Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, a dozen knitting aficionados have danced to deafening heavy metal music while knitting during an unusual competition in Finland. ...

Climate of guilt: Flying no longer the high road for some

NYKOPING, Sweden (AP) — School's out for summer and Swedish lawyer Pia Bjorstrand, her husband and their two sons are shouldering backpacks, ready to board the first of many trains on a whistle-stop v...

Tech-savvy Estonians vote online in European elections

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that it i...

Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect...

Off the Seychelles, a dive into a never-seen landscape

ST. JOSEPH ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — The submersible dropped from the ocean's surface faster than I had expected. With a loud "psssssss" the air escaped from the ballast tanks and the small craft sudd...

Seychelles science mission chases a wayward drone, in vain

ALPHONSE ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — A British-led marine scientific mission off the Seychelles failed on Wednesday to retrieve a key underwater drone from the sea bed, where it had fallen after its cab...

Scientists begin quest to explore Indian Ocean depths

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — Scientists have set off early Wednesday on a mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean, one of the planet's last great unexplored frontiers. Here's a look at what t...

Yemen's warring sides gather in Sweden for peace talks

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides are gathering in Sweden for U.N.-sponsored talks aimed at halting the Arab country's catastrophic three-year war. A castle in the Swedish t...

Anti-migrant mood boosts far-right party in Swedish election

FLEN, Sweden (AP) — For Monica and Bengt Borg, a retired Swedish couple, Flen doesn't feel like Sweden anymore. As they sit on a bench on the town's main street, an Iraqi man nearby watches a Kurdish ...

AP PHOTOS: Azerbaijan separatist region aims to end solitude

STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan (AP) — Most of the world is off-limits to Arshak Aghakaryan, a 14-year-old boy in the Azerbaijani separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The rows of gleaming computers at an af...

As World Cup approaches, a budding team has no opponents

STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan (AP) — With the World Cup less than a month away, there is a budding national team in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh with no one to play against. ...

Brush up on your Klingon for a new vacation hotspot

STOCKHOLM (AP) — In search of a new and different vacation spot, with great food and cultural delights? Look no further. A theater in Stockholm is playing host to a Klingon delegatio...

Experts scramble to monitor long-dormant Iceland volcano

ORAEFI, Iceland (AP) — At the summit of one of Iceland's most dangerous volcanoes, a 72-foot (22-meter) depression in the snow is the only visible sign of an alarming development. Th...

106-year-old Afghan woman faces deportation from Sweden

HOVA, Sweden (AP) — A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe, carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts and forests, is facing deportation from Sweden after h...

Swedish cows in a great moooo-d as summer pastures open

DROTTNINGHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Despite a cold wind and chilling temperatures, spring has come to Sweden. At least, spring for the milk cows. In an annual event that warms hearts across...