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Thursday
Jan062011

London Has Worst Traffic in Europe

File Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) – London is the most congested city in Europe, according to traffic provider NAVTEQ.

The company released a list of Europe’s 10 most congested cities in regards to traffic, based on the duration of rush-hour delays in cities with more than one million people.

Paris came in second on the list, followed by Dublin, Berlin and Stockholm. Others cities on the list include Hamburg, Manchester, Lyon, Vienna and Marseilles.

According to NAVTEQ, traffic congestion can be caused by a combination of topographical characteristics, population and transportation systems.

"These circumstances and many others intersect with time to produce traffic," said Andreas Erwig, Director of NAVTEQ Traffic Europe. "Because the fascinating complexity of traffic is that it's not only about movement from here to there, but from now to then."

GPS, sensor data and information from police and emergency services were used to gather information for the study. 

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Monday
Dec132010

FBI Heads to Stockholm to Aid in Suicide Bombing Investigation

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(STOCKHOLM) -- The FBI has dispatched to Stockholm, Sweden a small team of bomb technicians from the FBI laboratory at Quantico and counterterrorism agents from the New York Field office at the request of the Swedish government to help in the investigation of the suicide bombing that took place in Stockholm on Saturday.

“A request from Swedish authorities was made through the U.S. Embassy for FBI assistance in the investigation into the bombings.  The FBI has sent a small team of experts to assist the Swedish police with their investigation,” said an FBI spokesman in Washington.
 
The team is working mostly on forensic issues related to the post-bomb analysis, but is also helping to review possible leads on the background of the suspect, Taimour Abdulwahab, according to FBI officials.

Officers from Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command are continuing to search Abdulwahab's home in Luton.

Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt has told the BBC that Abdulwahab “was heading into probably the most crowded place in Stockholm at the most crowded time of the year. He was heading into a place where, if he had exploded all the ordnance he had with him -- and that was quite substantial -- it would have been mass casualties of a sort we haven't seen in Europe for quite some time."

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Sunday
Dec122010

Swedish Officials: Blasts in Shopping District 'Terrorism'

Photo Courtesy - Fredrik Personn/AFP/Getty Images(STOCKHOLM, Sweden) -- Swedish officials said the Saturday explosions in a busy shopping area in the central part of the capital, Stockholm, were "acts of terrorism."  One man died and two people were hurt in the explosions that began when a car bomb blew up in the Drottninggatan area, packed with holiday shoppers.  A few minutes later, just up the street, a second explosion followed and one man was killed.  There are unsubstantiated reports that he had explosives strapped to his body and wounds consistent with suicide bombers.

Swedish news agencies received an e-mail warning minutes before the Saturday evening explosions that seem to link the blasts with a Swedish artist's unflattering image of the Prophet Mohammed as a dog, and with the country's 500 troops serving in Afghanistan.

One official is quoted as saying that while the bombing "failed ... it could have been catastrophic."

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Saturday
Dec112010

Deadly Explosions Rock Stockholm

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(STOCKHOLM, Sweden) -- Explosions rocked Stockholm Saturday, leaving at least one man dead in the Swedish capital.  Two people were hurt.

The first sign of trouble came in a series of explosions, which police say was caused by what appeared to be a car bomb in the busy shopping street, Drottninggatan.  There appeared to have been gas cylinders in the car.  Another explosion came about five minutes later, a few blocks up the same street in central Stockholm, and left one man lying dead in the street.  Witnesses say the street was filled with holiday shoppers. 

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the explosions.  Police say they do not want to speculate on what is behind the explosions or whether they were even related.

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