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Breivik Indicted in Norway Attacks

AFP/Gett​y Images(OSLO, Norway) -- Anders Behring Breivik was indicted Wednesday for terror acts in the killing of 77 people last year.

Breivik confessed to the July 22 attacks in which 244 were wounded. He initially planted a car bomb in Oslo and then drove to the island of Utoeya, where he shot a number of young people at a summer camp.

The 33-year-old said he committed the crimes to prevent a Muslim invasion in Europe. Breivik faces up to 21 years in prison, however, his lawyers argued that their client is mentally ill and should be placed in a psychiatric facility, reports BBC News. He will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Breivik is scheduled to go on trial April 16.

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Barak on Borrowed Time?

Photo Courtesy - PMO[dot]gov[il](TEL-AVIV, Israel) -- The opening shots in what promises to be a brutal political dog fight were fired Wednesday night, as two senior members of Ehud Barak’s ailing Labour Party publicly signaled their intention to oust him as the party’s leader. Many see it as a coordinated attack that spells the beginning of the end for Israel’s defence minister.

“The only position I haven’t held is punching bag” Barak complained on radio Thursday.

On Wednesday, one of the two Labour Party figures, Ofer Eini, the leader of Israel’s main labor union, called Barak an “idiot” on television, referring to a scandal involving Barak's wife. The other Labour Party figure, Benjamin Ben Eliezer, called for the election of an outsider to revitalize the party.

Despite his international profile, particularly in the U.S., Barak is deeply unpopular in Israel. He is fabulously rich and has a reputation for arrogance and vindictiveness. The Labour Party he leads is slowly dying, holding only 13 of the 120 Knesset seats. It used to be the driving force of Israelis politics and the party once led by Rabin.

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