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Sweden’s official Twitter spends two days debunking Trump’s bizarre claim about refugee terrorists

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In a speech delivered Saturday, President Donald Trump pledged, yet again, to keep America safe. This time, the danger looming on the country’s horizon was to become like Sweden, a Scandinavian country that’s historically taken in record numbers of refugees and immigrants.

“We’ve got to keep our country safe,” Trump said at the rally in Melbourne, Fla. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden—Sweden, who would believe this?”

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The statement confounded many Swedish people, who couldn’t figure out what terrible fate had befallen them the night before. “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?” tweeted former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt.

Later, the President clarified on Twitter that he’d been referring to a Fox News segment about refugees in Sweden, which had aired the night before his speech.

On Monday, Sweden’s official Twitter account took the President to task for suggesting that their country had become a dangerous place because of refugees.

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Throughout the next day, the Twitter account continued disputing the President’s statement—but confessed that Sweden was not without its problems.

“As I’ve stated before, Sweden is facing true challenges. I consider our banana pizza one of them.”

As Politifact pointed out, Sweden did take measures in 2015 to curb migration to the country, following the record number of asylum applications in 2015. But political scientist Henrik Selin explained that the measure was temporary and not linked to rising crime.

“In general, crime statistics have gone down the last (few) years, and no there is no evidence to suggest that new waves of immigration has lead to increased crime,” Selin told Politifact.

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No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

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The most serious nationwide strike to hit France in years caused new weekend travel turmoil on Saturday, with unions warning the walkouts would last well into next week.

The challenge thrown to President Emmanuel Macron over his plans for radical pension reform has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets and key transport services brought to a standstill.

The strikes, which began on Thursday, have recalled the winter of 1995, when three weeks of huge stoppages forced a social policy U-turn by the then-government.

Unions have vowed a second series of mass demonstrations nationwide on Tuesday after big rallies on Thursday and there is expected to be little easing of the transport freezes over the coming days.

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PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

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California's Pacific Gas and Electric will pay $13.5 billion to settle lawsuits over its role in a series of wildfires that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes, the utility giant said Friday.

Faulty PG&E powerlines were blamed for sparking last year's so-called Camp Fire in northern California -- the deadliest in the state's history -- that left 86 people dead.

Outdated facilities including vulnerable wooden poles and failure to deforest land surrounding high-voltage transmission lines were blamed for the inferno, prompting accusations the San Francisco-based firm had put profit before safety.

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Russia likely listened to Trump when he used unsecured phone to call Giuliani: security officials

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Russia likely learned of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings months before they were exposed by a whistleblower report, because he used unsecured phone lines to speak with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, current and former officials told The Washington Post.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Phone records released in the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report this week showed that Giuliani made multiple calls to a blocked number listed as “-1.” Though Trump is not identified by name in the records, investigators believe the number belongs to Trump, and administration officials confirmed that Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured lines.

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