Agency into suspected side effects is complete.A growing number of European countries — including Germany, France, Italy and Spain — have suspended use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, though the company and international regulators say there is no evidence the shot is to blame for the blood clots.Sweden has stood out for its comparatively mild response to the pandemic. The country avoided lockdowns and...
Riots in Sweden after Quran burning by far-right activists

Riots in Sweden after Quran burning by far-right activists

World
Swedish police say far-right activists have burned a Quran in the southern city of Malmo, sparking riots and unrest after more than 300 people gathered to protestByThe Associated PressAugust 29, 2020, 9:12 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSTOCKHOLM -- Far-right activists burned a Quran in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, sparking riots and unrest after more than 300 people gathered to protest, police said Saturday.Rioters set fires and threw objects at police and rescue services Friday night, slightly injuring several police officers and leading to the detention of about 15 people.The violence followed the burning Friday afternoon of a Quran, near a predominantly migrant neighborhood, that was carried out by far-right activists and filmed and posted onlin...
Olof Palme murder: Sweden identifies man who killed PM in 1986

Olof Palme murder: Sweden identifies man who killed PM in 1986

World
Swedish prosecutors have named the man who they say killed former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme in 1986, ending years of mystery.They said it was Stig Engstrom, a graphic designer known as "Skandia Man" who killed himself in 2000.As a result they were closing the investigation into Palme's death, Chief Prosecutor Krister Petersson said.Palme was shot in the back as he walked home from the cinema with his wife in Stockholm.He had already dismissed his security team for the day. The assassination took place on Sweden's busiest road and more than a dozen witnesses saw a man fire the shots before fleeing the scene.Thousands of people have been interviewed over his death. A petty criminal was convicted of the killing but the verdi...
Sweden determined it has smarter strategy for dealing with COVID-19

Sweden determined it has smarter strategy for dealing with COVID-19

World
Stockholm is a world away from the lockdowns affecting the rest of Europe.The streets are quieter than normal, but there are still plenty of people about. In the King's Gardens they stroll in the spring sunshine, breaking the conventions on social distancing as they huddle together for a selfie beneath the cherry blossom. Sweden is aiming for herd immunity, where around 60% of a population catches an illness By t...
Italy joins Britain, Sweden to develop Tempest fighter plane

Italy joins Britain, Sweden to develop Tempest fighter plane

Business
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- BAE Systems and Italian defense contractor Leonardo agreed to work cooperatively on the next-generation Tempest fighter plane. The companies signed a statement of intent at London's DSEI defense trade show this week after the British and Italian governments signaled their approval. The Swedish defense industry, through the Saab company, is also a partner in the British-led venture to build Europe's next-generation fighter plane. Germany, Spain and France are involved in producing a competing aircraft. The Tempest is meant to replace the fourth-generation Eurofighter Typhoon, which is planned to leave service in the Royal Air Force beginning in 2040. It is expected that the Tempest will have the capability of flying remotely or with a pilot, but other than mockups on dis...