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THE NORWAY POST (Norway), CNN (USA), BBC NEWS, THE GUARDIAN (UK)

OSLO - Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 77 people in a bomb attack and gun rampage in July 2011, was sentenced to 21 years in prison, reports CNN.

The five judges at Oslo district court were unanimous in ruling that Breivik was sane, and convicted the 33-year-old far-right extremist of terrorism and premeditated murder, reports the BBC.

The 21-year prison sentence is the maximum allowed by Norwegian law, however the sentence can be prolonged at a later date if the court judges that he remains "a danger to society", notes CNN.

According to the Norway Post, Breivik has stated that if he was declared sane by the court, he would not appeal the sentence.

Breivik had hoped to be found sane by prosecutors to avoid what he called the "humiliation" of being dismissed as a madman, reports The Guardian.

Breivik has refused to plead guilty and has sought to justify his attacks by saying that they were necessary to stop the "Islamisation" of Norway.

Eight people died in the bombing in the capital, which was followed by Breivik's fatally shooting of another 69 people – 34 of them aged between 14 and 17 – during an hourlong systematic massacre at Utoya Island on 22 July 2011.

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

Colombia's star product: coffee beans.

Julián López de Mesa Samudio

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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