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Beyonce, Kanye streaming stats 'manipulated' on Tidal: report

Oslo - Streaming numbers of Beyonce and Kanye West's respective albums on rap mogul Jay Z's music platform Tidal have been manipulated, allowing the stars excessive royalty payouts, a Norwegian newspaper said on Wednesday.

After success with EVs Norway plans to buy electric planes

Oslo - The Norwegian government on Thursday expressed a desire to buy electric planes in coming years in an attempt to duplicate its success in becoming the world leader in sales of electric cars (EVs).

Norway politician who hit asylum seeker becomes justice minister

Oslo - A politician convicted of beating an asylum seeker was appointed as acting justice minister in Norway on Tuesday.

Norway justice minister resigns, averting government crisis

Oslo - Norway's justice minister announced her resignation on Tuesday, averting a potential government crisis after she published a controversial Facebook post.

Norway govt may fall on minister's no-confidence vote

Oslo - Norway's right-wing government could resign this week if the justice minister loses a no-confidence vote after she triggered outrage among survivors of a 2011 gun massacre, media reported Sunday.

Norway going green, building battery-operated ferry boats

The Sognefjord shipyard made fuel-guzzling boats for the oil industry for many years. Now its prosperity lies in going green, as the shipyard is assembling the first ferry boats that will be entirely powered by batteries.

Norway minister removes Facebook post after scandal

Oslo - Norway's controversial justice minister on Wednesday withdrew a Facebook post that triggered outrage among survivors of the 2011 Utoya massacre and calls for a motion of no confidence against her in parliament.

'Doomsday' seed vault gets makeover as Arctic heats up

Longyearbyen - Designed to withstand a nuclear missile hit, the world's biggest seed vault, nestled deep inside an Arctic mountain, is undergoing a makeover as rising temperatures melt the permafrost meant to protect it.

10 years after massacre, Norway to ban semi-automatic weapons

Oslo - Norway plans to ban semi-automatic firearms as of 2021, a decade after right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik's mass shooting that left 69 people dead, a Norwegian lawmaker said Tuesday.

Ice instruments ring out coolest music in Norway

Norway - Inside a giant igloo in a snowy Norwegian village, the sound of a horn rings out, warming the mood of a freezing audience, huddled together in -24 Celsius.

Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040

Oslo - All of Norway's short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country's airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation's role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport.

Trump's invitation to immigrate leaves Norwegians cold

Oslo - President Donald Trump's invitation to Norwegians to immigrate to the United States, while railing against entrants from "shithole" countries, has received a glacial reception in this Nordic country.

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

Oslo - Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday.

Environmentalists lose lawsuit over Norway's Arctic oil licenses

Oslo - A Norwegian court on Thursday dismissed a case by three environmentalist groups which had sued Norway for granting oil licenses in the Arctic, as the fight against global warming is increasingly brought to courtrooms.

Norway suspends arms exports to UAE over Yemen war

Oslo - Norway on Wednesday announced it has suspended arms and ammunition exports to the United Arab Emirates because of the nation's involvement in the Yemen war.

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is 'a tantrum away'

Oslo - Mankind's destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one "impulsive tantrum away", the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threa...

Nobel peace laureates urge US, NKorea to de-escalate nuclear threats

Oslo - Representatives of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), on Saturday called on the US and North Korea to reduce tensions and end the "urgent threat" posed by weapons of mass destruction.

Norway populist fails in Nobel bid

Oslo - A controversial former leader of Norway's anti-immigration party on Friday failed in his bid to join the committee that awards the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

Norway populist's Nobel committee bid appears blocked

Oslo - A controversial former leader of Norway's anti-immigration party on Thursday saw his chances of joining the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize fade, due to other parties' opposition.

Norway reveals rape and sexual assault scandal in Lapland

Oslo - Norwegian police said Tuesday they had uncovered 151 alleged sexual assaults, including child rape, in a small community in Lapland, sending shock waves across the country.

Horror as Norway freight trains mow down over 100 reindeer

Oslo - More than 100 reindeer have been mowed down by freight trains in northern Norway in recent days in what has been called a "bloodbath" during their winter migration, said the nation's public broadcaster.

Norway's King Harald released from hospital

Oslo - Norway's 80-year-old King Harald was released from hospital on Monday after being treated for three days for an infection, and is in "fine form", the palace said.

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway 'enemy' insult

Istanbul - NATO apologised to Turkey on Friday after Ankara pulled its troops from a military exercise in Norway where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had been portrayed as enemies of the alliance.

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway 'enemy' insult

Istanbul - NATO apologised to Turkey on Friday after Ankara pulled its troops from a military exercise in Norway where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had been portrayed as enemies of the alliance.

Erdogan says Turkey troops pulled from NATO drill amid new tensions

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Ankara had pulled out 40 Turkish troops from a NATO exercise in Norway, in a new outburst of tensions with its Western allies.

Norway wealth fund plans to drop oil and gas stocks

Oslo - Norway’s trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund has proposed dropping its investments in oil and gas stocks, saying that doing so would make the country’s wealth “less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices”.

Crime writer Nesbo faces up evil in new Nordic chiller

Paris - We now know who to blame for Jo Nesbo scaring the living daylights out of millions of readers with his blood-drenched crime thrillers."When I was a child my mother used to send me down to the cellar for potatoes," the Norwegian writer told AFP.

Environmentalists take Norway to court over Arctic drilling

Oslo - Representatives for Norway, western Europe's biggest oil producer, appeared in an Oslo court on Tuesday after environmental groups including Greenpeace brought a case over drilling in the Arctic.

Missing Russian chopper found on Arctic seabed, eight presumed dead

Oslo - A Russian helicopter that went down off the coast of Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic this week has been found and the eight Russians on board are presumed dead, Norwegian rescue crews said on Sunday.

Search continues for Russian helicopter missing in Arctic

Oslo - Emergency services on Friday continued to search for a Russian helicopter that went down with eight people on board off the coast of Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic, Norwegian rescue crews said.
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A camel escaped from a circus in Norway.
A camel escaped from a circus in Norway.
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Martyn Smith from London, England
Svalbard Global Seed Vault  tunnel down to the vault.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, tunnel down to the vault.
Dag Endresen
Archaeologists in Norway have found an 8 000-year-old skull  still containing brain matter.
Archaeologists in Norway have found an 8,000-year-old skull, still containing brain matter.
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An elderly woman makes her way through the snow in Norway which tops the Global AgeWatch index ahead...
An elderly woman makes her way through the snow in Norway which tops the Global AgeWatch index ahead of Sweden
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Bergen  Norway. The Bryggen  seen from across the harbor.
Bergen, Norway. The Bryggen, seen from across the harbor.
The Norwegian State Railway (NSB) Station in Bergen is the starting point for the scenic Bergen Line...
The Norwegian State Railway (NSB) Station in Bergen is the starting point for the scenic Bergen Line to Oslo, a 4.5 hour train ride through the mountains.
Håvard Bøkko at the World Championships 2007 in Heerenveen.
Håvard Bøkko at the World Championships 2007 in Heerenveen.
Bjarte Hetland
Sunset over the mountains near Tromso  Norway
Sunset over the mountains near Tromso, Norway
P J Hansen
Google has signed a 12-year contract to receive all the power generated by the Tellenes Wind Farm.
Google has signed a 12-year contract to receive all the power generated by the Tellenes Wind Farm.
Norsk Vind Energi
Jumping Polar Bear in its natural environment  in Spitsbergen Island  Svalbard  Norway.
Jumping Polar Bear in its natural environment, in Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Norway.
Arturo de Frias Marques
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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Smoke can be seen around the office of the Prime Minister in Oslo  Norway.
Smoke can be seen around the office of the Prime Minister in Oslo, Norway.
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View of Bergen  across from the Fish Market. At the center-right is the statue of Ludvig Holberg (16...
View of Bergen, across from the Fish Market. At the center-right is the statue of Ludvig Holberg (1684 – 1754). Holberg was a writer, essayist, philosopher and historian born in Bergen.
Jumping Salmon  Toft  Nordland Fylke  Norway.
Jumping Salmon, Toft, Nordland Fylke, Norway.
Thomas Bjørkan
Mountain scenery along the train route from Bergen to Oslo.
Mountain scenery along the train route from Bergen to Oslo.
A kvaern  or circular ice flow in a river in Norway.
A kvaern, or circular ice flow in a river in Norway.
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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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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.
Flowers piled up outside a church in Oslo  Norway form a memorial for those who were killed when a g...
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.
Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals