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Blacklisted Russian deputy PM angers Norway with Arctic visit

Oslo - Norway said Sunday it was angry that Russia's deputy prime minister visited its Arctic Svalbard archipelago this weekend even though he is banned from Norwegian territory over Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.

Earthworms rained down on Norway

In southern Norway, earthworms have been raining down from the skies, and biologists and meteorologists have been scratching their heads.

Norway to ease rules on gender change recognition

Oslo - Norway will introduce a new law governing sex changes, the government said Friday after an expert group recommended an end to what critics call "medieval" treatment of transgender people.

Russian ships in old Arctic NATO base set alarms bells ringing

Oslo - Russian ships docked at what was once a secret Norwegian naval base in the Arctic have prompted concern from the NATO country's former top military leaders, anxious about its resurgent eastern neighbour roaming nearby.

Norwegian Air Shuttle to require two people in cockpit

Oslo - Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said Thursday it would require two people in the cockpit at all times for safety reasons.

Norwegian court ups jail term for mother who drowned infant

Oslo - A Norwegian appeals court increased jail terms Tuesday for a Norwegian woman who drowned her infant and her British lover who gave her instructions via a webcam.

World's first academy to train local aid workers launched in London

London - The world's first academy to train local aid workers and volunteers as first responders to disasters that occur in their own countries was launched in London on Monday.

Norway's Catholic Church denies fraud

Oslo - Norway's Catholic Church, accused of exaggerating its membership numbers to obtain more state aid, denied Monday it had engaged in fraud but admitted its past methods were "unsatisfactory.

Nobel Peace committee demotes controversial head

Oslo - Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday demoted its controversial chairman Thorbjoern Jagland in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award.

Dutch, Norwegian convicts angry over 'luxury' cell deal

Den Haag - Dutch prisoners who currently enjoy countryside views and can cook their own food are suing the government over a deal for Norwegian convicts to take over their "luxury" cells.

Norway arrests radical preacher who praised Charlie Hebdo killers

Oslo - A radical Islamic preacher has been arrested in Norway after praising last month's deadly attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly in Paris, police said Friday.

Norway's Bastoy prison changes lives using human ecology

Norway has an island prison, but it's nothing like California's notorious Alcatraz federal prison. There are no bars, fences or uniforms. Instead, the island's inhabitants live and work together in peace and harmony with their surroundings.

Norway opens first trial of suspected IS jihadists

Oslo - Two Norwegians accused of fighting with Islamic State (IS) extremists appeared before an Oslo court Tuesday charged with aiding a "terrorist organisation", in Norway's first ever trial of suspected jihadists.

After Copenhagen shootings, Norway's Muslims and Jews link up

Oslo - Norwegian Muslims organised a peace vigil in Oslo Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in Denmark targeted a synagogue and free speech seminar.

Death toll from Brazil rig explosion rises to five

Oslo - The death toll from a blast which ripped through a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil has risen to five, with another four people still missing, the rig's owner said Thursday.

Free speech all the buzz as Snowden, Badawi among Nobel nominations

Oslo - After the trauma of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, champions and icons of free speech head the pack in the names put forward for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Norway banishes 'hate preacher' to remote village

Oslo - A court in Oslo on Monday authorised police to banish Iraqi Kurd "hate preacher" Mullah Krekar to a remote Norwegian village.The mullah, 58, who has been living in Norway since 1991, founded the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Islam.

'Atypical' case of mad cow disease confirmed in Norway

Authorities in Norway have confirmed the country's first ever case of mad cow disease on Thursday, but allayed the public's fears by saying the case was an isolated and atypical form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Istanbul suicide bomber was 'teen widow of Norwegian IS jihadist'

Istanbul - A teenager from Russia's Muslim region of Dagestan suspected to have carried out a suicide bombing in Istanbul was said Friday to have been the widow of a Norwegian jihadist who died fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

Norwegian jail blocks 220 letters from mass murderer Breivik

Stockholm - Norway's prison authorities said Monday they had seized over 200 letters from mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik to prevent him from setting up a network outside jail.

Norway scraps controversial seal hunting subsidy

Oslo - Norway's much-criticised commercial seal hunt could grind to a halt following parliament's decision to scrap a hefty subsidy for the controversial practice.A majority of lawmakers voted late Thursday to cull a 12-million-kroner (1.3-million-euro, $1.

Malala weeps at sight of bloodied school uniform

Oslo - Pakistan's teen Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai burst into tears Thursday at the sight of the bloodied school uniform she was wearing the day the Taliban shot her.

Nobel protester sought to draw attention to 'murdered Mexican students'

Oslo - A young man who disrupted the Nobel prize ceremony in Oslo by waving a Mexican flag streaked with red said Thursday he did it to denounce the alleged killing of students by Mexican authorities.

Colombian president eyes 'happy ending' in peace talks

Veracruz - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called Tuesday for serious peace talks when negotiations between his government and Marxist FARC guerrillas resume this week to ensure a "happy ending.

FARC and Colombian government resume peace talks

Havana - The FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government agreed Wednesday to resume peace talks that stalled over the kidnap of an army general, vowing to "de-escalate" the 50-year conflict.

Sri Lanka president knew of payments to rebels: envoy

Oslo - A peacebroker accused of helping to fund Sri Lanka's separatist war acknowledged Monday that Tamil rebels had been induced to engage in the peace process but said payments were made with the government's blessing.

Producer of fake 'Syrian hero boy' video apologises

Stockholm - The producer of a viral video showing a Syrian boy rescuing a girl under gunfire apologised Sunday after the revelation it was fake drew fierce criticism.

'Syrian hero boy' video was hoax, filmmaker says

Stockholm - A viral video showing a Syrian boy rescuing a girl under gunfire, watched online by millions of viewers, was faked by a Norwegian film crew, according to its director.

Six Humpback whales surround boaters in Norway

Two friends were boating in Norway and they captured six humpback whales on film. The whales ended up avoiding their boat after they suddenly emerged around them.

Sanctions taint Norway love affair with Russian liberators

Oslo - In the far north of Norway, sanctions imposed on Russia have left a bitter after-taste as the region celebrates the anniversary of its liberation from Nazi rule by the Soviet army.
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Rjukan in Norway is to get sunlight this winter from giant mirrors.
Rjukan in Norway is to get sunlight this winter from giant mirrors.
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Ida Beate Løken has lived for almost a year in a cave to reduce her impact on the environment.
Ida Beate Løken has lived for almost a year in a cave to reduce her impact on the environment.
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Billboard straddling the Norway/Sweden border advertising the fact that Swedish Big Mac's are cheaper.
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The city and port of Bergen seen from the top of Mount Fløyen. Fløibanen is a funicular which runs...
The city and port of Bergen seen from the top of Mount Fløyen. Fløibanen is a funicular which runs up the mountain. It is one of Bergen's major tourist attractions and one of Norway's most visited places.
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Detective Downs  a Norwegian film starring Svein André Hofsø as a private detective with Downs Syn...
Detective Downs, a Norwegian film starring Svein André Hofsø as a private detective with Downs Syndrome.
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The Norwegian State Railways  Bergen-Oslo train  ready for departure. This is considered one of the ...
The Norwegian State Railways' Bergen-Oslo train, ready for departure. This is considered one of the most exciting and beautiful train rides in the world.
Three llamas escaped from a circus in Oslo and toured the town.
Three llamas escaped from a circus in Oslo and toured the town.
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Spitsbergen during August
Spitsbergen during August
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Jumping Salmon  Toft  Nordland Fylke  Norway.
Jumping Salmon, Toft, Nordland Fylke, Norway.
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A makeshift memorial was created in Oslo  Norway to commemorate those who were killed when a gunman ...
A makeshift memorial was created in Oslo, Norway to commemorate those who were killed when a gunman opened fire on crowds, killing nearly 100 people.
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Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim  Norway.
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.
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This time capsule package will be opened in Sel  Norway on Aug. 24
This time capsule package will be opened in Sel, Norway on Aug. 24
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This video frame shows Anders Behring Breivik being taken back to Utøya where he  in a bulletproof ...
This video frame shows Anders Behring Breivik being taken back to Utøya where he, in a bulletproof vest and tethered on a rope, shows the investigators how he killed 69 people July 22nd.
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The Rosenkrantz Tower  part of Bergenhus Fortress  located at the entrance to the harbor in Bergen. ...
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.
Canada s Sidney Crosby (C)  Ryan Getzlaf (L) and Rick Nash react after defeating Norway in their men...
Canada's Sidney Crosby (C), Ryan Getzlaf (L) and Rick Nash react after defeating Norway in their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 13, 2014
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The Bryggen  seen from across the harbor.  This section of the city is one of the best recognized vi...
The Bryggen, seen from across the harbor. This section of the city is one of the best recognized views of Bergen.
A new social media challenge in Norway urges people to jump into the icy waters  then nominate other...
A new social media challenge in Norway urges people to jump into the icy waters, then nominate others to do the same.
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A camel escaped from a circus in Norway.
A camel escaped from a circus in Norway.
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