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Norway killer tells judge ‘two more cells’ exist

OSLO (Reuters) – Anders Behring Breivik told a Norwegian judge on Monday his bombing and shooting rampage that killed 93 people aimed to save Europe from a Muslim takeover, and said that “two more cells” existed in his organization. Breivik has previously said he had acted alone and police have…

No permanent U.S. bases in Afghanistan: U.S. ambassador

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States has no interest in creating permanent military bases in Afghanistan and does not want to use the country as a platform to influence neighboring countries, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday. Washington is negotiating with the Afghan government on a deal to…

Fresh Karachi violence leaves 44 dead in three days

KARACHI (Reuters) – Fresh political and ethnic violence gripped Pakistan’s commercial capital over the past three days, leaving up to 44 people dead and taking the death toll for July to 339, city police said Monday. Most of the weekend’s casualties were reported in the city’s eastern Malir, Landhi and…

UN atomic watchdog head lauds Fukushima cleanup

TOKYO (Reuters) – Cleanup work at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant is proceeding smoothly and the prospects are good for bringing it under control, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said Monday after a visit to the crisis-hit plant. Japan said last week that it was on track with…

Norway mass-killer seeks show-trial celebrity

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik appears before an Oslo judge on Monday, seeking show-trial celebrity as the once placid Nordic nation mourns the 93 weekend victims lying in city morgues. The 32-year-old self-styled white ‘Jihadist’ will make his first appearance in a downtown court around 1:00 pm (1100 GMT),…

Vatican recalls envoy to Ireland after child abuse report

The Vatican has recalled its representative in Ireland following a damning report on the Catholic Church’s handling of cases of child abuse by priests, Vatican radio reported on Monday. The papal nuncio Giuseppe Leanza is being called back to Rome for consultations over the Cloyne Report published earlier this month,…

Asian shares fall on U.S. default fears

Asian stocks fell on Monday as US talks aimed at raising the country’s debt limit fell apart, raising the spectre of a default, although losses were muted on expectations a deal would be reached. The crisis weighed on the dollar, sending it to its lowest level against the yen since…

Vietnam names new president

Vietnam on Monday named a long time rival of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung as its new president, a largely symbolic post in the communist nation. Truong Tan Sang, 62, was confirmed for the job by a vote of the one-party National Assembly, after he was formally nominated as the…

Man hurt as portable toilet explodes in Australia

A man suffered life-threatening burns Monday after a portable toilet he was using exploded, apparently after he lit a cigarette. The victim, who was taking part in a joint Australia-United States military exercise at the time, was rushed to hospital with burns to his head, face, arms, chest and airways…

Israel nabs boat smuggling weapons on Dead Sea: army

The Israeli military and police on Monday captured a boat on the Dead Sea which was trying to smuggle weapons from Jordan, and detained two Palestinians on board, officials said. The boat was carrying a number of Kalashnikov assault rifles, magazines and other weapons, a statement from the army said,…

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