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Stoppage in train traffic in southern Sweden
Train traffic is at a standstill between Malmö and Lund during the morning.
The reason is that a contact line was torn down, writes Sydsvenskan.
There are also problems for the trains in Western Sweden. Several trains have been canceled between Gothenburg and Strömstad due to the snow storm, writes GP.
There is no forecast for when traffic can go as usual.
A man was robbed on his way to work
A man was robbed in Eskilstuna during the morning when he was on his way to work.
Perpetrators threatened the man with a sharp knife and took his computer.
The police conducted a crime scene investigation and took up a report of robbery.
No one has been arrested on suspicion of the robbery.
Five young people dead under unclear circumstances in Värmland: “Drugs everywhere”
In recent months, five young people have died under unclear circumstances, reports say P3 News.
The police believe that the deaths have a connection to unknown drugs and have seized suspected preparations.
– There are drugs everywhere, you see it openly on the streets, says 31-year-old Jon Sjöberg from Hagfors, to the radio channel.
S wants the electricity fee to be refunded in 2024 as well
New electricity price shocks can await next winter – but the EU regulation that enables the Swedish electricity subsidies ends at the turn of the year. The Social Democrats want the government to ensure that Swedish electricity customers can receive refunds of bottleneck fees even in 2024, TT reports.
Fredrik Olovsson, energy policy spokesperson for S, says that Sweden must have the opportunity to support households with a new round of repayment of capacity charges.
The regulation expires in December this year.
S also wants the revenue ceiling for excess profits at electricity producers to continue to apply after June 30 this year.
More private companies are starting to outsource staff
According to the Swedish Tax Agency, more and more private companies have begun to place war and request information from their employees due to the war in Ukraine, reports Swedens radio.
The companies want to find out who they can keep and who will be called up to the Armed Forces in case of increased readiness.
In the past, it has mainly been municipalities and authorities that deployed military personnel. The Duty and Examinations Agency sees that more private companies that supply the Armed Forces are now also joining.
In the long term, it may also apply to companies in transport, energy, telecom and food.
War deployment is a planning tool for the employer and provides an overview of which personnel you have and which ones may disappear.
Suspected arson in apartment building
The emergency services were alerted on the night of Wednesday to a fire in an apartment building in Akalla in northwest Stockholm.
– There was a fire in a garbage room and there was smoke spreading up into the property, says Håkan Eriksson who is a line operator at the rescue service in Stockholm.
The police have launched a preliminary investigation into aggravated arson.
According to the police, the residents of the property spontaneously evacuated and five people suffered minor smoke damage, according to the emergency services.
The alarm came in at 01.26 in the morning and at 04 the emergency services left the scene when the fire was out and the property ventilated. (TT)
Warns rowdy tourists: “Stay away”
Amsterdam warns rowdy sex and drug tourists to “stay away” from the Dutch capital, writes the BBC.
The digital deterrence campaign shows footage of drunken young men being arrested by the police, handcuffed, fingerprinted and made to spend the night in a drunken cell.
For years, Amsterdammers have complained that drunken Britons urinate in public, vomit in canals and end up in drunken fights, writes the BBC. A return trip to Amsterdam from the UK costs around SEK 600. British travel agencies arrange, among other things, bachelor parties with strippers and canal boat cruises with unlimited booze.
A ban on smoking cannabis on the streets in and around the “Red light district” where many brothels are located comes into force in May. As of this weekend, brothels and bars are forced to close earlier. (TT)
Biden on Putin’s actions: “Dangerous”
US President Joe Biden criticizes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement about deploying nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus.
– This is a dangerous kind of talk and it’s worrying, Biden told reporters at the White House.
Putin claimed on Saturday that he had ordered the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, which is ruled by fellow authoritarian Aleksandr Lukashenko. Biden says that Russia has not yet moved any nuclear weapons to Belarus. (TT)
You can read more about Putin’s decision here.
Amateur prospectors made millions of finds
Sometimes a cheap metal detector can go a long way, at least in Australia where a man recently had a real stroke of luck.
His find – a 4.6 kilo stone that turned out to contain around 2.6 kilos of gold – is worth more than 1.6 million Swedish kronor.
Appraiser Darren Kamp dropped his jaw when the man from Geelong, outside Melbourne, turned up with the stone, he told ABC News.
– He said ‘I have something to show you’. He took the stone from his backpack and placed it in my hand. He said ‘do you think there’s $10,000 worth in there?’
He had found the stone in the gold fields in the state of Victoria where the gold rush was strong in the 19th century.
According to the Geological Survey authority, there may be millions of kilograms of gold in the so-called gold fields in Victoria, which lie like a triangle between the towns of Bendigo, Ballarat and St. Arnaud. (TT)
Mike Pence is forced to testify against Trump
Mike Pence must testify about conversations with his former boss. Photo: Scott P. Yates/AP
Former US Vice President Mike Pence must testify about the conversations he had with former President Donald Trump during the time leading up to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
A federal judge has decided, according to sources for, among other things CNN and New York Times.
However, Pence may refuse to answer questions about his own actions on Jan. 6, when he led the effort to verify electoral votes after the election.
The decision to have Pence testify before a grand jury is seen as a major victory for Justice Department Special Investigator Jack Smith.
Both Trump and Pence have made attempts to limit Pence’s testimony.
Shooting at residence
It has been fired at a residence in Uppsala.
– At 21.52 we receive an alarm about a suspicious shooting in Stenhagen. We send resources there and quickly establish that there was a shooting at a residential property there, says police spokesperson Pelle Vamstad.
No one should have been physically harmed. At the moment, the police cannot answer whether there were people in the residence.
According to information to Aftonbladet, several shots have been fired. After that, a car is said to have disappeared from the scene.
The police cordon off the scene and will carry out a technical investigation.
No one is arrested.
– We work intensively, says Pelle Vamstad.
High Swedish confidence in NATO
Sweden has not been allowed to join yet – but the Swedes still have high confidence in NATO.
52 percent have high or very high confidence in the defense alliance, shows the latest Som survey from the University of Gothenburg, which TT reports on.
By way of comparison, for example, trust in the courts and the Swedish defense is 58 and 55 percent, respectively.
At the same time, support for Swedish NATO membership has increased considerably.
When the survey was conducted last fall, 64 percent thought that it was “a good proposal” for Sweden to join NATO. 14 percent thought it was bad.
On the corresponding question in 2021, both answers were just under 30 percent.
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Hi, why do you have to have locked articles that you have to pay for when it comes to things like Putin and the war, not everyone can afford that, but still want to be able to follow along a bit in case something serious happens, ps food and electricity are expensive now
Hi Mikael! I understand that it feels frustrating. Most things are open and free on our site. Important news events related to the war are always free, but we our paying readers also need to get value for their money, so for them we do in-depth articles.
When should compensation for high electricity bills in Dec/Jan be paid out? It is completely silent on this.
If you mean round two of the electricity subsidy, Minister of Energy and Industry Ebba Busch (KD) has said that it will come later in the spring.
are there any statistics on how many have been sentenced to life imprisonment in recent years?
Unfortunately, I can’t find any statistics on that.
But according to statistics from the Prison Service, 189 people served a life sentence in Sweden in November 2022.
It is the highest since 1989, when the Norwegian Prison and Probation Service started keeping such statistics.
“Swedes prepared to pause democracy” says the title but the article says “pause the economy”. Which is it?
Hey Pavo! There was a mistake in the post, it should say “democracy” right through – not the economy. Now it’s arranged!
Is there any reason why they are now showing a picture of the “Kurdish fox”? At the beginning of the year, when it emerged that he and others were behind the conflict in Stockholm, all images were blurred. Is it because public interest has increased over time?
Hi Birgitta! Here is a solid answer to your question!
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