Ledecky and Sjostrom extend their reigns in world championships

Katie Ledecky won a record-breaking fifth straight 800m world title on Friday, just over an hour after Sarah Sjostrom emerged to her fourth consecutive victory in the women’s 50m butterfly. Local hero Kristof Milak sparked delirium in the Duna Arena in Budapest when he grabbed the gold medal in the 100m butterfly, his second of … Read more

NATO chief wants Sweden, Finland in alliance ‘soon’ — but can’t guarantee it – POLITICO

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg “aims” to get Finland and Sweden into the military alliance “soon” despite Turkey’s objections, but cautioned that he “cannot guarantee” the swift timeline. Speaking at a POLITICO event on Wednesday, the NATO chief indicated that while negotiations between the three countries are still underway, no solution had been found yet, less … Read more

France’s eye in the sky: Tracking Russian vessels in the Baltic

The cluster of dots on the Atlantique 2’s screens may seem like a confusing mess to the untrained eye, but not to the crew of the French naval surveillance aircraft tasked with telling a friend from foe in the Baltic Sea. “Another tarantula,” says an operator as the Russian corvette of the Tarantul class becomes … Read more

Linn Grant becomes first female golfer to win on men’s European tour, taking Scandinavian Mixed title by nine shots

A female player has won an event on the men’s European tour for the first time — and Linn Grant made her piece of sporting history in amazing style, too. leader board 1: Linn Grant (SWE) – 24-under T2: Henrik Stenson (SWE) – 15-under T2: Marc Warren (SWE) – 15-under T4: Jason Scrivener (AUS) – … Read more

‘Worrying trend’: Post-Cold War drop in nukes could be over

A Swedish arms watchdog says the world’s stockpiles of nuclear weapons are expected to increase in coming years after declining since the end of the Cold War

NATO chief: Turkey has “legitimate concerns” over terrorism

HELSINKI — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that Turkey has “legitimate concerns” about terrorism and other issues that need to be taken seriously. Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden of supporting Kurdish militants and says it will not back the two Nordic nations joining NATO until they change their policies. Speaking at a joint … Read more

Is Vladimir Putin sick? Russian leader ‘give urgent medical help’

The Russian leader has been advised by doctors not to make any “lengthy” public appearances after he felt ill talking to military chiefs, it is claimed. Vladimir Putin needed “urgent medical assistance” after being struck down by a mystery illness, Kremlin insiders claim. The Russian leader has been advised by doctors not to make any … Read more

Sweden’s government averts political crisis with last-minute deal | News

The deal stems from winning the support of an independent politician who is determined that Stockholm does not cave into Turkish conditions for supporting Sweden’s bid to join NATO. Sweden’s government has clinched a last-minute deal to ensure its justice minister will survive a no-confidence vote in parliament, averting a political crisis. Tuesday’s deal stems … Read more

US warship calms Sweden’s NATO nerves – POLITICO

STOCKHOLM — In the Swedish capital this weekend, everyone was talking about the American warship. Moored in the main waterway linking Stockholm with the Baltic Sea, the towering presence of the USS Kearsarge dominated the city center, its 253-meter-long silhouette creating a new militaristic skyline against the early summer sun. A couple of Danish tourists … Read more

Finland, Sweden joining NATO would put Russia in a tough spot: top US general – National

Finland and Sweden joining NATO would put Russia in a difficult military position in the Baltic Sea, top US General Mark Milley said on Saturday during a visit to Stockholm ahead of a military exercise. The two Nordic neighbours, which both have long borders on the Baltic Sea, applied last month to join the military … Read more