World briefs: 3/8/12
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OSLO, Norway -- Exactly 100 people were shot, some of them up to eight times, before the gunman surrendered to police. Of the 69 people killed, 56 were shot in the head. One drowned and another fell off a cliff in desperate attempts to flee the mayhem.
The indictment unveiled Wednesday against confessed killer and rightist extremist Anders Behring Breivik describes the horror unleashed on a political youth camp last July 22 with gruesome detail.
Mr. Breivik, 33, has confessed to the shooting massacre on Utoya island and a bombing that killed eight people in Oslo on the same day, but denies criminal guilt. In pretrial hearings, he has portrayed the victims as "traitors" for embracing immigration policies he claims will result in an Islamic colonization of Norway.
Mr. Breivik has been diagnosed as psychotic, and prosecutors said they would seek a sentence of compulsory psychiatric care instead of imprisonment during the trial set to start on April 16. He could be detained for life.
NEW DELHI -- An Indian journalist has been arrested as part of an investigation into the bombing last month of a van carrying the wife of an Israeli diplomat, an attack that Israeli officials have blamed on Iran.
The suspect, Mohammed Kazmi, appeared in a New Delhi court Wednesday following his arrest earlier in the week. The blast occurred on Feb. 13 in New Delhi, the same day that an explosive was discovered and defused inside the vehicle of an Israeli diplomat in Ukraine. A day later, an explosion occurred, apparently accidentally, at a home in Bangkok used by three Iranians.
Israeli officials have said the three episodes are part of a coordinated attempt by Iran to attack Israeli diplomats, a charge denied by Iran.
BEIJING -- Chinese officials lashed out Wednesday against Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, accusing him and his allies of orchestrating a string of self-immolations in ethnic Tibetan areas that have gained international attention and renewed criticism of China's authoritarian regime.
First Published 2012-03-07 23:31:07