World News: Right-wing groups defend 'great' Norwegian massacre

The leader of a British far-right group to which Anders Behring Breivik claims links called the attacks a sign of growing anger in Europe against Muslim immigrants, while a politician in a party in Italy's governing coalition called some of the gunman's ideas "great".

The comments were among the first public statements that appeared to defend the extremist views which drove the Norwegian gunman to carry out the massacre.

Stephen Lennon, leader of the English Defence League, said he does not condone Breivik's rampage but "the fact that so many people are scared - people have to listen".

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"What happened in Oslo shows how desperate some people are becoming in Europe," said Lennon, 28. "It's a ticking time bomb. If they don't give that frustration and anger a platform as such and a voice, it will create monsters like this lunatic."

Meanwhile, Mario Borghezio, a European parliamentarian who belongs to Italy's populist Northern League party, said: "Some of the ideas he expressed are good - barring the violence - some of them are great."

The Northern League has caused a stir with its increasingly anti-immigrant, anti-Islamic rhetoric.

Rivals 'tried to oust' Fernandez

President Cristina Fernandez said in the first authorised biography about her life that Argentina's political and media opposition tried to remove her from office.

"They wanted to remove me in 2008," she said. "I have no doubt. They hadn't wanted me to be (presidential] candidate."

Americans join Somali gang

The chairman of the US House Homeland Security committee, Peter King, said more than 40 Americans have been recruited and radicalised by al Qaida-linked terrorists in Somalia and have gone to the country to fight.

US counter-terrorism officials have not confirmed the high numbers joining al Shabab.

The government has said at least 21 Americans are believed to have travelled to Somalia to join the terror group in what began as a push to expel Ethiopian soldiers.

20 dead in Philippines storm

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At least 20 people have been killed and nine others are missing in floods and landslides unleashed by a slow-moving storm in the Philippines.

Civil Defence Administrator Benito Ramos said that more than 640,000 people have been affected by Tropical Storm Nock-ten.

Suicide blast kills mayor

The mayor of Kandahar has been killed by a suicide bomber, just two weeks after the Afghan president's half-brother was gunned down in the southern Taliban stronghold.

Mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi died when a suicide attacker arrived at his office this morning.

89 trafficked kids rescued by authorities

China: Authorities have rescued 89 trafficked children and arrested 369 suspects after uncovering two trafficking gangs.

The operation involved 2600 officers.

New Zealand: Two goldfish have survived 134 days since a devastating earthquake without any pet food or electricity to power their tank filter.

The goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne, were in a 26-gallon tank at Quantum Chartered Accountants in Christchurch.