Category: Europe

Foreign Ministry summons Turkey envoy

Ref: Expressing concern, the Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkey envoy to Dhaka Mehmet Vakur Erkul to explain the reason about why the Turkey delegation is lobbying for war criminals by misusing special visa.

Acting foreign secretary Mustafa Kamal made the explanation to Turkey envoy on Wednesday about the dissatisfaction of the government in this regard.
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Norway suspect 'admits attacks'

The man accused of a massacre at a youth camp in Norway and a bombing in the capital, Oslo, has admitted responsibility, his lawyer says.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, described his actions as “gruesome but necessary”, and said he would explain himself at a court hearing on Monday.

At least 85 people died when a gunman ran amok on Utoeya island on Friday, hours after an Oslo bomb killed seven.

As Norway mourned the victims, police continued to search for the missing.

Four people from the island camp shooting are yet to be found; it is thought some may have drowned after swimming out into the lake to escape the hail of bullets.

In Oslo police said the death toll could rise further as bodies or body parts were in buildings damaged by the bomb but still too unstable to search.

Police have also said another person may have been involved in Friday’s attacks, which happened within hours of each other.

‘Demanding suspect’

“He thought it was gruesome having to commit these acts, but in his head they were necessary,” Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad told Norwegian media.

Geir Lippestad said the attack had been planned “for some while”.

Breivik has been charged with committing acts of terrorism, and is due to appear in court on Monday when judges will decide whether he should be detained as the investigation continues.

The suspect is reported to have had links with right-wing extremists.

Still pictures of him, wearing a wetsuit and carrying an automatic weapon, appeared in a 12-minute anti-Muslim video called Knights Templar 2083, which appeared briefly on YouTube.

A 1,500-page document written in English and said to be by Breivik – posted under the pseudonym of Andrew Berwick -was also put online hours before the attacks, suggesting they had been years in the planning.

The document and the video repeatedly refer to the Knights Templar and to multiculturalism and Muslim immigration.

Police have not speculated on motives for the attack but the bomb in Oslo targeted buildings connected to Norway’s governing Labour Party, and the youth camp on Utoeya island was also run by the party.

“He has had a dialogue with the police the whole time, but he is a very demanding suspect,” police chief Sveinung Sponheim told the Associated Press news agency.

Norway has had problems with neo-Nazi groups in the past but the assumption was that such groups had been largely eliminated and did not pose a significant threat, says the BBC’s Richard Galpin, near the island which remains cordoned off by police.

Mourning in rain

Stunned mourners gathered around a make-shift shrine in Norway’s capital ahead of a special service to be held in the city on Sunday, that thousands are expected to attend.

A number of Muslim mourners also made their way into the church to pay their respects, says the BBC’s Stephen Evans in the city.

One, who gave his name as Ali, said many initially assumed the bomb was the work of al-Qaeda.

“Norway is a country that accepts everyone,” he told the BBC. “It welcomes everyone and then when I saw it was Norwegian who did it, I was really shocked. He is filled with hate.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg comforted victims and relatives alongside Norway’s King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon in the town of Sundvollen, near Utoeya island.

“We will do whatever we can to give them as much support as possible,” said Stoltenberg of the families affected.

The attacks sparked strong international condemnation, with US President Barack Obama expressing his condolences and offering support, while Britain’s Queen Elizabeth also spoke of her shock and sadness in a letter to King Harald.
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At least 91 dead in Norway attacks

A gunman dressed in police uniform shot dead at least 84 people at a youth summer camp of Norway’s ruling political party, hours after a bomb killed seven in the government district in the capital Oslo.

Witnesses said the gunman, identified by police as a 32-year-old Norwegian who they believed was also linked to the bombing, moved across the small, wooded Utoeya holiday island on Friday firing at random as young people scattered in fear. Read more →

Murdoch apologises to victims as two aides quit

Ref: Two of Rupert Murdoch`s top executives quit Friday, as the media baron apologised to the family of a murdered girl at the heart of the phone-hacking row in a bid to defuse the crisis engulfing his empire.

The Australian-born tycoon finally abandoned his attempts to protect Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of the scandal-hit News of the World, and accepted her resignation as chief executive of his British newspaper unit, News International.
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Germany pledges to end all nuclear power by 2022

Ref: Germany`s ruling coalition says it has agreed a date of 2022 for the shutdown of all of its nuclear power plants, reports BBC.

Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen made the announcement after a meeting of the ruling coalition that lasted into the early hours of Monday.

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G8 summit: Arab uprisings look to dominate agenda

Ref: A shift in global influence to emerging powers such as India and China who are not in the G8 has led to the group’s relevance being questioned.

Security is tight in the French seaside resort of Deauville

Security is tight in the French seaside resort of Deauville

But analysts say recent events such as uprisings in the Arab world and Japan’s nuclear crisis have given the group a new sense of purpose.
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Italian activist found dead in Gaza after abduction

Ref: An Italian pro-Palestinian activist has been found dead in the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip hours after being abducted.

Italian activist found dead in Gaza

Italian activist found dead in Gaza

Vittorio Arrigoni, 36, was seized on Thursday by a radical group that has been in conflict with Hamas and is seeking the release of its leader.
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Women in face veils detained as France enforces ban

Ref: At least two women have been detained in France while wearing Islamic veils across their faces, after a law banning the garment in public came into force.

Police said they were held not because of their veils but for joining an unauthorised protest against the ban.

France is the first country in Europe to publicly ban a form of dress some Muslims regard as a religious duty.

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Islamic headscarf: French curbs come into force

Ref: A law has come into force in France which makes it an offence for a Muslim woman to conceal her face behind a veil when in public.

Anyone caught breaking the law will be liable to a fine of 150 euros (£133, $217) and a citizenship course.

People forcing women to wear the veil face a much larger fine and a prison sentence of up to two years.

France is the first country in Europe to publicly ban a form of dress some Muslims regard as a religious duty.

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Portugal calls for EU financial bail-out

Ref: Portugal’s caretaker Prime Minister Jose Socrates has said that he has asked the European Union for financial assistance.

Mr Socrates said the country was “at too much risk that it shouldn’t be exposed to”.

The government has long resisted asking for aid but last week admitted that it had missed its 2010 budget deficit target.

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