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Swedish intellectuals form new literature prize in Nobel protest

What do you do when this year’s Nobel Literature Prize, the world’s most prestigious accolade of its kind, is postponed because of a sexual assault scandal? You create your own award. More than 100 Swedish intellectuals have joined forces to form a new prize-giving body in protest after the Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel laureates,…

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England target World Cup semis after Belgium stun Brazil

England will bid to end their 28-year wait to reach a World Cup semi-final when they face Sweden on Saturday after Brazil were dumped out in the last eight by Belgium. Gareth Southgate’s young side face the Scandinavians in Samara with a place in the last four against either Croatia or hosts Russia up for…

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New Swedish law recognises sex without consent as rape

A tough new law that will recognise sex without explicit consent as rape comes into effect in Sweden on Sunday, after the country was rocked by the #MeToo movement denouncing sexual harassment and assault. The law stipulates that a person has committed rape if they have been part of a sexual act in which the…

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How the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018 unraveled

The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended and defending champions Germany were eliminated from the tournament. The football world is guaranteed to have a new champion. Here is a recap of how the round-robin stage went. Here are in-depth highlights of the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018. Group A Teams:…

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How the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup’s knockout stages

                      After 15 days of triumphs, tears and controversy, the World Cup’s group stage drew to a close on Thursday. Here, AFP Sport ranks the 16 teams to have made it through based on their performances in Russia so far. 1. Croatia Three wins out…

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Delirious Mexicans swamp South Korean embassy

Ecstatic Mexican fans besieged the South Korean embassy in their capital to celebrate with diplomats after the Asian team stunned Germany at the World Cup and ensured Mexico’s progress to the last 16 in Russia. Mexicans watched in horror as their side were thumped 3-0 in Yekaterinburg, leaving them keeping a nervous eye on the…

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Swiss reach last 16, where Sweden await

Switzerland kept politics off the field and Costa Rica broke their World Cup duck in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Wednesday that saw the Europeans through to the next round of the World Cup where they will face Sweden. Pre-match attention had focussed on Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri’s politicised “eagle” celebrations in their last…

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Kroos hits out at Germany’s World Cup doubters

Germany’s matchwinner Toni Kroos has criticised former internationals and pundits for putting the boot into the defending champions after their shaky World Cup start. Kroos’s stunning free-kick five minutes into added time in Sochi sealed a 2-1 win to keep alive Germany’s flagging hopes following defeat to Mexico in their opening Group F match. Following…

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Fans celebrate Germany’s late win over Sweden in World Cup 2018

Fans of the German football team are seen celebrating their team’s win over Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018. 

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Mexico beat South Korea 2-1 to edge towards World Cup last 16

Mexico moved to the brink of the World Cup knockout rounds with a 2-1 win over South Korea in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday. An early penalty from Carlos Vela put Mexico ahead, and Javier Hernandez’s second-half goal secured the Central Americans’ second straight victory after stunning reigning champions Germany in their opening game, despite a late…

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Germany face crunch Sweden clash as Belgium eye knockouts

Germany can ill afford another slip-up when they take on Sweden at the World Cup on Saturday, as the defending champions attempt to follow Brazil’s lead by belatedly springing into life. Joachim Loew’s side slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Mexico in their opening Group F match, paying the price for a calamitous first half…

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England expects as dark horses Belgium launch World Cup campaign

England open their World Cup campaign on Monday seeking to banish memories of dismal performances in recent tournaments as Belgium’s “Golden Generation” kick off as dark-horse challengers.  England, winners on football’s biggest stage more than half a century ago, crashed out without a win four years ago in Brazil, and have not won a knockout match in any…

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World Cup 2018 factbox: Sweden

Facts on Sweden who play in World Cup Group F: Country: Sweden Honours: Olympic Gold 1948 Past World Cup performance: 12th participation. Best result: Runners-up in 1958 FIFA ranking: 23rd Main clubs: Malmo FF, AIK, IFK Gothenburg, IFK Norrkoping Nickname: The Blue and Yellows (Blågult) How they qualified: Finished second in UEFA qualifying Group A…

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Swedish legendary group ABBA make new music after 35 years

STOCKHOLM: “Mamma Mia! Here we go again”: Sweden’s legendary disco group ABBA announced on Friday that they have reunited to record two new songs, 35 years after their last single, sparking joy and surprise among fans. “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go…

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UN Security Council meets over Syria in remote Swedish farmhouse

Backåkra, Sweden: The UN Security Council met in a secluded farmhouse on the southern tip of Sweden on Saturday in a bid to overcome deep divisions over how to end the war in Syria. In a first for the Council, which normally holds its annual brainstorming session in upstate New York, the 15 ambassadors and Secretary-General…

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Swedish electronic music DJ Avicii found dead at age 28

MUSCAT: Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, known for his electronic music, was found dead on Friday in Muscat, Oman, his U.S. publicist said. Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was 28. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in…

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One dead, one hurt in blast outside Stockholm area metro

One person died and another was slightly hurt Sunday in a blast outside a metro station in a Stockholm suburb, which police said did not appear to be a terrorist attack. A man in his 60s died in hospital after “he picked up an object off the ground which promptly exploded,” police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson…

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Swedish PM condemns attempted arson attack at synagogue as three arrested

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven attends a news conference at Rosenbad, the Swedish government headquarters, in Stockholm, Sweden July 27, 2017. TT News Agency/Erik Simander via REUTERS/Files STOCKHOLM: Three people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, prosecutors said, reported Reuters. There were…

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Football: Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

MILAN: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0…

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‘Apocalypse’ now as Italy face FIFA World Cup humiliation

MILAN: Four-time champions Italy face missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a potential national humiliation likened to the “apocalypse” by the team’s fanatical supporters. Italy need to overturn a 1-0 play-off first-leg defeat against Sweden at the San Siro on Monday. National coach Gian Piero Ventura insists his team…

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Italy lose to Sweden in FIFA World Cup play-off first leg

STOCKHOLM: Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years. Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the only goal of a scrappy game in the 61st minute with a low strike…

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