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Sweden exported over a fifth more weapons in 2013, with big sales to countries including Thailand and Saudi Arabia responsible for the boost.
Read more Weapon exports up 22 percent
Two Swedes, one from Gothenburg and one from Stockholm, have reportedly died while fighting in northern Syria, tabloid Expressen reported.
Read more Swedes reportedly killed in Syria
Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is currently visiting Iran. This morning he met with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif. At a joint press conference in Teheran, Bildt said a comprehensive international nuclear agreement with Iran is possible within six months, AFP reports.
Read more Bildt in Iran to negotiate nuclear programme deal
The mosque spokesman who spread an antisemitic myth on social media has resigned from his post, reports local paper Nerikes Allehanda (NA).
Read more Mosque spokesman quits after spreading antisemitic myth
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has expressed disappointment that Iran will not attend the Syria peace talks in Montreux.
Read more Bildt "disappointed" at Iran exclusion
The report two Swedish journalists were working on when kidnapped by an unknown group in Syria has now been published by newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Aftonbladet.
Read more Captured Swedish journalists publish article about time in Syria
Syrian refugees are choosing a new route to Sweden - by plane from the United States, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports. The National Police Board's border control unit and officers from the Swedish Migration Board said they have seen an increasing number of Syrian refugees arriving at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on direct flights from New York and Chicago.
Read more Syrian refugees flee to Sweden via the U.S.
Sweden has promised SEK 230 million in humanitarian assistance for Syria as the international community gathers in Kuwait, on Wednesday, for a major donor conference.
Read more Sweden pledges more aid money for Syria
The spokesman for Örebro mosque wrote that the late Ariel Sharon used Palestinian children's blood to make pudding. The spokesman wrote the claim on his Facebook page and has now deleted it, reports local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda (NA).
This story of Israelis killing children and draining their blood is almost identical to the antisemitic "blood libel" myths that some Christians have spread about Jews for most of the past 800 years.
Read more Mosque spokesman spread antisemitic myth
The two Swedish journalists released by kidnappers in Syria will hold a press conference a at Stockholm's Arlanda airport at 7pm on Thursday afternoon, reports Swedish Radio News.
Read more Freed journalists touch down at Arlanda
Swedish journalists Niclas Hammarström and Magnus Falkehed have been released after being held captive in Syria for 44 and 46 days, respectively.
Lina Eidemark of the Foreign Ministry told Swedish Radio News that two reporters are currently in Beirut, where they are being assisted by Swedish embassy staff and are waiting to be reunited with their families.
Tabloid Aftonbladet has spoken to Hammarström, who said he was shot in the leg while trying to escape from his captors. "I was incredibly lucky not to bleed to death," Hammarström said over the phone from Beirut.
Read more Swedish reporters abducted in Syria now free
A Swede is among the 5 staffers in northern Syria with the aid group Doctors without Borders (MSF) who were taken for questioning Thursday night and have not been heard from since.
Swedish Radio News confirmed one of the staffers seized by an unknown group is a Swedish citizen. News agency TT reported earlier that the Swedish Foreign Ministry would not comment on the news.
Read more Swedish aid worker detained by unknown group in northern Syria
Sweden saw its second-highest figure for asylum seekers last year since 1992, news agency TT reports, with some 54,000 applicants looking to start anew in Scandinavia.
Nearly a quarter more asylum seekers applied last year than in 2012, with most of the increase attributed to a surge in applications from people fleeing the civil war in Syria.
Read more Second-highest level of asylum seekers in 2013
An online activist with Syrian roots has criticized the Swedish intelligence service Säpo for labeling young people who go to the war-torn country as "potential terrorists."
Read more Activist: wrong to call Syria fighters terrorists
At least 75 people have traveled in the past two years from Sweden to Syria to train or work with al-Qaeda aligned groups, the Swedish intelligence service Säpo reports.
Säpo said the travelers are a source of concern as well as the extreme right as next year's national and European elections draw nearer.
Read more Swedes traveling to and from Syria worry Säpo