President Obama plays Santa during visit to Children Hospital in D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. — Former United States President Barack Obama visited the Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. on Wednesday sporting a Santa hat as he delivered gifts and cheers to lift spirts during the Holiday season. During his visit to the hospital, Obama dropped off hugs, gifts and some tunes for some of the children…

Finnish Jobseekers allowed to study without losing their unemployment benefit

HELSINKI, Finland — The Finnish Government just announced, the President of the Republic has approved an amendment to the Unemployment Security Act, extending the possibilities of unemployed jobseekers to pursue studies without losing their eligibility for unemployment benefit. The goal is to improve access to employment and facilitate the setting up of new businesses. The…

Swedish Parliament Continues Search For New Prime Minister

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The Swedish government announced its talks will continue following the rejection on of Stefan Löfven as Prime Minister. The Speaker’s second proposal for a new prime minister was put to the vote in the Chamber on December 14. Stefan Löfven is now leading a caretaker government. A caretaker government remains in office…

Cherrie: The Scandinavian RnB star with Somali roots

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — As part of a new four-part series called Diaspora Diaries, RnB and hip hop artist Cherrie talks about her success and her struggle to find identity as a black woman in Scandinavia. Cherrie was born in Norway to Somali parents and raised in Sweden. However, she attributes the success of her hip…

Global Citizens Help Fulfill Mandela’s Vision, Raises $7 Billion

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Over the weekend, Global Citizen surpassed its goal for commitments of USD $1 billion by raising $7 billion, with commitments from the World Bank, Vodacom, PEPFAR, Cisco, the government of South Africa and not to mention co-hosts of Mandela 100, the Motsepe Foundation. Global Citizen brought together its largest contingency of…

Stefan Löfven returning as Swedish Prime Minister

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Annie Lööf,leader of the Centre Party in Sweden, said on Tuesday that she is open to supporting Stefan Löfven as Prime Minister — if however he’s willing to make a series of concessions. “We hope that Stefan Löfven realizes that in order for him to have a chance of becoming prime minister,…

European Council endorses the withdrawal of the U.K. from EU

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations on Sunday during a special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50). “Today, the European Council endorsed the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and…