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Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better.

PARIS, France , Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The only real question is, why is this true?The answer, a pair of biochemists in Sweden said yesterday, resides in the subtle ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Russian court to hear plea for files on vanished Holocaust hero Wallenberg.

Russia has set a September hearing date for descendants of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who vanished after being jailed in the Stalin-era USSR, as they sue the security service for access to its archive.

- The Local - SE

It's now possible to buy your own airport in Sweden – if you can convince the owner.

Ever wanted to own an airport? A man in western Sweden is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone to do just that and purchase one he built himself – provided they meet his high standards.

- The Local - SE

Ericsson could downsize foreign workforce by 25,000 - report.

Ericsson's plan to cut its costs further could affect approximately 25,000 jobs, according to Sweden newspaper Svenska Dagbladet's sources. An article on its website said it will be overseas staff that are hit by the reductions. The newspaper said Ericsson had declined to give it any comment on its plans.

- Telecompaper - NL

US urges UN probe into experts' murder, but Congo is opposed.

The United States and Sweden are calling for the United Nations to follow up inconclusive investigations into the murder of two U.N. experts from their countries in Congo.

- FOX News - US

A few drops of water enhances whisky taste.

Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather.The only real question is, why is this true?The answer, a pair of biochemists in Sweden said yesterday, resides in the subtle interplay of molecules ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

The official way to get an apartment in Stockholm, Sweden is to put your name on a list and wait 10 years.

tarquingemstone/FlickrConsidering that Stockholm is among the five fastest growing regions in Europe, according to the City of Stockholm, it is fair to say the city's housing situation is urgent. Housing policies dating from earlier decades established a system in Stockholm, where people only gain access to rental ...

- Business Insider - US

Pro-Russia GOP Rep. Met With Assange, Wants Trump To Hear All About It.

After a Wednesday meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is convinced that Russia did not leak emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign to WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. And he wants to tell the President all that and more. The lengthy sit-down, first reported by the Daily ...

- TPM News - US

A Swedish company has developed a device that washes clothes without any laundry detergent.

Scandinavian Water Technology/FacebookAs global warming intensifies, the world is turning to large-scale environmental technologies like electric cars and solar power. But so far, innovations that transform resource use inside people's homes have been few and far between. Swedish startup Scandinavian Water Technologies, or ...

- Business Insider - US

The stinkiest day of the year in Sweden.

Today is the traditional start of the fermented herring season, when people  in Sweden start eating something that is considered by many to smell disgusting.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Professor: Climate change means Sweden needs to stop wasting water.

Climate change will make it more important than ever to save rainwater that falls on our rooftops in urban areas. While some European countries have turned to rainwater harvesting, Sweden has been slow to respond.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Webcam may reveal Swedish naval secrets

A local government webcam promoting the port city of Karlskrona as a tourist attraction is a security risk according to a British defence analyst, who says it should be taken down.

- Radio Sweden - SE

What India's top stand-up comedian thinks about Sweden

Papa CJ is one of India's biggest comics and is in the Swedish capital as part of Stockholm's Culture Festival, which has India as its theme.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Tourist webcam moved after military pressure

The live webcam set-up to promote the port city of Karlskrona as a tourist attraction but inadvertently revealed the movements of Sweden's naval submarines has now changed angle after criticism from military and security experts.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Newcomer Diaries: Randy is packing his bags for Sweden

Randy is still at home in Malaysia where he is making the final preparations for the big move to Stockholm. When Radio Sweden called to check in, he's just on his way home from a farewell dinner with friends.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Gulf crisis in focus as Sweden and Qatar meet

During a visit to Stockholm, Qatar's foreign minister welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision to reopen its land border with Qatar to Muslim pilgrims, but he also called the move "political".

- Radio Sweden - SE

Swedish opposition still wants to topple defence minister

Sweden's four-party Alliance opposition has pledged to push ahead with its no-confidence motion against Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist after two parliamentary committees met for emergency meetings on Thursday.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Russian court to hear plea for files on vanished Swedish diplomat

Russia on Thursday set a hearing date next month for descendants of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who vanished after being jailed in the Stalin-era USSR, as they sue the security service for access...

- Expatica - NL

Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better

Paris, France, Aug 17 - Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The only real question is, why is this true? The answer, a pair of biochemists in Sweden said Thursday, resides in

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Police search for journalist missing since trip on home-made submarine

Copenhagen police have said they are looking for a body in the case of a Swedish journalist missing since a trip on a home-made submarine.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

He Tangata: Far North tourism specialist Anika West

Elisabeth Easther talks to Far North tourism specialist Anika West I grew up in England, Dad was half Austrian and half Polish and Mum's Swedish so we used to spend our summers in Sweden. For three months we'd stay in a little cottage...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Certain jobs tied to higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Workers exposed to airborne toxins may have an elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Swedish study suggests. Among men, bricklayers, concrete workers and electricians had at least twice the risk of rheumatoid arthritis they ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

- NPR - US

The first snow of the season just fell in Sweden

The first snow of the season has fallen in northern Sweden, but most of the country still remains flake-free.

- The Local - SE

Swedish soldiers to fend off pirates near Somalia

Thirty-four Swedish soldiers are heading to east Africa as part of international efforts to prevent attacks from Somali pirates.

- The Local - SE

Relative 'used scissors to stab victim's neck' in suspected honour killing in Sweden

A man in central Sweden has been accused of murder after a younger family member was stabbed to death in a suspected honour-related killing.

- The Local - SE

Who will defend the defenders of free speech? How Sweden is tackling threats against politicians and journalists

Why Sweden, considered one of the world's top countries for free speech, is worried about attacks on politicians and journalists.

- The Local - SE

'Swedish police should prioritize crimes against freedom of speech'

The Local speaks to Sweden's Culture and Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke about the government's plan to crack down on threats and hate against politicians, journalists and artists.

- The Local - SE

Protesters to march against 'chaos' in Swedish maternity care

A series of demonstrations have been organized in 15 towns and cities across Sweden to protest against the "chaos" at the country's maternity wards.

- The Local - SE

Kim Wall presumed dead: Copenhagen Police

Copenhagen Police have confirmed that they are looking for a body in the ongoing search for missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

- The Local - SE

Swedish lawmakers boost defense budget over next 2 years

COPENHAGEN, Denmark " Sweden's defense minister said Wednesday that lawmakers, including some from two center-right opposition parties, have agreed to boost the Swedish defense budget with an annual extra 2.7 billion kronor ($334...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Danish police look for body in missing journalist case

Copenhagen police say they are looking for a body in the case of a Swedish journalist missing since a trip on a home-built submarine.

- FOX News - US

Ericsson mulls cutting a quarter of its global workforce

Swedish mobile networks company Ericsson may lay off tens of thousands of employees in a bid to speed up its cost-cutting program, a local newspaper has warned. The firm has had to grapple with fierce competition.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Sweden to Increase Defence Spending by USD 1 Billion by 2020

The Swedish center-left minority government announced today that it has reached an agreement with two opposition parties to increase defense spending by a total of 8.1 billion kronor over the next three years, Reuters reported. The agency notes that this has happened at a time of growing tension with Russia in the Baltic ...

- Novinite - BG

Russian Court Postpones Hearing On Wallenberg Suit Until September

A Russian court has postponed a preliminary hearing in a lawsuit against the Federal Security Service by relatives of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust and died in a Soviet KGB jail.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Ericsson could shed 25,000 jobs in cost-cutting drive: report

STOCKHOLM - Mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson may lay off around 25,000 employees outside Sweden as part of its savings program, Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources at the company.

- Reuters - US

Investigators likely slain by Congolese militia: UN probe

Two UN investigators killed in March likely died at the hands of Congolese militia members, a UN inquiry found, adding that further investigation will be required to "fully ascertain the identity" of those involved. Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish-Chilean dual national, were found murdered in March ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Is the Norway-Sweden border a model for UK-Ireland?

Sharing a border of 1,600 km , with close to 80 crossings, Norway and Sweden face some of the challenges that Ireland and Northern Ireland may experience when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

- EurActive - UK

Deloitte buys Ikea agency Acne and hires Sandoz to lead creative

Deloitte Digital has bought Stockholm-based Acne Agency, which has worked with brands such as H&M, Spotify and Ikea.

- Brand Republic - UK

Investigators likely slain by Congolese militia: UN probe

United Nations, United States, Aug 17 - Two UN investigators killed in March likely died at the hands of Congolese militia members, a UN inquiry found, adding that further investigation will be required to “fully ascertain the identity” of those involved. Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Life jacket find in Denmark submarine case unlikely related

COPENHAGEN, Denmark " Police in Denmark say that Swedish volunteers looking for leads in the search for a missing Swedish woman who was on an amateur-built submarine the night before it sank off Copenhagen have found "parts of...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Caricom looks to Sweden for help with development financing criteria

GEORGETOWN, Guyana , Caribbean Community Secretary General Irwin LaRocque yesterday called for a new model for development finance saying that the existing gross domestic product per capita should not be the principal measurement used in determining the development status of a country.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

'Game of Thrones' suffers another leak

'Game of Thrones' has suffered its second confirmed leak of season seven. Sunday's episode was released early in Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

- CNN - US

Too outrageous for public eyes? Swede's 'offensive' personal number plate request rejected

Yet another offensive number plate aficionado has had their hopes dashed in Sweden after a man failed to convince the country's transport authorities that his personalized plate attempt was innocent.

- The Local - SE

Numerous U.S. allies trust Putin more than Trump, survey finds

Citizens of U.S. allies — including Japan, South Korea, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, France, Spain, Italy, and Sweden — trust Russian President Vladimir Putin more than President Trump, a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday revealed. Although citizens of these countries are leery of Putin, they have ...

- The Week - US

AI launches direct service on New Delhi-Stockholm route

New Delhi, Aug 16 National passenger carrier Air India on Wednesday launched its first non-stop flight between New Delhi and Stockholm, Sweden, with an all-female crew. "We are confident that Air India's first foray to Scandinavia would add new dimensions to trade, commerce and tourism between the two countries -- India and ...

- Yahoo! News - US

A rare and elusive white moose has finally been captured on video

Hans Nilsson has spent three years trying to spot an elusive white moose in the town of Eda, in western Sweden. Last week he got lucky and crossed paths with the ghost-coloured herbivore two days in a row.

- Stuff - NZ

Sweden to raise military budget by €11 billion through 2020

Sweden's armed forces will get an extra 8.1 billion crowns over the coming three years to boost defense capabilities in the face of increased tension with Russia in the Baltics, the center-left minority government said on Wednesday .

- EurActive - UK

Swedish Elvis Presley fans pay tribute to the King of Rock & Roll

Elvis fans around the world are paying their respects to the King of rock 'n' roll who died 40 years ago today. Radio Sweden speaks to the Chairman of Sweden's official Elvis fan club, Åke Flodin, and Rock & Roll singer Peter Jezewski, whose own career was inspired by Elvis four decades ago.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Defence analyst: The new money will fill existing gaps

Defence analyst Jacob Westberg believes that the deal on increased defence spending struck between the government and two parties of the opposition is in line with the expectations from the Swedish Armed Forces.

- Radio Sweden - SE

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