A friend of Bano Rashid, one of the victims of the massacre on the youth camp of the Norwegian Labor Party, walks ahead of Rashid’s coffin carrying her portrait. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images.
One week after a bombing struck government buildings in Oslo and a shooting massacre at a youth summer camp stunned Norway, the first funerals are being held for the 76 people who died in the attack. Friday’s memorial service in Oslo’s “People’s House,” as well as funerals for 18-year-old Bano Rashid and 19-year-old Ismail Haji Ahmed, were the first formal events mourning the worst violence in recent memory in Norway.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called July 22, 2011, the day “Norway was hit by evil,” adding that the day would not be forgotten, but “together we can make it.”
Anders Behring Breivik, who police believe acted alone in both attacks, is being questioned again to determine if there is “any more danger” or if he had collaborators who pose a further threat. Breivik said he was spurred by the growing presence of Muslims in Europe and Norway, for which he blamed the Labor Party. The youth camp on Utoeya island was hosted by the party’s youth organization.
Large Crowds of Protesters Gather in Egypt’s Tahrir Square
Protesters gathered again in Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square Friday, in one of the largest demonstrations since Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president, calling for the country’s ruling military council to hasten the process of reforms. The crowd, estimated to be in the tens of thousands, was boosted by the support of the Muslim Brotherhood, a long-banned political party.
The Associated Press reports:
[T]he Islamists’ participation also highlighted the growing rift between them and liberal activists. While saying the demonstration seeks to promote unity, Islamist groups have largely rallied their members to oppose the adoption of a set of guidelines for drafting a new constitution after parliamentary elections later this year.
The protests come as Mubarak, whose health is failing, according to his lawyers, is set to stand trial in Cairo. Mubarak, 83, will be tried along with his two sons.
19 Killed in 2 Roadside Bombs in Afghanistan
Two roadside bombs have claimed the lives of 19 civilians in Afghanistan, 18 of them in Helmand province, where a passenger bus ran over a bomb, and one in Garmser, when a tractor encountered a mine.
According to the United Nations, civilian deaths in the first half of 2011 are 15 higher than the same period last year, totaling 1,462 non-combatant deaths so far this year.
Services Held for Slain Libyan Rebel General
Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes, who was shot along with two aides Thursday, is being mourned in Benghazi as questions linger over the motive and who is responsible. Younes had been an ally of Moammar Gadhafi’s during his four-decade tenure and had served as the government’s interior minister.
Though he joined the opposition in February, some still believed he retained contacts in Gadhafi’s regime. He had been scheduled to answer judge’s questions in Benghazi, though the reason for that hearing is not known.
Tropical Storm Don Bears Down on Texas
Tropical Storm Don, gathering steam in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to hit southeastern Texas Friday evening or Saturday morning, with winds of up to 50 miles per hour.
The impending storm prompted Exxon to evacuate facilities along the coastline, but it is also a welcome source of rain for Texas farmers, who are seeing levels 15 inches lower than normal and could also bring relief from the stifling heat and humidity.
The Coast Guard has urged residents to avoid beach areas and to be prepared to evacuate.