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Philippines hopes for peace deal with rebels within a year

Oslo - The Philippine government said Monday it hoped to reach a peace deal with communist guerrillas within a year, as the two sides kicked off talks in Norway aimed at ending one of Asia's longest insurgencies.

Review: Updated take on Ibsen classic has fresh new meaning in T.O. Special

Toronto - You may think there’s nothing new to see in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, or that it lacks the shocking, revolutionary quality that it had in 1879. Well, get ready to view the play in a different way if you catch the ongoing Toronto remount.

Norway says no proof of insurance scam in deadly 1990 ferry fire

Oslo - Norwegian police said Tuesday they had found no proof of insurance fraud as they closed a new inquiry into the 1990 Scandinavian Star ferry fire which killed 159 people, and was believed to have been arson.

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.
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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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Spitsbergen during August
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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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Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim  Norway.
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, 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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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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Ylvis sets up a  voice activated  ATM prank in Oslo  Norway with hilarious results.
Ylvis sets up a "voice activated" ATM prank in Oslo, Norway with hilarious results.
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A camel escaped from a circus in Norway.
A camel escaped from a circus in Norway.
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Bergen, Norway. The Bryggen, seen from across the harbor.
Snusen the fox and Tinni the dog are firm friends.
Snusen the fox and Tinni the dog are firm friends.
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Beautiful water and mountain scenery in 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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Maritime training is available to inmates, including a fishong boat, the ferry, and a maritime shipping company.
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A note found in a "time capsule" containing half a billion German Reichsmarks hidden in 1930 in the organ in Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway.
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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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Reindeer in Norway
Reindeer in Norway
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Canada s Drew Doughty (L) and Norway s Jonas Holos fight for the puck during the third period of the...
Canada's Drew Doughty (L) and Norway's Jonas Holos fight for the puck during the third period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 13, 2014
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Billboard straddling the Norway/Sweden border advertising the fact that Swedish Big Mac's are cheaper.
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Center of the city of Bergen seen from the hill where the University of Bergen is located.
Center of the city of Bergen seen from the hill where the University of Bergen is located.
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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