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Experts describe carnage in Oslo

OSLO, Norway - After testifying for five days, Anders Behring Breivik listened silently as others described the mayhem caused by his bombing of Oslo's government district, a scene one witness described as a "war zone."

Forensic experts explained the injuries to four of the eight victims killed by the 2,100-pound fertilizer bomb on July 22. Breivik admits to the bombing and a subsequent shooting massacre at a Labor Party youth camp that left 69 people dead, most of them teenagers.

"More than 100 body parts were found in the government district," said Ole Morten Stoerseth, a police official tasked with identifying the blast victims.

Relatives of those killed sobbed and embraced during the autopsy presentations. Pictures of the victims' injuries were not shown in court but distributed to the judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers as well as the psychiatrists who are examining Breivik. The trial is to go on for nine more weeks.

- AP

Chavez upbeat in TV appearance

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared on television Tuesday for the first time in 10 days, chatting with aides and relatives in an upbeat outdoor encounter that allowed him to show supporters he remains vigorous despite his cancer treatment in Cuba.

The video showed Chavez tossing a bocce ball in a game that Venezuelans call bolas criollas. It was Chavez's first appearance in video since he traveled to Cuba on April 14 for his latest round of cancer treatment. In a phone call aired on state television Monday, the president said he plans to be home Thursday.

Chavez wore a track suit as he talked and laughed with his brother Adan and Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro in a garden in the edited video clip, which was recorded Monday. Chavez put an arm around one of his daughters and gave a high-five to his grandson.

- AP

Egypt upholds comic's conviction

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Tuesday upheld a conviction against one of the Arab world's most famous comedians, sentencing him to jail for offending Islam in some of his most popular films.

The case against Adel Imam and others like it have raised concerns among some Egyptians that ultraconservative Muslims who made gains in recent elections after Hosni Mubarak's ouster last year are trying to foist their religious views on the entire country. Critics say the trend threatens to curb Egypt's vibrant film industry and freedom of speech.

Imam was sentenced to three months in jail and fined around $170 for insulting Islam in roles he played in movies such as The Terrorist, in which he acted the role of a wanted terrorist who found refuge with a middle class, moderate family, and the film Terrorism and Kabab.

- AP