97 Swedes Confirmed Dead After Asian Tsunami

The number of Swedes confirmed dead from the December quake and tsunami in southern Asia has risen to 97.

460 people are still missing. Sweden now tops the list of foreigners confirmed dead and missing.

The update comes just a few days after Sweden released the names of the people missing or killed in the Asian tsunami to the public, after local media got a court order to overturn a police ban on issuing the details.

EU Opens Talks On Rebuilding Efforts 

Meanwhile, European Union development ministers opened talks Monday on rebuilding efforts in Asian nations hit by the deadly tsunami and ways to commit more funds to global development aid.

During the two-day meeting, the 25 ministers will explore how to bridge the gap between the aid effort that immediately followed the December 26th tsunami and aid promised for long-term reconstruction, which will be spread out over years.

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