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Mossad Accused of Assassinating Palestinian Man in Sweden

Mohammed Tahsin al-Bazam, a former resident of the Gaza Strip in his 20s, was murdered in his apartment in southern Sweden by persons unknown who reportedly shot him at short range and fled.

Palestinian sources in Gaza have accused the Mossad of assassinating a Palestinian man in his 20s in southern Sweden on Saturday.

The man’s father claims it was the result of a domestic dispute with a Jewish neighbor.

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Sweden ‘terror attack’: Truck ploughs into crowd in Stockholm – live updates

A truck has driven into crowds of people on a street in central Stockholm, Swedish police said.

“I saw hundreds of people run, they ran for their lives,” a witness by the name of Anna told the Aftonbladet newspaper, adding that she also fled the scene.

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Wildside – A Book About Those Who Chose Nature

It’s almost as hard to succinctly define the book Wildside: The Enchanted Life of Hunters and Gatherers as it is to summarize the kind of people you will meet in its pages.

We’ll start with the book, though. Wildside, published in 2016 by the Berlin-based publishing and creative agency Gestalten (or, more formally, Die Gestalten Verlag), is similar to many of the other artistic volumes the company has released over the past few decades in that design plays as big a role as content.

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Swedish University Students Design Modern Solar-Powered Home (PHOTOS)

Team Sweden, consisting of 25 students from Chalmers University, recently developed this environmentally-friendly group house that is powered entirely by the sun. Halo is a sustainable living concept that began as a rough sketch and eventually emerged into a full-scale, functioning building.

The 645-square-foot circular design was intended to foster group living by providing smaller private rooms and larger amounts of shared communal space throughout the home. The team’s motto for the project was, “Shared space is double space.”

The contemporary concept was constructed with renewable materials, including Swedish spruce used to form the main structure, and wood fiber used for interior insulation. Solar cells compose the large exterior roof and absorb solar power to create an energy-efficient living space.

As a result of the team’s innovative ideas and dedication to the project, the building concept won third place in the international student competition, Solar Decathlon, earlier this year.




Four killed in car explosion in Sweden

Cause of blast on roundabout in Gothenburg is unclear, but police open criminal investigation

Four people, including a young girl, have been killed after a car exploded on a roundabout in Sweden’s second city of Gothenburg, police say.

The cause of Friday’s explosion was unclear, but police said they had started a criminal investigation.

Few details were initially released, but police confirmed on Saturday that three people had been pronounced dead at the scene. The girl was taken to hospital where she later died.

The victims’ ages and identities were not given.

Rescuers said the car had exploded on a roundabout near a fire station and was destroyed by the time they arrived.

Gothenburg has been experiencing a surge in violent conflict between rival criminal gangs, including a restaurant shooting in March that left two people dead.

IKEA to make home deliveries in all countries with stores

IKEA announced Wednesday that it would expand its online sales service to include home deliveries in all countries where it has stores
AFP/Pascal Guyot – IKEA announced Wednesday that it would expand its online sales service to include home deliveries in all countries where it has stores

Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced Wednesday that it would expand its online sales service to include home deliveries in all countries where it has stores.

Most of the company’s national Internet sites currently only allow shoppers to check availability of items online, without offering deliveries, with the exception of some long-standing markets including Sweden, France and Canada.

“We are increasing speed in transforming IKEA into a true multichannel retailer and are rolling out e-commerce in all markets in the next few years,” the IKEA Group’s chief executive Peter Agnefjall said in a statement.

It also announced that the IKEA Group would transfer several companies — including IKEA Supply (logistics) and IKEA Industry (wooden furniture) — to its holding company Inter IKEA Systems.

According to IKEA, the change will not involve redundancies and will allow it to focus more on in-store and online sales, while Inter IKEA Systems takes care of the rest of the business.

The group did not reveal further details of the transaction between its Dutch-based holding companies.

The exact business structure of the Swedish furniture empire — notably the distribution of profits within the family of the founder Ingvar Kamprad, 89 — have never been fully divulged.

There were 361 IKEA outlets worldwide at the end of 2014 and the group reported sales of 29.3 billion euros ($33 billion) for 2013 to 2014 and a net profit of 3.3 billion euros.

Sweden and Israel tensions deepen

Sweden and Israel tensions deepen

Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser was called in by the ministry’s deputy director general for Europe, Aviv Shir-On.

According to the AFP news agency, he “protested and expressed Israel’s disappointment” at Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s announcement about his country’s shift in approach, which he made during his first speech in parliament on Friday.

Shir-On warned that such a move would “not contribute to the relations between Israel and the Palestinians, but in fact worsen them.”

His comments follow similar strong remarks from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman over the weekend. They denounced Löfven’s hopes that recognition would be a step towards resolving the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lieberman said he regreted that Sweden’s new Prime Minister was “in a hurry to make statements on Sweden’s position regarding recognition of a Palestinian state, apparently before he had time even to study the issue in depth.”

Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza, with a capital in East Jerusalem.

Gaza’s boundaries are already clearly defined. But there have been intense debates over what areas should be included in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Israel has long insisted that the Palestinians can only receive their promised state through direct negotiations and not through other diplomatic channels.
Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are currently suspended.
Speaking from the Israeli foreign ministry on Monday, Aviv Shir-On said the newly-elected Swedish premier’s decision to focus on the Palestinian issue was “strange” given the turmoil, wars and “daily acts of horror” taking place in the region.

The Swedish embassy in Israel did not comment on the meeting.

Sweden voted in favour of the Palestinians obtaining the rank of observer state at the United Nations in 2012, which was granted despite opposition from the United States, Israel and other countries.
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