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Global commission to study Internet censorship, privacy issues

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The future of the Internet will be the focus of a major independent commission announced by officials Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

No halt to executions while EU delegation visits Iran

LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Last week a European Parliament delegation returned from a six-day visit to Tehran, the first official visit to Iran in more than six years.
MOSA ZAHED, UPI Outside View Commentator

President Obama most followed world leader on Twitter

NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has more Twitter followers than any other world leader, a report released Wednesday said.

Swedish lawmakers irked by military non-response to Russian fly-by

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 23 (UPI) -- Swedish lawmakers say they are angered by revelations the Swedish military did not respond when four Russian fighter planes flew close to the Swedish border.

Sweden's FM touts Iceland patrols

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 19 (UPI) -- Sweden says it is seeking to strengthen its defense ties to Iceland by participating in a joint Nordic operation to provide surveillance for its airspace.

Political crisis delaying Moldova EU hopes

CHISINAU, Moldova, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Moldova's progress toward an association agreement with the European Union could be delayed due to a continuing political crisis in Chisinau, diplomats say.

Serbia gets 'timetable' on EU talks

BRUSSELS, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Membership discussions with Serbia could begin in early 2013 if the country continues to meet conditions for joining, European Union officials said Tuesday.

EU, Ukraine differ on way forward

YALTA, Ukraine, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- European officials met with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych about an integration deal snagged on the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko.

EU mulls fitting response to Belarus

BRUSSELS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- EU senior foreign policy officials met Friday to decide how to punish Belarus without playing into the hands of President Alexander Lukashenko, whose orchestrated diplomatic escalation has diverted attention from abuses in the country.

Teddy bears spark Belarus diplomatic row

BRUSSELS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- All EU ambassadors may be withdrawn from Belarus in a diplomatic row sparked when teddy bears promoting democracy were airdropped over the country.

Belarus expels Swedish ambassador

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Belarus expelled the Swedish ambassador, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt announced Friday, saying the move "shows nature of regime."

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 20, 2012.
By United Press International

Telecom giant profits from wiretaps

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 18 (UPI) -- A Swedish telecom company has given the former Soviet Union states' security agencies access to its systems in exchange for lucrative contracts, officials say.

Cuts force Sweden to close 5 embassies

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Sweden announced Wednesday it is closing its embassies in Argentina, Belgium, Vietnam, Malaysia and Angola because of budget cuts.

Russia, EU, trolling for Moldova influence

BRUSSELS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said the European Union could best help politically divided Moldova with a free trade agreement.
Rocket fire diverts delegates in Kabul

Rocket fire diverts delegates in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 20 (UPI) -- Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said he was late arriving in Kabul for a summit because of rocket fire on the airport that forced his plane to be diverted.

EU: Palestinian state 'premature'

BRUSSELS, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The European Union believes recognition of a Palestinian state is "premature," Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Tuesday.
Israelis said surprised at Bildt's absence

Israelis said surprised at Bildt's absence

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Israeli diplomats are surprised that Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has yet to reschedule a canceled visit to Jerusalem, a source says.

Talks on Bosnian governance break off

BRUSSELS, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Efforts by the European Union and the United States so far failed to end a deadlock in Bosnia-Herzegovina on the central government's role, negotiators said.

Swedish FM calls off Israel visit

JERUSALEM, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has canceled a visit to Israel in the wake of a diplomatic row between the two countries, officials said.

Israel demands apology for article

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Israel is demanding Sweden apologize for a newspaper article saying Israeli soldiers harvested organs of dead Palestinians, officials said.

Swedes protest NYC consulate closure

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- Swedish business leaders in New York say they want to save their country's consulate-general in Manhattan, which is rumored to be on the chopping block.

U.N., NATO forces hurt in Kosovo protest

MITROVICA, Kosovo, March 17 (UPI) -- An explosion Monday injured five international peacekeepers in Kosovo as they stormed a courthouse occupied by Serb protesters, officials said.

Sweden crafts anti-terror strategy

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Sweden has developed an anti-terrorism strategy, saying it would be "naive" not to have one despite Scandinavia's peaceful reputation.

Analysis: Kosovo closer to independence

BERLIN, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- All but one of the European Union's 27 member states are ready to accept Kosovo's independence without a United Nations Security Council resolution, it surfaced Monday after talks in Brussels. The move may lead to further conflicts with Russia.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent
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