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After about five hours, the shrine reopened and Assumption ceremonies resumed, said another shrine spokesman, David Torchala.

No information was available about the source of the threat.


Campaigns begin as election nears

STOCKHOLM | With just over one month left before voting day, Swedish political parties launched their election campaigns over the weekend by holding their first major rallies.

At a rally in the capital Stockholm on Saturday, center-right Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt promised new tax cuts, particularly for the retired, when the Scandinavian country’s budget swings back into the black.

Mr. Reinfeldt, who just turned 45, has been eager to focus the debate on his government’s record on handling the economy, which has made a roaring comeback after an initial hit from the global financial crisis.

The Social Democrats’ Mona Sahlin charged Mr. Reinfeldt’s Moderates had the wrong priorities at her rally on Sunday.

“The Moderates think that lowering taxes is the priority. They don’t see any others. Not youth unemployment, not exclusion of the sick … not growing inequality between people,” she said.

“Lowering taxes has a price. I am sure that price will paid by the welfare state,” she added.

The latest opinion polls show a tight race ahead of the Sept. 19 election.


WWII veterans mark victory over Japan

LONDON | British veterans of World War II marked the 65th anniversary of the Allies’ victory over Japan on Sunday in a solemn ceremony attended by Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron.

The prince and Mr. Cameron were among those who laid wreaths at the Cenotaph war memorial in central London in memory of nearly 30,000 Britons who died in the campaign in Asia, which ended with Japan’s surrender on Aug. 14, 1945.

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