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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."

Iceland mulls more refugees after Facebook appeal

Reykjav - Iceland may take in more refugees than the 50 originally planned for 2015 and 2016, the government said Wednesday after a Facebook appeal urged it to welcome more people.

More than 10,000 Icelanders ready to welcome Syrians

Reykjav - More than 10,000 Icelanders said Monday on Facebook they were ready to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes after the government said it would only let in a handful.

Iceland decriminalises blasphemy after Charlie Hebdo attack

Reykjav - Iceland's parliament on Friday voted widely in favour of decriminalising blasphemy, in the name of freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.The bill was adopted after 43 of 63 members of parliament voted in favour.

Iceland facing meat shortage amid veterinarian strikes

Iceland is on the brink of a meat shortage as the nation's meat processing industry has ground to a halt due to a veterinarian strike. Veterinarians have been on strike since April 20, and are demanding higher wages.

Icelandic population genetically mapped

Reykjav - Scientists have performed whole-genome sequencing on roughly 1 percent of the Icelandic population. This is one of the largest studies ever performed of a distinct nation.

More than 300 migrants rescued off Sicily

Rome - Around 318 migrants in distress at sea between Sicily and the coast of Libya were rescued by an Icelandic navy ship taking part in an EU border patrol of the Mediterranean, Italian media reported Saturday.

Door still open to Iceland, says EU

Brussels - The European Union said Friday the door was still open to Iceland and denied that Reykjavik's decision to drop its membership bid was a setback for the bloc.

Iceland says dropping bid for EU membership

Reykjav - Iceland on Thursday announced it was dropping its bid to join the European Union in line with pledges made two years ago by its then new eurosceptic government.
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A volcano spewing smoke in Iceland
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A volcanic eruption at Iceland s Eyjafjallajökull
A volcanic eruption at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull
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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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The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland – the eruption happened near here, causing large amounts of explosive steam
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The Icelandic flag.
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Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland with surrounding lava flows, the biggest in the world.
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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
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Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
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Sight of the central fissure of Laki volcano, Iceland.
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Chart of Grimsvötn's seismic activity before and during eruption.
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File photo: A shot of the volcano named Hekla in Iceland.
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The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
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Iceland may have looked much like it does today when the Viking first started their settlements.
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Court house in Reykjavik, Iceland
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Fin whale arching for a deep dive, showing characteristic backswept dorsal fin.
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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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The little ice age may have impacted on Vikings living in Iceland.
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The Hvalur fleet in Reykjavik, Iceland. The first fin whale was killed by Hvalur 8.
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