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Snowden again fails to win no-extradition pledge from Norway

Oslo - A Norwegian court on Wednesday dismissed a fresh bid by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden to win assurances he would not be extradited to the US should he come to Norway to collect an award.

Lithuania eyes Norway air defence deal amid Russia fears

Vilnius - Lithuania said Monday it is in talks to buy Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems to address the defence gap on NATO's eastern flank, amid concerns over Russia.

Philippine militants got ransom for Norwegian, say analysts

Manila - A notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines enjoyed another lucrative payday when it released a Norwegian hostage after a year in captivity, analysts said Monday.

Philippine militants got ransom for Norwegian, say analysts

Manila - A notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines enjoyed another lucrative payday when it released a Norwegian hostage after a year in captivity, analysts said Monday.

Philippine militants got ransom for Norwegian, say analysts

Manila - A notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines enjoyed another lucrative payday when it released a Norwegian hostage after a year in captivity, analysts said Monday.

Norwegian hostage freed by Philippine militants 'lucky to be alive'

Indanan - A freed Norwegian hostage said he was "lucky to be alive" Sunday, after being kidnapped by Islamic militants and held in the southern Philippine jungle for more than a year.

Norway plans to cull 47 of its remaining 68 wolves

Norwegian wildlife department is planning to issue hunting permits to shoot up to 47 of an estimated 68 remaining wolves living in wilderness citing harm done to livestock by the carnivores.

Philippine militants 'free Norwegian hostage'

Manila - A Norwegian held hostage by a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines was released Saturday after a year in captivity and will soon be handed over to authorities, officials said.

Angering activists, Norway says to kill wolves

Oslo - Norway was accused of authorising the "mass slaughter" of its endangered wolf population on Friday after announcing that 47 of the predators would be killed by hunters.

Facebook restores Norwegian PM's 'napalm girl' protest post

Oslo - Facebook had restored by Saturday a post by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg which it had taken down over an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing.

Facebook backs off censoring 'napalm girl' photo

San Francisco - Facebook backtracked Friday on a decision to censor an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing, after its block on the historic image sparked outrage.

Facebook accused of censoring iconic Vietnam War photo

Oslo - Facebook was confronted Friday with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister and users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo.

U.K. gardens being taken over by voracious foreign invader

Nothing is worse than going out to your garden and finding it has been eaten overnight by voracious five-inch brown and orange mottled slugs. But that is exactly what British gardeners are dealing with today — an invasion of Spanish slugs.

More than 300 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway

Oslo - More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in southern Norway, officials said Monday, in the largest such incident known to date.

Oslo appeal over Breivik's 'inhuman' treatment due January

Oslo - Norway's appeal against being found guilty of subjecting mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik to "inhuman" treatment by keeping him in solitary confinement, will go to court in January, judicial officials said Friday.

Down in the dumps: Norway man stuck down loo over lost phone

Oslo - Firemen in Norway came to the rescue Friday of a man who climbed into an outdoor public toilet to retrieve a friend's cell phone, after he got stuck in the tank.

Philippine govt, Communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

Oslo - The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas on Friday signed an indefinite ceasefire deal to facilitate peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies."This is a historic and unprecedented event ...

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.
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Elon Musk speaks to Norwegian Tesla S owners in Oslo.
Elon Musk speaks to Norwegian Tesla S owners in Oslo.
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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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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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Mountain scenery along the train route from Bergen to Oslo.
Mountain scenery along the train route from Bergen to Oslo.
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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BSE is a disease found in cattle.
BSE is a disease found in cattle.
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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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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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This video frame shows Anders Behring Breivik being taken back to Utøya where he  in a bulletproof ...
This video frame shows Anders Behring Breivik being taken back to Utøya where he, in a bulletproof vest and tethered on a rope, shows the investigators how he killed 69 people July 22nd.
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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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Afterposten newspaper in Norway ran a lost wallet test to see if people in Oslo were honest.
Afterposten newspaper in Norway ran a lost wallet test to see if people in Oslo were honest.
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A massive truck explosion destroyed a farm nearby in Norway.
A massive truck explosion destroyed a farm nearby in Norway.
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Billboard straddling the Norway/Sweden border advertising the fact that Swedish Big Mac s are cheape...
Billboard straddling the Norway/Sweden border advertising the fact that Swedish Big Mac's are cheaper.
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An elegant pergola located near the park and small lake in the center of Bergen.
An elegant pergola located near the park and small lake in the center of Bergen.
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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Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
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Jumping Salmon  Toft  Nordland Fylke  Norway.
Jumping Salmon, Toft, Nordland Fylke, Norway.
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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.
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim  Norway.
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.
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