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Teacher, student killed in stabbing as masked man attacks Swedish school

Students fled from Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city, after the morning attack in a public cafe in the school’s lobby, police said. The school has 400 students ranging from pre-school to high school.

Trollhattan, located 350 kilometres (220 miles) southwest of Stockholm, is a former industrial city of 56,000 people with a large immigrant community.

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Police arrived at the school to find one male teacher already dead and three other people seriously wounded – two boys aged 11 and 15 and another male teacher, police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told The Associated Press. Police fired two shots, one of which hit the attacker, he said.

One student and the attacker died later at the hospital, authorities said.

The attacker, a 21-year-old from Trollhattan, knocked on the doors to two classrooms and stabbed those who opened them, police spokesman Thord Haraldsson told reporters at a press conference. Police searched the attacker’s home and found “interesting” things for their investigation, he added, without elaborating.

Laith Alazze, a 14 year-old student at Kronan, said at first he thought the attacker – who was clad in black and wearing a helmet that masked his eyes – had something to do with Halloween.

Swedish emergency services at the scene after a masked man attacked people with a sword at the Kronan school in Trollhaettan in western Sweden 22 October 2015. Reports state that at least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police.

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“One of my friends walked over to him to challenge him, but when we saw he stabbed him (the teacher), we ran away,” Alazze told Sweden’s TV4.

Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s largest newspapers, posted a photo of a helmeted man with a dark mask, a dark outfit and a sword in his hand, claiming it was the attacker. The paper said the killer posed with two people before he started his rampage.

The attacker had a gunshot wound to his lower chest and died later Thursday at the hospital, officials said. Police spokeswoman Maria Randsalu said the second victim was a student, but did not say which one.

WATCH: Aftermath of violent stabbing at school in Sweden

The three wounded, all in serious condition, underwent surgery at the Norra Alvsborgs Lanssjukhus hospital. Dr. Lars Spetz told reporters the teacher had been stabbed in the abdomen while the two students were stabbed in the abdomen, liver and chest.

“They hover between life and death,” Spetz said.

Swedish media said the school held a meeting Thursday morning to discuss teachers’ fears that they could not control access to the school. Students must go through the public cafe to reach the school’s cafeteria and other parts of the building.

A policeman carries evidence bags as he leaves the crime scene following a knife attack at a school Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhatten, Sweden.

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“They hover between life and death,” Spetz said.

A sober-looking Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called the deadly stabbing attack “a tragedy that hits the entire country.” He spoke outside the school in Trollhattan after viewing the lobby where the attack began.

Lofven declined to comment on Swedish press reports that the attacker had right-wing sympathies, saying police were still trying to establish a profile of him.

“My thoughts go out to the victims and their families, the students and staff, and the whole community,” Lofven said earlier. “No words can describe what they are going through right now.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf said Sweden was “in shock” following the attack and that the royal family received the news “with great dismay and sadness.”

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Thailand forecasts record number of tourists despite deadly bombing, political strife

BANGKOK – A deadly bombing in August threatened to scuttle Thailand’s economically crucial tourism industry but officials are now forecasting more than 30 million visitors this year as arrivals from China swell.

The bounce back reinforces the teflon reputation of Thai tourism, which has thrived over the past decade despite two coups, episodes of deadly street fighting, airport occupations and natural disasters.

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Thailand’s tourism council is forecasting a record 30.3 million visitors this year, an increase of 22 per cent from last year. Chinese tourists are expected to total 8.1 million, rising by three quarters from 2014.

Only a small number of countries attract more than 30 million tourists a year, among them France, China, the United States, Spain and Turkey. Thailand was aiming for 28.8 million tourists this year.

The tourism council president Ittirit Kinglek said this week the Aug. 17 bombing at a shrine in downtown Bangkok that killed 20 people, many of them foreign visitors, did “not significantly affect” the industry overall.

Tour operators say Thailand’s resilience reflects the variety it offers from high-end shopping in busy Bangkok to idyllic beaches in the south and laid back small cities in the north.

Thailand has also cultivated a reputation for friendliness and value that is particularly appealing in countries such as China, which has only recently reached income levels high enough for large numbers of people to travel abroad on holidays.

“I feel like a real rich person there, and a lot of good food, best service,” said Liang Jing, a designer based in Shanghai. “I feel safe. No war, no anti-China stuff. A great country, I will definitely go there again,” she said.

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Vietnam sets up own Facebook page to reach young people

HANOI, Vietnam – Communist Vietnam is turning to Facebook to reach its young people.

The government opened a page early this month and said it will give people timely information about the government and the prime minister.

Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Vi Quang Dao, head of the government’s official portal, as saying the page is a pilot project and the government will consider making it an official page based on an assessment of how it works.

The page aims to reach more and broader readers, he added.

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The page had more than 37,000 likes as of Thursday noon, over 13 times more than last week.

Vietnam’s ruling communist party tightly controls political activities and the media in the country. Facebook users have complained in the past about having difficulties accessing the site, but the government denied blocking it, though it has tried to block other sites.

Most of the comments welcomed the page, saying the government has come to the Internet age and that people can make suggestions by commenting, but there were also complaints that 5 to 20 Facebook pages with the name of “Government Information” exist and they don’t know which one is real.

Vietnam has a fairly young population with about two-thirds of its 90 million people born after the Vietnam War. Nearly half of Vietnamese are Internet users, according to government figures.

Vietnam has more than 30 million Facebook users with 75 per cent of them between ages 18 to 34, according to state-run Vietnam Television.

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This story has been corrected to explain that Facebook was not officially blocked but that it sometimes could not be accessed.

Volkswagen investigating whether more cars fitted with emissions cheating software

BERLIN – German automaker Volkswagen says it is trying to determine whether even more of its cars may have been fitted with software that was used to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

The company had previously said that the software was installed on cars with variants of the EA 189 diesel engine built to the “Euro 5” emissions standard.

Spokesman Pietro Zollino confirmed to the AP on Thursday a report from the dpa press agency that the company is now checking whether models with the EA 288 diesel motor built to the same emissions standard may also have the software.

Newer cars built to the “Euro 6” standard are said not to be affected.

Zollino didn’t say how many cars are being checked. VW previously said 11 million cars worldwide were affected.

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Toronto police arrest 3 in money laundering scheme, 2 of whom had ties to international fraud ring

TORONTO – Toronto police have arrested three people in connection to a money laundering scheme in which two of them were found to be linked to an international fraud ring that bilked victims of more than $5 billion.

Police said an investigation into the money laundering scheme began in August 2014 which revealed a “romance scam” involving a 63-year-old widow from Toronto who was defrauded of approximately $609,000.

Toronto investigators teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service to uncover the identities of those allegedly involved.

It is alleged the proceeds were obtained via a variety of schemes in which the victims were encouraged to wire funds to banks accounts.

The money was then laundered back to those organizing the schemes.

VIDEO: Suspects took advantage of romantic relationships to defraud victims

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Police executed a search warrant on Oct. 7 and arrested Ikechukwu Amadi, 34, of Mississauga and Lineo Molefe, 31, of Toronto.

Both have been charged with laundering the proceeds of crime and fraud over $5,000.

A third suspect, Akohomen Ighedoise, 41, of Toronto, who had ties with an organization known as The Black Axe or Neo-Black Movement of Africa was also arrested.

It is further alleged Ighedoise used the alias Martin Acker or Martins Acker Jr. who claimed to be a representative of the United Nations using a forged ID dating as far back as 2011.

It is alleged Ighedoise was actively laundering the proceeds of crime for the organization which was intimidating Nigerian diaspora within the Greater Toronto Area.

He has been charged with laundering the proceeds of crime, fraud over $5,000 and participation in a criminal organization.

The subsequent investigation also linked Ighedoise and Amadi to an alleged wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy, where conspirators attempted to defraud victims of more than $5 billion.

The FBI have since indicated six individuals in the fraud ring, included Ighedoise and Amadi.

Police said U.S. officials intend to seek extradition of the two upon the conclusion of their respective Canadian cases.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Mike Kelly at 416-808-7824., Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 长沙桑拿按摩论坛长沙夜生活222tips长沙桑拿.