1. NORWAY SHOOTING SUSPECT IN COURT, ‘NOT ADMITTING ANY GUILT’
The man suspected of shooting inside a Norwegian mosque on Saturday, and of killing his Chinese-born stepsister, appeared in court on Monday with black eyes and wounds on his face and neck.
The court’s ruling later showed, a judge gave police permission to hold 21-year-old Philip Manshaus in custody for an initial four weeks while he is investigated on suspicion of murder and breach of anti-terrorism law.
According to his lawyer, Manshaus does not admit to any crime.
Security experts believe Philip Manshaus is the latest example of an extremist who was radicalized by far-right conspiracy theories spread online, particularly the “great replacement” theory, which falsely warns of a “genocide” in which white people are being replaced by immigrants and Muslims.
2. TANZANIA TANKER BLAST KILLS DOZENS AS CROWD SIPHONS FUEL
A fuel tanker exploded in eastern Tanzania on Saturday killing at least 60 people as flames ripped through a crowd that had gathered to siphon petrol from it.
Video clips circulating on social media showed the charred remains of dozens of young men and burnt motorbikes. In footage from before the explosion, a large crowd was collecting liquid from puddles in yellow jerry cans.
Government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said at least 60 people died and 70 were injured in the blast, which occurred in Morogoro, a town around 200 km west of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
3. HONG KONG AIRPORT SHUTS DOWN AMID PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTEST
Hong Kong’s busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into its main terminal Monday, while the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterization of the protest movement as something approaching “terrorism.”
Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement the demonstration “seriously disrupted” airport operations. It later said flights would resume on Tuesday.
The demonstrations that have drawn more than 1 million people at times call for democratic reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct, with both protesters and police adopting ever-more extreme tactics.