Lifestyle & Belief

Great Weekend Reads

Anders Behring Breivik was declared both sane and guilty, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid, and Tropical Storm Isaac drew nearer to Gitmo and the site of the Republican National Convention. No matter how you cut it, it's been a big week for the world. Here's a sampling of the most important stories from GlobalPost and a look at some of the news you may have missed.


In-Depth Series: Anders Behring Breivik
Norway's confessed mass murderer is sane, according to a unanimous decision by judges. He's also been sentenced to 21 years in jail for an anti-Muslim rampage last year that killed 77 people. Here's GlobalPost's complete coverage.


Inside Syria: Why chemical weapons are so dangerous
The conflict in Syria has provoked fears that chemical weapons may fall into the wrong hands.





War of the Words [INFOGRAPHIC]
Both Ecuador and the UK say they're open to negotiating the fate of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange. But the tone of the talk so far has become incendiary.





Election 2012: Hope or fear?
The US presidential election is more a fight for voters’ hearts than their heads.





Merkel reassures Greece as the euro zone heads into recession
The Greek prime minister has asked Germany for more time to implement reforms as the window to save the euro shrinks.





9/11 hearings stall and Gitmo inmates get stuck as Isaac barrels across the Caribbean
Tropical Storm Isaac could strengthen into a hurricane and smack Guantanamo Bay in Cuba on Friday.





The Earth Project: High Water
Video: The world’s largest hydroelectric plant






Planet Pic: Eid al-Fitr
Photos: Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan






South Africa's perfect storm
Violent clashes at a South Africa platinum mine could be the harbinger of a tumultuous year ahead.





South China Sea conflict generates uncertainty and insecurity
Commentary: Claims by China and Taiwan have no basis in international accords





Gay Hate Day: The opposite of pride
Rights groups condemn the idea of a homophobic celebration in Cameroon.