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Spain, Norway and Ireland Recognize Palestinian State, Further Isolating Israel

22 May 2024  |  www.nytimes.com
Spain, Norway, and Ireland have recognized an independent Palestinian state, marking a significant diplomatic setback for Israel and highlighting its increasing isolation. The coordinated announcements criticize Israel's right-wing government for its opposition to a two-state solution, settlement expansions, and ongoing military actions in Gaza. Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris emphasized the symbolic importance of recognition, drawing parallels to Ireland's own history of seeking independence.

Spain, Norway and Ireland Recognize a Palestinian State, a Blow to Israel

22 May 2024  |  www.nytimes.com
Spain, Norway, and Ireland have recognized a Palestinian state, challenging Israel's stance and highlighting the growing international support for Palestinian sovereignty. The move is seen as a response to Israel's lack of a long-term peace plan and the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The White House and other Western countries maintain that Palestinian statehood should be achieved through negotiations. The recognition by these European countries underscores the erosion of global support for Israel and the increasing isolation it faces. The article also discusses the broader implications for international relations and the potential shifts in European Union policies.

What Does It Mean to Recognize a Palestinian State?

22 May 2024  |  www.nytimes.com
Three European countries — Ireland, Norway, and Spain — have recognized a Palestinian state, aligning with Palestinian leaders' long-term goal of diplomatic acceptance. While the immediate practical impact is limited, the recognition signifies support for Palestinians and sends a message to Israel amid international concerns about its conduct in the war. Norway plans to upgrade its representative office in the West Bank to an embassy, while Ireland and Spain emphasize the need for peace in Gaza and a two-state solution. The recognition is seen as a step towards a peaceful and secure Palestinian state within internationally agreed borders.

An education minister fought plagiarism. Then she was caught copying

26 Jan 2024  |  www.watoday.com.au
Norway's higher education minister, Sandra Borch, resigned after it was revealed that parts of her master's thesis were plagiarized. This revelation came shortly after she appealed a Supreme Court case involving a student accused of plagiarism. The discovery was made by Kristoffer Rytterager, who was motivated by what he saw as hypocrisy in Borch's actions. The incident has led to increased scrutiny of other lawmakers' academic work, with some calling for resignations. The government is considering stricter penalties for cheating and plagiarism in educational institutions.

An education minister fought plagiarism. Then she was caught copying

26 Jan 2024  |  The Age
Sandra Borch, Norway’s higher education minister, resigned after it was revealed that parts of her master’s thesis were plagiarized. This revelation came shortly after she appealed a Supreme Court case involving a student accused of plagiarism. The discovery was made by Kristoffer Rytterager, who was motivated by what he saw as hypocrisy in Borch's actions. The incident has led to increased scrutiny of other politicians' academic work, including Health Minister Ingvild Kjerkol. The government is considering stricter penalties for academic cheating and plagiarism.

An education minister fought plagiarism. Then she was caught copying

26 Jan 2024  |  www.smh.com.au
Norway's higher education minister, Sandra Borch, resigned after being caught plagiarizing parts of her master's thesis. Borch had previously appealed a plagiarism acquittal to the Supreme Court, which led to public shock when her own academic misconduct was revealed. Kristoffer Rytterager, a student, uncovered Borch's plagiarism, which was similar to a government report. The incident has prompted media scrutiny of other lawmakers' academic work, including health minister Ingvild Kjerkol, who denied deliberate copying despite similarities in her thesis. The government is proposing stricter penalties for academic cheating.

Norway landslide injures 10, leaves 10 missing

04 Oct 2023  |  www.seattletimes.com
A landslide in the village of Ask, northeast of Oslo, Norway, injured at least 10 people and left 10 others missing. Over 900 residents were evacuated, with extensive rescue operations underway involving helicopters, drones, and various emergency services. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and King Harald V expressed their condolences and support for those affected. The cause of the landslide remains unclear, and the ground continues to shift, complicating rescue efforts.

Norway evaluates the asylum request of a Russian deserter

29 May 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Andrei Medvédev, a former member of Russia's Wagner mercenary group, seeks asylum in Norway after deserting during the battle for Bakhmut in Ukraine. Medvédev, who claims to have escaped Russia by crossing a frozen Arctic river, has been cooperating with Norwegian authorities by providing information on Wagner. His asylum request presents a dilemma for Norway, balancing humanitarian values with national security and solidarity with Ukraine.

Russia Launches a Rare Daytime Missile Attack on Kyiv

29 May 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Ukrainian air defenses, bolstered by Western weapons, successfully intercepted all 11 missiles aimed at Kyiv during a rare daytime attack, causing minimal damage and no confirmed casualties. The attack followed a night of heavy bombardment, with Russian forces continuously testing Ukraine's air defenses by varying their tactics. Ukrainian officials reported that 40 cruise missiles and 38 drones were launched by Russia, with the majority being shot down. President Volodymyr Zelensky hinted at an imminent counteroffensive, while Ukrainian forces continue to prepare. The conflict has severely impacted daily life in Ukraine, with residents adapting to frequent air raid alarms and missile strikes.

Wagner’s Withdrawal From Bakhmut Would Present Test to Russian Army

25 May 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Wagner Group's planned withdrawal from Bakhmut poses a significant challenge for the Russian Army, which has relied on Wagner's agile and disciplined forces. Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner's leader, has been critical of Russian military leadership but acknowledges the mutual dependency between Wagner and the Russian Army. Ukrainian forces, meanwhile, are focusing on making it difficult for Russia to hold Bakhmut and are preparing for a broader counteroffensive. The article also discusses the involvement of far-right groups like the Russian Volunteer Corps in cross-border raids, raising concerns about their impact on Ukraine's international support.

With Russia’s Exit, Norway Becomes Europe’s Energy Champion

06 Apr 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Norway has become Europe's main energy supplier following Russia's reduction in natural gas exports due to the war in Ukraine. Petoro, a state-owned company, oversees significant oil and gas fields, contributing to Norway's increased energy output. The war has highlighted Norway's crucial role in Europe's energy security, leading to a surge in oil and gas earnings. However, this reliance on fossil fuels has sparked mixed feelings in Norway, with debates on climate change and future energy policies. Despite falling gas prices and pressures to reduce emissions, Norway continues to invest in oil and gas production while also transitioning to cleaner energy sources.

A Russian Mole in Germany Sows Suspicions at Home, and Beyond

17 Feb 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
A former German soldier and local children's soccer coach was arrested on charges of treason and spying for Russia, marking one of the gravest espionage scandals in recent German history. The man, who worked for Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (B.N.D.) as a director of technical reconnaissance, had access to critical information, including high-level surveillance from Western partners like the C.I.A. This case threatens to undermine the trust of Western intelligence agencies in Germany at a time when Russia poses a significant security threat to Europe and is escalating its espionage efforts across the continent.

A Wagner Fighter Defects to Norway, Promising to Expose Russian War Crimes

17 Jan 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Andrei Medvedev, a former commander in the Wagner mercenary group, has defected to Norway and applied for asylum after being detained for illegally crossing the border from Russia. His defection is seen as potentially significant for international investigations into Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Norwegian immigration authorities have confirmed his detention and asylum request but have not provided further details due to security and privacy concerns.

Russian spies take hold in Norway - pretend to be Brazilians and fly drones

13 Dec 2022  |  15min.lt
A guest researcher at Tromsø University in Norway, who claimed to be Brazilian but could not speak Portuguese, was arrested by the Norwegian Security Police (PST) on October 24, 2022. The individual, who self-funded his visit and offered to reorganize the main website of the Peace Studies Center where he worked, was revealed to be a Russian spy named Michailas Mikušinas.

In a wary Arctic, Norway starts to see Russian spies everywhere

13 Dec 2022  |  afr.com
Norway is experiencing heightened vigilance against potential Russian espionage, particularly after incidents involving drone sightings over critical infrastructure and the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines. The country, now a major oil and gas supplier to Europe, is on alert for sabotage and espionage, leading to several arrests of Russian citizens for flying drones, which Norway interprets as a violation of European sanctions. High-profile cases include Andrey Yakunin, who has been charged but not accused of spying. Legal and human rights questions arise as Norway navigates its response to these security concerns, with some cases leading to acquittals and appeals. The situation reflects broader security jitters in the Arctic, a region with a history of espionage dating back to the Cold War.

In a wary Arctic, Norway starts to see Russian spies everywhere

12 Dec 2022  |  www.seattletimes.com
Norway is increasingly vigilant about potential Russian espionage, especially in the Arctic region, following the arrest of Mikhail Mikushin, a Russian spy posing as a Brazilian researcher. This heightened alertness is shared across Europe amid the ongoing war in Ukraine and rising tensions with Russia. Several incidents, including drone sightings and damaged infrastructure, have fueled suspicions of Russian sabotage. Legal actions against Russian citizens for flying drones have sparked debates on the balance between security and democratic values. The situation underscores the broader geopolitical struggle and the complexities of maintaining security without compromising civil liberties.

Norwegian Princess Engaged to Shaman Gives Up Royal Duties

10 Nov 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Princess Martha Louise of Norway has relinquished her royal duties following her engagement to Durek Verrett, an American shaman known for his controversial statements and products. The decision comes after significant media scrutiny and public criticism of Mr. Verrett. The royal family announced that the couple will no longer associate their activities with the Royal House of Norway, although Martha Louise will retain her title.

Safety Concerns Overshadow Europe’s First New Gas Link in Decades

01 Oct 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Natural gas is set to start flowing through Baltic Pipe, a new pipeline bringing gas from Norway to Central Europe, marking a significant step towards energy independence from Russia. However, the opening is overshadowed by suspected sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the new gas link. Poland, which has long envisioned Baltic Pipe, sees it as crucial for ending its reliance on Russian gas. European and Kremlin leaders have labeled the Nord Stream leaks as sophisticated sabotage likely carried out by a state actor.

Freya, a Famous Walrus, Is Killed and Norwegians Are Divided

19 Aug 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Freya, a 1,300-pound walrus named after the Norse goddess, had become a beloved media sensation in Oslo. On August 13, she was seen diving from a boat, feasting on clams, and snoozing on the deck. Christian Ytteborg, a marina worker, called authorities to help guard her, leading to a friendly interaction with the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries.

Heat and Drought in Europe Strain Energy Supply

18 Aug 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Europe is experiencing severe heat and drought, impacting energy supplies and exposing vulnerabilities in the energy system. Norway's reservoirs are at critically low levels, affecting hydropower production. France's nuclear plants are struggling with warm river water, and Germany's coal transport is hindered by low water levels in the Rhine. The situation is exacerbated by Russia's reduction of natural gas exports. European countries are debating energy policies and considering new measures to ensure energy security.

Salman Rushdie Attack Recalls Murder of His Japanese Translator

13 Aug 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
The recent attack on Salman Rushdie in New York has renewed interest in past attacks related to his 1988 novel, 'The Satanic Verses,' including the 1991 murder of its Japanese translator, Hitoshi Igarashi. Igarashi was killed at Tsukuba University, and the crime remains unsolved. Rushdie, who was seriously injured in the recent attack, is recovering. The article also mentions the historical context of the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the threats faced by those associated with the book.

Norway mass shooting is being investigated as terrorism, police say

26 Jun 2022  |  indianexpress.com
A mass shooting outside London Pub, a gay nightclub in Oslo, Norway, is being investigated as an act of terrorism and a hate crime. The 42-year-old Norwegian-Iranian suspect, known to security services since 2015, was detained and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The attack resulted in two deaths and 21 injuries, prompting the cancellation of Oslo's Pride parade. Despite the cancellation, an impromptu march and rally occurred. Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store and other officials condemned the attack, while the community expressed shock and called for solidarity.

Oslo Shooting Is Being Investigated as Terrorism, Police Say

25 Jun 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
A shooting outside a popular gay club in downtown Oslo during a Pride festival left two people dead and at least 10 others seriously wounded. The police are investigating the incident as an act of terrorism and a hate crime. The suspect, a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was detained shortly after the attack. The Oslo Pride parade and festival were canceled, but an impromptu march and rally took place in a show of unity and solidarity.

Sunflower Oil ‘Vanishes’ as Ukraine War Grinds On

30 Apr 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has severely disrupted global food supplies, particularly sunflower oil, leading to shortages and price hikes. Ukraine, previously the largest exporter of sunflower oil, has seen its harvests paralyzed, affecting nations worldwide. This has exacerbated food crises in regions like East Africa and prompted export restrictions in countries such as Indonesia. Retailers in various countries, including Britain, Spain, and Greece, have imposed purchase limits on cooking oils to manage the shortage. Industry representatives highlight the compounded impact of the pandemic and the war on supply chains, with some costs inevitably being passed on to consumers.

What Happened on Day 16 of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

11 Mar 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
The article discusses the impact of sanctions on Russian oligarchs and their assets, particularly focusing on Yuri Kovalchuk and his connections to Vladimir Putin. It highlights the seizure of luxury assets linked to Russian officials and the investigation into the ownership of superyachts potentially associated with Putin. The United Nations and various international bodies have denied Russia's allegations of biological weapons programs in Ukraine. The Arctic Council and other organizations have suspended cooperation with Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine, raising concerns about Arctic defense and security. The article also covers the diplomatic tensions and disinformation campaigns between Russia, the United States, and China.

Inside Denmark’s ‘Live With Covid’ Approach

08 Feb 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Denmark has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, no longer considering it a 'socially critical disease,' despite high infection rates and hospitalizations. The decision follows the country's high vaccination rate, with 81% fully vaccinated and 62% having received a booster shot. Health Minister Magnus Heunicke emphasizes that the move is not an indication of moving past the pandemic but a response to the mildness of the Omicron variant and the current vaccination coverage.

Anders Behring Breivik, Norwegian Terrorist, Is Denied Parole

01 Feb 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist responsible for the 2011 attacks that killed 77 people, was denied parole by a Norwegian court, which cited his lack of empathy and continued extremist views. The parole hearing, held at Skien prison, highlighted Breivik's unrepentant stance and his attempts to justify his actions. The court ruled that Breivik remains a danger to society, a sentiment echoed by survivors and victims' families. The decision underscores the enduring impact of Breivik's crimes and the ongoing threat posed by far-right extremism.

Denmark and Norway Predict Drastic Spike in Omicron Cases

13 Dec 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Denmark and Norway's public health authorities predict that the Omicron coronavirus variant will become dominant in a matter of days, leading to a surge in cases and potential increased pressure on hospitals. The severity of the disease caused by Omicron is still uncertain, as is the effectiveness of vaccinations and previous infections against severe disease. The reports suggest that immediate actions like booster campaigns and reducing the spread could mitigate the impact. These projections align with findings from England and suggest similarities with the United States in terms of vaccination levels and Covid risk factors.

Town rattled by bow-and-arrow killings ponders terrorism and mental illness

19 Oct 2021  |  ekathimerini.com
In Kongsberg, Norway, Espen Andersen Brathen confessed to killing five people with a bow and arrow, initially raising concerns of Islamic extremism due to his conversion to Islam and the randomness of the attacks. However, further investigation and personal accounts suggest Brathen's actions were influenced by his mental health issues rather than ideology. Local police and psychiatric services are under scrutiny for their handling of Brathen's case, as he had a history of psychological problems and had been previously flagged by authorities. The town mourned the victims, with a memorial service attended by the royal family and members of the local mosque.

In Norway Attack, ‘Sharp Object,’ Not Arrows, Killed 5, Police Say

18 Oct 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
The Norwegian police announced that the attacker in the Kongsberg rampage killed five victims using a 'sharp object,' not a bow and arrow as initially reported. Espen Andersen Brathen, who confessed to the crime, did shoot arrows during the attack, injuring at least three people, but the fatal blows were delivered by a stabbing weapon. The attack, which occurred about 50 miles southwest of Oslo, resulted in the deaths of four women and one man. The use of a hunting bow caught global attention, although it was responsible for only one injury.

Arrow Killings Ponders Terrorism and Mental Illness

17 Oct 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Espen Andersen Brathen, a Danish man, confessed to killing five people in Kongsberg, Norway, using weapons including a bow and arrow. Initially suspected of Islamic extremism, evidence now suggests his actions may be more related to psychological issues. Oussama Tlili, head of the local mosque, recalls Brathen's troubled demeanor from a past encounter. Arne Christian Haugstoyl of Norway’s counterterrorism unit emphasizes Brathen's psychological problems over ideological motives.

Suspect Confesses in Bow

15 Oct 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Espen Andersen Brathen, a Danish citizen and local convert to Islam, confessed to killing five people and wounding two others with a bow and arrow in Kongsberg, Norway. His lawyer confirmed the admission, noting that Brathen is undergoing a mental health evaluation. Despite his confession, Brathen has not yet pleaded in the case. The attack, which took place in a Coop Extra supermarket and continued through the streets, has been described by authorities as having the hallmarks of terrorism, though no motive has been provided. Brathen has a history of violent behavior, including a restraining order requested by his parents last year. The incident has shocked the town and the country, with Norway's new prime minister, Jonas Gahr Store, expected to visit Kongsberg soon.

Man With Bow and Arrows Kills Five in Norway

13 Oct 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
A man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people and wounded two others in Kongsberg, Norway, marking the deadliest attack in the country in a decade. The suspect was apprehended by police, who stated that the assailant acted alone. Prime Minister Erna Solberg expressed the nation's shock and fear, while authorities have yet to determine the motive behind the attack.

Norway’s ‘Climate Election’ Puts Center

13 Sep 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Norway's recent election saw the conservative prime minister ousted in favor of center-left leader Jonas Gahr Store, amid a campaign dominated by climate change issues. The Labour Party, poised to form a coalition, faces challenges in balancing environmental policies with the country's economic dependence on oil and gas. The election reflects a broader European shift towards prioritizing climate change, influenced by recent extreme weather events and significant reports from the United Nations and the International Energy Agency. Despite the victory, the new government must navigate internal divisions and economic implications of transitioning away from fossil fuels.

Workers at U.S. Meat Plants Now Have Vaccine Access in Most States

21 Mar 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Employees at food processing facilities in the U.S., which experienced some of the largest coronavirus outbreaks, are now eligible for vaccines in at least 26 states. The expansion to food processing workers comes amid a broader widening of eligibility, particularly for essential workers. Meat and poultry processing facilities have largely remained open throughout the pandemic, and a mass vaccination event was held at a JBS USA pork production plant in Minnesota. The production and distribution of vaccines in the U.S. have been increasing, with about 79.4 million people having received at least one dose. States have faced challenges in prioritizing groups for vaccination, with food processing workers now eligible in states where the industry is a significant part of the economy.

AstraZeneca Vaccine Is Safe, Europe's Drug Regulator Says

18 Mar 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Europe's top drug regulator, the European Medicines Agency, has declared the AstraZeneca vaccine safe, adding a warning label for a rare complication related to blood clots and bleeding in the brain. Despite a small number of cases of dangerous blood clots, a review of millions of cases found no overall increased risk of clots. The announcement aims to restore confidence in the vaccine, which is crucial for global inoculation efforts, especially in poor and middle-income countries. Several European countries, which had suspended the vaccine's use, announced they would resume its administration. The vaccine's safety confirmation comes at a critical time as Europe faces a new pandemic wave, with rising cases and hospitalizations.

Memorial to Massacre Victims in Norway Divides Traumatized Community

09 Jan 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
On July 22, 2011, Norway faced its deadliest attack since World War II when a right-wing extremist bombed Oslo and attacked a political summer camp on Utoya island, killing 69 people. The community around Utoya remains divided over a permanent public memorial under construction at a nearby harbor, with some residents fearing it could lead to tragedy tourism and re-traumatize locals. A lawsuit has been filed in Honefoss district court by local residents against the state and the youth wing of the political party that hosted the camp.

Rescuers Search for Survivors in Norway Landslide That Killed at Least 7

04 Jan 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Rescuers have recovered the bodies of seven people killed in a landslide in Ask, Norway, with three people still missing. The landslide, caused by quick clay, led to the evacuation of about 1,000 people and the destruction of at least seven homes. Rescue efforts are ongoing, complicated by challenging weather and unstable ground conditions. The victims identified include Eirik Gronolen, Lisbeth Neraas, Marius Brustad, Bjorn-Ivar Grymyr Jansen, Charlot Grymyr Jansen, and their daughter Alma Grymyr Jansen.

Norway Landslide Injures 10 and Leaves 10 Missing

30 Dec 2020  |  www.nytimes.com
A landslide in the village of Ask, about 30 miles northeast of Oslo, injured at least 10 people and left 10 missing. Approximately 1,000 residents were evacuated, with five hospitalized, one critically. The landslide, described by Prime Minister Erna Solberg as one of Norway's worst, swallowed seven homes. Rescue operations, involving helicopters and drones, were hampered by ongoing ground movement. The cause of the landslide remains unknown.

Documentary Casts Doubt on Official Finding in 1994 Ferry Disaster

30 Sep 2020  |  www.nytimes.com
Evidence from two documentary filmmakers questions the official explanation of the 1994 Estonia ferry disaster, which resulted in 852 deaths. The ferry, traveling from Tallinn to Stockholm, sank rapidly in stormy seas. Initial investigations attributed the disaster to the bow door being ripped off by heavy seas, while a 2008 investigation cited excessive speed and a critical error by the crew.

Norway Mosque Attacker Gets 21

11 Jun 2020  |  www.nytimes.com
A 22-year-old Norwegian man, Philip Manshaus, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing his stepsister and attacking a mosque near Oslo. The court rejected an insanity defense, deeming him sane. The case sparked debate in Norway about the insanity defense and the spread of right-wing extremism on social media. Manshaus admitted to the attack but claimed his actions were in 'self-defense' for 'the European people,' expressing anti-Semitic and homophobic views during the trial.

A mogul’s wife vanishes; now Norway has a national obsession

16 May 2020  |  www.seattletimes.com
Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, wife of Norwegian mogul Tom Hagen, vanished from her home in suburban Oslo over 18 months ago, leading to a national obsession with the case. Initially treated as a kidnapping with a ransom note demanding $9.5 million in Monero cryptocurrency, the police later suspected the clues were planted to mislead them into believing it was a kidnapping rather than a murder. Tom Hagen was arrested on suspicion of orchestrating her killing but was released due to lack of evidence. The case has captivated Norway, a country where crime is rare, and has involved intense media scrutiny and public speculation, with many suspecting Tom Hagen despite his denial of any involvement.

A Mogul’s Wife Vanishes. Now Norway Has a National Obsession.

16 May 2020  |  www.nytimes.com
Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, the wife of one of Norway's wealthiest men, disappeared from her suburban Oslo home over 18 months ago. Initial investigations by Norwegian police treated the case as a kidnapping, with a ransom note demanding $9.5 million in Monero cryptocurrency. However, as the investigation progressed, police began to suspect that the evidence was planted to mislead them and that Ms. Hagen was actually murdered. The case has since become a national obsession in Norway.

A mogul’s wife vanishes. Now Norway has a national obsession.

16 May 2020  |  www.bostonglobe.com
The disappearance of Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, wife of Norwegian mogul Tom Hagen, has captivated Norway. Initially believed to be a kidnapping, the case took a dramatic turn when Tom Hagen was arrested on suspicion of orchestrating her murder. Despite extensive investigations and negotiations with supposed kidnappers, no concrete evidence of her whereabouts has emerged. The investigation, led by police officer Tommy Broske, remains unresolved, with authorities determined to uncover the truth.

Tom Hagen, Wealthy Businessman in Norway, Charged in Wife’s Killing

28 Apr 2020  |  www.nytimes.com
Norwegian police arrested Tom Hagen, one of the country's wealthiest individuals, on charges of killing his wife, Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, whose disappearance 18 months ago was initially reported as a kidnapping with a ransom demand in cryptocurrency. The police now believe the abduction was staged, although Ms. Hagen's body has not been found.

Warming climate in Norway reveals relics of an ancient Viking trade route

27 Apr 2020  |  The Morning Call
Artifacts uncovered from melting ice patches in Norway's Innlandet County reveal a historic Viking trade route, providing insights into ancient hunting, trading, and travel practices. The Glacier Archaeology Program's findings, including wool tunics, leather shoes, and snowshoes for horses, suggest the Lendbreen pass was a crucial part of a broader Viking network. The research, published in Antiquity, highlights the significance of this route from A.D. 300 to 1500, with peak activity during the Viking Age. The discoveries contribute to the understanding of transhumance and the impact of climate change on archaeological studies.

Warming climate in Norway reveals relics of an ancient Viking trade route

27 Apr 2020  |  www.baltimoresun.com
Artifacts revealed by melting ice patches in Norway's Innlandet County provide new insights into ancient Viking trade routes. Discoveries include woolen tunics, leather shoes, arrows, and snowshoes for horses, indicating the route's use from A.D. 300 to 1500, peaking during the Viking Age. The Glacier Archaeology Program's findings suggest the Lendbreen pass was part of a larger network connecting to the Viking world. The research highlights the impact of climate change on archaeological discoveries and contributes to the understanding of transhumance and ancient human migration.

Finland, ‘Prepper Nation of the Nordics,’ Isn’t Worried About Masks

06 Apr 2020  |  www.seattletimes.com
Finland's extensive stockpile of personal protective equipment, built up over years, has positioned it well to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, unlike its Nordic neighbors who have largely abandoned their stockpiles. The Finnish government has tapped into its medical supplies for the first time since World War II, highlighting the country's preparedness. In contrast, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are facing shortages and are scrambling to reorganize domestic production. The European Commission has announced the creation of its first-ever stockpile of medical equipment in response to the pandemic. The article also discusses the challenges faced by other countries, including export bans and supply chain vulnerabilities.

Finland and Coronavirus: ‘Prepper Nation of the Nordics’ Isn’t Worried About Masks

05 Apr 2020  |  www.nytimes.com
Finland's extensive stockpile of personal protective equipment, including surgical masks, has positioned it ahead of other Nordic countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike its neighbors, Finland maintained its stockpiles built during the Cold War, which include medical supplies, oil, grains, and raw materials. This preparedness is attributed to Finland's historical experiences and geographical vulnerabilities. As other countries face shortages and competition for medical supplies, Finland's readiness has been highlighted. The European Commission has also announced the creation of a stockpile to aid EU countries. Sweden and Norway, having reduced their stockpiles post-Cold War, now face challenges in securing medical supplies.

In the coronavirus fight in Scandinavia, Sweden stands apart

28 Mar 2020  |  www.pressdemocrat.com
Sweden has taken a unique approach to the COVID-19 pandemic by keeping most of its society open, unlike its Scandinavian neighbors Norway and Denmark, which have implemented strict lockdowns. Sweden's strategy relies on public self-restraint and voluntary actions, emphasizing social distancing and protecting the elderly. This approach has sparked debate about its effectiveness and potential risks. The Swedish government and public health agency maintain that their method is scientifically grounded and based on high levels of public trust. As the infection curve rises, the government has started to impose stricter measures, such as limiting gatherings to 50 people.

ISIS Wife’s Return to Norway Divides Government

20 Jan 2020  |  www.nytimes.com
A Norwegian woman who left for Syria in 2013 and lived in Islamic State territory has returned to Norway with her two children, prompting a national debate and political tension. The Norwegian government cited humanitarian reasons for her return, as one of her children is seriously ill. The decision faced strong opposition from the Progress Party, a coalition partner, which threatened to withdraw from the government coalition but decided to continue supporting the government after an emergency meeting.

New York’s Jails Are Failing. Is the Answer 3,600 Miles Away?

12 Nov 2019  |  nytimes.com
New York City officials, recognizing the failures of Rikers Island, are looking to Norway's humane correctional system for inspiration as they plan to rebuild the city's jails. Norway's prisons, with a focus on rehabilitation and strong relationships between officers and inmates, contrast sharply with the punitive nature of American jails. Despite significant differences between the two locations, such as population size, crime rates, and social safety nets, New York aims to become a national model of more humane incarceration. The city's new jails will be integrated into densely populated neighborhoods, replacing the Rikers Island complex by 2026. The initiative is part of a broader movement to reform the criminal justice system and reduce recidivism.

Norway’s Viking Ships Defied Time, but Tourism May Be a Fiercer Foe

04 Sep 2019  |  nytimes.com
The Viking longships Oseberg and Gokstad, displayed at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, face preservation challenges due to high tourist traffic. The Norwegian government has allocated $200 million for a new museum to safeguard these cultural treasures. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the ships' historical roles, they are considered significant to Norway's cultural identity. The Viking era's popularity, fueled by television series, has increased interest in Norwegian history, leading to new exhibitions and digital experiences. The government's funding decision comes after years of warnings about the potential disintegration of the ships.

Norway Police Investigate Mosque Attack as Attempted ‘Act of Terrorism’

11 Aug 2019  |  www.nytimes.com
Norwegian police are investigating a foiled mosque attack near Oslo as an attempted act of terrorism after a white gunman was overpowered before injuring anyone. The suspect, who expressed extremist views against immigrants and women, is also charged with the murder of his 17-year-old stepsister. Prime Minister Erna Solberg condemned the attack, emphasizing the need for safety in places of worship. The incident has sparked a debate on immigration and Islam in Norway, with some accusing the government of inadequate protection for Muslims. Mohamed Rafiq, a worshiper who thwarted the attack, is being hailed as a hero.

Man Who Posed as Girl to Lure Hundreds of Boys Online Gets 16 Years

30 Jun 2019  |  www.nytimes.com
A Norwegian soccer referee named Henrik was sentenced to 16 years in prison for posing as a teenage girl online to lure and sexually abuse hundreds of boys and young men. He was also ordered to pay 18.5 million Norwegian kroner in compensation to over 200 victims. The abuse, which included threats and rape, occurred primarily between 2014 and 2016. The case is noted for having the highest compensation in Norwegian history for such crimes. Henrik's lawyer mentioned that he has shown remorse and may appeal the sentence length.

Viking Cruise Ship Stranded Off Norway Reaches Shore After Harrowing Rescue

24 Mar 2019  |  www.nytimes.com
A Viking cruise ship with over 1,300 people became stranded off Norway's coast and reached shore after a challenging rescue operation. The Viking Sky, carrying 436 passengers and 458 crew members, docked in Molde after being towed by tugboats. The Joint Rescue Coordination Center for Southern Norway led the operation, airlifting some passengers who were injured by falling objects and shattered glass. The ship had left Bergen on March 14 and was scheduled to arrive in Tilbury Port, England, but sent a mayday alert after engine failures along the dangerous Hustadvika coastline.

Video of Tourist’s Killing in Morocco Is Most Likely Real, Norway Says

22 Dec 2018  |  www.nytimes.com
Norwegian police have verified the authenticity of a video showing the killing of a Scandinavian tourist in Morocco by suspects pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. Moroccan authorities have arrested nine additional suspects, bringing the total to thirteen, in connection with the murders of Maren Ueland and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen. The suspects were found with arms and materials for making explosives. The victims, university students studying to become tour guides, were attacked while hiking in the Atlas Mountains. Their bodies have been repatriated to Denmark.

Video of tourist’s killing in Morocco is most likely real, Norway says

22 Dec 2018  |  www.bostonglobe.com
Norwegian police have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the brutal killing of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco by suspects pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. Moroccan authorities have arrested thirteen men in connection with the murders, which are considered a terrorist act. The victims, Maren Ueland from Norway and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark, were found with stab wounds in their necks. The incident has sparked international outrage and grief, with both Norwegian and Danish prime ministers condemning the attack.

Joachim Ronneberg, Leader of Raid That Thwarted a Nazi Atomic Bomb, Dies at 99

22 Oct 2018  |  www.nytimes.com
Joachim Ronneberg, a highly decorated Norwegian war hero who led a commando raid during World War II to sabotage Nazi Germany's efforts to develop an atomic bomb, has died at the age of 99. The successful raid targeted a plant in Telemark, Norway, which was producing heavy water, a key component for nuclear weapons. The mission, considered a suicide operation, was later celebrated in various media, including the 1965 film 'The Heroes of Telemark.' Ronneberg only understood the full significance of the raid after the war ended, realizing that it helped prevent London from suffering a nuclear attack similar to Hiroshima.

A security expert tied to WikiLeaks vanishes, and the internet is abuzz

12 Sep 2018  |  www.pulse.com.gh
Arjen Kamphuis, a 46-year-old security expert linked to WikiLeaks, has been missing since August 20, sparking a wide-ranging police investigation across multiple countries and a flurry of online conspiracy theories. Kamphuis, who was last seen in Bodo, Norway, was reportedly on vacation and planned to return to the Netherlands. His disappearance has led to various speculations, including potential foul play involving international intelligence agencies. Despite extensive searches and partial breakthroughs, including an attempt to use his cellphone, Kamphuis remains missing. The case has drawn significant attention online, with many using the hashtag #FindArjen to share potential clues.

A security expert tied to WikiLeaks vanishes, and the internet is abuzz

07 Sep 2018  |  pulse.com.gh
Arjen Kamphuis, a Dutch cybersecurity expert with ties to WikiLeaks, has been missing since August 20, after last being seen in Bodo, Norway. Despite a wide-ranging investigation involving multiple countries and false leads, his whereabouts remain unknown. Kamphuis, known for his strong opinions and privacy activism, was on vacation and had plans to return to the Netherlands. The case has sparked internet conspiracy theories and a cross-border search effort, with Norwegian police and crowdsourced online campaigns actively looking for clues.

A Security Expert Tied to WikiLeaks Vanishes, and the Internet Is Abuzz

07 Sep 2018  |  www.nytimes.com
In a remote Norwegian town, cybersecurity expert Arjen Kamphuis, associated with WikiLeaks, vanished after checking out of a hotel on August 20. His disappearance has baffled a broad police investigation spanning multiple countries, with no clear evidence of foul play. The uncertainty and Kamphuis's ties to WikiLeaks have fueled numerous conspiracy theories online, suggesting possible involvement by various entities including Russia, the C.I.A., MI6, Islamists, or the Clintons, or speculating that he may have disappeared intentionally for a secret mission.

As fringe groups adopt Viking symbols, Nordic unease is enough to sink a ship

30 Mar 2018  |  seattletimes.com
In Sweden, the adoption of Viking symbols by pagan worshippers and their use in various branding initiatives has led to political tension and social unease due to associations with neo-Nazi groups like the Nordic Resistance Movement. While mainstream uses of Viking imagery are widespread, the extremist appropriation of these symbols has concerned professionals and organizations, prompting responses from groups like 'Vikings Against Racism.' Experts note the broad range of interpretations of Viking culture due to limited historical knowledge, while some pagan groups work to distance themselves from nationalist interpretations and emphasize commitments against racial discrimination.

Norway’s Justice Minister Resigns in Storm Over Facebook Post

20 Mar 2018  |  www.nytimes.com
Sylvi Listhaug, Norway's justice minister, resigned following backlash over a controversial Facebook post accusing the center-left Labor Party of prioritizing terrorists' rights over national security. The post, which included an image of Shabab militants, sparked a social media uproar and coincided with the release of a film about the 2011 terrorist attack by Anders Behring Breivik. Listhaug's resignation highlights the deep political and social divisions in Norway, particularly regarding immigration and national security.

Nazis and Advertisers Tussle Over Symbols

17 Mar 2018  |  www.nytimes.com
In Sweden, a pagan group called the Nordic Asa Community held a sacrificial ceremony, emphasizing their Norse heritage and distancing themselves from Nazi associations. The resurgence of Viking symbols in mainstream branding and extremist groups has caused political tension and social unease. While some groups like Forn Sed promote positive connotations of paganism, others like the Nordic Resistance Movement use these symbols for ethnic nationalism. Experts highlight the broad interpretations of Viking culture and the potential for symbols to be co-opted by various political agendas.

Trash in the fjords? Norway turns to drones

09 Mar 2018  |  seattletimes.com
Norway's fjords, a symbol of natural beauty, are increasingly filled with garbage, prompting environmentalists and the Oslo Port Authority to take action. A plan to use drones to locate underwater trash has been approved, with a cleanup fleet including an electric-powered ship with a crane to be operational by next year. The initiative follows public concern over marine life affected by plastic waste. Despite the cleanup efforts, Norway continues to allow offshore dumping of mining waste, a practice criticized by environmentalists. The Royal Norwegian Navy is also addressing the issue of WWII mines in the fjords, with over 1,550 still present and some leaking, posing risks to ships and marine life.

Trash in the Fjords? Norway Turns to Drones

04 Mar 2018  |  nytimes.com
Norway's pristine fjords, a symbol of natural beauty, are increasingly polluted with garbage, including sunken Viking artifacts and cars. Environmentalists and officials in Oslo are alarmed, prompting the Oslo Port Authority to approve a plan to use drones to locate underwater trash for removal. The initiative, which includes an electric-powered ship with a crane, is set to begin this spring. The article also touches on Norway's controversial practice of offshore dumping of mining waste and the need to address WWII mines in the fjord. Christine Spiten, a drone operator and tech entrepreneur, is a key figure in the development of the drone technology for this project.

Trump’s Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize Was Apparently Forged. Twice.

28 Feb 2018  |  www.nytimes.com
The Norwegian Nobel Committee discovered a forged nomination of President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, which has been referred to the Oslo police for investigation. This incident has occurred twice, with the first forgery also involving Trump and referred to the police last year. The Oslo police, in collaboration with the F.B.I., believe the same perpetrator is responsible for both forgeries. The committee maintains secrecy about its deliberations and candidates, with 329 candidates being considered for this year's prize.

From Norway to Haiti to Triangle, Trump's comments stir fresh outrage

12 Jan 2018  |  WRAL.com
Trump's recent comments referring to Haiti and African countries as 'shithole' nations have sparked widespread outrage and condemnation. Prominent figures from Norway, Haiti, and other regions have criticized the remarks as racist and derogatory. The United Nations and various individuals, including journalists, politicians, and community leaders, have expressed their dismay and called for unity and respect. The incident has further strained international relations and highlighted ongoing issues of racism and immigration policies under Trump's administration.

From Norway to Haiti, Trump’s Comments Stir Fresh Outrage

11 Jan 2018  |  www.nytimes.com
President Trump's comments suggesting the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Norway rather than Haiti and African countries have sparked outrage and condemnation. Norwegian officials and citizens expressed disgust at the racially charged remarks, while the UN human rights office labeled them as racist. The incident has further damaged the U.S.'s international reputation, coming on the heels of Trump's reference to non-existent 'F-52' fighter jets. Haitians and members of the Haitian diaspora, along with other international figures, have also voiced their anger and concern over the implications of Trump's words.

52% of cars sold in Norway in 2017 were electric or hybrid

03 Jan 2018  |  www.gazetadopovo.com.br
In 2017, Norway saw electric and hybrid car sales surpass those of fossil fuel-powered vehicles, solidifying its position as a global leader in reducing vehicle emissions. Generous government incentives and benefits have made electric cars more affordable and attractive. Despite some resistance and challenges, such as limited charging stations in rural areas, the trend towards electric vehicles is expected to grow. Major car manufacturers are investing heavily in electric vehicle technology, anticipating a future where these vehicles become as common as conventional ones.

Wing Populist Is Blocked From Joining Nobel Peace Prize Committee

06 Dec 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
Members of the Norwegian Parliament have blocked Carl I. Hagen, a right-leaning populist politician and former leader of the Progress Party, from joining the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. Hagen, known for his controversial views on immigration and climate change, was nominated by the Progress Party to replace Inger-Marie Ytterhorn. The opposition Labour, Centre, and Socialist Left parties, along with descendants of Alfred Nobel and former Nobel committee secretary Geir Lundestad, opposed his appointment, injecting rare political drama into the Nobel Committee's selection process.

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Group Opposing Nuclear Weapons

06 Oct 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a Geneva-based coalition, for its role in advancing the first treaty to prohibit nuclear arms. The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized the group's efforts to highlight the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and its groundbreaking work in achieving a treaty-based prohibition.

Moroccan Man Admits Deadly Stabbing Attack in Finland

22 Aug 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
A young Moroccan man, identified as Abderrahman Mechkah, admitted to a deadly stabbing attack in Turku, Finland, which authorities have labeled as the country's first terrorist attack in decades. The attack resulted in the deaths of two women and injuries to six other women and two men. Finnish officials are still investigating whether Mechkah acted alone or was influenced by others. Mechkah, who arrived in Finland in 2016 after living in Germany, was denied asylum earlier this year.

Finland Attack Suspect, a Moroccan Youth, Was Flagged for Extremist Views

21 Aug 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
The Moroccan teenager Abderrahman Mechkah, accused of Finland’s first jihadist terrorist attack, had been flagged for extremist views months before the attack. He stabbed two women to death and injured eight others in Turku. Authorities are treating the case as an act of terrorism targeting women. Despite a tip about his radicalization, it was not prioritized due to the lack of a specific threat. Mechkah had been denied asylum earlier in the year as Morocco is not considered a conflict zone.

Wielding Man Kills 2 in Rampage in Finland

18 Aug 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
A man stabbed two people to death and injured several others in Turku, Finland, before being shot and apprehended by police. Authorities are not treating the attack as a terrorist act but are investigating potential accomplices. Security measures have been heightened across the country. Witnesses reported the assailant shouting in Arabic during the attack. The Finnish government has expressed condolences and increased police readiness nationwide.

Lawyer and Crime Novelist to Lead Nobel Peace Prize Committee

02 May 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
Berit Reiss-Andersen, a Norwegian corporate lawyer and crime novelist, has been appointed as the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, succeeding the late Kaci Kullmann Five. Reiss-Andersen, who has a background in law and politics, will oversee the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee, whose members are appointed by Norway’s Parliament, also named Henrik Syse as vice chairman and Tone Jorstad as a new member. The article highlights the committee's independence and the indirect influence of domestic politics on its decisions.

Stockholm Truck Attack Kills 4; Terrorism Is Suspected

07 Apr 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
A stolen beer truck was driven into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four and injuring 15 in a suspected terrorist attack. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven confirmed the attack as an act of terror. A nationwide manhunt led to the arrest of a suspect believed to have driven the truck. The attack disrupted the peacefulness of Sweden, turning a warm spring afternoon into a scene of terror.

Premier Is Stopped at Dulles Airport Over Iran Visit

03 Feb 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway, was detained and questioned by federal agents at Dulles International Airport due to a previous visit to Iran. Despite holding a diplomatic passport, Bondevik was surprised by the scrutiny, which occurred amidst the backdrop of President Trump's travel ban. The incident, which has garnered significant attention, highlights the impact of travel policies initiated by former President Obama and continued under Trump.

Intent on Unsettling E.U., Russia Taps Foot Soldiers From the Fringe

24 Dec 2016  |  www.nytimes.com
Istvan Gyorkos, a 76-year-old neo-Nazi in Hungary, killed a police officer during a raid on his home. Hungarian intelligence linked him to a network of extremists supported by Russia, revealing a strategy by Russia to destabilize the EU by engaging with fringe groups. This approach occasionally succeeds, as seen with Jobbik, a far-right Hungarian party now supportive of Putin, mirroring the stance of Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Gate Thought to Be Stolen From Dachau Is Found

02 Dec 2016  |  www.nytimes.com
A wrought-iron gate bearing the Nazi slogan 'Arbeit Macht Frei,' stolen from the Dachau concentration camp in 2014, has been found in a suburb of Bergen, Norway. The gate, a replica of the original, is a significant symbol of the camp and its theft was considered a desecration. The discovery was made following an anonymous tip to the Norwegian police, who are now working with Bavarian authorities to confirm its authenticity. Survivors and officials from the Dachau memorial site have welcomed the find, and plans are in place to restore and return the gate to public display.

Anders Behring Breivik, Killer in 2011 Norway Massacre, Says Prison Conditions Violate His Rights

16 Mar 2016  |  www.nytimes.com
Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist convicted of killing 77 people in 2011, is challenging his solitary confinement conditions in court, claiming they violate his human rights. Despite his confinement, Breivik has amenities such as a treadmill, fridge, DVD player, Sony PlayStation, and a typewriter. He is also taking university courses and has access to TV, radio, and newspapers. His 21-year sentence for terrorism can be extended if he's still considered a threat. The court hearing, marked by Breivik's Nazi-style salute, reignited grief and outrage in Norway over the attacks, which were the deadliest since World War II.

Norway Debates Overseas Ventures After Algeria Siege

28 Jan 2013  |  nytimes.com
The siege in Algeria has sparked a debate in Norway about the extent to which its petroleum companies and workers should pursue resources and profits abroad. Statoil, a company with significant government ownership, confirmed the deaths of four employees in the attack. The incident has highlighted the risks for Norwegians working in unstable regions. Despite the wealth and benefits brought by the oil and gas industry, such as low unemployment and strong social services, the Algerian siege has raised questions about the country's energy policies and the safety of its workers overseas.
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