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  • Thousands of Norwegians observe one minute of silence to mourn the 93 people killed in twin terrorist attacks by an anti-immigrant Norwegian Friday near the Blue Stone in Bergen July 25, 2011. (Marit Hommedal/Scanpi/Reuters)• Norway held a minute's silence Monday for the victims of twin attacks Friday. (Reuters; BBC)

    • Anders Behring Breivik, who admits to perpetrating the Oslo bombing and Utoya massacre, but denies 'criminal responsibility,' was arraigned in a closed hearing in Oslo Monday. The judge ordered him held for eight weeks, four in isolation, before trial on charges of terrorism. (BBC)

    • Norway police lower death toll from twin attacks to 76, after some missing teenagers thought killed on island of Utoya accounted for, and an eighth person died from Oslo bombing. (Associated Press)

    • Breivik alluded to collaborating with two cells of extremists, judge says police are investigating. (New York Times; AP)

    • A look at Breivik's white-nationalist manifesto. (The Economist)

    • Breivik's estranged father was a senior Norwegian diplomat posted to Paris and London; his sister lives in Los Angeles. (Mail Online)

    • Investigators are now trying to track down Europeans linked with Breivik.  (Telegraph)

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  • (Norway's was in deep shock after suffering two attacks Friday that were the worst violence the country has experienced since World War II.

    First, a powerful explosion rocked central Oslo Friday afternoon, shattering government buildings including the office of Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, who was unharmed.

    Less than two hours later, a second attack, by a sniper, unfolded on the island of Utoya, some 20 miles from Oslo.

    In the second attack, a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire on a Labour party youth conference on the island of Utoya, attended by 600 people, that the prime minister had been due to attend.

    85 people have been killed in the Utoya shootings, many of them teenagers, Norwegian police said Saturday. Seven people have been killed in the Oslo blast. Four people are still missing after the Utoya shootings. Several other people have been hospitalized with injuries from both attacks, and authorities warned the death toll could rise.

    Authorities on Saturday formally charged a 32-year-old Norwegian man, identified as Anders Behring Breivik, as responsible for both attacks. He was taken into custody Friday on the island of Utoya.

    Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, in a press conference Saturday, called the killings a national tragedy. It is the worst violence Norway has experienced since the war, he said.

    Police said they did not yet know the motive for the attacks, but Breivik has expressed far-right wing and anti-Islamic views on his Facebook site and Internet postings. Breivik purported to run an agricultural concern, Geofarm, since 2009; but some reports Saturday suggested that may have been a cover through which he purchased 6 tons of fertilizer in May to be used as explosives. Norway's VG newspaper reported that Breivik had only in April changed the address of his firm, Geofarm, from his Oslo apartment to the farm where he assembled the massive bomb used in the terrorist attack Saturday. He also owned several firearms, reports said.

    In a January 2010 Internet posting, Breivik expressed antipathy to traditional political parties for not rejecting Islam and multiculturalism. Breivik expressed admiration for far-right, anti-Islamic parties, such as Geert Wilders "Freedom" party in the Netherlands and Norway's so-called Progress party, of which he had been a member.

    "Tories in the UK, in line with the Conservative Party in Norway, is about to be made completely culturally irrelevant to 'real' cultural conservative parties such as the Progress Party, Geert Wilders' Freedom Party, etc. who can rightly call himself a true conservative (cultural conservatives)," Breivik wrote. "These 'traditional conservatives' refuse to recognize these new options and call them populists. Meanwhile, they are increasingly aware that they will continue their journey towards irrelevance valley as long as they do not take a stand against multiculturalism wonderful doctrines."

    He wrote just one post to Twitter last Sunday, under his Twitter handle, @AndersBBreivik: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests."

    The terrorist attack "is more Norway's 'Oklahoma City' than 'World Trade Center,'' police officials told the Associated Press.

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  • A Brookline, Mass., man has agreed to plead guilty to foreign economic espionage for providing trade secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence official, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz announced Friday.

    Elliot Doxer, 42, a former employee with Akamai Technologies, pled guilty to providing Akamai trade secrets over the course of 18 months.

    Doxer's plea hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19. The charge of foreign economic espionage carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, a three-year term of supervised release and a $500,000 fine.

    According to the FBI press release, in June 2006, Doxer "sent an email to the Israeli consulate in Boston stating that he worked in Akamai's finance department and was willing to provide any information that might help Israel."

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