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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.

Iceland's Pirate Party ready to board ship of state

Reykjav - Iceland's Pirate Party, founded in 2012 as a marginal protest group, is now unexpectedly in a position where it could seize power in a country fed up with the political and financial establishment.

Fresh anti-government protests hit Reykjavik

Reykjav - Thousands of Icelanders rallied in Reykjavik on Saturday to demand immediate elections on a sixth consecutive day of anti-government protests over the "Panama Papers" revelations which have already toppled the prime minister.

Iceland government survives confidence vote

Reykjav - Iceland's parliament rejected an opposition motion of no-confidence in the new government, which is struggling to shake off revelations from the leaked "Panama Papers" which have already forced the prime minister to step down.

Iceland's new PM, a vet in the eye of the storm

Reykjav - Iceland's new prime minister, 53-year-old Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, is a veterinarian by training now stepping into the political storm that ousted his predecessor, as his party's choice but not a favourite with voters.

Iceland swears in shaky new government after Panama Papers

Reykjav - Iceland's new right-wing government took office on Thursday, under fire from the start as the opposition sought a vote of no confidence and stuck to its call for swift elections.

New Iceland government to take over as protests continue

Reykjav - Iceland's new rightwing government was to take office on Thursday, under fire from the start as the opposition sought a vote of no-confidence and maintained calls for a quick election to be held.

Iceland names new PM, to hold autumn election

Reykjav - Iceland's right-wing government on Wednesday named a new prime minister and said it would hold early elections in the autumn, after the previous leader was forced to step down over his implication in the Panama Papers scandal.

Iceland's government turns deaf ear to calls to quit

Reykjav - Iceland's coalition government turned a deaf ear Wednesday to angry protesters calling for its resignation, a day after the prime minister stepped down over the Panama Papers scandal.

Iceland's Gunnlaugsson, the fall of a white knight

Reykjav - He came to power as a white knight riding a wave of anti-bank fury after Iceland's financial crisis, but Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was forced to resign as prime minister Tuesday after hiding offshore holdings.

Iceland PM asks to dissolve parliament, president refuses

Reykjav - Iceland's prime minister on Tuesday asked the president to dissolve parliament as his government reeled from a political crisis over the so-called Panama Papers, but the president refused.

Thousands protest as Panama Papers put pressure on Iceland PM

Reykjav - Iceland's prime minister is in the hot seat after the leaked "Panama Papers" sparked allegations that he and his wife used an offshore firm to hide million-dollar investments, with thousands taking to the streets demanding he quit.

Icelandic PM refuses to resign over Panama Papers leak

Reykjav - Iceland's prime minister on Monday faced calls to resign after leaked "Panama Papers" tax documents showed he and his wife used an offshore firm to allegedly hide million-dollar investments.

Icelandic whalers suspend hunt, blast Japan

Reykjav - Icelandic whaling giant Hvalur announced Thursday it will not hunt endangered fin whales this year, denouncing restrictive regulations imposed by Japan, its biggest market.

Shiver me timbers! Iceland's Pirate Party could seize power

Reykjav - Iceland boasts full employment, a peaceful society and a well-functioning welfare state -- yet voters are so frustrated with the political establishment they're ready to elect the Pirate Party to power.

Norway disarms police after finding 'no grounds' for being armed

Oslo - Norway has once again announced that police officers in the country will be disarmed because it has deemed that doing so is no longer necessary.

Iceland welcomes first Syrian refugees

Reykjav - Iceland on Tuesday welcomed the first Syrian refugees to reach the country, as six families swapped a Red Cross camp in Lebanon for the chilly climes of Europe's extreme north.

Iceland's long-serving president quits

Reykjav - Iceland's president announced Friday he was stepping down after 20 years in the job, paving the way for a presidential election in June.

Reykjavik city council boycotts goods from 'apartheid' Israel

City leaders in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, have voted in favor of a boycott of Israeli goods to protest the ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the Jewish state's "racial apartheid government."
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The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
Sean Stiegemier
A volcano spewing smoke in Iceland
A volcano spewing smoke in Iceland
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The Icelandic flag.
The Icelandic flag.
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Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon s  Iceland .  The play is on at T...
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.
Hugh Probyn
Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
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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.
Axel Kristinsson from Reykjavík, Iceland
Sight of the central fissure of Laki volcano  Iceland.
Sight of the central fissure of Laki volcano, Iceland.
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ABC s Neil Karlinsky shows a huge chunk of ice  typical of what has been thrown up by the Iceland vo...
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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Eathquakes recorded near Bardarbunga in Iceland up to 6 a.m. local time Aug. 21  2014.
Eathquakes recorded near Bardarbunga in Iceland up to 6 a.m. local time Aug. 21, 2014.
Icelandic Met Office
The little ice age may have impacted on Vikings living in Iceland.
The little ice age may have impacted on Vikings living in Iceland.
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Court house in Reykjavik  Iceland
Court house in Reykjavik, Iceland
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A volcanic eruption at Iceland s Eyjafjallajökull
A volcanic eruption at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull
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Andreas Tille
The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland – the eruption happened near here  causing large amounts ...
The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland – the eruption happened near here, causing large amounts of explosive steam
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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
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Kristinn Hrafnsson  WikiLeaks spokesman in Iceland.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesman in Iceland.
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Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland with surrounding lava flows  the biggest in the world.
Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland with surrounding lava flows, the biggest in the world.
Icelandic Met Office
This was the eruption between the Iceland glaciers  a small one in all respect. On the right is Eyja...
This was the eruption between the Iceland glaciers, a small one in all respect. On the right is Eyjafjallajökull and on left Katla is dormant for the moment
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A hole in the ice above Grímsvötn Volcano  Iceland; formed during the eruption in 2011. Image from...
A hole in the ice above Grímsvötn Volcano, Iceland; formed during the eruption in 2011. Image from NASA's Advanced Land Imager aboard EO-1 on June 13, 2012.
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