Norway - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Norway Report: Over 31 million people internally displaced in 2016 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 31 million people were displaced in their own countries last year — over 75 percent as a result of natural disasters and weather-related events, and the rest from violence and conflicts with Congo and Syria topping the list, according to a new report released Monday. East Asia and the Pacific accounted for two-thirds of the... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:10:00 GMT 2017-05-22T23:10:00Z Europe rights chief says migrant laws push youth to crime NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Laws in some European countries that impede migrant children from reuniting with their families or force them to leave when they turn 18 create a "huge security risk" by potentially turning young people to crime and extremism, the chief of Europe's top human rights body said Friday. Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagl... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:53:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:53:00Z Norwegian freed from Congo prison won't be tried back home COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's foreign minister says the Norwegian-British man freed from a life sentence in a Congo prison for murder will not be tried back home. Borge Brende says it is clear that Joshua French "has no conviction against him here." French returned to the Scandinavian country on Wednesday. Brende spoke Thursday af... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:52:00 GMT 2017-05-18T13:52:00Z Norwegian-British man released from Congo prison COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man with dual Norwegian and British citizenship who had been sentenced to life in prison for murder in Congo has been freed on humanitarian grounds and returned to the Scandinavian county, authorities said Wednesday. "I am very pleased to confirm that the Congolese authorities decided yesterday to transfer Joshua French to Nor... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:30:00Z The Latest: Freed Norwegian-British man returns from Congo COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the release of a Norwegian-British man from a Congo prison (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Norway's prime minister says a man with dual Norwegian and British citizenship has been freed from a Congo prison where he was serving life for murder. Prime Minister Er... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:10:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:10:00Z Group leaders Canada and Russia win 5-0 at ice hockey worlds PARIS (AP) — Defenseman Colton Parayko scored twice and center Nate Mackinnon moved atop the tournament scoring leaders with three assists as defending champion Canada beat Norway 5-0 at the ice hockey world championship on Monday. Canada tops Group B with five wins from six matches, putting it three points ahead of 2010 winner Czech Republic. Canada has ... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:15:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:15:00Z Crime thriller by Jo Nesbo keeps readers guessing "The Thirst" (Alfred A. Knopf), Jo Nesbo It all starts with a Tinder date in a bar appropriately called Jealousy and ends with death on an ice-covered fjord. In between, "The Thirst," the latest Harry Hole crime thriller by Jo Nesbo, is filled with horrific murder scenes intensely detailed enough to chill the blood in your veins. The wo... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:39:00 GMT 2017-05-15T15:39:00Z Norway's largest party opposes Israel boycott COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The leader of the main Norwegian opposition group is opposing a boycott of Israel decided by the Norway's largest trade union confederation, a traditional ally. Jonas Gahr Store, who leads the left-leaning Labor Party, says the move by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) says would not bring progress on a political solution to the conf... Sat, 13 May 2017 10:47:00 GMT 2017-05-13T10:47:00Z Norway: object hitting rotor likely cause for chopper crash TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Norwegian authorities say initial investigation indicates that the likely cause for a helicopter accident on Norway's southwestern coast that left three Britons injured is a loose object from the chopper's fuel tank that hit a rotor. Norwegian police said Friday they have no evidence of human or technical failure in connection with... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:43:00 GMT 2017-05-12T15:43:00Z Norway teens say their graduation blowouts beat them all AALGAARD, Norway (AP) — They compete to trick out the flashiest party buses, buy enough beer to level a biker club, and commission crude songs to soundtrack their graduation blowouts. And that's before they even take their exams. They are "the russ," teenagers on the verge of graduating from Norway's high schools, and they have a tradition of rocking the ... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:39:00 GMT 2017-05-12T10:39:00Z Canada rallies to beat France at worlds; Russia tops Denmark PARIS (AP) — Canada rallied to beat France 3-2 on Thursday night in the world hockey championship, breaking a tie early in the third period when the puck deflected past goalie Florian Hardy off French teammate Jonathan Janil. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was credited with the goal. "The crowd was great," Canadian defenseman Jason Demers said. "It was great to see ... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:46:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:46:00Z Norway reverse 40-year-old ban on reptiles COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian government has reversed a 40-year-old ban to allow 19 kinds of reptiles to be held as pets. Norway's Agriculture and Food Ministry which also handles laws concerning domestic animals published a list Thursday allowing nine species of snakes, seven kinds of lizards and three types of turtles as of Aug. 15. Amphibians are still not lega... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:18:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:18:00Z Latvia stays above Russia at worlds after beating Italy 2-1 PARIS (AP) — Center Andris Dzerins scored his second goal of the game with a little more than one minute left as Latvia beat Italy 2-1 at the ice hockey world championships on Tuesday to remain top of Group A, ahead of Russia. Although Russia has also won its three matches so far, it is in second place because one of those wins came after overtime and a s... Tue, 09 May 2017 21:45:00 GMT 2017-05-09T21:45:00Z Norway supermarket chain pioneers battery recycling machines COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's second-largest supermarket chain said Tuesday it has introduced reverse vending machines that give customers discount coupons for new batteries when they deposit old ones for recycling. Coop Norway believes the Swedish-made machines are the world's first for batteries, company spokesman Harald Kristiansen said. Just und... Tue, 09 May 2017 15:17:00 GMT 2017-05-09T15:17:00Z With Snowden barred from Norway, group gives prize in Moscow COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian press advocacy group says it has finally given an award to Edward Snowden in Moscow after several failed attempts to win a legal guarantee in Norway that the former National Security Agency contractor could travel freely without risk of being extradited to the United States. Hege Newth Nouri, head of Norway's chapter... Wed, 03 May 2017 12:54:00 GMT 2017-05-03T12:54:00Z The Latest: EU prolongs migrant border controls ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The European Union says it will allow Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and non-EU country Norway to prolong ID checks at their borders but want the migrant controls phased out by November. The five are members of Europe's passport-free ... Tue, 02 May 2017 15:47:00 GMT 2017-05-02T15:47:00Z 1 in critical condition after 5 go thru ice in Arctic Norway COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities say a man who was among five Russian tourists who went through the ice in Svalbard fjord on a snowmobile trek remains in an unstable critical condition. Authorities say the five were first sent to the Norwegian archipelago's main hospital on Thursday but two were immediately flown to a nearby, larger hospit... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:14:00 GMT 2017-04-28T11:14:00Z Cyprus police: Norwegian sought in daughter's kidnapping NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cyprus police spokesman says an arrest warrant has been issued for the Norwegian father of a 4-year-old girl who was snatched outside a Nicosia daycare. Andreas Angelides says the 49-year-old Norwegian, who is divorced from the girl's Cypriot mother, is sought on suspicion of kidnapping, abduction and assault. A... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:02:00 GMT 2017-04-27T15:02:00Z Russia objects to NATO meeting in Svalbards under 1920 pact MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign ministry is objecting to a meeting of lawmakers from NATO countries that is planned to take place in the Svalbard Islands next month. Under a 1920 international treaty, the archipelago is under Norwegian rule. But all treaty signatories have the right to reside there and the islands are not to be used "for warlike purposes." ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:50:00 GMT 2017-04-19T15:50:00Z Norway extends detention of 17-year-old in explosive case HELSINKI (AP) — A Norwegian court has extended by two weeks the detention of a 17-year-old asylum-seeker in the investigation of a homemade explosive device that was left by a subway station in Oslo. The Oslo District Court's decision came after police prosecutors alleged that the teenager is being charged with attempting to detonate the device crafted from a lighter fluid c... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:02:00 GMT 2017-04-10T19:02:00Z Norwegian leader meets with China's Xi as ties restored BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Norway's prime minister on Monday as the two countries sought to move beyond a six-year rift following the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Meeting in Beijing, Xi commended Prime Minister Erna Solberg for her "hard work" in helping normalize ties between the countrie... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:52:00 GMT 2017-04-10T10:52:00Z Teen asylum-seeker ID'd as suspect in Norway explosive case COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 17-year-old asylum-seeker from Russia was arrested Sunday in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station in Norway's capital that police defused before it detonated, authorities said. The youth was detained on suspicion of handling explosives, but investigators do not know if he planned to carry out an... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-04-09T16:35:00Z Norway police defuse explosive device, arrest suspect STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway's police have defused an explosive device found near a busy subway station in the capital and arrested a suspect. The discovery of the explosive Saturday night brought police to evacuate late night bars and restaurants. Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device, initially described as "bomb-li... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:50:00 GMT 2017-04-09T12:50:00Z Norway police neutralize explosive device, arrest suspect STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — An explosive device found by a busy subway station in the Norwegian capital forced police to evacuate late night bars and restaurants, but officials said the device was neutralized and a suspect arrested. Police Chief Vidar Pedersen confirmed that the device found Saturday night, initially described as "bomb-like," was an explosiv... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 04:04:00 GMT 2017-04-09T04:04:00Z Purged from Turkish army, NATO officers get asylum in Norway STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway and Turkey — NATO's northern and southern frontiers in Europe — have been pillars of the Western military alliance for more than 60 years. But the diplomatic temperature between the two has fallen steadily since Turkey recalled dozens of military officers as suspects in an aborted coup — and Norway became the first nation to grant some of them... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-04-08T18:30:00Z Norwegian PM visits China as part of restoration of ties BEIJING (AP) — Norway's prime minister began a visit to China on Friday as part of a restoration of full contacts between the two countries, more than six years after Beijing froze Oslo out over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Following a welcoming ceremony Friday, Erna Solberg was told by Chinese Premier Li Keqia... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:49:00 GMT 2017-04-07T12:49:00Z Norway will build the world's first ship tunnel COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway plans to build the world's first tunnel for ships, a 1,700-meter (5,610-feet) passageway burrowed through a piece of rocky peninsula that will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea. Construction of the Stad Ship Tunnel, which would be able to accommodate cruise and freight ships weighing up to 16,000 tons, is e... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:20:00 GMT 2017-04-06T18:20:00Z Norway court sentences man for recruiting for IS group COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An Oslo court has sentenced a Norwegian man to nine years in prison for recruiting others to join radical Islamic State militants in Syria, in the first such ruling in Norway. The Oslo District Court says 31-year-old Arslan Maroof, known as Ubaydullah Hussain, had recruited "at least two people" for IS. Hussain is a former leadi... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:26:00 GMT 2017-04-04T11:26:00Z Norway kicks off minke hunt, raises quota to 999 whales COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway on Saturday kicked off its annual six-month whale hunting season with whalers allowed to kill an increased quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016. The International Whaling Commission imposed a commercial ban on whaling in 1986, but Norway objected. Norwegian officials estimate there are more than 100,000 North Atlantic minke... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:39:00 GMT 2017-04-01T19:39:00Z Norway minister: 2-state Mideast solution "under pressure" COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's foreign minister says a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "is under pressure" as he left Oslo for a visit to the Middle East. Borge Brende says "only a two-state solution can lead to lasting peace between the parties." He says "a sustainable Palestinian economy and well-functionin... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:58:00 GMT 2017-04-01T14:58:00Z