The Nobel Committee’s chairman has been removed from his post for the first time in the award’s 114-year history. He’s been criticized over a number of the panel’s controversial picks, like US president and the EU.
Ousted Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland, … Read the rest
The scope of the law, which was originally intended to ban homeless people from begging on the street, has been extended to also criminalise those offering money or other help, outraging many in Oslo who believe they risked being charged … Read the rest
A recent statement by the FW de Klerk Foundation in Cape Town after the Constitutional Court’s finding in the Renate Barnard affirmative-action case, said that “[the judgement] is, in effect, a prescription for, and validation of, harmful discrimination against millions … Read the rest
In the heart of Norway’s countryside, the U.S. military is bolstering its arsenal of weapons with tanks, gun trucks and other armored vehicles along with hundreds of containers of equipment.
The Marine Corps is overseeing the effort, which expands the … Read the rest
The European Union will lift the sanctions it has imposed on Russia over the situation in Ukraine in one to three months, according to research conducted by the Danske Bank.
“We believe an escalating trade war would be unbearable for … Read the rest
The Church of Norway on Tuesday rejected a proposal for religious same-sex marriage, even though it had the support of most bishops. Norway was among the first countries in Europe to grant homosexuals full rights, including marriage and adoption in … Read the rest
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the 2014 prize, said the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s director, Geir Lundestad.
Committee members who … Read the rest
Russian skiers have secured victory for Russia in the Olympic medal table by occupying all places on the podium in the 50km mass start race on the final day of the Games.
Aleksandr Legkov won the race with the result … Read the rest
Iceland’s government will seek parliamentary approval to withdraw its application to join the European Union, opting not to restart accession talks that were put on ice a year ago.
A bill proposing the withdrawal was sent to parliament late on … Read the rest
A TV sketch lampooning the banning of Jews from Norway in the country’s first constitution has been condemned as “shocking” and “embarrassing” by a leading politician in the country.
The sketch, which starred comedian Atle Antonsen, imagines how it came … Read the rest
Iceland, long known for its geothermal power, may become the next Nordic oil state, should predictions of an offshore deposit containing 10 billion barrels of oil hold true.
Icelandic authorities told Dagbladet, a Norwegian newspaper, that the deposit, between the … Read the rest
by Dan Roodt
Ever since Nelson Mandela died, but even before, one was utterly flabbergasted before the intensity of media fervour pouring out en hommage to the Big Man. In Africa, of course, there are all kinds of theories about … Read the rest
From spats over halal meat in Danish schools to asylum seekers in Sweden, anger about immigration has fuelled the march of populist parties across Nordic countries, leading one such group to the brink of government in prosperous Norway.
The anti-tax … Read the rest
Tjostolv Moland, one of two Norwegian citizens imprisoned in the Congo since 2009 on murder charges, has died in prison. He was 32.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately clear, attorney Hans Marius Graasvold said.
British-Norwegian citizen Joshua French, who … Read the rest