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Twitter bots supporting the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats have almost doubled in the past month ahead of the Swedish election, according to a government agency.

A study of 571,719 tweets sent during March to August showed the number of accounts with automated behavior "increased significantly" in recent weeks, the Swedish defense research agency said.

The bots were 40% more likely to express support for the Sweden Democrats than genuine accounts, according to the agency....

Swedish police shot dead a 20-year-old man with Down syndrome in Stockholm on Aug 2. He had run away from home carrying a harmless toy gun. The policemen say they opened fire because of a "threatening situation", according to media reports.

20-year-old Eric Torell from Stockholm was diagnosed with Down syndrom and autism. He was gravely handicapped and could not speak, according to his mother.

On Thursday he was killed by Swedish police who say he acted "threateningly".

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As passengers know, a plane cannot take off until all on board have taken their seats and buckled their seat belts. A young Swedish activist named Elin Ersson used that rule to keep a flight carrying a 52-year-old Afghan man being deported to Kabul from taking off in Gothenburg.

The flight was scheduled to travel to Istanbul where the man was to be transferred to another plane to Afghanistan.

With everyone else on the plane seated, the young Swede took out her cellphone and...

Sweden player of Turkish origin Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to a storm of racial hatred and threats on social media after giving away the free kick that led to Toni Kroos's late winner for Germany in their Group F World Cup clash on Saturday.

The Swedish Football Association said on Sunday it had filed a police complaint in the wake of a spate of threats and racial slurs targeting Durmaz.

"A police complaint has been filed. The Swedish Football Association filed it so that Jimmy...

Mosques in Sweden were attacked a record 38 times in 2017, marking a tenfold increase from the previous year, a recent report showed.

The study, conducted by Uppsala University, indicated a sobering increase in violence against mosques and Muslims in the Nordic country.

Minister for Home Affairs Morgon Johansson described the surge of attacks as "terrible." He said the rise in far-right nationalist parties across Europe has brought about harsh discourse against immigrants,...

The Islamic Cultural Center of Hässleholm was destroyed in a fire on May 19.

Police are treating the fire as an arson attack, according to P4 Malmö.

According to officials, a person entered the Islamic Cultural Center’s prayer room to purposely set the fire.

The fire had the potential to spread to connected apartments, Magnus Carlsson of the Hässleholm Rescue Service said.

“The mosque that was burned is located on the ground floor of a rental building,” he told P4...

A mosque in Stockholm was vandalized with racist words and symbols.

In a statement, the mosque management said a big swastika symbol was spray painted at the mosque's door.

The management strongly condemned the incident, saying the mosque had been facing such racist attacks for years.

"Our mosque members and our community are extremely disturbed by such attacks. Unfortunately, despite many racist attacks, the government could not do anything against Islamophobia and hate...

In 2017 alone, twelve adolescent asylum seekers committed suicide, according to a survey by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm conducted on behalf of the National Board of Health. By contrast, the figure was below ten in 2016, with no registered suicide cases within the group in 2015.

All the asylum seekers who took their lives in 2017 were boys and men under the age of 21. Almost all of them came from Afghanistan and had applied for a residence permit in 2015.Most of them were...

A woman, who had left her home at a Swedish asylum center with her daughter and son, aged 8 and 9, respectively, has been pronounced dead after being found in a southern Sweden forest.

The woman who died Thursday in hospital was “poorly dressed” and that her daughter was in intensive care but not in a life-threatening condition.

The son was found safe and sound Wednesday afternoon.

 

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A zoo in Sweden has said it euthanised nine healthy lion cubs because it could no longer keep them.

Boras Djurpark, an animal park around 25 miles from Gothenberg, admitted it had put down nine healthy lion cubs since 2012.

Bo Kjellson, chief executive of the park, said healthy animalssometimes had to be euthanised if they were rejected by their pride, or cannot be rehomed elsewhere.

“I think they were killed after two years,” Mr Kjellson told Swedish broadcaster SVT....

Swedish police are investigating an attack on a mosque with a homemade bomb as a hate crime, officers said Monday. The attack on the Islamic Cultural Center in Saffle, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Karsltad, left ball-bearings lodged in the walls of the center's prayer room. Broadcaster SVT reported that police had completed a preliminary investigation and were treating the attack as a hate crime.

"Windows were broken and the walls were hit by explosives reinforced with...

A Swedish is under fire after denying the humanity of Muslims, local media reported on Sunday. "Muslims are not completely human," Martin Strid, a board member for the Sweden Democrats, said on the "Forum" program on Swedish state television SVT. Addressing the crowd, Strid, according to various local sources said that there is a scale of humanity from 1 to 100, that Muslims can be placed upon and that not all are 100 percent human. “On one end of the scale you are 100 percent human, a...

A mosque in Sweden was vandalized Sunday when unknown attackers painted a swastika on one of its door, according to a Muslim body head. The Al-Huda Islamic Cultural Center’s mosque that came under attack is in Flen town of Sodermanland district.

Sweden Islamic Federation President Tahir Akan told Anadolu Agency the Muslim community was sad after the attack on their mosque. Police informed us about the attack, Akan said. ''Police have launched a large-scale search. Developments are...

If there was ever a real-life policeman who came close in progressive Swedish affections to Kurt Wallander, the bestselling creation of Henning Mankell, it would probably be Göran Lindberg, chief of police of Uppsala, the city north of Stockholm that is home to Sweden's most prestigious university. Although he lacked Wallander's humility and reticence, Lindberg was concerned, like Wallander, with the marginalised and neglected in Swedish society. He was the sponsor of a sanctuary for abused...

Swedish anti-racist politicians, watchdog groups and Jewish organisations have expressed anger as self-professed National Socialists prepare for a rally slated to take place on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in the country's second-largest city. The Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), which anti-racist organisations describe as neo-Nazis, is holding a demonstration on September 30 in Gothenburg, which is located on Sweden's western coast. They have dubbed the event "Revolt against the...