SAS cancels more flights as labor talks resume with pilots

Europe 05/01/19, 06:04

Scandinavian Airlines is cancelling another 280 flights across the Nordic region through Thursday afternoon (1200 GMT), affecting 20,000 more passengers, due to a pilots' strike.The cancellation comes on top of 504 flight canceled Wednesday and hundreds more since pilots began an open-ended strike on Friday due to the collapse of ...

Enigmatic Beluga whale lets people pet it in Artic Norway

Europe 04/30/19, 06:48

A beluga whale found in Arctic Norway with a tight harness that is believed to have links to a military facility in Russia is so tame that residents can pet the mammal on its nose.The white whale has been frolicking in the frigid harbor of Tufjord, a hamlet near Norway's ...

Strikes grounds hundreds more Scandinavian Airlines flights

Europe 04/30/19, 05:57

Scandinavian Airlines says it will cancel another 504 flight departures across the Nordic region on Wednesday, affecting about 47,000 passengers, due to a pilots' strike.The cancellation comes on top of 546 flights canceled Tuesday and hundreds more since pilots began an open-ended strike on Friday due to the collapse of ...

Nationalist party enters Estonia’s government

Europe 04/29/19, 10:41

The father-and-son leaders of a divisive anti-immigrant party were sworn in Monday as Estonia's interior and finance minister.Prime Minister Juri Ratas presented his 15-member coalition Cabinet on Monday at the 101-seat Riigikogu assembly.Earlier this month, Ratas, leader of the left-leaning Center Party, clinched a surprise deal with the nationalist and ...

Streaming service Spotify hits 100 million paid user mark

Entertainment 04/29/19, 08:52

Music streaming service Spotify says its paying subscribers have reached 100 million for the first time, up 32% on the year and almost twice the latest figures for Apple Music.The Stockholm-based company called the figure, which was reached during the first three months of 2019, "an important milestone." The growth ...

Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway

Europe 04/29/19, 06:10

A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says "Equipment St. Petersburg" is written on ...

Scandinavian Airlines strike in 4th day, affecting thousands

Europe 04/29/19, 04:51

A strike among pilots at Scandinavian Airlines has entered its fourth day with the carrier being forced to cancel 1,213 flights Monday and Tuesday, affecting some 110,000 passengers.The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden says more than 170,000 passengers have been affected since the open-ended strike started Friday. The ...

Danish lawmaker: euroskeptic EU alliance can have influence

Europe 04/26/19, 07:36

A senior member of a Danish anti-immigration populist party says he hopes a new right-wing alliance "can have real influence on European policy for the first time ever" before next month's European Parliament elections.Soeren Espersen, deputy leader of the euroskeptic Danish People's Party, was referring to the April 8 creation ...

Scandinavian Airlines strike affects 72,000 travelers

Europe 04/26/19, 04:30

Pilots for Scandinavian Airlines on Friday launched an open-ended strike following the collapse of pay negotiations, forcing the company to cancel virtually all its flights — 673 of them, affecting 72,000 passengers.The Stockholm-based carrier said talks on a new collective bargaining agreement with the SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% ...

Swedish actress Bibi Andersson dies at age 83.

Entertainment 04/15/19, 04:05

Sweden's Film Institute says Bibi Andersson, the Swedish actress who starred in classic films by her compatriot, the filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, has died. She was 83.Spokesman Martin Frostberg says Andersson, who starred in "The Seventh Seal" and "Persona" died on Sunday.The state-funded institute said Monday Andersson was four times named ...

Swedish prosecutors could pursue Assange for sex-crimes case

Europe 04/12/19, 13:21

When Julian Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012, he was fleeing from sexual assault accusations against him in Sweden. Swedish authorities could still go after the WikiLeaks founder, who was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew its protection and allowed British police to drag him out ...

Danish queen to open new zoo enclosure for Chinese pandas

Europe 04/10/19, 03:06

Denmark's Queen Margrethe is opening a new enclosure at Copenhagen zoo for two freshly arrived occupants: a pair of pandas on loan from China as the Scandinavian nation becomes part of Beijing's so-called "panda diplomacy."The Chinese Ambassador to Denmark, Deng Ying, called male Zing Er and female Mao Sun "national ...

2 Chinese pandas arrive in Denmark

Europe 04/05/19, 03:30

Two pandas have arrived at Copenhagen Zoo from China.The animal park's vice director Bengt Holst says male Zing Er and female Mao Sun were doing fine, adding it was "his greatest moment in his 36 years" with the zoo.The pandas, from China's southwestern city of Chengdu, arrived Thursday evening in ...

Swedish superstars ABBA: New song later this year

Entertainment 04/03/19, 04:07

ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus says fans can expect a new song "in September or October" from the four-member Swedish pop group that broke up 37 years ago.Ulvaeus told Denmark's Ekstra Bladet tabloid on Wednesday that "it takes an extremely long time" to make the video with the avatars of the group ...

Russian diplomat accused of espionage quietly leaves Sweden

Europe 03/28/19, 15:10

A Russian diplomat quietly left Sweden following the arrest of a computer specialist he allegedly handled as a spy and met for dinner in Stockholm three weeks ago to carry out an act of espionage, Swedish authorities said.The delay in Moscow recalling the diplomat back to Russia after he was ...

Official: Norway cruise ship engines failed from lack of oil

World 03/27/19, 10:30

A maritime official says the engines of a cruise ship failed off Norway's coast during a storm because they didn't have enough lubricating oil.Lars Alvestad, the head of Norway's Maritime Authority, said Wednesday that low oil levels were the "direct cause" of the engine failure that stranded the Viking Sky ...

Swedish bank’s offices raided in money laundering probe

Europe 03/27/19, 06:47

Swedish authorities were raiding the headquarters of one of Sweden's largest banks on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether Swedbank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in the Baltic countries.Sweden's Economic Crime Authority said chief prosecutor Thomas Langrot is probing whether 15 of Swedbank's largest shareholders ...

Pilot: Cruise ship woes off Norway started with engine snags

Europe 03/26/19, 07:05

The Norwegian pilot on the cruise ship carrying more that was caught in a hefty storm off the coast of mid-Norway last weekend, says the situation became problematic when engine problems appeared.Inge Lockert told the Vesteraalen newspaper Tuesday that "everything went as it should until we got engine problems."Lockert could ...

Developer confident Russia-Germany pipeline to get permit

Europe 03/25/19, 08:02

Developers behind a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany said Monday they are confident of getting an outstanding permit from Denmark to close the gap on the 1,200-kilometer (746-mile) route and played down the possibility that companies involved in the project could be hit by U.S. sanctions.A spokesman for ...

Norway to open probe into cruise in stormy weather

Europe 03/25/19, 04:48

Norwegian officials have opened an investigation into why a cruise ship carrying more than 1,300 people set sail despite storm warnings, forcing a major evacuation after a mayday call had been issued.Dag S. Liseth of Norway's Accident Investigations Board says, "the high risk which the ship, its passengers and crew ...

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