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How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare state

The 1918 pandemic ruined the remote metropoli of stersund. But its bequest is a city and country well-equipped to deal with 21 st century challenges On 15 September 1918, a 12 -year-old boy identified Karl Karlsson who lived just outside Ostersund, Sweden, wrote a short diary enter:” Two who died of Spanish influenza embed today. A few snowflakes in the air .” For all its brevity and matter-of-fact tone, Karlsson’s journal stimulates grim read. It is 100 years since a particularly virulent stres of avian flu, known as the Spanish…

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New evidence prompts Europe-wide hunt for 1998 murder suspect

New DNA analysis relates 55 -year-old man to assassination of Dutch schoolboy Nicky Verstappen A Europe-wide manhunt is under way for the suspicious executioner of an 11 -year-old Dutch schoolboy on a campsite 20 years ago this month, after “the worlds largest” Dna experimenting program in the Netherlands’ history finally made a 100% match. In the latest twist to a cold suit that has gripped the two countries since 1998, police in the south metropoli of Maastricht said on Thursday that more than 200 people had called in following an…

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Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesian island of Lombok

At least 14 killed and scores injured after magnitude 6.4 quake in tourist destination At least 14 people were killed and scores injured when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, a popular tourist destination, authorities have said. The quake struck at 6.47am local time (2347 BST) and its epicentre was 50km north-east of the city of Mataram, which has a population of 319,000. Tourists near Senggigi, the gateway to the popular Gili Islands resorts, reported strong shocks. We jumped out of our beds to avoid anything…

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Swiss Alps plane crash leaves all 20 passengers and crew dead

Investigation under way after mid-century JU-Air plane crashed into mountainside A vintage Swiss military airplane, which was saved from being mothballed by a national fundraising campaign, has crashed into a mountain in the Alps, killing all 20 people onboard. The JU-5 2 HB-HOT aircraft, which was constructed in 1939, was flying from Locarno, near Switzerland’s southern border, to airline JU-Air’s base in Dubendorf, a suburbium of Zurich. It crashed into the western peak of Piz Segnas, a 3,000 -metre( 10,000 -ft) mountain above the resort of Flims, in the south-east…

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How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare state

The 1918 pandemic ravaged the remote city of stersund. But its legacy is a city and country well-equipped to deal with 21 st century challenges On 15 September 1918, a 12 -year-old boy named Karl Karlsson who lived just outside Ostersund, Sweden, wrote a short diary entry:” Two who died of Spanish influenza buried today. A few snowflakes in the air .” For all its brevity and matter-of-fact tone, Karlsson’s journal makes grim reading. It is 100 years since a particularly virulent strain of avian flu, known as the Spanish…

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