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Norwegian killer probably insane, his lawyer says

OSLO (Reuters) – The lawyer of a Norwegian who killed at least 76 people in a bombing and a shooting spree said Tuesday his client appeared to be a madman. “This whole case indicated that he is insane,” Geir Lippestad said of Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to “atrocious…

Long-term deal with U.S. must be on Afghan terms: Karzai

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday that Afghanistan will only sign a long-term “strategic partnership” deal with Washington if the United States meets Afghan conditions including an end to controversial night raids on homes. He also pledged that Afghanistan would pay for its own armed forces…

Moroccan military plane crashes, 26 feared dead

RABAT (Reuters) – A Moroccan military transport aircraft crashed on Tuesday in the south of the country, the official MAP news agency said. MAP did not say how many passenger were on board the C-130 Hercules aircraft but said the accident took place in a mountainous area near Guelmim, just…

UN to start airlifting food to Somalia

The UN World Food Programme was set on Tuesday to start airlifting food to Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya after an emergency meeting in Rome on the drought-stricken Horn of Africa region. An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia — around a third of the population — are on the brink…

Iraqi Kurdistan bans female genital mutilation

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday welcomed a draft law banning female genital mutilation by the regional government in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Family Violence Bill approved June 21 by the autonomous government includes several provisions criminalising the practice in Kurdistan, HRW, said, adding that prevalence of FGM among girls and women…

U.S. takes on Iraq pullout ‘one bite at a time’

From flyers warning troops the post office will shut soon to disused housing units waiting to be dispatched to their new destination, the signs are everywhere: US forces are packing up to leave Iraq more than eight years after they first arrived. The scale of the operation is unprecedented in…

Militants attack NATO airbase in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Militants injured two security forces personnel in a grenade attack Monday on a major NATO airbase at an airport in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, the local police chief said. “A few men threw hand grenades at the airport gate and the troops returned fire and…

Finland to boost web surveillance after Norway attacks

HELSINKI — Finnish police said Monday they will monitor the Internet more rigorously for evidence of extremists plots following last week’s twin massacres in neighbouring Norway. Deputy police commissioner Robin Lardot said his forces will play closer attention to fragmented pieces of information — known as “weak signals” — in…

Amnesty International website blocked in Saudi Arabia

LONDON — Rights group Amnesty International said on Monday that its website has been blocked in Saudi Arabia after the group criticised a draft Saudi anti-terrorism law. “Access to Amnesty International’s website has been blocked in Saudi Arabia… following the organization’s criticism of a draft anti-terror law that would stifle…

U.S. denies killing Iranian scientist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday denied Iranian accusations it assassinated a scientist and urged the Islamic regime not to use the incident to “distract attention” from its contested nuclear program. Assailants shot dead Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, who was reportedly associated with the defense ministry, and wounded his wife as…

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