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Former Nobel chairman stands by Liu award after China criticism

Oslo - The former chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday justified awarding Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo with the 2010 peace prize which Beijing slammed as "blasphemy".

Internet giant Google to start getting Norwegian wind power

After extensive planning and preparation, Google expects to receive its first wind power from Norway by September, the company told Reuters on Wednesday.

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

Oslo - Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren't born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.

'Troll's Penis' to be re-erected in Norway

Oslo - Norwegians have come out en masse to raise nearly 20,000 euros to repair an eye-catching penis-shaped rock formation apparently knocked down by vandals, an online collection showed on Monday.

Controversial Utoya massacre memorial to be rethought

Oslo - Norway's government said Wednesday that a controversial memorial for the victims of Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre would be rethought, in order to avoid an embarrassing lawsuit by local residents.

Colombia's FARC reassures on disarmament deadline

Oslo - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels pledged on Thursday to honour its commitment to completely disarm by June 20 after a UN monitoring mission said it had received fewer weapons than expected.

Syria peace talks may resume in July: UN envoy

Norway - A new round of Syria peace talks could happen next month in Geneva, the United Nations envoy said Wednesday, following repeated failed attempts to stem the bloodshed.

Iran urges Gulf peace mechanism, says Saudi backing militants

Norway - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday called for a permanent mechanism in the Gulf to resolve crises like the blockade against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil in all schools

Oslo - The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers.

Norway mass killer Breivik changes his name, says lawyer

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, his lawyer said on Friday, the day after the country's Supreme Court rejected the neo-Nazi killer's case over "inhumane" prison conditions.

Rebuffed in Norway, Breivik takes case to European rights court

Oslo - Neo-Nazi mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011, will take his case over his "inhumane" prison conditions to the European Court of Human Rights, his lawyer said Thursday after exhausting all legal options in Norway.

Norway's top court rejects Breivik appeal bid

Oslo - Norway's Supreme Court said Thursday it would not hear neo-Nazi mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's case over his "inhumane" prison conditions, a case he said he will now take to the European Court of Human Rights.

The remains of hundreds of huge methane domes found on sea floor

Huge craters on the floor of the Arctic Ocean are the remains of collapsed methane domes that exploded at the end of the last Ice Age, some 12,000 years ago as the glaciers retreated. But even now, methane gas is still seeping out of the seafloor.

World ignores plight of Africans fleeing conflict: NGO

Oslo - The world is turning a blind eye to millions of Africans who have fled their homes due to conflict, a Norwegian charity group said Thursday, warning the victims are increasingly vulnerable to crisis.

Norway ex-cop faces 21 years in jail for drug smuggling

Oslo - A Norwegian prosecutor on Friday demanded 21 years in prison, the maximum sentence, for a man accused of allowing nearly 14 tonnes of hashish to be smuggled into the country while a police officer.

British-Norwegian ex-soldier freed from Congo jail

Oslo - A British-Norwegian dual citizen who was serving a life sentence for murder and espionage in a Congolose prison was released and returned to Norway on Wednesday, authorities said.

Pollen can impair performance of school kids

Oslo - Hay fever is an unpleasant allergy, varying in severity. The allergy affects many people as they go about their lives and this includes school children. The extent of the problem has been examined in a new study.

'The best words': Trump may be a poet without knowing it

Oslo - "I know words... I have the best words," Donald Trump said one day in his superlative way.Now those words by the new US president have been pulled together as a "collection of poetry" in Norway.Who knew? Trump the poet?

Norway to kill 2,000 reindeer to eradicate disease

Oslo - The Norwegian government on Monday authorised the slaughter of a herd of around 2,000 reindeer in a bid to eradicate a brain-destroying disease, after several cases were detected in Norway for the first time in Europe.

Reindeer at risk from Arctic hot spell

Kautokeino - Winter temperatures in Norway's Lapland could rise dramatically this century, with potentially devastating consequences for the region's reindeer and the indigenous Sami people who make their living herding them.
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