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NORWAY

Security chief: Attacks work of lone wolf

OSLO | The Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed at least 76 people in a bombing and youth camp massacre appears to be a lone-wolf sociopath who kept his plans to himself for more than a decade, a top security official said Thursday.

“It’s a unique case. It’s unique person. He is total evil,” Janne Kristiansen, the director of the Norwegian Police Security Service told the Associated Press.

Anders Behring Breivik claims he carried out the July 22 attacks as part of a network of modern-day crusaders plotting a revolution against a multicultural Europe, and there are other cells ready to strike.

But investigators have found no signs - before or after the attacks - of a larger conspiracy, though it’s too early to rule it out completely, Ms. Kristiansen said.

SOUTH AFRICA

250,000 gold miners go on strike for income

JOHANNESBURG | More than 250,000 South African gold miners went on strike Thursday seeking higher wages and a share of profits from soaring gold prices, a union representative said.

The National Union of Mineworkers said they expect the industrial action to halt operations at four companies including Anglogold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Goldfields.

The miners want a 14 percent raise, Union General Secretary Frans Baleni said, because they want to see their share of the profits from high gold prices.

“Many of the commodities are doing very well, especially gold and platinum, and that is not reflected in the compensation and remuneration of these workers,” he said. “And one of the biggest challenges our members have indicated to us is the inequalities we have between the top and the bottom.”

The union said the striking gold miners would join more than 150,000 other miners from the coal and diamond sectors, who began striking within the last week.