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Freedom is a bike, for migrants crossing Arctic border

Kirkenes - Pedalling a bicycle through a freezing blizzard, Rehman finally crosses the border between Russia and Norway where he hopes to be given asylum, half a world away from his home in Pakistan."It's snowing.

Norway disarms its police officers

Oslo - Norway's police, who have been authorised to carry firearms for the past year due to a heightened threat of Islamist attacks, will be unarmed again now that the threat level has been lowered, police said Friday.

Russia's role in Arctic migrant route questioned

Kirkenes - An increasingly popular route for migrants across Russia and into Norway has Oslo angered and worried as winter approaches, while commentators suspect Moscow is deliberately creating problems for its neighbour.

Treatment of Norway mass murderer Breivik worrying: Ombudsman

Oslo - The solitary confinement of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik risks turning into "inhumane treatment", Norway's parliamentary ombudsman said in a report published Wednesday.

Nordic welcome chillier for migrants as numbers snowball

Oslo - Asylum seekers flowing to Scandinavia are finding chillier welcomes as their numbers surge and far-right parties increasingly assert their influence on immigration policy, analysts say.

Norwegian bishops back gay marriage

Oslo - Church of Norway bishops said Friday that they were unanimously in favour of allowing gay couples to marry in religious ceremonies, a hot-button issue to be decided on next year.

Justin Bieber wins 5 MTV European Music Awards, sets record

The embattled Canadian singer Justin Bieber continued his journey back to the penthouse of pop music over the weekend in Milan, Italy. The Biebs won five MTV European Music Awards and in doing so set a new record for the most EMAs.

Oslo moves to ban cars from city centre

Oslo - Oslo's new leftist city council said Monday it wants to ban private cars from the downtown area by 2019 as part of a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by half.

Mass murderer Breivik sues Norwegian state over prison conditions

Oslo - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will take the Norwegian state to court in March over his prison conditions, which he likens to "torture", Norwegian legal sources said Friday.

Full list of Nobel Peace Prize winners

Oslo - Here is the full list of Nobel Peace Prize laureates from 1901, when the prize was first awarded:2015: The National Dialogue Quartet (Tunisia)2014: Kailash Satyarthi (India) and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)2013: The Organisation for the Prohibition of C...

Tunisian democracy activists win Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - Tunisian civil society groups won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping to save the the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring, offering the country symbolic support after it was shaken by a wave of jihadist attacks.

Nuclear opponents, Good Samaritans tipped for Nobel peace award

Oslo - The pope, the German chancellor and a Congolese doctor were all tipped as top contenders for Friday's Nobel Peace Prize, but speculation was mounting that the honour could go to two octogenarian survivors of the atomic bombings of Japan 70 years ago.

$69 flights from US to EU coming soon, says CEO of Norwegian Air

The CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is hoping to sell one-way tickets to Europe for as low as $69, beginning as early as 2017.

Nobel Peace Prize bets range from migrant to anti-nuke issues

Oslo - From the migrant crisis to the anti-nuclear camp, speculation is rife about who will win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, with Angela Merkel and John Kerry among the names mentioned.

How much for that Nobel prize in the window?

Oslo - No need to make peace in the Middle East, resolve one of science's great mysteries or pen a masterpiece: the easiest way to get yourself a Nobel prize may be to buy one.

Mass murderer Breivik threatens hunger strike 'until death'

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has said he is ready to go on hunger strike until death if he is not better treated in prison.

Migrant influx raises far-right threat: Norway intel

Oslo - The biggest risk posed to Norway's national security by the influx of migrants is a possible violent reaction from the far-right, and not the infiltration of Islamists, Norway's intelligence service said Thursday.

Norwegian police shoot woman about to stab child

Oslo - Norwegian police said officers shot and injured a woman on Friday who was about to stab a child in Oslo. Authorities arrived on the scene after being informed that "a person with a knife wanted to kill someone," Oslo police said on Twitter.

Fleeing war, Syrian refugees bike across Arctic border

Oslo - "I looked at the map and I decided to give it a go": Ahmad Taleb is one of a number of refugees who have reached Europe by cycling across the border into Arctic Norway.

Norwegian IS hostage's family says unable to pay ransom

Oslo - The family of a Norwegian man the Islamic State is claiming to hold hostage called Thursday for his release and said it was unable to pay the ransom IS was asking.The Norwegian government has ruled out paying for his release.
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