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Norway gunman Breivik 'declared sane'

Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist who confessed to killing 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage in Norway is not criminally insane, according to a new psychiatric examination.

(AP) Oslo - The new conclusion comes just six days before Anders Behring Breivik is scheduled to go on trial on terror charges for the massacre on July 22.

It conflicts with an earlier examination that diagnosed Breivik as psychotic and prompted prosecutors to say he should be committed to a mental institution instead of prison if convicted.

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Has Iran Quietly Started Executing Protesters?

Iranian authorities have begun prosecuting demonstrators arrested at recent mass protests, accusing them of the gravest crimes that are punishable by the death penalty. The prospect of sham trials is meant to subdue an extremely hostile population.

Photo of men and women killed during protests in Iran laid out in Paris

Photographs of men and women killed during recent protests in Iran

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Iran's clerical regime, which has faced persistent anti-state protests since mid-September, is activating a tried-and-tested mechanism for terminating opposition: executions.

In recent days the judiciary has leveled the gravest charges in its juridical arsenal at dozens of detained protesters, namely "waging war on God" (muhariba) and "spreading corruption in the land" (afsad fi al-arz).

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