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Anders Behring Breivik approaches the witness box in the courtroom in Oslo yesterday to explain his motives for the mass killing last July

'He is getting what he wants': families of victims voice anger at Breivik's bragging

Dismay as gunman is given chance to hail his own 'spectacular attack' on first day of testimony

Anders Behring Breivik pleaded not guilty to terror and murder charges, however, he was moved to tears when one of his own propaganda films was shown

Breivik: 'I admit the acts, but not to criminal guilt. I do not plead guilty, I was acting in self-defence'

There was only one dramatic moment when Anders Behring Breivik seemed to crack yesterday.

Owen Jones: Norway plays it by the book and sends a message to the world

Would the British political establishment have been able to resist demands for the restoration of the death penalty if such a horrifying massacre had taken place here? Support for capital punishment remains largely passive, but widespread; it occasionally surges in the aftermath of horrifying crimes, particularly when children are involved, such as the Soham murders in 2003.

Leading article: Norway's fine example of liberal civilisation

As the trial of the biggest mass murderer in Norway's history opened yesterday, the most striking aspect was the calm. It stood in contrast to the bizarre range of emotions on display from the accused, Anders Behring Breivik. The killer – he does not dispute his responsibility for the deaths of 77 people – sat impassive as the screams of his victims were heard, smirked at footage of his bomb attack, but wept as his preposterous romantic propaganda video was played in court.

Owen Jones: Norway's dignity in the aftermath of Breivik is an example to the rest of us

What our rulers could learn from the country's Prime Minister

Mass grave: Syrians 'killed by government troops' are laid to rest in Taftanaz village last week

Rebels: 'Assad would kill a million people'

Syrian President accused of accelerating violence as international ceasefire deadline looms

A child fighter from Lubanga's Union of Congolese Patriots

Guilty: Congolese warlord who built an army of children...

...but why has the International Criminal Court's first conviction taken six years?

Soldier jailed over massacre

A former member of an elite Guatemalan military force extradited from the US in July has been sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 101 people at the height of the civil war in 1982.

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In 1933, Anne Frank’s family fled Germany for Amsterdam

Mormons posthumously baptise Anne Frank

Anne Frank, the famous diarist and Holocaust victim, was put to death on account of her Jewish faith. But earlier this month, she was nonetheless secretly co-opted into the Mormon Church.

IoS wins three major international design awards

The Independent on Sunday has won three top international awards for design, it was announced yesterday.

The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir, By Claude Lanzmann, trans. Frank Wynne

For all his distinguished achievements, and his advanced age (he is 87), Claude Lanzmann still attracts a fair amount of criticism on the Parisian literary scene. On television and radio he has a high-handed style and a hectoring voice, and is never slow to berate interviewers, who are quickly turned into antagonists. On the back of these performances he is most often accused of arrogance and a preening self-regard, along with a tendency to rewrite events with himself as the star attraction.

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Album: Sascha Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Music from the Machine Age: Bartók, Holst, Prokofiev, Ravel, Schulhoff (Onyx)

These five pieces ably summarise the ferment of creativity unleashed in the aftermath of the First World War, from Bartók's outrageous ballet suite The Miraculous Mandarin, with its theme of prostitution and murder, and its grotesque dances to Prokofiev's Scythian Suite, a whirling-dervish concatenation of evil gods, monsters, sacrifice and violence.

MIA’s single digit disaster

Trending: Another body part, another scandal at the Super Bowl

It's happened again. Much of America has got their knickers in a twist over the half-time performance at the Super Bowl, that hallowed 12-minute slot that introduced us to the term "wardrobe malfunction" back in 2004, after Janet Jackson's right nipple made a surprise cameo. And after tame contributions from the likes of Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones in recent years, on Sunday "controversy" returned to America's biggest sporting event when MIA, the English-born singer and rapper, "flipped the bird" at the camera during her guest spot in Madonna's medley.

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