The Swedish government and aid groups have pledge help to Nepal one day after a powerful earthquake struck the country, which leveled buildings and killed more than 1,000 people.
- Search and rescue teams.
- Kidnapped by the Nusra Front.
Two Swedes held hostage in Syria have been released and reunited with their families with the help of Palestinian and Jordanian authorities, news agency TT reports.
- Magnitude of 7.8.
Although many were traveling in the area as tourists or on business, no Swedes appear to have been hurt or killed during the huge earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday.
- Two hostages murdered, two terrorists died.
Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the occupation of the West German embassy here by Baader-Meinhof terrorists.
They stormed into the building taking hostages, killing two before they set off a bomb. Two of the terrorists died in the explosion, and the other four were arrested and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.
- Foreign Ministry reviewing genocide recognition.
Swedish Armenians and Assyrians gathered today for the centennial commemoration of the 1915 genocide of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed in the Ottoman Empire in present day Turkey.
- In the Mediterranean.
EU leaders have decided to triple the funding for sea surveillance missions in the Mediterrenean to stop migrant drownings, Swedish Radio News reports.
- Genomes sequenced and analyzed.
The complete genomes of two woolly mammoths have been deciphered by scientists from Swedish institutions and others, whose research was published in the journal Current Biology on Thursday.
- Previous figure was 30 to 35.
As many as 40 Swedish citizens have died while fighting for terrorist group IS in Syria and Iraq, new figures from Swedish intelligence service Säpo show.
- Government has favoured hands-off approach.
The National Audit office says the Swedish government is not living up to its responsibility as owner of major international energy firm Vattenfall, and has allowed the firm to keep polluting.
- Announcement of delayed financial results.
Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has lost the equivalent of SEK 62 billion in the fourth quarter in part due to a massive corruption scandal involving Swedish builders Skanska AB, among others.
- Sharp critique from Amnesty International.
As European heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit on migration, Sweden’s EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström says there is a lack of political will to help solve the crisis.
- No action on pledge made while in opposition.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven seems to be backing away from a pledge he made before last September’s elections that a new government would recognize the 1915 genocide of Armenians.
- Will keep most of the profits.
Two men from Gothenburg have been convicted of serious illegal fishing off the coast of West Sahara.
- EU's plan "quite general".
The EU plan to tackle the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean needs to be followed up by more concrete actions, according to the UN refugee agency. It is calling for more legal routes for migrants into Europe.