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Norway solar firm signs 2.5 bn-euro deal with Iran

Tehran - Just days after US President Donald Trump called for further isolation of Iran, a Norwegian solar company signed a deal Tuesday to invest 2.5 billion euros in the country over the next five years.

Ex-Norway cop gets 21 years for helping smuggle tons of hash

Oslo - A Norwegian court on Monday sentenced a former top police officer to 21 years in prison for allowing nearly 14 tonnes of hashish to be smuggled into the country over nearly a decade.

Bittersweet election victory for Norway PM

Oslo - After clinching a narrow victory in Norway's legislative elections, Prime Minister Erna Solberg embarks on a historic but fragile second mandate, with a weaker majority and less conciliatory allies.

Norway's PM claims victory in close election

Oslo - Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg claimed a narrow victory in Norway's legislative elections on Monday, saying voters in the oil-rich country had given her "a mandate for four more years".

Oil-rich Norway struggles to beat its 'petroholism'

Oslo - For climate reasons as much as economic prudence, Norway is trying to cut its dependence on oil, a godsend that has made the small Scandinavian country rich beyond its dreams -- which is exactly what makes it hard to pass up.

World's happiest country, Norway, mulls change of course

Oslo - You can be the happiest people in the world and still toy with the idea of change: oil-rich Norway votes Monday in a general election seen as uncomfortably close for the outgoing rightwing government.

400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist

Oslo - Some 400 Viking objects were stolen from a Norwegian museum at some time over the weekend of August 11-13, the museum's director said Sunday, describing the loss as "immeasurable".

Former Nobel chairman stands by Liu award after China criticism

Oslo - The former chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday justified awarding Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo with the 2010 peace prize which Beijing slammed as "blasphemy".

Internet giant Google to start getting Norwegian wind power

After extensive planning and preparation, Google expects to receive its first wind power from Norway by September, the company told Reuters on Wednesday.

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

Oslo - Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren't born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.

'Troll's Penis' to be re-erected in Norway

Oslo - Norwegians have come out en masse to raise nearly 20,000 euros to repair an eye-catching penis-shaped rock formation apparently knocked down by vandals, an online collection showed on Monday.

Norway offers oil companies 93 new blocks in Arctic waters

Norway, a global leader on climate change, has announced plans to open up record 93 blocks for Arctic oil exploration. The new production licenses are expected to be awarded to oil companies in the first half of 2018.

Controversial Utoya massacre memorial to be rethought

Oslo - Norway's government said Wednesday that a controversial memorial for the victims of Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre would be rethought, in order to avoid an embarrassing lawsuit by local residents.

Norway bans use of heating oil in buildings

Norway will be the first country in the world to prohibit the use of fossil-based oil to heat buildings. The ban will cover both new and old buildings including private homes and businesses as well as publicly owned facilities.

Norway to ban full-face Muslim veil in all schools

Oslo - The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers.

Norway mass killer Breivik changes his name, says lawyer

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, his lawyer said on Friday, the day after the country's Supreme Court rejected the neo-Nazi killer's case over "inhumane" prison conditions.

Rebuffed in Norway, Breivik takes case to European rights court

Oslo - Neo-Nazi mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011, will take his case over his "inhumane" prison conditions to the European Court of Human Rights, his lawyer said Thursday after exhausting all legal options in Norway.

Norway's top court rejects Breivik appeal bid

Oslo - Norway's Supreme Court said Thursday it would not hear neo-Nazi mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's case over his "inhumane" prison conditions, a case he said he will now take to the European Court of Human Rights.

World ignores plight of Africans fleeing conflict: NGO

Oslo - The world is turning a blind eye to millions of Africans who have fled their homes due to conflict, a Norwegian charity group said Thursday, warning the victims are increasingly vulnerable to crisis.

Saudi activist 'deported' from Qatar: watchdog

Dibai - Qatar has deported a Saudi human rights activist who was on his way to Norway where he hoped to seek asylum, a watchdog said on Monday.

Saudi activist 'deported' from Qatar: watchdog

Dibai - Qatar has deported a Saudi human rights activist who was on his way to Norway where he hoped to seek asylum, a watchdog said on Monday.

Saudi activist 'deported' from Qatar: watchdog

Dibai - Qatar has deported a Saudi human rights activist who was on his way to Norway where he hoped to seek asylum, a watchdog said on Monday.

Norway to boost climate change defences of 'doomsday' seed vault

Stockholm - Norway on Saturday said it would boost protection of a seed storage vault designed to protect the world's crops from disaster, after soaring temperatures caused water to leak into its entrance.

World's 'Doomsday' seed vault has been breached by climate change

The Svalbard seed storage facility was built to withstand the test of time - and the challenge of any natural or man-made disasters. However, the repository for the globe's diversity of crops has not been able to withstand climate change.

Norway ex-cop faces 21 years in jail for drug smuggling

Oslo - A Norwegian prosecutor on Friday demanded 21 years in prison, the maximum sentence, for a man accused of allowing nearly 14 tonnes of hashish to be smuggled into the country while a police officer.

British-Norwegian ex-soldier freed from Congo jail

Oslo - A British-Norwegian dual citizen who was serving a life sentence for murder and espionage in a Congolose prison was released and returned to Norway on Wednesday, authorities said.

'The best words': Trump may be a poet without knowing it

Oslo - "I know words... I have the best words," Donald Trump said one day in his superlative way.Now those words by the new US president have been pulled together as a "collection of poetry" in Norway.Who knew? Trump the poet?

Norway to kill 2,000 reindeer to eradicate disease

Oslo - The Norwegian government on Monday authorised the slaughter of a herd of around 2,000 reindeer in a bid to eradicate a brain-destroying disease, after several cases were detected in Norway for the first time in Europe.

Cypriot police hold four over kidnapping of Cypriot-Norwegian girl

Nicosia - A Greek Cypriot court on Friday remanded four men in custody over the kidnapping of a four-year-old girl believed to have been whisked away to breakaway northern Cyprus, police said.

Girl snatched in Cyprus, sparking manhunt

Nicosia - Masked men abducted a four-year-old girl outside a nursery in the Cypriot capital on Thursday, sparking a search by police who issued an arrest warrant for her Norwegian father.
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Elon Musk speaks to Norwegian Tesla S owners in Oslo.
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The Rosenkrantz Tower, part of Bergenhus Fortress, located at the entrance to the harbor in Bergen. This is one of the oldest and best preserved castles in Norway.
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Flowers piled up outside a church in Oslo, Norway form a memorial for those who were killed when a gunman opened fire on crowds, killing nearly 100 people.
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