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Mass killer’s views
now ‘more extreme’
The father of Anders Behring
Breivik, who massacred 77 people
in central Oslo and at an island
summer camp in 2011, said
overnight his son’s fascist, anti-
immigrant views seemed to be
getting ever more extreme in jail.
“It’s not nice being the father
of a mass murderer,” former
diplomat Jens Breivik, 78, told
a news conference to launch an
autobiography entitled My Fault?
He said the discovery that his son
was the killer exceeded a parent ’s
“I believe he is getting more
and more extreme, maybe he will
be more dangerous,” Jens Breivik
said after his 35-year-old son sent
him a rambling letter refusing his
request for a first meeting since the
Breivik detonated a bomb in
central Oslo on July 22, 2011,
killing eight, then took a boat to
an island where the ruling Labour
Party were holding a summer camp
and shot dead 69 more people,
mostly teenagers. He was sentenced
to 21 years in jail, the maximum in
Nor way though the term can be
extended if there is deemed to be a
risk he would commit new crimes.
Jens Breivik said as a father, he
nurtured only a “small hope” his son
would ever show remorse.
Anders Breivik’s letter to his father
demanded that he should declare
himself a fascist as a pre-condition
for meeting and also denounced
Anders’s grandparents for failing
to side with Hitler’s Nazis who
occupied Nor way during World
Jens Breivik said he feared his son
could influence other extremists
from jail with his radical right-wing
In the book, he agonises over
whether better parenting could
have prevented the killings and said
he regrets once saying he wished
“ I was very upset, furious at him
for what he had done. I regretted
saying that. He should be judged,
it’s not up to me to judge,” he said
on a rare visit from his home in
Earlier this month, Anders
Breivik separately wrote a letter
in which he indicated he was
renouncing violence and willing
to apologise but set up a string of
conditions including that he should
be allowed to set up a fascist party.
Jens Breivik has had only
intermittent contact with his son
since losing a legal battle for custody
after a divorce from Anders’ mother
when he was four. “ I have often felt
guilt and responsibility for what he
did,” he said. Other family members
have said there were no warning
signs as Anders grew up.
Since the massacre, Jens Breivik
said he had been tormented by the
question, “Anders, why did you do
this?” He said, “I still think that if
I had been a better father he might
have been a better person today.
“ I was quite paralysed, I was in
shock, I understood nothing,” he
said after finding out what his son
had done. “I was in a sort of coma.”
The stolen 1967 Jaguar XKE convertible recovered by the United States
Customs and Border Protection in Los Angeles is seen in this photograph.
At 82, Ivan Schneider had given up
on finding his luxury Jaguar stolen 46
years ago, until it was recovered on a
cargo ship destined for Holland.
“This is just a miracle, a miracle. I
was 36 years old then and now I’m
82,” said the now-retired Schneider
after Californian customs agents told
him the good news.
“Never in anybody’s lifetime would
I think I would see this car again,” he
His two-door 1967 XKE Jaguar
convertible was stolen outside his
home on the night of March 13, 1968.
It was worth $US5000 ($6121) at the
Today, despite years’ worth of dings,
scratches and a few rust spots, the car
is priced at $23,600 ($28,892).
In top shape, the vintage wheels
could fetch around $100,000
($122,430) in today ’s market.
The cargo ship had already sailed
out of California’s Long Beach Port
when authorities ran a routine stolen
car scan overnight and discovered the
bootlegged Jaguar along with four
other stolen vehicles.
Schneider, a luxury car enthusiast,
has since owned several cars, but
none as special as his XKE. “ It was
my first good car and favourite. It’s a
wonderful car,” Schneider, who now
lives in Florida, said.
morning on either Saturday or Sunday
and drive it 90 to 100mph (160kph)
on the highway in New York,” he said.
He promised to be more careful with
his newly-recovered ride, and said
he looks for ward to restoring it to its
former beauty. — AFP
Stolen car returned 46 years on
Members of separatist movements
from around the world have gathered
in Scotland for its historic vote on
independence, declaring their own right
“ We recommit ourselves fully to the
principle of self-determination and
recognise the right of stateless nations
to decide upon their own feature,”
29 European separatist movements
announced in a joint declaration signed
in Edinburgh overnight.
Signatories included Catalan separatist
parties who want to split from Spain
and the nationalist party of the island
of Corsica, which campaigns for
independence from France.
A senior member of the Parti
Quebecois (PQ), which wants the
French-speaking region of Canada to
secede, said he hoped Scotland would
approve independence and not narrowly
reject it, as happened in a Q uebec
referendum in 1995.
“This is about the right of self-
determination,” PQ leader Daniel Turp
“Scots, please, vote ‘Yes’, for yourselves,
but also for us.”
Millions of Scots have voted in the
referendum, in which they were asked to
vote “Yes” or “No” to ending a 307-year-
old union with England, and turnout is
expected to be record-breaking.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano
Rajoy yesterday warned against such
referendums, saying they were like a
“torpedo” for European integration.
The regional government of Catalonia
plans a vote on independence from
Madrid in November.
Catalan independence campaigner and
member of the European Parliament
Josep Maria Terricabras said it was time
for Catalonia to break with Spain and
applauded Scotland’s referendum.
“This is a feast for democracy,”
“ Is it something to be afraid of ? If
Europe is afraid of that, I don’t like this
Europe.” — AFP
gather in Scotland
Gates says progress is being made on
developing a “next-generation” ultra-
thin, skin-like condom that could offer
better sexual pleasure, help population
control and be financed by first-world
Last year, the Microsoft co-founder and
one of the world’s richest men offered
inventors $US100,000 ($122,447) in
start-up grants to develop a “next-
generation” of super-sheath condoms
through the charitable Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges
in Global Health.
It looks like “there are some
technological materials that will be able
to maintain a (condom) barrier with a
very thin, thin material”, Gates said in
Gates, who was speaking at a
question-and-answer session with his
wife Melinda, said the foundation
had received a lot of proposals from
The Seattle-based foundation has
given one grant of $100,000 to the
University of Manchester to research a
condom using a super-light conducive
material known as graphene.
Another $100,000 grant has gone to
the University of Oregon for a proposal
to create a polyurethane condom that
would create a seal around the penis and
be less than half the thickness of the best
condoms available now.
The foundation’s “Grand Challenges”
are aimed at improving the lives of the
world’s poorest people.
Scientists say they want to achieve a
new super-strength thin membrane for
a condom to achieve what they call a
“ barely-there” feel.
Men often say they are reluctant to use
condoms because they decrease sexual
The aim would be to encourage more
couples to use condoms, preventing
pregnancy and helping avert spread
of sexually transmitted viruses such as
HIV. — AFP
Gates hails progress on ultra-thin condom
Last month was the hottest August on
record for global average temperatures
over land and ocean surfaces, the
United States National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration says.
If the trend continues, 2014 could
set new records for planet-wide heat, a
development that would raise new alarm
over the pace of global warming and the
burning of fossil fuels.
0.75degC above the 20th century
average, the agency said in its monthly
“It was the largest departure from average
of any month on record,” Jake Crouch, a
climate scientist at NOAA, said, noting
record-keeping began in 1880.
The month’s average land and ocean
surface temperature was 16.35degC.
The 20th century average for August is
The period of January to August was
also the third warmest on record, the
“ If we continue a consistent departure
from average for the rest of 2014, we will
edge out 2010 for the warmest year on
record,” Crouch said. Most of the global
oceans were much warmer th an average
last month, he added. — AFP
Cougar shot dead
on hospital grounds
The Islamic State group has
released a video of a British
freelance photojournalist, John
Cantlie, in which he says he is
being held captive.
In the video posted on You
Tube overnight, Cantlie, wearing
an orange jumpsuit, speaks to
the camera in the style of a news
report and promises to reveal
in a series of programmes the
“truth” about the jihadist group
that has seized parts of Iraq and
There was no immediate threat
to his life apparent in the video.
Cantlie, who had contributed
to British newspapers including
The Sunday Times and Sunday
Telegraph, as well as to Agence
France-Presse, said he was
captured after travelling to Syria
in November 2012.
He had previously been
detained along with a Dutch
photographer by extremists
in Syria in July 2012 but was
reportedly released after nine
It was not clear when the video
was shot, but in it Cantlie referred
to recent events including IS
taking control of large parts of
Iraq in June.
Speaking in English with
Arabic subtitles, Cantlie says
in the video — titled “Lend
Me Your Ears” — that he plans
to reveal “the truth behind the
systems and motivation of the
Islamic State”. — AFP
IS posts video of
Wildlife officers shot and killed a
cougar on the grounds of a hospital in
the city of Calgary, Alberta, overnight,
a spokesman for Fish and Wildlife
Police initially received reports of two
cougars near the South Health Campus
hospital in south-east Calgary about
7.30am local time. However, police were
able to verify the presence of only one cat.
The cougar was first spotted in the
stairwell of a hotel under construction
opposite the hospital before it crossed
the street and settled down in a large
planter area filled with bushes, plants and
long grass next to the hospital. It was not
acting aggressively. Fish and Wildlife
enforcement spokesman Brendan Cox
said officers had initially hoped to
tranquilise the cougar and remove it.
However, he said concerns that might
agitate the cougar and increase the risk of
it attacking someone prompted officers
to make the “unfortunate and difficult”
to shoot the cat, Cain said. — Reuters
August hottest since 1880
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