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Katrin Jakobsdottir: Iceland's new 'trustworthy' prime minister

Reykjav - Katrin Jakobsdottir has become Iceland's second woman prime minister after winning popularity thanks to a humble and sincere image, but she must now lead a tricky grand coalition in a splintered political landscape.

Iceland forms 'unusual' left-right coalition after election

Reykjav - Iceland on Thursday formed a "highly unusual" left-right coalition a month after a general election, in a bid to stabilise politics in the nation which has seen rising distrust of a scandal-ridden elite.

Iceland's leftist parties fail to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's leftist parties have failed to form a coalition government, the leader of the Left-Green party leader said Monday, after a snap election in late October left no party close to a majority.

Katrin Jakobsdottir: Iceland's 'trustworthy' politician

Reykjav - Iceland's Katrin Jakobsdottir, a left-winger and former journalist, won popularity thanks to a humble and sincere image, but must now navigate a splintered political landscape as she tries to form a government.

Iceland president tasks Left-Green leader with forming government

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Thursday tasked Left-Green Movement leader Katrin Jakobsdottir with forming a government after her party's strong showing in a snap general election last week.

Iceland's president in talks with party leaders on new coalition

Reykjav - Iceland's president launched talks Monday to determine who could form the next government after an inconclusive general election in which a record eight political parties won seats.

Iceland's president in talks with party leaders on new coalition

Reykjav - Iceland's president launched talks on Monday to determine who could form the next government after an inconclusive general election in which a record eight political parties won seats.

Iceland's PM Benediktsson: scandal-hit survivor

Reykjav - Icelandic Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, 47, is a wealthy businessman who survived a series of scandals to return to top the vote in this weekend's election.

Iceland's scandal-hit PM wins snap election, hopes to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's conservative prime minister came out on top in a snap election despite a string of scandals, final results confirmed Sunday, but it remained unclear whether he will be able to form a viable coalition.

Key dates in Iceland since 2008 economic collapse

Reykjav - Iceland saw its economy collapse in the 2008 global financial crisis when its inflated financial system imploded, plunging the country into a deep recession.The country's three main banks failed and the government urgently nationalised them.

Five things to know about Iceland

Reykjav - From its unique history to its passion for chess, books and football, here are five things to know about Iceland, which votes in legislative elections on Saturday: - Crime -Contrary to the dark goings-on in Nordic noir literature, Iceland is a tranquil...

Far from harpoons, whales star in Iceland ecotourism boom

- Iceland's whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate. But times are changing, and as tourists stream to the North Atlantic island, whales are now the stars of a flourishing ecotourism scene.

Five things to know about Iceland

Reykjav - From its unique history to its passion for chess, books and football, here are five things to know about Iceland, which votes in legislative elections on Saturday: - Crime -Contrary to the dark goings-on in Nordic noir literature, Iceland is a tranquil...

Iceland's unusual law that lets murderers become judges

Reykjav - A tool for rehabilitating criminals or simply a way of granting special favours? In Iceland, a law that allows a murderer to become a lawyer or a paedophile a judge recently led to the government's downfall.

Iceland votes for second time in turbulent year as economy booms

Reykjav - Iceland on Saturday holds its second snap election in just a year after a slew of scandals ensnaring its politicians in a nation whose economy is thriving thanks to tourism.

Iceland PM sold assets before 2008 crisis: reports

Reykjav - Iceland's Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson allegedly sold almost all of his assets in a major bank just before the government nationalised it during the nation's 2008 financial collapse, according to several media reports on Friday.

Iceland sets October 28 election date after coalition collapses

Reykjav - Iceland's president agreed on Monday to dissolve parliament and set new legislative elections for October 28 after the collapse of the country's centre-right government.

Iceland PM calls for snap election after government falls

Reykjav - Iceland's prime minister on Friday called for a second snap election in less than a year after a party quit the coalition government because he hid his father's involvement in seeking a clean record for a convicted paedophile.

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio

Reykjav - Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.

Jamie Oliver sparks fish fuss in Iceland

Reykjav - "What a view!!" Britain's celebrity chef Jamie Oliver exclaimed under a photo he posted on Facebook of a salmon farming cage nestled in a snowy fjord.

Iceland drills 4.7 km down into volcano to tap clean energy

Reykjav - It's named after a Nordic god and drills deep into the heart of a volcano: "Thor" is a rig that symbolises Iceland's leading-edge efforts to produce powerful clean energy.

Iceland-U.K. geothermal energy power cable link still a reality

Scientists are studying the feasibility of using geothermal energy from magma for the first time in a $100 million project in Iceland. If it is successful, we could see 10 times more energy produced from a single well than from conventional wells.

Iceland to make equal pay the law for men and women

Stockholm - Iceland's parliament on Tuesday presented a bill that would require public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to employees, in what would be the first such requirement in the world.

Freed from prison, Iceland's ex-bankers want vindication

Reykjav - Once reviled symbols of rogue capitalism, Iceland's ex-bankers now say they were scapegoats: jailed for their roles in the 2008 financial crisis, they're taking their cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

Iceland booming but no crash in sight, central banker says

Reykjav - Iceland's economy is booming and may overheat but there will be no repeat of the crash that plunged the country into a major financial crisis in 2008, central bank governor Mar Gudmundsson told AFP in an interview.

Iceland to become first nation to mandate equal pay for women

Iceland will become the first nation in the world to mandate that employers prove they offer equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality.

Murdered Iceland woman strangled, tossed into ocean: report

Reykjav - An Icelandic woman whose mysterious disappearance and death last month shocked the tranquil island nation was reportedly strangled before being thrown into the ocean where she drowned, media reported.

Iceland is drilling the world’s deepest geothermal well

Iceland is digging world’s deepest geothermal borehole into the heart of a volcano at a depth of 3.10 miles (5 km) to tap renewable energy. The extreme pressure and heat at such depths could derive 30 to 50 MW of electricity from one geothermal well.

Nordic noir turns dark reality in Iceland as girl vanishes

Reykjav - A young woman vanishes in the Arctic night, elite police chase down a trawler at sea, and three sailors are jailed: Iceland, with one of the world's lowest crime rates, is fearing a tragic outcome to a rare crime.

Trump team denies report he will meet Putin at summit

Washington - Donald Trump's spokeswoman and the Kremlin denied Sunday a report that the US President-elect's first foreign trip after taking office would be a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
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Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesman in Iceland.
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The Reykjanes Volcano is a large volcano covering the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland
The Reykjanes Volcano is a large volcano covering the Reykjanes Peninsula in 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 volcano
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The central plaza will have a large public area, including restrooms, a marketplace and safes with a cluster of biodomes surrounding the central one.
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The Hvalur fleet in Reykjavik  Iceland. The first fin whale was killed by Hvalur 8.
The Hvalur fleet in Reykjavik, Iceland. The first fin whale was killed by Hvalur 8.
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Tens of thousands of dead herring are found in Icelanc
Tens of thousands of dead herring are found in Icelanc
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The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull
The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull
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Chart of Grimsvötn s seismic activity before and during eruption.
Chart of Grimsvötn's seismic activity before and during eruption.
Chart courtesy Icelandic Met Office.
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Icelandic police
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Site of Viking long house in Iceland.
Site of Viking long house in Iceland.
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The Krafla Magma Testbed project will attempt to use magma for geothermal energy production.
The Krafla Magma Testbed project will attempt to use magma for geothermal energy production.
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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
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Sight of the central fissure of Laki volcano  Iceland.
Sight of the central fissure of Laki volcano, Iceland.
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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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File photo: A shot of the volcano named Hekla in Iceland.
File photo: A shot of the volcano named Hekla in Iceland.
Photo by Lydur Skulason
Iceland's outgoing parliament
Iceland's outgoing parliament
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Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
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The 120-MWe Nesjavellir power station in southwest Iceland.
The 120-MWe Nesjavellir power station in southwest Iceland.
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