Stefan Lofven

  • spokeswoman Jul 15, 2019

    Small Plane Carrying Parachutists Crashes in Sweden, 9 Dead

    Swedish officials said a small plane carrying parachutists crashed in northern Sweden soon after takeoff on Sunday and all nine people on board were killed. The accident took place a little after 2 p.m. local time on Storsandskar island. Swedish media quoted witnesses reporting that some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before the...

  • Europe Jun 24, 2019

    Italy Wins Vote to Host 2026 Winter Olympics

    Italy will host the 2026 Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, taking the Winter Games to the Alpine country for the second time in 20 years. International Olympic Committee members voted for the long-favored Milan-Cortina bid over Stockholm-Are from Sweden that also included a bobsled track in Latvia. Milan-Cortina’s jubilant delegation broke into chants of “Italia! Italia!” when the result...

  • The Associated Press Sep 10, 2018

    Sweden's Ruling Party Hits Election Low as Far Right Grows

    Voters handed Sweden’s ruling party its worst-ever election result Sunday and delivered a parallel lift to a far-right party with white supremacist roots, leaving the ideological outline of the Scandinavian country’s next government uncertain. After a campaign dominated by debates over immigration, the center-left Social Democratic Party emerged with the greatest share of the vote — 28.4 percent as the...

  • Associated Press May 25, 2018

    Sweden Adopts Law Defining Sex Without Explicit Consent as Rape

    Sweden has adopted a law requiring people to get explicit consent before sexual contact. Otherwise it will be considered as rape. In Wednesday’s vote, Swedish lawmakers approved the change by 257 votes to 38, with 54 absentees.

  • Prime Minister Dec 20, 2017

    Sweden Moves to Require Explicit Consent for Sex

    Sweden is moving to change its rape law to shift the burden of proof from the victim to the alleged attacker, in a proposal that would require people to get explicit consent before sexual contact. Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin said the recent #metoo anti-harassment campaign “has shown that there is a need” for the new legislation, which is expected...

  • Prime Minister Apr 11, 2017

    Sweden Truck Attack Suspect Has Confessed, His Lawyer Says

    A 39-year-old old Uzbek man confessed Tuesday to ramming a stolen truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15, his lawyer said. The Stockholm District Court ruled that police could detain Rakhmat Akilov for a month after he admitted in court that he drove the stolen beer truck into a crowd outside an upscale department store...

  • Prime Minister Apr 11, 2017

    Sweden Mourns 4 Killed, 15 Wounded in Stockholm Truck Attack

    Sweden observed a minute of silence Monday on a national day of mourning for the four people killed and 15 wounded in a truck attack last week, while the suspect’s name emerged in court papers and the U.N. Security Council condemned the rampage. Swedish royalty, foreign diplomats and politicians were among the crowds gathered for a noon observance outside Stockholm...

  • London Apr 9, 2017

    Stockholm Suspect Was Failed Asylum-Seeker; 2nd Man Arrested

    Swedes questioned their country’s welcoming immigration policies with pride and pain on Sunday after learning that an asylum-seeker from Uzbekistan was allegedly behind the truck rampage that killed four people, Stockholm’s deadliest extremist attack in years....
    The Swedish capital was slowly, but resolutely, regaining its normal rhythm as details about the 39-year-old suspect in the attack emerged. Police said he had...

  • London Apr 8, 2017

    Swedish Authorities Say Truck Attack Suspect Held

    A Swedish prosecutor says a person has been formally identified as a suspect “of terrorist offenses by murder” by driving a hijacked truck into a crowd of pedestrians, killing four people and wounding 15 others....
    The prosecutor, Hans Ihrman, said Saturday that the unidentified suspect should face a pre-trial custody hearing before midday Tuesday or be released....
    Ihrman and police spokesman Lars...

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