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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.

Norway named best place to grow old

London - Norway is the best place to grow old, according to the latest Global AgeWatch index of 96 countries published on Wednesday, while Afghanistan is the worst.

Breivik's father says he is partially responsible for murders

Oslo - The father of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik said on Thursday he felt partially responsible and regretted not having been there for his son before he killed 77 people in 2011.

Four-year-old Norwegian girl sleepwalks four kilometers

A four-year-old girl was found, on her own and wearing only pants and boots, after sleepwalking for over four kilometers or 2.5 miles from her home Finnmark, North Norway to Hjellplassen, Honningsvåg. She was found safely at 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Breivik attempts to start 'fascist' party from prison

Oslo - Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011, says he wants to establish a "fascist" party from prison, claiming this could prevent a repeat of his massacre.

Foul-smelling beer withdrawn from sale in Norway

The smell of the beer was compared by consumers to, well, human flatulence, to put it politely. Customers complained about the foul odor and Mack brewers was forced to withdraw the brew from stock.

Norwegian cyclists hospitalized after drinking soap detergent

Oslo - The makers of a certain new clothes washing detergent are seriously considering changing their labeling after six thirsty Norwegian cyclists were hospitalized after drinking the product, thinking it was a sports drink.

Drunk Segway driver a first for Norwegian police

Oslo - Police in Norway have had a novel experience as they arrested their very first drunk driver on a Segway machine. The Norwegian government had only recently lifted a ban on the vehicles when the incident occurred.

Highway tunnel closed by overheated reindeer in Norway

Hammerfest - Norway is experiencing unusually high summer temperatures at present and on Monday, authorities were forced to close part of a motorway in the Arctic north, after reindeer sought shady refuge in a road tunnel.

Ali the camel on the lam (again) from Norway circus (Video)

This is apparently the second time in two days that Ali the camel has escaped from the traveling Circus Arnardo. He was discovered by locals, grazing peacefully next to a public highway in Stjørdal.

Norway partially closes Bergen airspace over terror alert

Oslo - Norway closed part of the airspace over its second city Bergen and tightened border checks on Saturday, police said, two days after the country upped security following a terror alert.
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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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Lærdalsøyri - Heritage village in Norway
Lærdalsøyri - Heritage village in Norway
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Advertising agency DDB compares food  alcohol and tobacco prices between Norway and Sweden.
Advertising agency DDB compares food, alcohol and tobacco prices between Norway and Sweden.
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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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BSE is a disease found in cattle.
BSE is a disease found in cattle.
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As a glacier recedes  archaeologists in Norway have discovered the remains of an ice age horse.
As a glacier recedes, archaeologists in Norway have discovered the remains of an ice age horse.
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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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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
Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
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Bergen  Norway  seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Bergen, Norway, seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Armed police patrol outside Oslo Airport on July  24  2014 amid warnings of a terror plot
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 vi...
The Bryggen, seen from across the harbor. This section of the city is one of the best recognized views of Bergen.
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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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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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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Bergen  Norway. The Bryggen  seen from across the harbor.
Bergen, Norway. The Bryggen, seen from across the harbor.
The city of Alesund seen from  Aksla Hill  shortly before sunset.
The city of Alesund seen from Aksla Hill, shortly before sunset.
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Snusen the fox and Tinni the dog are firm friends.
Snusen the fox and Tinni the dog are firm friends.
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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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