Sweden targets US terror cooperationSweden targets US terror cooperation
Sweden and the US are to begin joint research into how certain kinds of terrorist attacks can be prevented. The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) has been instructed by the government to negotiate an agreement with America's Department of Homeland Security. "Sweden's knowledge of chemical and biological weapons is internationally renowned," said Lars Sandström, FOI's international coordinator. "Among the research areas under consideration are studies into how you can stop such weapons crossing borders." In the worst-case scenarios of potential terrorist attacks, chemical and biological weapons often play a part. FOI says it wants to carry out more research into border protection and border control.
Man held over diplomat attacks
The Swedish security police, Säpo, questioned five people on Tuesday in connection with the investigation into Global Intifada - the extreme left wing group which has claimed responsibility for nine attacks against Swedish and foreign targets in Sweden. One person has been held by police. He has been held on reasonable suspicion of arson. "They have some kind of connection to Global Intifada and have information we want," he said. The group's most recent attack was in March when they firebombed a car belonging to a Russian diplomat. Other targets have been an event for Israeli, Danish and Polish diplomats, two Swedish arms manufacturers and an Israeli travel agency. Global Intifada is a network of other groups and individuals who are fighting capitalism, imperialism and the prevailing world order. According to a website they believe the ends justify the means and they are prepared to use violence. "Rather than be passive bystanders, we take the stone in our hand," they write.
Migration Board could demand deposit from foreign students
Foreign students in Sweden will be seeing red while their overdrafts go into overtime if a new proposal from the Swedish Migration Board gets the nod. According to the board, 27% of those who obtain a residence permit to study here don't bother to register with a Swedish university or college. Last year, Migrationsverket checked up on 6,000 people who had been granted residency on studying grounds. Granting shorter-stay permits for would-be students until they are registered is one of the more common sense approaches on offer. But the proposal to slap a 63,000 kronor a year fee - to be deposited in a Swedish bank account - has sparked the most controversy. The somewhat random figure would be applied to those coming from non-EU countries to prove they don't need to lean on the Swedish state for financial support.