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Russia says Norway border post closed to migrants for 'security'

Moscow - Russia on Sunday confirmed it had shut for "security reasons" an Arctic border post with Norway to migrants being controversially returned from the Nordic country.

Norway temporarily suspends return of migrants from Russia

Oslo - Norway on Saturday announced it was temporarily suspending its controversial return of migrants from Arctic Russia, following a request from Moscow.

'No means no': Norway sends migrants on anti-rape courses

Norway - "She kissed him -- it's an invitation to have sex." The asylum seeker's answer hangs in the air. The instructor's smile falters, and an explanation is required.

Norway's oil investments to decline over next two years

Oslo - Investment in Norway's all-important oil sector is set to decline until 2019 as producers face high costs and collapsing oil prices, a government agency said Thursday.After investing a record level of about 180 billion kroner (18.7 billion euros, $20.

In Norway, migrants get courses on respecting women

Oslo - Sexual advances or just friendly gestures? In a bid to prevent violence against women, Norway is offering asylum seekers courses in how to interpret mores in a country that may seem astonishingly liberal to them.

Breivik's trial against state to take place in prison

Oslo - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's court case against the Norwegian state over his prison conditions, which he likens to "torture", will take place in the jail where he is being held, a court ruled on Monday.

One dead as storms buffet North Sea oil rigs

Oslo - Stormy weather buffeting the North Sea has brought havoc to oilfields with Norway's Statoil reporting one man dead when a giant wave hit a rig and hundreds of workers evacuated after a huge barge broke its moorings and began drifting.

Norway to turn back asylum seekers on Swedish border

Oslo - Norway said Tuesday it would start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the passport-free Schengen zone, particularly Sweden.

Two killed, several injured in Norway Arctic avalanche

Oslo - An avalanche in the Svalbard archipelago in the heart of the Norwegian Arctic claimed a second life Sunday as a child died from injuries sustained in the disaster, medical authorities said.

One killed, several injured in Norwegian Arctic avalanche

Oslo - One person was killed and nine injured on Saturday after an avalanche buried about 10 houses on the Svalbard archipelago in the heart of the Norwegian Arctic, local officials said.

Norway newspaper sorry for Santa obituary

Oslo - Children can rest assured that Santa Claus is alive and well, after Norway's largest newspaper apologised Friday for announcing that he had died at the age of 227.

Norway starts running anti-refugee ads in Afghan newspapers

Norwegian government has started running adverts in Afghanistan’s newspapers warning that potential asylum seekers will be returned by force.

Freedom is a bike, for migrants crossing Arctic border

Kirkenes - Pedalling a bicycle through a freezing blizzard, Rehman finally crosses the border between Russia and Norway where he hopes to be given asylum, half a world away from his home in Pakistan."It's snowing.

Norway disarms its police officers

Oslo - Norway's police, who have been authorised to carry firearms for the past year due to a heightened threat of Islamist attacks, will be unarmed again now that the threat level has been lowered, police said Friday.

Police swoop on European 'jihadist network' with IS links

Rome - Police on Thursday announced a swoop on a European jihadist network that was allegedly planning to kidnap diplomats and carry out attacks to try to spring its leader out of detention in Norway.

Russia's role in Arctic migrant route questioned

Kirkenes - An increasingly popular route for migrants across Russia and into Norway has Oslo angered and worried as winter approaches, while commentators suspect Moscow is deliberately creating problems for its neighbour.

Treatment of Norway mass murderer Breivik worrying: Ombudsman

Oslo - The solitary confinement of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik risks turning into "inhumane treatment", Norway's parliamentary ombudsman said in a report published Wednesday.

Nordic welcome chillier for migrants as numbers snowball

Oslo - Asylum seekers flowing to Scandinavia are finding chillier welcomes as their numbers surge and far-right parties increasingly assert their influence on immigration policy, analysts say.

Norwegian bishops back gay marriage

Oslo - Church of Norway bishops said Friday that they were unanimously in favour of allowing gay couples to marry in religious ceremonies, a hot-button issue to be decided on next year.

Arsonists attack another migrant centre in Sweden

Stockholm - Arsonists attacked a centre housing asylum seekers in a small town in southern Sweden early Tuesday in the latest attack linked to the growing influx of migrants.

Oslo moves to ban cars from city centre

Oslo - Oslo's new leftist city council said Monday it wants to ban private cars from the downtown area by 2019 as part of a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by half.

Mass murderer Breivik sues Norwegian state over prison conditions

Oslo - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will take the Norwegian state to court in March over his prison conditions, which he likens to "torture", Norwegian legal sources said Friday.

Foreign hostages in Philippines appear in video

Manila - Three foreign men and a Filipina kidnapped last month in the southern Philippines have appeared in a video posted online, making demands for the Islamic militants who abducted them.

Nordic states fret over migrant threat to Schengen

Copenhagen - Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Saturday said she feared for Europe's borderless Schengen zone and urged countries to shore up their external frontiers in the face of the migrant crisis.

Mass murderer Breivik threatens hunger strike 'until death'

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has said he is ready to go on hunger strike until death if he is not better treated in prison.

Migrant influx raises far-right threat: Norway intel

Oslo - The biggest risk posed to Norway's national security by the influx of migrants is a possible violent reaction from the far-right, and not the infiltration of Islamists, Norway's intelligence service said Thursday.

Three foreigners, Filipina abducted from Philippine resort

Samal - Gunmen kidnapped two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian employee and a Filipina from a luxury resort island in the conflict-wracked southern Philippines, while other foreigners narrowly escaped, police said Tuesday.

Norwegian police shoot woman about to stab child

Oslo - Norwegian police said officers shot and injured a woman on Friday who was about to stab a child in Oslo. Authorities arrived on the scene after being informed that "a person with a knife wanted to kill someone," Oslo police said on Twitter.

Fleeing war, Syrian refugees bike across Arctic border

Oslo - "I looked at the map and I decided to give it a go": Ahmad Taleb is one of a number of refugees who have reached Europe by cycling across the border into Arctic Norway.

Norwegian IS hostage's family says unable to pay ransom

Oslo - The family of a Norwegian man the Islamic State is claiming to hold hostage called Thursday for his release and said it was unable to pay the ransom IS was asking.The Norwegian government has ruled out paying for his release.
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Looking down from the top of a fjord above Lyngen  Norway in Sept. 2011.
Looking down from the top of a fjord above Lyngen, Norway in Sept. 2011.
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Vegard Ylvisåker (left) & Bård Ylvisåker (right) - Ylvis on their Norwegian talk show.
Vegard Ylvisåker (left) & Bård Ylvisåker (right) - Ylvis on their Norwegian talk show.
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Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
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Ida Beate Løken sitting in her cave in Norway.
Ida Beate Løken sitting in her cave 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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Turtagrø-Fannaråken Opp.  Norway  mountain-running championship  2007
Turtagrø-Fannaråken Opp., Norway, mountain-running championship, 2007
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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.
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A gay health charity has placed a bird box  filled with condoms  in Ekeberg Forest - a popular venue...
A gay health charity has placed a bird box, filled with condoms, in Ekeberg Forest - a popular venue for casual sex.
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My father with his brother and sisters along with his Dad and Mom in 1927; immigration photo. taken ...
My father with his brother and sisters along with his Dad and Mom in 1927; immigration photo. taken in Norway before leaving.
Reindeer in Norway
Reindeer in Norway
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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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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.
Honningsvåg  Norway
Honningsvåg, Norway
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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  a 19-year-old student from the Sogn Agriculture and Horticulture School in Norway ...
Ida Beate Løken, a 19-year-old student from the Sogn Agriculture and Horticulture School in Norway, lived in a cave for almost a year to reduce her impact on the environment.
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The Bryggen  also known as the old German wharf of Bergen. This section of the city  includes buildi...
The Bryggen, also known as the old German wharf of Bergen. This section of the city, includes buildings from the time of the historic Hanseatic League and was included in 1979 in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Norwegian Constitution Day
Norwegian Constitution Day
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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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