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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.

Iceland gets new centre-right government led by Benediktsson

Reykjav - A new centre-right coalition in Iceland announced Tuesday it had agreed to make conservative Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson the country's next prime minister, 10 weeks after a snap election.

Iceland centre-right parties to seek EU referendum

Reykjav - Iceland could hold a referendum on joining the EU if new negotiations on forming a coalition government are successful, the head of one of the three parties involved in the talks said Monday.

Iceland's 'crazy' year ends without a government

Reykjav - Iceland is ending an eventful year in a political quagmire, left without a government for two months after the Panama Papers scandal and a snap election reflecting deep divisions in the island nation.

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.
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Tens of thousands of dead herring are found in Icelanc
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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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Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland with surrounding lava flows, the biggest in the world.
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The Reykjanes Volcano is a large volcano covering the Reykjanes Peninsula 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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The Aldin Biodome in Iceland is just obe of three "embracing the environment" projects we will visit.
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The Hvalur fleet in Reykjavik, Iceland. The first fin whale was killed by Hvalur 8.
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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
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Iceland's outgoing parliament
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Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesman in Iceland.
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The little ice age may have impacted on Vikings living in Iceland.
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The Icelandic flag.
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Icelandic police
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A volcanic eruption at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull
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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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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.
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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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