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Iceland's Pirate Party to try to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Friday invited the anti-establishment Pirate Party to form a government, after both the right and left-wing parties each failed in their bids.

Iceland v Iceland: UK supermarket hits back in name row

London - British supermarket Iceland on Friday hit back at Iceland the country after Reykjavik said it was suing the retailer over use of the Nordic nation's name.

Iceland's Left-Greens abandon bid to form govt

Reykjav - Like Iceland's right-wing before it, the Left-Green Movement said Friday it was abandoning all attempts to form a government after coalition talks failed, plunging the country into political uncertainty.

Iceland sues 'aggressive' UK supermarket chain over name

Reykjav - Iceland said Thursday it has filed a lawsuit against a Britain-based supermarket chain called Iceland Foods to ensure that companies in the Nordic nation can use the country's name.

Iceland left-green alliance fails to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's Left-Green movement said Wednesday it had failed in its bid to form a new coalition government, three weeks after snap elections triggered by the Panama Papers scandal.

Iceland left-green alliance to launch talks on forming government

Reykjav - Iceland's Left-Green movement agreed on Sunday to start formal talks on forming a new coalition government, three weeks after snap elections triggered by the Panama Papers scandal.

China and Iceland forge a shared future with Aurora Observatory

In a remote valley in northern Iceland, close to the Arctic Circle, China and Iceland are constructing a research facility to study the Northern Lights, space weather, and other upper atmosphere phenomena.

Iceland's Left-Green head tasked with forming govt after deadlock

Reykjav - The head of Iceland's Left-Green movement was tasked Wednesday with forming a new government, nearly three weeks after snap elections triggered by the Panama Papers scandal left the country in political deadlock.

Iceland president tasks conservative leader with forming govt

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Wednesday tasked conservative leader Bjarni Benediktsson with forming a new government after snap elections on Saturday triggered by the Panama Papers scandal.

Iceland MPs get big pay rise despite scandals

Reykjav - Lawmakers in Iceland are to receive a 44 percent pay rise just six months after then prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned in a tax-evasion scandal, officials announced Tuesday.

Iceland PM quits after Pirates advance in vote

Reykjav - Iceland was gearing up Sunday for tough horsetrading over its next government after the anti-establishment Pirate Party and its allies gained ground against the ruling centre-right in a vote triggered by the Panama Papers scandal.

Iceland set for coalition haggling after Pirates advance

Reykjav - Iceland was headed on Sunday for tense talks over its next government after an alliance led by the anti-establishment Pirate Party gained ground against the ruling centre-right in a vote triggered by the Panama Papers scandal.

Iceland's 'Pirates' eye power in snap vote after Panama Papers scandal

Reykjav - Icelanders voted on Saturday in a snap election that could see the anti-establishment Pirate Party form the next government in the wake of the Panama Papers tax-dodging scandal and lingering anger over the 2008 financial meltdown.

Iceland seeks 'closure' over stalled EU membership talks

Reykjav - A possible victory for Iceland's leftwing and centrist opposition in Saturday's snap election has brought the issue of stalled European Union membership talks back to life.

Five key facts to know about Iceland

Reykjav - Here are five key facts about Iceland, which goes to the polls Saturday in an election set to shake up the political landscape.

Iceland's 'Pirate' Jonsdottir: an accidental politician

Reykjav - The public face of the Icelandic Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir is a hacker, cyberspace anarchist, poet -- and a rather reluctant politician.

Pirate Party set to rattle Iceland in snap election

Reykjav - Iceland's anti-establishment Pirate Party is set to shake up the political landscape in Saturday's parliament election, with voters on course to punish a government tainted by the Panama Papers.

Pirate party poised to seize Iceland's ship of state

For a party that did not exist four years ago, the Pirate Party of Iceland has had clear sailing and even the founder, poet, web programmer and former Wikileaks activist, Birgitta Jonsdottir, never thought that her party might come to be the government.

No tears for Mao: 1976 death an imperial fall

Bejing - The death of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong 40 years ago this week was akin to the demise of an emperor and helped pave the way for the modern nation, says one of the few Westerners in Beijing at the time.

Pirate Party of Iceland tops polls as fall election approaches

Reykjav - The radical Pirate Party which favors legalizing drugs and offering asylum to Edward Snowden looks set to win the most seats in the national election to be held in October.

Iceland to hold early parliamentary vote in October

Reykjav - Iceland will hold early parliamentary elections in October, the government said Thursday, in a move triggered by the so-called Panama Papers scandal that forced the prime minister to resign.

Iceland at a standstill for Euros, but tourism thrives

Reykjav - With a large part of its population in France for the Euro 2016, Iceland has pretty much come to a standstill except for its tourism sector, which is booming.

Political novice wins Iceland presidency with 39 percent

Reykjav - History professor Gudni Johannesson won Iceland's presidential election after riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, final results showed Sunday, although the vote was eclipsed by the country's eagerly-anticipated Euro football match.

Iceland elects president in vote eclipsed by football fever

Reykjav - Iceland voted in a presidential election Saturday -- expected to see newcomer Gudni Johannesson cruise to victory on a wave of anti-establishment sentiment -- although the country was more excited about its team's Euro football debut.

Scientists turn CO2 into stone to fight climate change

Washington - Scientists have turned carbon dioxide into stone in a matter of months by pumping it deep underground, offering a revolutionary new way of storing the greenhouse gas to tackle climate change.

Iceland's crisis-era central bank chief to run for president

Reykjav - Iceland's longest serving prime minister, who who headed the central bank at the height of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, said Sunday he will run for president this year.

Family of Iceland president's wife tied to 'Panama Papers'

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Monday denied knowing that his wife's family had offshore investments which were revealed in the "Panama Papers" leak following revelations in the Icelandic media.

Iceland's president announces re-election bid

Reykjav - Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson on Monday announced that he will seek another term in office in June's upcoming election, amid political turmoil.

Iceland opposition demands election date, PM refuses

Reykjav - Iceland's opposition parties on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson to set a date for early elections due "in autumn" but he refused, the two sides said.

Iceland shocked by elite's love of offshore holdings

Reykjav - Cabinet ministers, bankers and CEOs: the offshore companies at the heart of the leaked Panama Papers have drawn large numbers of Iceland's elite into a scandal that has already brought down the country's premier.
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Sight of the central fissure of Laki volcano, Iceland.
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The Hvalur fleet in Reykjavik, Iceland. The first fin whale was killed by Hvalur 8.
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The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland – the eruption happened near here, causing large amounts of explosive steam
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The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
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Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon's "Iceland". The play is on at Toronto's Factory Theatre now through March 24th.
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Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland with surrounding lava flows, the biggest in the world.
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File photo: A shot of the volcano named Hekla in Iceland.
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A volcano spewing smoke in Iceland
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Iceland may have looked much like it does today when the Viking first started their settlements.
Iceland may have looked much like it does today when the Viking first started their settlements.
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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
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The little ice age may have impacted on Vikings living in Iceland.
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Site of Viking long house in Iceland.
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A volcanic eruption at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull
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Court house in Reykjavik, Iceland
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Eathquakes recorded near Bardarbunga in Iceland up to 6 a.m. local time Aug. 21, 2014.
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Iceland's outgoing parliament
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Tens of thousands of dead herring are found in Icelanc
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ABC's Neil Karlinsky shows a huge chunk of ice, typical of what has been thrown up by the Iceland volcano
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