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 Lead vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield of US heavy metal band Metallica: “Not since Wagner’s emotional turmoil and Tchaikovsky’s cannons has anyone created music that is so physical and furious, and yet still so accessible,” the Polar Prize judges said. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/EPA

Metallica have been named recipients of Sweden’s Polar prize, considered one of music’s most prestigious awards. The Los Angeles four-piece are the fi(...)

Photograph: Graham Barclay/Bloomberg News.

Hennes and Mauritz forecast that sales at its brick-and-mortar stores will return to growth next year as it tries to lure consumers back to shopping c(...)

Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Swedish multinational furniture retailer IKEA, stands outside the company’s head office in Almhult, Sweden in 2002. Photograph: Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP

Ingvar Kamprad, the Ikea founder who turned a small-scale mail order business into a global furniture empire, has died aged 91, the company said. Ike(...)

A Swedish study   on more than 43,000 men  found that how much a person drinks in their late teens can predict the risk of developing cirrhosis later in life. Photograph: iStock

Daily alcohol consumption even at very low levels early in life may significantly increase the risk of alcoholic liver disease in men, a new study sug(...)

Swedish police investigate the area outside Vårby Gård station in Stockholm, where two people were injured, one fatally, in an explosion. Photograph: TT News Agency/Henrik Montgomery/AFP/Getty Images

One man died after an explosion outside an underground station in Stockholm on Sunday, Swedish police have said, adding that they did not believe the (...)

The Department of Foreign Affairs was “deeply concerned” about being named as a major arms exporter. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The Department of Foreign Affairs was “deeply concerned” that a Swedish peace research organisation referred to Ireland as “the 15th most important ar(...)

Salma Hayek: “Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity?” Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Jaws drop and drop and drop. Until it seems it will never stop. You would think we would get numb at some point. But no. There are just too many numbs(...)

Peter Lunden-Welden, chief executive Transdev Ireland, has a holistic view of city transportation networks that focuses on the benefit of reducing traffic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland is “unique” in the way it has highlighted concerns by cyclists as the Luas Cross City is rolled out in Dublin, according to the tram(...)

Plenty of outlets will deliver a new sofa before Christmas. Photograph: Getty Images

There is never a better time to get family and friends together than over the Christmas holidays. The festive season is fast approaching and while mos(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson has said she has become more optimistic about the global response to climate change. File photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Climate justice campaigner Mary Robinson has said she has become more optimistic about the global response to climate change and has urged a “Marshall(...)

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