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16 NT NEWS. Monday, July 25, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 6 C O L O R : C M Y K WORLD l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Gaymarriagemilestone for NY NIAGARA FALLS: Several gay couples have become the first to legally wed in NewYork, the largest US state to sanction same-sexmarriage. Gay-rights activists Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Ruddwere declaredmarried in Niagara Falls just past the stroke ofmidnight on Saturday, joining other couples across the state. In Hudson, about 48km south of the capital, Albany, LindaMussman and Claudia Bruce legally married after 35 years together. President battles cancer CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is back in his country after having chemotherapy in Cuba, declaring himself free of malignant cells and promising unsurpassable courage in his battle against the cancer. The 56-year-old had an operation in Cuba a month ago to remove a cancerous tumour in his pelvic area. Chavez said he was happy to be home. Libyan command centre hit TRIPOLI: Fresh explosions rocked Tripoli and its suburbs early yesterday after NATO said its warplanes had hit amilitary command centre in the Libyan capital. Two blasts occurred at 12:50am local time in the area housing strongmanMuammar Gaddafis residence in the heart of the capital, followed by others in the citys eastern and south eastern suburbs and planeswere reported flying over the city. Gunman admits to plot By PIERRE-HENRY DESHAYES and CHARLES ONIANS OSLO: The suspect in Norways twin attacks that killed at least 92 people admitted responsibility and said the carnage was long-planned, as the nation mourned victims of its worst violence since World War II. Anders Behring Breivik, 32, was arrested over the shooting at least 85 people dead at a youth Labour Party meeting on an island, and killing seven more in a car bomb explosion that ripped through government buildings in Oslo. He admitted responsibility, Behring Breiviks lawyer Geir Lippestad said. He explained that it was cruel but that he had to go through with these acts, Mr Lippestad said, adding that the attacks were apparently planned over a long period of time. A rambling 1500-page tract, apparently written by Behring Breivik, said he has been preparing the martyrdom operation since at least autumn 2009. The internet document part diary, part bombmaking manual and part political rant in which he details his Islamophobia explains how he set up front mining and farming businesses to prepare the attacks for which he was arrested on Friday. The reasoning for this decision is to create a credible cover in case I am arrested in regard to the purchase and smuggling of explosives or components to explosives fertiliser, the tract says. As harrowing testimony emerged from the summer camp near Oslo where scores of youngsters were mown down, Norway was struggling to understand how a country famed as a beacon of peace could experience such bloodshed on its soil. Never since the World War II has our country been hit by a crime on this scale, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told journalists as police searched for more bodies on the idyllic Utoeya island. Many of those who have died were friends. I know their parents and it happened at a place where I spent a long time as a young person . . . It was a paradise of my youth that has now been turned into hell. National police commissioner Sveinung Sponheim said investigators were still trying to establish whether a second shooter was present on the island, as suggested by some witness accounts. Singer Winehouse found dead British singer Amy Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her London home Shewas 27, and all good rock stars go at 27. Shewas very talented. Shewas amazing LONDON: Grief-stricken fans were yesterday holding a vigil outside singer Amy Winehouses home in one of Londons most expensive streets as her mother admitted she believed her daughters death had been only a matter of time. Winehouse, 27, was pronounced dead just after 4pm, local time, on Saturday, after the ambulance service was called to her three-storey home in northern London. It is believed the Grammywinning singer died from a drug overdose, after a battling with drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and severe depression for much of her short life. Janis Winehouse told the Mail on Sunday she had seen her daughter just 24 hours before she died. She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasnt hit me, she said. Winehouses father, Mitch who was staunchly protective of his daughter was en route back to London from New York late Saturday, where he had travelled to perform at Manhattans Blue Note Jazz Club. Winehouse won acclaim with her albums Frank and Back to Black. She won a clutch of prizes, including five Grammys in 2008, and was best known for the single Rehab. But her career was derailed by her addictions, often played out in public. The depth of her troubles was revealed at her most recent concert in Belgrade, when she was too drunk to per form. She pulled out of all future engagements. Music industry sources told The Sunday Times Winehouse had been drinking heavily in recent days, and it was believed her body was discovered by one of her bodyguards. Soon after the singers death was announced Satur day, fans began gathering outside her home to bid farewell. They lit candles and left flowers, notes, guitars, teddy bears and photos of the singer as police officers stood guard at a cordon. Jann Meyer, 33, who lives nearby, told The Sun he saw Winehouse around often. Its not really a shock. It was to be expected sooner or later. She was 27, and all good rock stars go at 27. She was very talented. She was amazing. His remark was in reference to the tragic group of famous rock stars who have passed away at the same age the notorious 27 Club. Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones, guitarist Jimi Hendrix, singer Janis Joplin, The Doors singer Jim Morrison and Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain are the other major members of the ill-fated club. Winehouse is survived by her father, mother, and older brother, Alex. China high-speed train crash toll rises to 35 WENZHOU, China: The death toll in a collision between two high-speed trains in eastern China rose to 35, state media said, as the government ordered an urgent overhaul of rail safety. Another 210 people were injured when a train lost power after being struck by lightning and was hit by a high-speed train, the Xinhua news agency said yesterday, adding two foreigners were among the dead. Four carriages plunged off a viaduct and two more were derailed, it said, in a disaster likely to raise questions over Chinas rapid rail expansion. China has ploughed money into the expansion of its high-speed rail network, which reached 8358km at the end of 2010, but there have been fears the rapid roll-out could compromise safety. Railways Minister Sheng Guangzu ordered an in-depth accident investigation. Gunman kills five in family spat at party GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas: A man attending a birthday party at a roller rink opened fire after an apparent spat between family members, killing five people and wounding at least four others before fatally shooting himself, US authorities said. The shootings happened around 7pm at Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie when the man drew a pistol during a fight between a husband and wife. The names and ages of the victims werent immediately released, but police spokesman John Brimmer said no young children or employees of the roller rink were among them, according to the Fort Worth StarTelegram. The relationship of the gunman to the other people who died wasnt immediately clear. It was an argument. The shooter appeared at the birthday party, police said. CHOPPER CRASH BANGKOK: Three military men were killed and a fourth injured yesterday in the third fatal Thai army helicopter crash in little over aweek. The Bell 212 chopper part of the rescue mission following another helicopter crash on Tuesday went down in Phetchaburi province yesterday, southwest of Bangkok, bringing the death toll from the three incidents to 17. DEATHTOLL 19 BLANTYRE: The death toll from anti-government riots in Malawi has hit 19 as President Bingu wa Mutharika replaced the army chief days after soldiers were deployed to end the protests. The change at the top followed two days of unrest that erupted after police tried to stop nationwide anti-government protests. EGYPTUNREST CAIRO: Bloody clashes have erupted in Cairo between protesters demanding political change and loyalists of the ruling military council, hours after the military ruler pledged democracy. Riot police on Saturday fired tear gas at protesters being pelted with rocks and bottles by loyalists in the Abasseya district. YEMENBOMB SANAA: A car bomb has killed at least eight soldiers and wounded scores in Yemens coastal city of Aden. The blast occurred as the soldiers were leaving take part in fighting against al-Qaida-linked militants.
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