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First funerals held for Norway massacre victims

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People hold up red roses during a memorial service for the victims of the bomb and shooting massacre, organized by the Norwegian Labour party and its youth organization, AUF, in Oslo, on Friday July 29. Speaking at the service, Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said, "Today it is one week since Norway was hit by evil,". "We have to live with July 22, but together we will make it."

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A close friend of Bano Rashid, 18, one of the victims of the massacre on the youth camp of the Norwegian Labour Party walks ahead of her coffin carrying her portrait as they make their way to her gravesite at Nesodden Kirke south of the Norwegian capital Oslo on Friday, July 29.

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Survivors from the shooting at the island of Utoya hug each others during a memorial service for the victims of the bomb and shooting massacre, organized by the Norwegian Labour party and its youth organization, AUF, in Oslo, on Friday.

msnbc.com staff and news service reports: 

OSLO, Norway — Norway held the first funerals Friday for victims of the massacre of 77 people a week ago amid signs of a leap in popularity for the ruling Labor Party that was his main target.

Flags around the nation flew at half mast to mark a day of memorial one week after self-confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik, an anti-Islam zealot, set off a bomb in central Oslo that killed 8 people. He then shot 68 people at a summer camp for youths of the ruling Labor Party. Continue reading.