April 18, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - In a scene unimaginable in many countries, Norway's worst mass killer since World War II got to explain his fanatical views to the court and the world for days while dressed up in a business suit. Two days into Anders Behring Breivik's terror trial, the studied formality with which Norway's legal system deals with a confessed killer who rejects its authority is baffling to outsiders, even to some Norwegians. On Monday, the day the trial started, Norwegian prosecutors and even lawyers representing the families of his 77 victims shook Breivik's hand as proceedings began.
April 11, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - When Anders Behring Breivik goes on trial next week, both the prosecution and the defense will say he killed 77 people in a bomb-and-shooting massacre that jolted the world's image of terrorism. The only question now is whether the self-styled anti-Muslim militant was sane when he did it - and after a new psychiatric assessment Tuesday, even that may no longer be in dispute. "Our conclusion is that he [was] not psychotic at the time of the actions of terrorism and he is not psychotic now," Terje Toerrissen, one of the psychiatrists who examined Breivik in prison, told the Associated Press.
April 1, 2012
Benjamin Weinthal ?is a Berlin-based fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies French authorities brought a recent dramatic standoff with a crazed gunman to an abrupt end when they shot him dead in a house in the southwestern town of Toulouse. Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin, is suspected of killing four Jews outside a school and three soldiers after returning to France from South Asia. Merah's murder spree represents a new European tradition of importing radical Jew-hatred.
March 8, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - Exactly 100 people were shot, some up to eight times, before the gunman surrendered to police. Of the 69 killed, 56 were shot in the head. One drowned; 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 July 22 with gruesome detail. "Panic and mortal fear in children, youth, and adults arose during the shooting, further intensified by the fact that there were limited possibilities of escape or hiding," prosecutors said in a 19-page document charging Breivik with terrorism and premeditated murder.
March 2, 2012
Davis Love III made a hole-in-one on the 197-yard fifth hole and tied the course record at PGA National with a 6-under 64, giving him a 2-shot lead at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Thursday. Tiger Woods was 7 shots out of the lead, right on the cut line going into Friday. Rory McIlroy was in the group at 66, needing a win this week to go to No. 1 in the world. West Chester's Sean O'Hair shot a 70, a stroke better than Woods.
February 7, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - The right-wing extremist who has admitted killing 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime massacre told a court Monday that he deserves a medal of honor for the bloodshed and demanded to be set free. Anders Behring Breivik, 32, smirked as he was led in to the Oslo district court, handcuffed and dressed in a dark suit, for his last scheduled detention hearing before the trial starts in April. He stretched out his arms in what his lawyer Geir Lippestad called "some kind of right-wing extremist greeting.
January 31, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - Two men were found guilty Monday of involvement in an al-Qaeda plot to attack a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, in the first convictions under Norway's antiterror laws. A third defendant was acquitted of terror charges but convicted of helping the others acquire explosives. Investigators say the plot was linked to the same al-Qaeda planners behind thwarted attacks against the New York subway system and a shopping mall in Manchester, England, in 2009.
January 22, 2012 |
The Leopard By Jo Nesbø Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett Knopf. 517 pp. $26.95 The horror, the horror. Joseph Conrad knew the savagery simmering in the heart of darkness, and Norwegian noir-master Jo Nesbø returns and returns to it because his mission is to show readers just how depraved human beings can be, and how noirer than noir a Norwegian author can be in this, our global village of crime fiction. At the heart of The Leopard is not a leopard, but a Leopold's Apple - a torture device designed by a 19th-century Belgian to scare the diamonds out of recalcitrant black warlords in the Congo.
January 5, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - Prison psychiatrists monitoring confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik say he is not psychotic and has not been put on medication, a prosecutor said in a court filing Wednesday, adding fuel to calls to reassess whether he is legally insane. The original finding of insanity by two court-appointed psychiatrists has been fiercely debated by mental-health experts, and several lawyers representing the victims of the massacre that rocked Norway have demanded the Oslo District Court order a second evaluation.
November 30, 2011 |
OSLO, Norway - Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik belongs in psychiatric care instead of prison, Norwegian prosecutors said Tuesday, after a mental evaluation declared him insane during a bomb-and-shooting rampage that killed 77 people. The court-ordered assessment found that the self-styled anti-Muslim extremist was psychotic during the July 22 attacks, which would make him mentally unfit to be convicted and imprisoned for the country's worst peacetime massacre. The report, written by two psychiatrists who spent 36 hours talking with Breivik, will be reviewed by an expert panel before the Oslo district court rules on his mental state.