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 Norway PM hints on continuing coalition after election

Norway PM hints on continuing coalition after election

12 Sep 2017 8:36 AM

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg hinted Tuesday her two-party minority coalition could continue in power, but stopped short of saying whether it could be expanded by including traditional support parties.

Solberg says the four center-right parties should "talk" after Monday's election that saw them mustering a majority of 89 seats in the 169-seat parliament, the Storting.

 German office missed deadline to remove Hamburg attacker

German office missed deadline to remove Hamburg attacker

01 Aug 2017 12:29 PM

Germany's migration office says officials missed a deadline two years ago to deport the Palestinian man identified as the suspect who fatally stabbed one person and wounded six others at a Hamburg supermarket last week.

Ahmad A. arrived from Norway in early 2015. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees told news agency dpa Tuesday that in July 2015 the agency asked Norway to take him back. But the request was made one day after a deadline expired and Norway refused.

 Norway minister: 2-state Mideast solution "under pressure"

Norway minister: 2-state Mideast solution "under pressure"

01 Apr 2017 10:59 AM

Norway's foreign minister says a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "is under pressure" as he left Oslo for a visit to the Middle East .

Borge Brende says "only a two-state solution can lead to lasting peace between the parties."

 Norway tops global happiness report overtaking Denmark

Norway tops global happiness report overtaking Denmark

20 Mar 2017 7:59 AM

A global happiness report has made Norway's foreign minister, well, happy.

Norway jumped to top spot in the World Happiness Report despite the plummeting price of oil— a key part of its economy — but researchers said it's the "human things" that matter, such as a feeling of community which is strong in the Scandinavian country of 5 million.

Cold War Jitters Resurface as U.S. Marines Arrive in Norway

Cold War Jitters Resurface as U.S. Marines Arrive in Norway

16 Jan 2017 1:40 PM

For Norwegians, the sight of dozens of American Marines traipsing through the snow in military fatigues — the first time foreign troops have been posted to their country’s territory since World War II — may have brought a welcomed sense of security, but it also harked back to a dark era of the Cold War that many had hoped to forget.

A United States military plane on Monday delivered most of the 330 Marines to a garrison in Vaernes, central Norway , a deployment that Norwegian officials said had been carried out by the United States as part of a bilateral agreement.

Norway is the first country to kill its FM radio network

Norway is the first country to kill its FM radio network

06 Jan 2017 12:04 PM

Norway is set to be the first country in the world to phase out FM radio.

FM stations will begin to go silent in parts of the country next week and the shutdown process will be complete by the end of 2017, according to the government.

 Colombia's Santos Accepts Nobel, Urges Shift in Drug War

Colombia's Santos Accepts Nobel, Urges Shift in Drug War

10 Dec 2016 1:30 PM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream" of ending a half-century-long civil war.

A smiling Santos received his Nobel diploma and gold medal at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, for his efforts to end a conflict that has killed 220,000 people and displaced 8 million.

 Greek Islanders, Syrian White Helmets Top Nobel Peace Bets

Greek Islanders, Syrian White Helmets Top Nobel Peace Bets

06 Oct 2016 9:56 AM

Bookmakers taking bets for this year's Nobel Peace Prize are giving the lowest odds to the Greek islanders who have opened their hearts and homes to hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

The award will be announced Friday in Oslo, Norway, and as usual the Norwegian Nobel Committee isn't dropping any hints about its choice for 2016.

Facebook Backs Down, Restores 'Napalm Girl' Photo

Facebook Backs Down, Restores 'Napalm Girl' Photo

09 Sep 2016 9:05 PM

Facebook Inc. FB -1.73 % reversed a decision to delete posts containing a famous Vietnam War photo of a girl fleeing napalm bombs after the move drew sharp rebuke from Norway’s prime minister and its largest newspaper Friday.

The flare-up brings into focus Facebook’s influence as the world’s most powerful host for news—even though it says it isn’t a media company.

Bizarre Lightning Strike Kills Hundreds of Reindeer

Bizarre Lightning Strike Kills Hundreds of Reindeer

29 Aug 2016 4:35 PM

A freak lightning storm has killed 323 reindeer in a remote mountainous area of Norway, officials said on Monday.

Dead animals were found lying on top of each other, many with their antlers entangled, after the thunderstorm on the Hardanger plateau in southern Norway on Friday.

 Philippine Rebels Agree to Indefinite Cease-Fire

Philippine Rebels Agree to Indefinite Cease-Fire

26 Aug 2016 6:05 AM

Philippine communist rebels have announced an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.

The rebels agreed to the cease-fire in a joint statement with government officials Friday after weeklong talks in Norway .

 Man Rescued After Nearly 40-Foot Fall Into Hold of Ship

Man Rescued After Nearly 40-Foot Fall Into Hold of Ship

25 Aug 2016 7:34 AM

Officials in Alabama say a man has been rescued after falling roughly 40 feet into a hold of a ship out of Norway .

News outlets report that Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman says the man fell Wednesday night while loading rolls of paper at the Alabama State Docks. Officials have not released his identity.

 Peace Talks Between Philippines Government, Rebels Resume

Peace Talks Between Philippines Government, Rebels Resume

22 Aug 2016 10:03 AM

Peace talks between the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and communist rebels aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running rebellions formally resumed Monday, with hosts Norway cautioning against a quick result.

Some 150,000 people have died in the conflict that began almost half a century ago.

 Heavy Rain Hits Oslo, Flash Floods Snarl Traffic

Heavy Rain Hits Oslo, Flash Floods Snarl Traffic

06 Aug 2016 10:20 AM

Oslo police are urging motorists to stay home after heavy rains and flash floods snarled road and rail traffic in the Norwegian capital.

Rains over southeastern Norway on Saturday forced authorities to close a key tunnel and highway sections to and from Oslo where cars were stuck in the water.

 UK Court Keeps 19-Year-Old in Custody After Stabbing Rampage

UK Court Keeps 19-Year-Old in Custody After Stabbing Rampage

06 Aug 2016 6:31 AM

A 19-year-old Somali-Norwegian man accused of carrying out a stabbing rampage in London's Russell Square was remanded into custody Saturday after a court appearance in the British capital.

Zakaria Bulhan of London is accused of slaying 64-year-old American Darlene Horton, a retired teacher. Bulhan also faces five counts of attempted murder in the attack on two Australians, an Israeli, an American and a British citizen. The victims were named in court Saturday for the first time.

 Norway Pays Homage to the 77 Killed in 2011 Attack

Norway Pays Homage to the 77 Killed in 2011 Attack

22 Jul 2016 11:51 AM

Norway paid tribute Friday to the 77 people killed in a bombing and shooting rampage five years ago, with church services and events to mark one of the darkest days in the Scandinavian country's history.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the day of the massacre — July 22, 2011 — as "one of the darkest days in Norwegian history" that will always be remembered.

Norway Oil-Rig Helicopter Crash Kills 13; Flying Ban Issued

Norway Oil-Rig Helicopter Crash Kills 13; Flying Ban Issued

29 Apr 2016 12:56 PM

A helicopter carrying Statoil workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea crashed Friday on an island off western Norway, killing all 13 people on board, rescuers said.

The Airbus EC-225 helicopter shattered into pieces as it slammed just after noon into the rocky shoreline of Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city.

Norway mass murderer's prison treatment ruled "inhuman"

Norway mass murderer's prison treatment ruled "inhuman"

20 Apr 2016 2:59 PM

Norwegian authorities have violated mass killer Anders Behring Breivik 's human rights by holding him in solitary confinement in a three-cell complex where he can play video games, watch TV and exercise, a court in Oslo ruled Wednesday.

In a written decision, the Oslo district court said Breivik's solitary confinement for killing 77 people in 2011 bomb-and-gun massacres breached the European Convention on Human Rights' ban on inhuman treatment.

Government: Breivik abused his rights with Nazi salute

Government: Breivik abused his rights with Nazi salute

18 Mar 2016 12:31 PM

Government lawyers have accused mass killer Anders Behring Breivik of abusing the country’s rule of law as a four-day trial over his prison conditions closes in Norway.

The 37-year-old right-wing extremist, who killed 77 people in bomb-and-gun attacks in 2011, wants to communicate with sympathizers and sued the government for violating his human rights by holding him in solitary confinement.

Breivik: My Nazi ideology has helped me survive prison

Breivik: My Nazi ideology has helped me survive prison

16 Mar 2016 9:22 AM

Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in 2011, told a court Wednesday that the Norwegian government is trying to kill him by holding him in isolation but his Nazi ideology has helped him survive so far.

The 37-year-old has sued the government, insisting that his prison conditions are "inhuman" and violate the European Convention on Human Rights. The government disagrees, noting that Breivik has access to three cells and the right to receive visitors and communication with the outside world — except for other extremists, who could be inspired by his "poisonous" ideology.

Breivik sought contact from Norway with Aryan Brotherhood

Breivik sought contact from Norway with Aryan Brotherhood

15 Mar 2016 3:21 PM

Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in bomb-and-gun massacres in Norway, has tried to establish contacts with the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang in the U.S. and neo-Nazis in Russia, government lawyers told a court Tuesday, defending the restrictions he faces in solitary confinement.

Breivik, 37, has sued the government for human rights violations, saying it is "inhuman" to keep him isolated from other prisoners and prevent him from sending and receiving letters to sympathizers.

3 jailed in Norway for supporting Islamic State group

3 jailed in Norway for supporting Islamic State group

19 Jan 2016 5:51 AM

A Norwegian court has sentenced three men up to nearly five years for fighting with or supporting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Norwegian media reported that Valon Avdyli, 29, was sentenced to four years and nine months and Djibril Bashir, 31, to four years and six months.

Norway says 60 tons of raw uranium transported to Iran

Norway says 60 tons of raw uranium transported to Iran

29 Dec 2015 6:39 AM

Norway says it has helped verify a shipment of 60 tons of raw uranium to Iran as part of an international deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that experts from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority "verified and controlled the transportation" of the uranium from Kazakhstan to Iran on Dec. 27.

'Star Wars' shatters records

'Star Wars' shatters records

17 Dec 2015 3:20 PM

The global rollout of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is already breaking records abroad and in presales ahead of its Thursday evening debut in the United States.

The Walt Disney Co. said Thursday the film debuted with $14.1 million from its first screenings Wednesday in 12 international markets. The largest was France, where the film earned $5.2 million. It set a one-day record in Norway and Sweden.

The National Dialogue Quartet, democracy group in Tunisia, collects Nobel Peace Prize

The National Dialogue Quartet, democracy group in Tunisia, collects Nobel Peace Prize

10 Dec 2015 12:30 PM

OSLO, Norway – This year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, collected their award in Norway on Thursday, appealing for international cooperation to make the global fight against terrorism a top priority.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in Oslo City Hall, Tunisian labor union leader Houcine Abassi expressed the group's sorrow and anger at recent "terrorist acts" that killed and injured hundreds.

European police arrest 15 believed part of Sunni militant group

European police arrest 15 believed part of Sunni militant group

12 Nov 2015 2:45 PM

In a multinational sting years in the making, police across Europe arrested 15 members of a Sunni Kurdish militant group that was planning terrorist attacks in Norway and the Middle East, Italian police said Thursday.

The group, known as Rawti Shax (New Course) and allied with the Islamic State extremist group, was reportedly composed of cells drawn from the Kurdish diaspora in Europe, which communicated through the Internet.

Top contenders for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Top contenders for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

08 Oct 2015 10:26 AM

The winner(s) of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize will be unveiled in Oslo, Norway, on Friday morning at 6 a.m. ET.

Last year, the prize was awarded jointly to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

Norway’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rate

Norway’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rate

24 Sep 2015 5:38 AM

Norway’s central bank reduced its main interest rate on Thursday for the second time in four months, sending its currency tumbling, and said it might lower rates more than previously anticipated in the coming year as growth prospects have weakened.

Oil and natural gas companies, which generate a fifth of the Nordic economy’s output, have been canceling investments and laying off thousands of workers, preparing for an extended period of low crude oil prices.

World Briefing: Philippines: Gunmen Abduct Foreigners

World Briefing: Philippines: Gunmen Abduct Foreigners

21 Sep 2015 11:45 PM

 Four people — two Canadian men, a Norwegian man and a Filipino woman — were abducted on Monday night from a resort on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, the police said Tuesday.

The victims were identified as John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, both of Canada , and Kjartan Sekkingstad of Norway .