Greta Thunberg bound for Europe as new adventures await | AFP

The 16-year-old Swede, who became world famous for founding the “school strikes for the climate,” sets sail after 11 hectic weeks of criss-crossing the US and Canada, making headlines at every turn. Greta plans to attend the COP 25 climate summit in Madrid, which starts in just under three weeks, before heading home to Sweden. IMAGES

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Georgia far-right groups protest at gay film premiere | AFP

Far-right groups in Georgia protest as an Oscar-nominated Swedish-Georgian gay film premieres in the capital with a heavy police presence. Set in Georgia, “And Then We Danced”, Sweden’s official Oscar submission in the best international feature film category, is a love story about two male dancers in Georgia’s national ballet company. The drama has won worldwide critical acclaim but was denounced by the Caucasus country’s influential Orthodox Church as an “affront to the traditional Georgian values”. IMAGES

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Cars arrive at venue where US-North Korea talks are expected to take place | AFP

Cars arrive at supposed venue where North Korean and US officials are to resume nuclear talks in Sweden after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile. North Korea’s Kim Myong Gil and the special envoy of US President Donald Trump, Stephen Biegun, are part of the teams set to meet on an island near Stockholm. The first cars with tinted windows – presumed to be here for the talks – started arriving just after 9:00 am (0700 GMT). IMAGES

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North Korean negotiators arrive in Sweden ahead of nuclear talks with US | AFP

A team of North Korean negotiators arrive in Sweden ahead of the resumption of stalled nuclear talks with the United States. President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States remained committed to resuming nuclear talks with North Korea despite Pyongyang’s latest weapons test. IMAGES

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Swedish Queen pushes for children’s rights at UN

Queen Silvia of Sweden is speaking out about the growth of child sex abuse, exploitation and pornography on the internet — and the failure of many governments and tech companies to stop it.

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Making Nordic wine: a world away from French chateaux | AFP

Despite the climate, winemaking is growing in northern Europe thanks to the commitment of enthusiasts and the use of hybrid grape varieties. In Sweden, only 100 hectares are devoted to vineyards, compared with 750,000 in France. There can be economic challenges too: according to the Swedish Federation of Farmers, the average income of a farm in 2016 was 600,000 SEK (56,000 euros).

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Exhibition showcases the world’s most disgusting dishes | AFP

From bull’s testicles to wine flavoured with mice, some of the world’s most unusual dishes are on display in the “Disgusting Food Museum” currently visiting Nantes as part of “Les Tables de Nantes” festival. Created in Sweden a year ago, the exhibition explores the links between our cultural and dietary habits.

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‘Goat yoga’ trend reaches Sweden | AFP

In Sweden, a class now offers residents of the capital Stockholm the chance to take part in ‘goat yoga,’ practising their positions in a park as the animals wander around them and relax at their feet. The class was set up by Malin Tyren Bakken, who first heard about goat yoga when visiting family in New York, and started the classes in summer 2018 in Lidingo in Stockholm, where she keeps several dozen goats. Up to 20 or so people attend the classes, which take place in a paddock and will continue during the winter.

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Athletes take on challenging Otillo Swimrun in Stockholm Archipelago | AFP

Nearly 320 athletes in 160 teams of two people took part in a 75-kilometre race, swimming and running between the islands in Sweden’s Stockholm archipelago in the Otillo swim run.

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This 14-Year-Old Climate Activist Is Giving Up School to Save the World

Alexandria Villaseñor is standing in front of the U.S. Capitol and posting Instagram stories like any other teenager.

“Is there any good music that goes with climate action?” the 14-year-old asks a group of activists.

A couple of suggestions later, a song that’s more than twice her age blasts from her phone speakers on abbreviated loop: “It’s the end of the world as we know it… It’s the end of the world as we know it…”

And Alexandria doesn’t feel fine. Over the next few hours, she’ll have meetings with both of New York’s senators to ask them to do what they can to ensure her generation doesn’t experience the actual end of the world because of climate change.

“I notice a lot of politicians are looking at what is politically possible,” she told VICE News in an interview. “But I did think with some politicians I talk to that we’re on the same page on how urgent this is.”

Around the globe, young people like Alexandria see the climate crisis as the existential threat to their generation. They’ve skipped school in more than 130 countries to demand policy changes, following the lead of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old from Sweden who is currently sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the United Nations climate talks in September.

As one of the movement’s American organizers, Alexandria has also become a prominent young critic of world leaders’ inaction. Even though nearly 200 countries pledged in the Paris Agreement to keep global temperatures from hitting catastrophic levels, laws and norms aren’t changing quickly enough, and global greenhouse gas emissions are still going up.

When her classmates go back to middle school this fall, Alexandria won’t be joining them. Instead, she’ll take on eighth grade via independent study so that she can lead her global youth network, Earth Uprising, and continue her activism at full blast.

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Trump Doesn’t Understand How A$AP Rocky’s Swedish Assault Trial Works

Sweden’s assault case against New York rapper A$AP Rocky has turned the internet into a strange vortex of hip-hop fans and armchair law professors, all opining on what should be happening.​ Even the president has gotten involved.

A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and his entourage were involved in a fight on June 30th with two men in Sweden. Days later, Rocky was arrested by Swedish police for aggravated assault.

Since then, he’s been held in jail. If he’s found guilty, the maximum sentence is two years.

Multiple rappers have announced that they will be boycotting Sweden on future tours. President Trump also tweeted at Sweden’s prime minister to demand that Rocky be allowed to come home — and even offered to pay his bail (which he can’t do, because Sweden doesn’t have a bail system).
“Those countries that have a bail system tend to favor people that have large financial resources, that have high social standing in the society and are perhaps famous and rich,” said Dennis Martinson, a lecturer in criminal law at Stockholm University.

Not having bail, he said, is “a way of assuring that everyone is equal in the face of the law as well, that, sort of, you cannot buy your way to freedom.”

VICE NEWS breaks down how this case could have lasting effects on the Swedish legal system and explores Trump’s strange preoccupation with Rocky’s freedom.

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A$AP Rocky testifies, says he tried to avoid fight

A$AP Rocky testified Thursday at his assault trial in Sweden that he did everything possible to avoid conflict with two men he said persistently followed his entourage in Stockholm, saying that one of the men picked a fight with one of his bodyguards. (Aug. 1)

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ShowBiz Minute: A$AP Rocky, Perry, Woodstock

A$AP Rocky to testify on 2nd day of Sweden assault trial; Jury to find what Katy Perry owes for hit they say she stole; Organizers finally cancel troubled Woodstock 50 festival. (Aug. 1)

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A$AP Rocky appears in Swedish court

American rapper A$AP Rocky and two other men believed to be members of his entourage went on trial Tuesday in Sweden in a high-profile legal case that has caught the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump and celebrities. (July 30)

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Mother of US Rapper A$AP Rocky leaves court after first day | AFP

The mother of US rapper A$AP Rocky, on trial in Sweden for alleged assault, leaves Stockholm District Court after the first day of the three-day hearing. IMAGES

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ShowBiz Minute: A$AP, Perry, Lil Nas X

A$AP Rocky trial underway in Sweden; Jury: Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ copied Christian rap song; Lil Nas X celebrates new Billboard record for most weeks at No.1. (July 30)

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RZA concerned over ‘hostage situation’ for rapper ASAP Rocky

Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA says he considers ASAP Rocky to be in a ‘hostage situation’ after being charged for a fight in Sweden. (July 27)

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ShowBiz Minute: R Kelly, A$AP Rocky, ‘Will & Grace’

Prosecutor: More people could be charged in R. Kelly case; Donald Trump tells Sweden to free A$AP Rocky; “Will & Grace” reboot to end in 2020 after three seasons. (July 26)

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ASAP Rocky’s lawyer speaks following assault charges

ASAP Rocky’s lawyer says the rapper is “very sad” after being charged with assault over a fight in Sweden, but says he doesn’t think the charges against his client are racially motivated. (July 25)

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ShowBiz Minute: Hauer. ASAP Rocky, The Rock

Stars pay tribute to Dutch actor Rutger Hauer; ASAP Rocky charged with assault over fight in Sweden; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson visits protesters in Hawaii. (July 25)

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ShowBiz Minute: A$AP Rocky, Cruise, Landecker

Sweden wants extension of rapper A$AP Rocky’s detention after fight; First trailers for “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Cats” drop; “Handmaid’s Tale” co-stars Bradley Whitford and Amy Landecker marry. (July 19)

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