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Gunman in Norway tells of firing on teenagers

NORWAY

Gunman tells of firing on teenagers

Norwegians who lost loved ones on Utoya island relived the horror Friday as far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in harrowing detail how he gunned down teenagers as they fled in panic or froze before him, paralyzed with fear.

Survivors and victims' relatives hugged and sobbed, trying to comfort each other during the graphic testimony. Breivik's defense lawyers had warned their client's testimony would be difficult to hear. Still, the shock was palpable in the 200-seat courtroom in Oslo.

Breivik has confessed to the July 22 bombing-and-shooting rampage that killed 77 people — 69 on Utoya and eight in Oslo. But he rejects criminal guilt, saying the victims had betrayed Norway by embracing "Islamic colonization."

Sudan

South Sudan pulling forces from oil town

South Sudan announced Friday that it would withdraw its forces from the contested oil town of Heglig, yielding to international pressure in a dispute that brought the newly independent nation closer to a full-blown war with its neighbor Sudan.

"An orderly withdrawal will commence immediately and shall be completed within three days," South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said in a statement.

But in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, a senior military official declared a military victory, saying Sudanese forces had ousted the South's troops from Heglig.

Los Angeles

Breitbart died of heart failure, coroner says

Commentator and editor Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure and hardening of the arteries, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said Friday.

The office said toxicology tests detected no illicit drugs in his system. Breitbart, 43, collapsed near his Los Angeles home March 1.

Afghanistan

Four troops confirmed dead in copter crash

A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter that went down in southern Afghanistan, killing four American troops, was on its way to the scene of a suicide bombing at an Afghan police checkpoint, Afghan officials said Friday.

The cause of the crash in Helmand province on Thursday has not yet been determined.

Elsewhere

China: The supreme court on Friday rejected the death sentence of Wu Ying, a tycoon who was convicted of illegally raising money for her business. Her case, which prompted a public outcry, was sent back for resentencing.

Mali: Three American military personnel and three civilians died early Friday in a single-car crash in Mali's capital, U.S. officials said. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Mexico: A big rig pulling two trailers collided with an overloaded passenger bus in southeastern Mexico on Friday, killing at least 43 people.

Time wires

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