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Norway's Breivik, the inspiration behind Munich attack?

Paris - German police on Saturday said there was an "obvious" link between the actions of a teen gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Munich, and those of Norwegian far-right mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

Norway to extradite Kurdish preacher to Italy

Oslo - A Norwegian court gave the green light on Wednesday for the extradition to Italy of a controversial Kurdish Iraqi cleric accused of belonging to the Islamic State group.

Snowden loses lawsuit against Norway to prevent extradition

Oslo - A court in Norway on Monday refused to provide assurances to US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that he would not be extradited if he visits the country to accept an award in November.

Norway aims to boost defences against 'unpredictable' Russia

Oslo - Norway announced plans Friday for its biggest military upgrade effort since the end of the Cold War, to bolster its defences against an "increasingly unpredictable" Russia.

Norway MPs vote to go carbon neutral by 2030

Oslo - Lawmakers have voted for Norway, a major energy-producing nation, to become carbon-neutral by 2030, two decades ahead of schedule, as a result of the UN's December 2015 climate accord.

Philippines' Aquino says aiming to rescue Abu Sayyaf hostages

Manila - Philippine's outgoing President Benigno Aquino insisted Wednesday a Norwegian man and other hostages being held by Islamic extremists on a remote southern island could be rescued, after the militants beheaded a second Canadian captive.

Philippines confirms second Canadian hostage beheaded

Manila - Philippine authorities on Tuesday confirmed that Muslim extremist guerrillas had beheaded a second Canadian hostage, as they defended their inability to save him despite months of pursuit.

Canadian hostage likely killed in Philippines: Trudeau

Ottawa - The Canadian government has "every reason to believe" that one of its citizens kidnapped by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines nearly nine months ago has been killed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.

Norway's 'out-but-in', a model for Brexit?

Oslo - The small Norwegian company Nordox has prospered in Oslo for 50 years, but it now stands to lose 15 percent of its sales due to an EU deal being hammered out in Brussels, just one of many upshots of Norway's decision to remain outside the bloc.

Super Puma helicopters grounded in Europe after Norway crash

Paris - Europe's air safety agency EASA on Thursday grounded Airbus Super Puma helicopters after one crashed off the coast of Norway in April, apparently due to technical reasons, killing all 13 on board.

Philippine Islamist kidnappers set new ransom deadline

Manila - Islamist extremists in the Philippines who last month beheaded a Canadian man say they will kill another Western hostage if a multi-million dollar ransom is not paid within four weeks.

'Tick here please': Changing gender in Norway gets easier

Oslo - As the commander of a Cold War submarine tracking the Soviets, John Jeanette's dresses were stashed away in a locker reserved for top-secret documents.

Norway's Solheim to head UN environment agency

New York - Norway's former minister for the environment and international development, Erik Solheim, was appointed on Tuesday to head the UN Environment Programme.

Norway helicopter crash due to technical failure: Investigators

Oslo - The crash of a Super Puma helicopter off the coast of Norway last week that killed all 13 people on board was due to a technical failure, Norwegian investigators said Tuesday."Based on the facts we have, it was a technical failure.

Child welfare or 'state kidnapping'? Foreign parents face anguish in Norway

Oslo - "The children are afraid when there's a knock at the door.

Norway to send 60 soldiers to train Syrians fighting IS

Oslo - Norway announced Monday that it would deploy 60 soldiers to train Syrians fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, boosting its involvement in the international coalition against the jihadists.

No distress signal from crashed Norwegian helicopter

Oslo - Norwegian authorities said Monday there was no indication that a helicopter that crashed last week killing all 13 aboard had sent a distress signal.

Helicopter crash off Norway coast 'kills 11'

Oslo - At least 11 people died on Friday when a helicopter transporting 13 people from a North Sea oil platform crashed off the coast of western Norway, rescue services said. "Eleven people found, none alive.

Philippines' Aquino vows to 'neutralise' Abu Sayyaf kidnappers

Manila - Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Wednesday to launch a military assault aimed at "neutralising" Islamic militants who beheaded a Canadian hostage and are holding more than 20 other foreigners. "Casualties are to be expected.

Norway to appeal Breivik ruling for 'inhuman treatment'

Oslo - The Norwegian state will appeal an Oslo court ruling that mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's solitary confinement in prison constitutes "inhuman" treatment, the government said on Tuesday.

Islamists behead Canadian hostage in Philippines

Manila - Islamic militants in the Philippines have beheaded a Canadian hostage, raising fears for more than 20 other foreigners held captive on remote islands, with troops and police vowing Tuesday to hunt down the extremists.

Canadian executed by Islamic militants in Philippines: Trudeau

Ottawa - Islamic militants in the Philippines have executed a Canadian hostage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, after the Filipino authorities said they had found the head of a foreign man on a remote island.

Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition during award visit

Oslo - Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government seeking a guarantee he will not be extradited if he visits to accept an award, a literary rights group said Thursday.

Breivik prison conditions to remain unchanged for now: warden

Oslo - Prison conditions for Anders Behring Breivik will remain unchanged for now, the prison warden said Thursday, one day after a court ruled that Norway violated the mass murderer's human rights.

Mass murderer Breivik wins lawsuit over 'inhuman' treatment

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer and self-proclaimed Nazi Anders Behring Breivik on Wednesday won his lawsuit against the state over his "inhuman" solitary confinement in prison.

Norway court to rule on Breivik lawsuit Wednesday

Oslo - A Norwegian court said it will deliver its verdict Wednesday on a lawsuit brought by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik over what he says are his "inhuman" prison conditions.

Sex trade less visible, but alive and well in northern Europe

Oslo - Streetwalkers have largely disappeared from the sidewalks but prostitution remains alive and well in northern Europe where laws criminalising the purchase of sex have been in place for years, illustrating the limits of legislation.

Stolen Munch recovered in Norway, two arrested

Oslo - Norwegian police on Wednesday announced the recovery of a valuable lithograph by Edvard Munch which was stolen in 2009, with two men arrested.The artwork, named 'Historien' or 'History' in Norwegian, was retrieved undamaged, a statement said.

Breivik wants Norway found guilty of 'inhuman' treatment

Norway - Lawyers for mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik called Friday for the Norwegian state to be found guilty of "inhuman" treatment, at the close of his lawsuit over his solitary confinement.

Professor solves 300-year-old math equation, wins $700,000

This centuries-old mathematical theorem continued to confound scholars for over 300 years. Then British professor Andrew Wiles began working on it in a study that lasted seven years, delivering his findings in a lecture at Cambridge University in 1993.
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Oslo in Norway was hit by record-breaking torrential rains on June 26, 2014
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BSE is a disease found in cattle.
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An elderly woman makes her way through the snow in Norway which tops the Global AgeWatch index ahead of Sweden
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Norwegian military Girls Camp- 2013. The women are eating MRE's.
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Maritime training is available to inmates, including a fishong boat, the ferry, and a maritime shipping company.
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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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Halden Prison is 75 kilometres from the picturesque village of Halden, Norway
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Armed police patrol outside Oslo Airport on July, 24, 2014 amid warnings of a terror plot
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The Bryggen, seen from across the harbor. This section of the city is one of the best recognized views of Bergen.
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Detective Downs, a Norwegian film starring Svein André Hofsø as a private detective with Downs Syndrome.
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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 up the mountain. It is one of Bergen's major tourist attractions and one of Norway's most visited places.
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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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Bergen, Norway, seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Memorial in Norway.
Memorial in Norway.
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Three llamas escaped from a circus in Oslo and toured the town.
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Formal gardens at the University of Bergen's Botanical Garden, near the Bergen Museum.