US rolls out travel ban, but who will be hit?

Delayed by legal challenges until the Supreme Court partially backed Trump this week, the ban comes into effect at 8 pm Thursday Eastern time (0000 GMT Friday), putting tight restrictions on the issuance of visas to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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Immigrant rights groups and Democrats in Congress blasted a relatively narrow definition of who could continue to come based on “close family relationships.”

But the Trump administration insisted the ban was necessary to protect the country from terror threats.

“As recent events have shown, we are living in a very dangerous time, and the US government needs every available tool to prevent terrorists from entering the country and committing acts of bloodshed and violence,” a senior administration official told reporters.

Officials stressed that anyone with a valid visa issued before the ban begins would still be admitted, promising to avoid the airport chaos that accompanied the original travel ban announcement in January.

All authorized refugees booked for travel before July 6 will also be admitted.

“We expect business as usual at the ports of entry starting at 8 pm tonight,” said a second administration official. “Our people are well prepared for this.”

‘The world is watching’ 

Nevertheless, immigration activists and lawyers said they would be at airports to support any arrivals unfairly denied entry.

“The world is watching the United States of America, and what they are saying is, we thought that it was the country for opportunity and justice for all, but it does not seem that way,” said Murad Awawdeh of the New York Immigration Coalition, speaking at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The ban imposes a 90-day halt on travelers from the six countries, and a 120-day ban on refugee entries, while the government reviews its vetting procedures.

But questions remain over the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to allow exemptions for anyone having a “bona fide relationship” in the United States.

According to guidelines issued in a State Department cable to embassies, that exemption will include people with “close family relationships” in the United States, defined to include parents, spouses, children, sons- and daughters-in-law, siblings and step- and half-siblings.

But “close family” does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiances and any other “extended” family members, the guidelines say.

People with formal relationships with a US entity, who have for instance been offered a job or been accepted to study or lecture at a university, will also qualify for visas during the ban. But a hotel reservation, even if already paid for, does not qualify.

And the order stresses that non-profit groups cannot establish relationships with hopeful travelers or refugees just to allow them to skirt the ban.

Redefining ‘family’ 

Democratic legislator Bennie Thompson blasted the government for a “lack of preparation and transparency” in putting into place the ban.

“Just hours before the president’s unconstitutional and misguided travel ban takes partial effect tonight, administration officials briefing Congress were unwilling or unable to provide meaningful answers about how they determined whom the ban would affect,” said Thompson, the senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Lawyers and advocates both for and against the travel ban say they expect a flood of legal challenges after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Rama Issa, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, said the government is redefining what a family is.

“I was raised by my grandparents, so the idea of grandparents not being part of a family is very foreign to me,” she said at Kennedy International, preparing to help arrivals after the ban takes effect.

“I’m engaged to get married. I have family who lives in Syria today — not only my father, but my aunts and uncles who I would love to be at this wedding, and unfortunately are not going to be able to be here.”

Russian jury finds five guilty of Boris Nemtsov murder

Former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down just metres from the Kremlin as he walked home with his girlfriend late on the evening of February 27, 2015.

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The brazen murder in central Moscow was the most high-profile political killing in Russia since Putin rose to power some 17 years ago, but Nemtsov’s family insists authorities refused to probe people close to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who they suspect ordered the hit.

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The 12-person jury ruled on its third day of deliberations that defendants Zaur Dadayev, Shadid and Anzor Gubashev, Temirlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev – all ethnic Chechens from Russia’s volatile North Caucasus – carried out the hit as a gang for some $250,000.

Dadayev – a former officer in an interior ministry battalion in Chechnya – was found guilty of firing the four fatal shots.

The Gubashev brothers, Eskerkhanov and Bakhayev were found guilty of being accomplices.

The jury’s decision was reached by majority vote after they first failed to reach unanimous decisions on the long list of charges against the defendants at the end of ten months of hearings.

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The suspects have always denied they were involved in the killing and several retracted initial confessions they said were made under torture.

They are now facing lengthy jail terms, with the judge set to deliver sentencing after prosecutors set out their demands next week.

Real masterminds untouched?

While the rulings provide some answers over the killing, Nemtsov’s family is adamant that those who ordered the charismatic politician’s death have not been identified.

Nemtsov’s daughter Zhanna Nemtsova wrote that the case remained “unsolved” even though she agreed that all of the accused, with the exception of Bakhayev, were involved.

“This was not a complete investigation but only an imitation,” she posted on Facebook.

“In two years… they could not find the organiser and mastermind of the murder,” her lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said. “It’s a complete fiasco.”

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Nemtsov’s allies say the evidence clearly shows that those close to Kremlin-loyal Chechen strongman Kadyrov – or Kadyrov himself – were actually behind the assassination.

The Chechen leader – who rules his conflict-scarred region with an iron fist – has denied all involvement and defended some of the accused.

Nemtsov’s family tried and failed to get Kadyrov and some of his top lieutenants, including Dadayev’s commander Ruslan Geremeev, questioned.

Investigators only named Geremeev’s driver Ruslan Mukhudinov as an organiser and said he offered the suspects 15 million rubles (about $250,000 or 220,000 euros at current rates) for the murder.

Mukhudinov has since fled and investigators said after the verdict that the case against him was still ongoing.

No real motive has ever been offered by authorities as to why the hit on Nemtsov was ordered.

Echoes of Politkovskaya

Once one of Russia’s most popular politicians, liberal reformer Nemtsov was at one stage seen as a possible successor to former president Boris Yeltsin.

After initially backing Putin when he came to power, Nemtsov soon became one of his fiercest critics. But as the ex-KGB officer cracked down on dissent, Russia’s opposition – and Nemtsov along with it – became increasingly marginal figures.

At the time of his death aged 55, Nemtsov was probing official Russian involvement in the bloody conflict in east Ukraine. Some supporters insist he was killed to stop his political activities.

The Kremlin called his shooting a “provocation” and spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was for investigators to decide now if the case is at an end.

The murder and subsequent trial have strong echoes of a string of earlier high-profile assassinations that Kremlin critics say have been left unsolved, including the 2006 shooting of anti-Putin journalist Anna Politkovskaya in her Moscow apartment building.

Eventually five men – including four members of the same Chechen family – were found guilty of the murder, but over a decade later Politkovskaya’s family and former colleagues remain convinced the masterminds have not been brought to justice.

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South32 NSW coal mine suspended again

South32 has again suspended operations at its Appin underground coal mine in NSW over concerns of a build-up of methane gas levels.

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The diversified miner says it had withdrawn the mine’s workforce on Wednesday as a precautionary measure and notified the NSW department of planning and environment authorities.

While the company said it had not breached gas limits at the site, the regulator had issued a prohibition notice for the mine.

The regulator also had expressed broader concern about recent events at the Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operation – when gas limits had been exceeded – as well as its operating practices, South 32 said in a statement on Friday.

The company said it was working with the regulator to address these issues.

Operations are continuing at the Illawarra Metallurgical Coal unit’s other mine, Dendrobium.

Ongoing problems at the Appin mine has prompted South32 to repeatedly lower the Illawarra unit’s production guidance.

Production was disrupted in September 2016 due to roofing problems at one of the longwalls, and again in November and May when methane gas levels forced temporary suspensions of operations.

The miner on Friday said that having already achieved production of 7.05 million tonnes by June 28, it did not expect the unit’s most recent full-year production guidance to be affected by the latest incident.

The company in May lowered its forecast for full-year production to 7.1 million tonnes.

South32 will detail production guidance for the 2018 financial year when it releases its full-year results in August.

Turnbull’s year since the federal election

WINS AND LOSSES ONE YEAR SINCE THE FEDERAL ELECTION

JULY 2016:

* The coalition scrapes back into power with a one-seat majority with 50.

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4 per cent of the two-party vote.

* Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces royal commission into the Northern Territory’s youth detention system after revelations of abuse.

AUGUST

* The coalition concedes defeat in the Queensland seat of Herbert confirming its one-seat majority.

* An angry Turnbull suggests heads will roll after ordering a review into how cyber attacks disrupted the 2016 Census.

SEPTEMBER

* Government suffers an embarrassing defeat after MPs leave parliament early, losing control of the lower house and a series of votes following a Labor stunt.

NOVEMBER

* Government grilled over who knew what and when, amid revelations former crossbench senator Bob Day breached the constitution in a financial agreement with the commonwealth.

* Proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite is defeated in the Senate.

* Government faces allegations it made a deal with the Western Australian government to run dead on a High Court case in a move that would have dudded taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

* Government finally restores the building industry watchdog, passing the two bills it used to trigger the July 2 double-dissolution election.

DECEMBER

* Government finally passes its controversial backpacker tax, following an eleventh-hour compromise deal with the Greens, ending 18 months of uncertainty.

JANUARY 2017

* Turnbull forced to reshuffle his cabinet after an expenses scandal forces the resignation of health minister Sussan Ley.

FEBRUARY

* PM forced to hose down reports he was berated by Donald Trump over a refugee swap deal.

* Outspoken coalition backbencher Cory Bernardi quits the Liberals to start his own Australian Conservatives Party, angering the government.

* Parliament votes to scrap the life gold travel pass for retired federal MPs and to establish an expenses watchdog to hold politicians to account in the wake of the Ley scandal.

MARCH

* Major overhaul of the child care system clears parliament with crossbench support.

* Controversial changes to race-hate speech laws are killed off in the Senate.

* Turnbull gets a partial win on his centrepiece economic policy, securing a tax cut to businesses with turnovers under $50 million after failing to get the Senate on board for a $50 billion plan to cut taxes for all businesses.

APRIL

* The 457 visa program for skilled migrants abolished.

* Turnbull unveils plans to make it harder to become an Australian citizen.

MAY

* Treasurer Scott Morrison hands down his second budget, announcing a gradual thaw of the Medicare rebate freeze that almost cost Turnbull the election.

JUNE

* Australian government debt hits half a trillion dollars for the first time.

* New levy to raise $6bn from the nation’s biggest banks clears parliament.

* Turnbull responds to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s review of the energy market with new rules to restrict gas exports and a plan to scrap a process that allows power companies to hike prices.

* Major school funding overhaul, aka Gonski 2.0, clears parliament with crossbench support.

* Newspoll shows that while Turnbull maintains lead over Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred PM, support for the coalition has dropped more than three percentage points since the election.

US warns China over Hong Kong freedoms

The State Department said the success of Hong Kong, which was given a large degree of autonomy when British colonial rule ended in 1997, was due to its unique status.

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“The United States… admires the city’s outstanding achievements, which are the result of its high degree of autonomy, its economic and personal freedoms, and its respect for rule of law,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

But while Washington valued its “excellent cooperation” with Hong Kong’s government it “remains concerned about any infringements of civil liberties in Hong Kong, including intrusions on press freedoms,” Nauert added in a statement.

Recent incidents in Hong Kong — including the disappearance of five publishers who were known for salacious titles about the Chinese leadership — have sparked fears that Beijing is choking the city’s freedoms.

Last year, the city’s High Court disqualified two democratically elected pro-independence lawmakers from taking their seats after they added expletives and used derogatory terms for China when taking their oaths.

The court’s move was preempted by an earlier intervention from Beijing which said they should not be allowed to join parliament.

Mass protests in Hong Kong in 2014 demanding more democratic reform failed to wring any concessions from the authorities, leading to an increase in calls for self-determination or even full independence.

High-profile pro-democracy campaigners including Joshua Wong and young legislator Nathan Law were arrested Wednesday night after staging a protest outside a Hong Kong convention center that will host some of the anniversary events this weekend.

The State Department said the US “support(s) the further development of Hong Kong’s democratic systems, including the implementation of universal suffrage in accordance with the Basic Law” — a reference to its de facto constitution.

Hong Kong was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula designed to protect its freedoms and way of life.

Big challenges for Shorten, Turnbull

“The challenge for us as Liberals is to come to terms with the fact that it is no longer about convincing Australians to be on our side, but to convince Australians that we are on theirs.

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Treasurer Scott Morrison hit the nail on the head in his speech to the Liberal Party’s federal council in Sydney in June.

The overwhelming feeling in the electorate 12 months on from the federal election is “they just don’t get it”.

Labor has led the Liberal-Nationals coalition in the polls consistently since jMalcolm Turnbull scraped back into power with the slimmest of margins on July 2 last year.

Bill Shorten puts this down to a simple formula.

As the opposition leader said in a speech to local government representatives recently: “People want a real conversation about the things which make a difference in their lives.”

Labor’s success is recognised in polls which give it a substantial lead over the coalition on who is “best trusted” to deliver on education, health, protecting jobs and making housing more affordable.

In recent months Turnbull and Morrison have acknowledged this gap.

The May budget sought to junk the least-fair aspects of the 2014 Abbott-Hockey budget and show voters the government understood their concerns about health and education in particular.

The jury is still out on the Gonski 2.0 schools funding package and the government’s Medicare Guarantee Fund as effective political “resets” as well as the more recently embraced issue of power prices.

Clouding the impact of such policies is the fact millionaires and businesses will receive a tax cut, while average workers watch their wages flatline and face a tax hike in the form of a Medicare levy rise in the near future.

It’s difficult to get voters’ ears when the wage share of income has hit its lowest point in over 50 years, while the profit share has doubled.

It doesn’t help the prime minister that Labor keeps reminding voters of his immense wealth and proximity to corporate bigwigs.

However, former Liberal campaign director Tony Nutt says Turnbull is a positive for the government.

He puts this down to Turnbull’s standing, credibility and trustworthiness – in other words, he looks and acts like a prime minister.

In contrast, Liberal research has found Shorten’s leadership is a “net negative” for Labor, with voters seeing him and his party as weak on the key issues of budget management and soft on border protection.

Published polls show about a third of voters don’t prefer either leader and are willing to switch their vote as elections come around.

These are the voters Shorten and Turnbull will need to win over ahead of the next election, which could be held as early as August 2018.

Both major parties would do well to embrace the same theme: “We’re on your side”.

PM grapples with shaky global outlook

The whims of two unpredictable men created strategic headaches for the Turnbull government in the 12 months following its re-election.

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Donald Trump’s election as US President in late 2016 caught most of the world by surprise.

So unprepared was Malcolm Turnbull for that outcome, a scrambling prime minister sought out Australian golf legend Greg Norman – a close mate of Trump’s – for the president-elect’s mobile number.

A second phone chat, after Trump’s inauguration in January, was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Turnbull sought assurances the new administration would honour a deal Canberra struck with the Obama administration to resettle refugees being held on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

The PM didn’t find a receptive audience.

Trump reportedly berated Turnbull, labelling their conversation the “worst call” he’d had all day.

Later he used Twitter to take aim at a “dumb deal”.

The strength of the Australia-US alliance eventually forced Trump’s hand and he begrudgingly agreed to take up to 1200 refugees but only after “extreme vetting” processes.

In May, it was time to kiss-and-make-up as the two leaders attended an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea aboard US aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York.

But in June Turnbull was embarrassed after footage was leaked of him sending-up Trump at parliament’s annual Mid-Winter Ball.

Trump’s temperamental personality has not been the only thing Turnbull has had to dance around.

The US President pulled the pin on American involvement in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership – a 12 country free trade deal – virtually killing it off, much to Turnbull’s dismay.

Ditto Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the 197-nation Paris agreement on climate change action which aims to limit global warming to below two degrees, with an aspiration target of 1.5 degrees.

On the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic weapons testing program and its loose cannon dictator Kim Jong-un, Trump and Turnbull are on the same page as they urge Beijing to wield some clout with Pyongyang.

Turnbull has also walked a tightrope when it comes to security links with the US and economic ties with China.

Notably, he’s been keen to make the case for ongoing American leadership in the Asia-Pacific region to uphold the “international rules-based order” and regional security.

Counter-terrorism has been a constant focus following domestic incidents and attacks in Nice, Stockholm, Berlin, Normandy, London, Manchester, Kabul, Istanbul, Tehran, Jakarta and Baghdad.

There’s also the threat posed by foreign fighters returning home from the Middle East, and Islamic State cells forming in some south-east Asian countries, notably the Philippines.

Australia increased its military contribution to the NATO-led coalition mission in Afghanistan, bringing total personnel to 300.

In the Middle East, 780 Australian military personnel continue to train Iraqi soldiers and conduct air strikes in Syria and Iraq, as coalition forces inch closer to taking IS strongholds Mosul and Raqqa.

In a few months, the government is set to release a new blueprint for Australian foreign policy.

If the past year is an indication, it could be a bit more “choose your own adventure” than business as usual.

One year on: Turnbull ramps up terror talk

Malcolm Turnbull has ramped up his rhetoric on national security and terrorism in the year since his re-election as prime minister – and he’s had good reason to talk tough.

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There’s been a resurgence of attacks targeting the West, resulting in the death of four Australians.

A 12-year-old schoolgirl died in a bomb blast at a Baghdad ice-cream shop in May, the same week two young women were killed in the London Bridge attack.

A few days later a man was shot dead during a siege in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton – the fifth and latest incident on home soil since September 2014.

While the terror threat level hasn’t changed in that time, Turnbull has been trying to prepare Australians for the worst.

He’s made three statements to parliament on national security since the July 2 election – in September, November and the most recent in June.

Each has been calm, considered and comprehensive.

Turnbull has repeatedly warned of the growing threat in south-east Asia as networks of extremists galvanised and foreign fighters returned to the region.

He’s also noted the trend in lone wolf attacks and those in crowded places – both of which were hard for authorities to thwart.

The conversation of late, though, has turned to espionage, foreign interference, cyber security and online extremism.

“Very consciously, the prime minister picks out an issue or two and says ‘Here’s what we’re going to be doing about it’,” terrorism expert Jacinta Carroll told AAP.

“He’s talked specifically about the things that need to be done practically … but I don’t think that has resonated as well as it might with the community.”

Turnbull, for example, announced the development of a national strategy for mass public gatherings following a review ordered soon after the election.

But Australians have been told little about its rollout and success.

“For whatever reason, it’s not hitting the mark,” Carroll said.

The prime minister’s change in language, though, has been noticeable.

While it’s far cry from the uninhibited commentary of his predecessor Tony Abbott, it has been getting stronger.

From describing Australian foreign fighters as, essentially, the enemy, to labelling terrorism “a corruption, a disease within Islam”.

There’s also been a shift in policy focus in recent months, with Turnbull using national security as a justification for controversial changes to citizenship laws.

Other counter-terrorism measures are also on their way, as a number of reviews are finalised and consideration is given to the coroner’s report into the Lindt cafe siege.

The use of encryption by criminals and extremists is high on Turnbull’s agenda in 2017, with the prime minister calling out to tech giants for help.

“The privacy of a terrorist can never be more important than public safety. Never,” he told MPs in his June national security statement.

Golf – Lingmerth’s happy memories help him to Quicken Loans lead

The Swede, without a top 10 finish on tour this season in 17 events, missed just two fairways as he carded seven birdies and two bogeys, including one at his closing hole, the par-three ninth.

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“That’s one of the main keys out here,” said Lingmerth. “It’s a course where the rough is very penalising, very gnarly. You really got to stay in the fairway to have a chance to make birdies.”

Lingmerth said it was a happy homecoming.

“Obviously, coming here is going to give me great feelings knowing I have won here on the Web,” he said. “It seems to suit my eye really well.”

Six players were bunched one shot back, including Australian Marc Leishman, Canadian Nick Taylor, South Korean Sung Kang and Americans Troy Merritt, Johnson Wagner and Daniel Summerhays, who holed out from 105 yards at the par-four 13th.

Another seven players were tied at three-under 67.

Lingmerth, showing signs of a return to form with four top-20 finishes since late April, started at the 10th and ran off three birdies in a row from 13, capping the string with an 18-foot birdie putt at the 15th.

The Swede knocked his approach inside four feet at 18 for another birdie and made the turn at four-under 31.

He added birdies at the first and fourth, where he rolled in a 20-footer from the fringe, before making bogey at the last after an errant tee shot at the par-three ninth.

Thirty-one players broke par but two of the top names in the field were not among them.

Rickie Fowler posted an even-par 70, while this season’s three-time winner Justin Thomas suffered a nightmare round.

Thomas made five birdies but signed for a four-over-par 74, fuelled by a quadruple bogey nine at the par-five 10th.

Thomas pulled his tee shot left into heavy native scrub land beyond the thick rough. He failed twice to advance the ball and finally took a penalty stroke and dropped a ball, which he sent across the fairway into more trouble.

He was tied for 93rd, nine strokes off the pace.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Ian Ransom)

Stockholm attack: Suspect had residence permit application rejected

The suspected Stockholm truck attacker had shown interest in extremist groups and had his permanent residency application rejected in June 2016, Swedish police said.

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“We know that he showed interest for extremist organisations like IS. He was applying for a residence permit that was rejected in 2016,” police chief Jonas Hysing told reporters.

Hysing added that two Swedes, one Briton and a Belgian were killed in the attack.

Stockholm district court judge Helga Hullman also told AFP that a second suspect has been formally placed under arrest in connection with the attack.

“I can confirm that a second person has been arrested,” Hullman said.

It comes as thousands of people gathered in central Stockholm for a vigil against terrorism.

Shocked by Friday’s attack that left four dead and 15 injured, Stockholmers mobilised on Facebook to organise a vigil at the Sergels Torg plaza near where the truck rammed into shoppers.

The main suspect, a 39-year-old Uzbek man, is in custody following the attack.

Sweden has been trying to get back on its feet after what authorities termed a terror attack, the motive for which was still unknown.

The method however was similar to previous attacks using vehicles in Nice, Berlin and London, all of them claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

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There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the Stockholm attack – the third in Europe in two weeks, coming on the heels of the car and knife assault outside London’s parliament and the Saint Petersburg metro bombing.

Police have not named the suspected driver of the truck, whom they arrested on Friday evening, but authorities said he was known to Sweden’s intelligence service for undisclosed reasons.

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The man is suspected of speeding a stolen beer truck several hundred metres down the bustling pedestrian street Drottninggatan in the heart of Stockholm.

The vehicle mowed down shoppers before slamming into the facade of the busy Ahlens department store.

“There is nothing to indicate that we’ve got the wrong man. On the contrary, the suspicions have strengthened,” Swedish police chief Dan Eliasson said Saturday.

He said police found a suspect device in the cab of the truck.

“A technical examination is ongoing, we can’t go into what it is right now… whether it’s a bomb or a flammable device.” 

Six people were taken into custody for interrogation on between Saturday and Sunday in several areas across Stockholm, police said, without adding further details. 

Become ‘even more open’

Ten people, including one child, are still in hospital. Four of them are in “serious condition”, health authorities told AFP. 

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In neighbouring Norway on Sunday, police said they had destroyed a suspect “bomb-like” device in the capital Oslo and made one arrest. 

Friday’s attack in Stockholm deeply shocked the usually tranquil Scandinavian nation, which prides itself on its openness and tolerance.

All day Saturday, crowds milled behind the security fences blocking off the scene of the attack, laying flowers on the ground or poking them into the fence.

Several police cars parked near the scene were also covered in flowers by Swedes, who widely praised the emergency crews’ speedy response to the attack.

“Maybe something good will come of this,” Inger Morstedt, 75, told AFP, expressing hope that her fellow Swedes would become “even more open and welcoming”.

“In some ways it’s unreal,” said 40-year-old Johan.

“I’ve come here to honour the victims and the society in which we live.”

Flags flew at half-mast at public buildings across Stockholm on Saturday.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who beefed up border controls on Friday after the attack, announced a national minute of silence to be held in honour of the victims on Monday at noon (1000 GMT).

“Today, all of Sweden is in mourning, but we’re going to get through this together,” he told reporters on Saturday after laying a bouquet outside the Ahlens department store.

King Carl XVI Gustaf, who returned to Stockholm on Saturday after cutting short a visit to Brazil, also addressed the nation outside the palace. 

“The consideration people are showing each other shows the strength of our society,” he said.

“There are so many of us who want to help, many more than those who want to hurt us.”

Friday’s attack was the second terror attack in Stockholm. 

In December 2010, a suicide bomber blew himself up, also on the Drottninggatan street, lightly injuring several passersby.

Read: Full statement by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven