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City in Norway building highway for bees

Oslo - Oslo, the capital of Norway, is in the process of creating what is known as a "bee highway," which will provide them with a safe route through the city.

Norway blazes trail by pulling huge sovereign fund out of coal

Oslo - Norway's parliament voted Friday to pull its sovereign wealth fund -- the world's biggest -- out of coal, in what is seen as a major victory for environmentalists.

Taliban admit holding informal Afghan talks in Norway

Kabul - The Taliban on Friday admitted taking part in informal talks in Norway with an Afghan delegation, reportedly made up of women, signalling a nascent dialogue despite an escalating militant offensive.

Snowden awarded freedom of expression prize in Norway

Oslo - Former security contractor Edward Snowden won a Norwegian prize for freedom of expression Tuesday and received yet another invitation to leave his exile and receive the award in person.

Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother

New York - Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.

NATO to hold anti-submarine warfare exercise in Norway

Oslo - Norway said Thursday that up to 5,000 NATO troops would take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off its coast in early May, amid growing regional unease over suspected submarine sightings.

Norway tests out 'animal rights cops'

Oslo - Norwegian police is creating a unit to investigate cruelty to animals, the government said Monday, arguing that those who hurt animals often harm people too.

Blacklisted Russian deputy PM angers Norway with Arctic visit

Oslo - Norway said Sunday it was angry that Russia's deputy prime minister visited its Arctic Svalbard archipelago this weekend even though he is banned from Norwegian territory over Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.

Earthworms rained down on Norway

In southern Norway, earthworms have been raining down from the skies, and biologists and meteorologists have been scratching their heads.

Norway to ease rules on gender change recognition

Oslo - Norway will introduce a new law governing sex changes, the government said Friday after an expert group recommended an end to what critics call "medieval" treatment of transgender people.

Russian ships in old Arctic NATO base set alarms bells ringing

Oslo - Russian ships docked at what was once a secret Norwegian naval base in the Arctic have prompted concern from the NATO country's former top military leaders, anxious about its resurgent eastern neighbour roaming nearby.

Norwegian Air Shuttle to require two people in cockpit

Oslo - Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said Thursday it would require two people in the cockpit at all times for safety reasons.

Norwegian court ups jail term for mother who drowned infant

Oslo - A Norwegian appeals court increased jail terms Tuesday for a Norwegian woman who drowned her infant and her British lover who gave her instructions via a webcam.

World's first academy to train local aid workers launched in London

London - The world's first academy to train local aid workers and volunteers as first responders to disasters that occur in their own countries was launched in London on Monday.

Norway's Catholic Church denies fraud

Oslo - Norway's Catholic Church, accused of exaggerating its membership numbers to obtain more state aid, denied Monday it had engaged in fraud but admitted its past methods were "unsatisfactory.

Nobel Peace committee demotes controversial head

Oslo - Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday demoted its controversial chairman Thorbjoern Jagland in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award.

Dutch, Norwegian convicts angry over 'luxury' cell deal

Den Haag - Dutch prisoners who currently enjoy countryside views and can cook their own food are suing the government over a deal for Norwegian convicts to take over their "luxury" cells.

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.
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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.
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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A massive truck explosion destroyed a farm nearby in Norway.
A massive truck explosion destroyed a farm nearby in Norway.
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Reindeer in Norway
Reindeer in Norway
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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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Oslo in Norway was hit by record-breaking torrential rains on June 26  2014
Oslo in Norway was hit by record-breaking torrential rains on June 26, 2014
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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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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 makeshift memorial was created in Oslo  Norway to commemorate those who were killed when a gunman ...
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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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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Bergen  Norway  seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Bergen, Norway, seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
A school of fish was flash frozen in the island of Lovund in Norway
A school of fish was flash frozen in the island of Lovund in Norway
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Screenshot of video showing a tow truck and rig falling off the cliff edge
Screenshot of video showing a tow truck and rig falling off the cliff edge
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Formal gardens at the University of Bergen s Botanical Garden  near the Bergen Museum.
Formal gardens at the University of Bergen's Botanical Garden, near the Bergen Museum.
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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Ida Beate Løken sitting in her cave in Norway.
Ida Beate Løken sitting in her cave in Norway.
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Norwegian Folk Museum  Oslo  Norway.
Norwegian Folk Museum, Oslo, Norway.
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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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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.