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Batteries included: Sweden's emissions-free ferries lead the charge

Mar 14 2019

HELSINGOR, Denmark A quiet revolution has taken place in the Oresund Strait between Sweden and Denmark where two of the world's largest battery-powered ferries ply the waters after being converted from polluting diesel power. | Video

Swedish student Greta's climate 'school strike' goes global

Mar 11 2019

STOCKHOLM Students around the world are expected to skip school on March 15 in order to demonstrate against climate change, taking their cue from Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg whose weekly "school strike for climate" has won a global following. | Video

How do you like your eggs, Norway? By the thousand..

Feb 09 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea Egg sandwiches. Bacon and eggs. Egg salad. Eggs on toast. Scrambled eggs, or fried. After taking receipt of 15,000 eggs instead of the 1,500 they wanted, Norway's team at this month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics may have a pretty limited menu. | Video

Emma Thompson says wants people to 'shout loudly' about climate change

Mar 24 2017

STOCKHOLM From "Sense and Sensibility" to "Love Actually" and "Nanny McPhee", British actress Emma Thompson is known for her memorable roles in costumes dramas, comedies and fantasy films. | Video

From afar, Dylan muses on honor and surprise of Nobel prize

Dec 10 2016

STOCKHOLM Nobel laureate Bob Dylan sent a message on Saturday thanking the Swedish academy for awarding him the Nobel prize for literature, an honor the American singer and songwriter believed was about as likely as "standing on the moon." | Video

Swedish pop group ABBA to reunite for 'new digital experience'

Oct 26 2016

STOCKHOLM Swedish pop group ABBA is set to reunite for a "new digital experience" in 2018, more than 30 years after their last public performance together, it was announced on Wednesday. | Video

A summer cruise to the North Sea's oil rigs amazes tourists

Jul 27 2016

OSLO Bored with palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas? Then the gigantic oil platforms of the North Sea beckon. The first ever "rig-spotting" cruise just ended off the coast of Norway, and those onboard the four-day trip said it was jawdropping.

Broken baby food jar leads to Sweden's first unstaffed grocery store

Mar 14 2016

STOCKHOLM Parenthood may be hard but those challenges can also lead to new ideas. Ask Robert Ilijason, for whom a broken baby food jar eventually led to the opening of Sweden's first around-the-clock unstaffed convenience store.

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Exclusive: Trump to add China's SMIC and CNOOC to defense blacklist - sources

The Trump administration is poised to add China's top chipmaker SMIC and national offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, according to a document and sources, curbing their access to U.S. investors and escalating tensions with Beijing weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.