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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.

Norse gods temple to be built in Iceland

People will soon be able to flock to Iceland to publicly worship at a shrine to Frigg, Odin and Thor. Construction on the first temple starts this month.

Iceland brewery features whale testicle beer for Thorri Feastival

Icelandic brewery Stedji has created quite a controversy over its latest beer offering, brewed just in time for Thorri. Their latest product, called Hvalur 2 beer, is made with fin whale testicles smoked in sheep dung.

UN conference asks men to speak out for women's rights

New York - A controversial conference on gender equality opened at the United Nations on Wednesday with its focus squarely on getting men and boys engaged in promoting women's rights.

Vikings and the little ice age: The end of beef and beer

While many of the stereotypical myths about Vikings being marauding adventurers have been proven to be just that, myths, there is one truth that is well documented. They knew how to win friends and influence people when they settled in a new land.

Iceland shuts down 'Islamic State' website

Reykjav - Iceland has closed down a website believed to be used by the jihadist organisation Islamic State and which showed the murder of hostages, the authority responsible for the country's Internet domain name ".is" said Monday.

Iceland lowers aviation alert on volcano

Reykjav - Iceland on Sunday lowered its aviation alert on its largest volcano after a fresh eruption on a nearby lava field prompted authorities to enforce a flight ban for several hours.

Airspace over Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano reopens

Reykjav - Iceland reopened the airspace over the Bardarbunga volcano system Friday afternoon, lowering a red alert declared earlier following a small overnight eruption.

New signs of eruption at Iceland volcano

Reykjav - Teams monitoring Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano have found evidence of a possible underground eruption as powerful earthquakes continue to shake the area, Icelandic authorities said Thursday.

Iceland removes ban on air traffic over rumbling volcano

Reykjav - Iceland removed a ban on air traffic around the nation's largest volcanic system on Sunday after fears of an imminent eruption subsided.

Iceland raises volcano alert to red

Reykjav - Iceland raised its alert over the nation's largest volcanic system to red on Saturday, banning all air traffic in the area, as experts deemed imminent the risk for an eruption.

Worries for air travel as Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano stirs

Reykjav - Recent violent seismic activity in the vicinity of Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has raised concerns that a violent eruption is in prospect with implications for air travellers to and from Europe.

Iceland volcano eruption would shut down air travel: authority

Reykjav - Icelandic aviation authorities warned Wednesday an eruption of the nation's largest volcano would trigger a shutdown of airspace, in a potential replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another peak blew four years ago.

Threat to flights as Iceland's biggest volcano rumbles

Reykjav - Iceland has warned that its largest volcano is in danger of erupting, four years after millions of air travellers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak.

Icelandic naming laws prevent 10-year-old's passport renewal

Iceland has hit the headlines recently, in quite a bizarre way: apparently, girls from Iceland can't be called Harriet and therefore those called Harriet cannot get an Icelandic passport.

Japan finds way around ban on whaling

In a move that is sure to enrage environmentalists, the whale meat loving Japanese have found a new way to enjoy the delicacy. Iceland is now shipping the controversial product to Japan using Norway as the middleman.

Iceland bank suffers setback taking over homes for loan repayment

Paris - A unit of Iceland's Landsbanki has lost an appeal against French authorities which seized the debts of the clients who lost money in a scheme that had them mortgage their homes to bet on the stock market, sources said Thursday.

EU mackerel deal with Norway and Faroes angers Iceland

K - The European Union has reached an agreement over controversial mackerel quotas with Norway and the Faroe Islands, prompting an angry reaction from Iceland on Thursday.The deal, agreed in London on Wednesday -- a week after negotiations with Iceland bro...

EU, Iceland and Nordic mackerel quota talks break down

K - Negotiations over mackerel fishing quotas have fallen apart, Iceland said Thursday, extending a dispute dubbed "the mackerel war" that has been a thorny issue in the country's EU membership bid.The European Union, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway ...

Thousands protest in Iceland over EU membership bid exit

K - Thousands of protesters thronged the streets of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik Monday to demand a referendum after the government said it was dropping its EU membership bid without a popular vote.Police said around 3,500 protestors gathered outside th...

Iceland to drop EU membership bid

K - Iceland will drop its EU membership bid without holding a referendum that was earlier promised by the two ruling Euro-sceptic parties, the government said Friday.The centrist Progress Party and the right-wing Independence Party agreed on a draft bill a...

Iceland jails former Kaupthing bank bosses

Four former bosses of a failed Icelandic bank have been sentenced to prison terms for fraud and market manipulation, crimes which significantly contributed to the 2008 financial crisis that nearly bankrupted the Nordic island nation.

Op-Ed: Will relatives of crew, 'missing' on the Gaul, receive answers? Special

Kingston Upon Hull - In 1974 a trawler fishing out of Hull, in Yorkshire, went missing with the loss of all hands. Mystery and controversy surrounded the disappearance of the "Gaul" but now DNA tests being carried out on bodies found in Russia could provide answers.

First fatal shooting by police reported in Iceland

Police in Iceland shot and killed a man who fired a shotgun in his home on Monday, the first time a person has ever been shot dead by an armed officer in the nation's history.

Op-Ed: A loony rants against the big supermarkets

The supermarket is one of the most wondrous institutions to emerge from the 20th Century. Alas, not everyone sees it that way.
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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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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
Map courtesy Icelandic Met Office
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.
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
The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull
The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull
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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.
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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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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.
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The Icelandic flag.
The Icelandic flag.
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A volcano spewing smoke in Iceland
A volcano spewing smoke in Iceland
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Court house in Reykjavik  Iceland
Court house in Reykjavik, Iceland
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Site of Viking long house in Iceland.
Site of Viking long house in Iceland.
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Icelandic police
Icelandic police
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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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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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Fin whale arching for a deep dive  showing characteristic backswept dorsal fin.
Fin whale arching for a deep dive, showing characteristic backswept dorsal fin.
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The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
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Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
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