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WORLD IN BRIEF: James Murdoch asked to clarify testimony

James Murdoch asked to clarify testimony

LONDON — British lawmakers on Friday demanded that James Murdoch clarify why testimony he gave to a parliamentary committee probing the phone hacking scandal conflicted with a statement from two former executives.

Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer of media giant News Corp., and his father, tycoon Rupert Murdoch, testified about the widening allegations of phone tapping and bribery at the Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid.

The demand from legislators came as police confirmed a second inquiry team will be formed to investigate allegations that computers may have also been hacked in addition to cell phone voicemail messages.

Norway mourns 77 victims of massacre

OSLO, Norway — Norway began burying the dead on Friday, a week after an anti-Muslim extremist killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage. Mourners of all ages vowed they would not let the massacre threaten their nation’s openness and democracy.

An 18-year-old Muslim girl was the first victim to be laid to rest since the gunman opened fire at a political youth camp and bombed the government headquarters in Oslo.

After a funeral service in the Nesodden church outside the capital, Bano Rashid, a Kurdish immigrant from Iraq, was buried in a Muslim rite. Sobbing youth accompanied her coffin, which was draped in a Kurdish flag.

Chiefs of staff for Turkish military step down

ANKARA, Turkey — The chiefs of staff of Turkey’s military stepped down Friday as tensions dramatically increased over the arrest of dozens of officers accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government.

The latest developments weren’t expected to cause political or military instability in the short term. The government has presided over the strengthening of civilian institutions as well as an economic boom, sidelining the military’s political role and reducing the public’s appetite for the intervention of the armed forces in nonmilitary matters.

It also doesn’t appear the military’s operations on the ground, including Turkey’s contribution to the NATO force in Afghanistan and its fight against Kurdish rebels, would be affected.