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Oct 23, 2014

Book Talk: Women in Afghanistan, through a looking glass

STOCKHOLM, Oct 23 (Reuters) – When Swedish journalist Jenny
Nordberg visited the home of an Afghan parliamentarian, she was
surprised to hear one of the politician’s daughters declare of
another child she had assumed was her six-year-old brother:
“It’s true, he is our little sister.”

The comment exposed a striking truth about girls growing up
in Afghanistan, the worst place in the world to be born female,
according to the United Nations.

Oct 22, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 22, 2014

Farce, defense cuts highlight hard task in Sweden submarine hunt

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – With a depleted military lacking anti-submarine helicopters and intelligence so far based on civilian sightings, Sweden’s hunt for a supposed U-boat intruder has an element of farce pointing to the difficulty of wrapping up the mission successfully.

More than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters have scoured waters off Stockholm since Friday in Sweden’s biggest military mobilization since the Cold War, after reports of foreign “underwater activity” – suspected to be a Russian sub.

Oct 22, 2014
Oct 20, 2014

Swedish ‘Cold War’ thriller exposes Baltic Sea nerves over Russia

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – It has all the makings of a Cold War thriller — an emergency military deployment with stealth ships and helicopters hunting for a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Grainy photographs of a mysterious vessel. Sightings of a black-clad man wading in shallow coastal waters.

Whether it was caused by paranoia or a secret naval mission, Sweden’s biggest military mobilization since the Cold War over the last three days has underscored growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions in the Baltic Sea region.

Oct 20, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014

Sweden says credible reports of foreign submarine in its waters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden released on Sunday a grainy photo of a mysterious vessel in Stockholm’s archipelago, as the military hunted for a foreign submarine or divers in the country’s biggest such mobilization since the Cold War.

The search in the Baltic Sea less than 30 miles (50 km) from Stockholm began on Friday and reawakened memories of the final years of the Cold War when Sweden repeatedly sought out suspected Soviet submarines along its coast with depth charges.

Oct 19, 2014