Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven (left), defence minister Peter Hultqvist (centre) and  Supreme Armed Forces Commander Gen Sverker Goranson arrive for a news conference in Stockholm today.  Sweden has secured conclusive evidence a foreign submarine did enter its waters last month. Photograph: Claudio Bresciani/Reuters

Sweden has proof that a small foreign submarine operated illegally in its waters last month, its top military officer said today following a mysteriou(...)

Kate McGrew is a sex worker currently starring in a reality TV show who is against the drive to criminalise men who purchase sex. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision 4:06

Kate McGrew is not a “prostitute”. She is, she says, a sex worker. “To me the word ‘prostitute’ is used by people who look down on what I do, w(...)

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak (l) and European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger  leave a joint news conference after gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal last night that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the (...)

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Abu-tor. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday termed Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound, in response to the shooting of a Je(...)

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: “The Swedish government should understand that Middle East relations are more complex than a piece of self-assembled Ikea furniture.” Photograph: Maya Hitij/Reuters

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine today, the first western European country to do so.Stockholm’s move reflects grow(...)

HMS Visby and two minesweepers lie moored at the jetty at Berga marine base outside Stockholm after a military search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters was called off. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/EPA

Swedish authorities have called off their week-long search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago.Military authorities said today that(...)

Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago. Photograph: Reuters

Peering out at the narrow stretch of gunmetal grey sea separating the small harbour from an island at the southern tip of the vast Stockholm archipela(...)

Swedish corvette HMS Visby patrols the Stockholm Archipelago, searching for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters. Photograph: Marko Savala/Reuters

Sweden released a grainy photo of a mysterious vessel in Stockholm’s archipelago yesterday, as the military hunted for a foreign submarine or divers i(...)

Peter Englund of the Swedish Academy steps out of his office yesterday to announce France’s  Patrick Modiano as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/Reuters

French novelist Patrick Modiano was yesterday awarded the Nobel prize for literature “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungrasp(...)

A woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said.

A woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said.The medical first came aft(...)