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MASSACRE IN NORWAY
OSLO – The death toll for a blast in Oslo’s parliamentary quarters and an attack on a youth camp in Utoya has reached 87. Tens of people were wounded. Police detained a 32-year-old Norwegian national who is suspected of committing these crimes.
OPERATION TO LIFT SUNKEN BULGARIA SHIP
MOSCOW / KAZAN – An operation to lift the Bulgaria pleasure boat that sank on the Volga River on July 10 will continue on Saturday. Bulgaria’s upper deck has been lifted fully. Experts are getting ready to pump water out the ship.
SITUATION IN LIBYA
CAIRO – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi does not rule out possible talks with the opposition but says he would not attend such talks himself.
NATO’s aircraft delivered another air strike against targets in Tripoli.
CIS AND BALTIC COUNTRIES
RIGA – Latvia holds a referendum on the dissolution of the national parliament initiated by its former president Valdis Zatlers.
KHABAROVSK – Efforts to stabilize the wildfire situation in Russia’s Far East are failing so far, although fire fighting operations involve some 2,000 men and 182 units of hardware. The fire area has expanded by more than 900 hectares in the past 24 hours to reach 6,000 hectares.
TYUMEN – Russia’s best service dogs participate in All-Russian competition of dog breeders that open in Khanty-Mansiisk.
KRASNOYARSK – A Yenisei Fish Soup festival will be held in the Krasnoyarsk territory.