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Solberg in stalemate over Russian chess match
Prime Minister Erna Solberg under pressure to miss the Sochi chess tournament. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix

Solberg in stalemate over Russian chess match

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has declined attending the Chess World Championship in Sochi this November, it was announced on Wednesday. READ  

Syrian to head Norway's Worker Youth League
Syrian-born Mani Hussaini will soon be inaugurated as leader of Workers Youth League in Norway. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix

Syrian to head Norway's Worker Youth League

A Syrian-born immigrant is to become the next leader of Norway's Workers' Youth League, in an ironic twist for Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right nationalist who shot dead scores of the movement's members in 2011. READ  

Solskjaer 'likely to leave' Cardiff City
Will Norway's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leave Cardiff City? Photo: Kees van de Veen / NTB scanpix

Solskjaer 'likely to leave' Cardiff City

Cardiff coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to leave Cardiff City as manager after he met with the club chairman on Wednesday. READ  

Weather a bigger problem than war: study
Melting ice caps in the Arctic Circle are just one threat to people. Photo: Shutterstock

Weather a bigger problem than war: study

Natural disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, stated a Norwegian study just published. READ  

Breivik says father can't visit unless he's a fascist
Anders Behring Breivik in court in 2012. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

Breivik says father can't visit unless he's a fascist

Anders Behring Breivik will not allow his father, Jens Breivik, to visit him in prison unless his father becomes a fascist, it was revealed on Tuesday. READ  

Norwegian ski star faces life ban from driving
Norwegian cross country skier Petter Northug. Photo: Ned Alley / NTB scanpix

Norwegian ski star faces life ban from driving

Cross country skier Petter Northug may be stripped of his driving licence for life in Norway after he admitted he crashed his car in Trondheim while under the influence of alcohol. READ  

Islamist warns Norway of joining war in Iraq
Extremist Arfan Bhatti. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Scanpix

Islamist warns Norway of joining war in Iraq

An Islamist, recently released from prison in Pakistan, warned Norway against joining the US-led coalition primed to attack the Islamic State. READ  

Muslim politician to run for mayor in Oslo
Former leader of Islamic Council Norway, Shoaib Sultan (right) with its new leader, Senaid Kobilica. Photo: Berit Roald / Scanpix

Muslim politician to run for mayor in Oslo

Shoaib Sultan, a Green Party politician and the former head of Norway's Islamic Council, is set to run for mayor of Oslo, it was announced on Tuesday. READ  

Boy band Janoskians' singer arrested in Oslo
The Janoskians with lead singer James Yammouni (centre). Photo: Shutterstock

Boy band Janoskians' singer arrested in Oslo

Australian music group The Janoskians had their singer James Yammouni arrested in Oslo after one of their gigs got out of control on Sunday night. READ  

Norway's Princess of the Paranormal under fire
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

Norway's Princess of the Paranormal under fire

Princess Märtha Louise faced criticism from her own family after she collaborated on Sunday with an American clairvoyant who contacts the dead. READ  

Features
Interview
Meet Norway's raining kings of fashion
T-Michael (left) and Alexander Helle of fashion label Norwegian Rain. Photo: Norwegian Rain

Meet Norway's raining kings of fashion

The design duo behind Norwegian Rain, Norway's award-winning fashion brand, tell The Local how making rainwear that is both functional and stylish is not all grey skies. READ  

Feature
Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist
Helene Meldahl, Norway's selfie supremo. Photo: Helene Meldahl / mirrorsme

Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist

Helene Meldahl is a Norwegian artist who became famous after her unique style of selfie mirror art made her an internet phenomena. The Local asked the multi-media maverick to reflect a little and 'selfie' analyse her work. READ  

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Interview: Jan Berglund, Chess Olympiad ambassador
Jan Sigmund Berglund, head event coordinator of the Chess Olympiad 2014, held in Norway.

Interview: Jan Berglund, Chess Olympiad ambassador

In August the Chess Olympiad comes to Tromsø. 181 countries take part, crowning it the third biggest sporting event in the world. The Local makes its move to meet Jan Sigmund Berglund, head event coordinator of the event and a key ambassador of the sport in the Arctic Circle. READ  

'I know Norway through crack and murderers'

'I know Norway through crack and murderers'

The Local's Oliver Gee catches up with UK comedian Bill Bailey ahead of his three Norway shows. He dissects winter sports, crime fiction, and Norwegians' puzzling sensitivity to his jokes about Wales. READ  

Feature
Feature: Norway's Dalai Lama dilemma
The Dalai Lama visiting Oslo in 2005. Photo: Håkon Mosvsvold Larsen/Scanpix

Feature: Norway's Dalai Lama dilemma

A planned visit by the Dalai Lama has Oslo torn between its will to warm up frozen ties with China and warnings from the public not to compromise its stance on human rights, writes AFP's Pierre-Henry Deshayes. READ  

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Norway considers joining US to fight in Iraq
Norway foreign minister Boerge Brende. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Norway considers joining US to fight in Iraq

Norway is considering making a military contribution to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group, its foreign minister said Monday. READ  

Norway's cable operator Get AS sold to Denmark
Get AS is Norway's second-largest telecoms cable operator. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Norway's cable operator Get AS sold to Denmark

Get AS, the second-largest cable operator in Norway, is to be bought by Danish telecoms group TDC for 13.8 billion kroner, it was announced on Monday. READ  

Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km

Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km

A young child was found alone and wearing only her pants and boots early Monday morning in Finnmark, North Norway after sleepwalking from her home for over four kilometres. READ  

Photo: Baby cliff edge shocker in Norway
This baby faced a drop of 600 meters while crawling on the edge of Pulpit Rock in Ryfylke. Photo: Fred Sirevåg / NTB scanpix

Photo: Baby cliff edge shocker in Norway

A hillwalker in one of Norway's most popular tourist spots captured the chilling moment a baby was left to pose for his parents just centimeters from death on Sunday. READ  

'Expect change in Sweden', says Støre
Norway's Labour party leader Jonas Gahr Støre gives his prediction for the Sweden general election. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix

'Expect change in Sweden', says Støre

Chairman of the Norwegian Labour Party, Jonas Gahr Støre, believes the polls point to a change of government in Sweden as the votes are counted on Sunday night. READ  

Budapest stages Hungary / Norway demo

Budapest stages Hungary / Norway demo

Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Budapest at the weekend to protest against the government's crackdown on civil society, following police raids on two Norway-backed NGOs. READ  

Attacker charged with 84 sex crimes in Norway
A 20-year-old man from Gudbrandsdalen charged for multiple sex attacks on young girls. Photo: Man in a mask showing hand to attack Shutterstock

Attacker charged with 84 sex crimes in Norway

A notorious sex attacker from South-East Norway has been charged on Friday for raping two 14-year-old girls and infecting them with Chlamydia, bringing his tally of sex crimes on underage girls to 84 in under two years. READ  

Norwegian parents jailed for abusing 'devil' child
A girl was attacked by her parents in Arendal for calling out the Devil's name. Photo: Shutterstock

Norwegian parents jailed for abusing 'devil' child

A Norwegian couple were sentenced to jail after being found guilty of violence to their daughter after the child allegedly cried out "Satan", a court ruled on Thursday. READ  

Swedish MPs look to Norway for votes
Stefan Löfven (left) and current Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on SVT televised debate to decide who will be the country's next leader. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / NTB Scanpix

Swedish MPs look to Norway for votes

Sweden's general election campaign has spilled over into Norway as political parties pursue votes among the tens of thousands of mostly young Swedes emigrating to find work with their Nordic neighbour. READ  

Oslo Olympic's bid at 175m kroner and rising
City councillor for culture and business, Halstein Bjercke, unveils the logo for Oslo's Olympics 2022 bid. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Oslo Olympic's bid at 175m kroner and rising

The agency responsible for raising the profile of Oslo to win the bid for the Winter Olympics 2022 has spent 175 million kroner (£27.5 million) to date, it was revealed on Thursday. READ  

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Austria bans Isis terror symbols
Fighters from Isis near the border between Syria and Iraq. Photo: EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT

Austria bans Isis terror symbols

Following closely on the heels of Germany, Austria has announced a forthcoming ban on terrorism-related symbols, specifically starting with the Isis flag, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA) on Friday evening. [Updated to reflect comments from HC Strache over the weekend.] READ  

Football club fires masseuse over sex video
FC Lenzburg team: "We could not fire half the team." Photo: FC Lenzburg

Football club fires masseuse over sex video

The masseuse for the Lenzburg football club, a second division team from the canton of Aargau, was fired following a sex scandal, a newspaper reported on Monday. READ  

Germany officially bans terror group Isis
Isis fighters (l) and Thomas de Mazière (r) Photo: DPA/EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

Germany officially bans terror group Isis

UPDATE: Germany on Friday officially banned Islamic terror group Isis from any activities in the country, warning that the jihadists, who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, also posed a threat to Europe. READ  

New jihadist group established in Denmark
Screenshot: YouTube/Millatu Ibrahim Danmark

New jihadist group established in Denmark

Millatu Ibrahim, which is reported to have "strong connections" with the Islamic State, is now active in Denmark and has released its first video aimed at recruiting other Danish Muslims to its cause. READ  

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe
The photo was shared by family members of the deceased but town hall officials described the act as "silliness". Photo: Twitter

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe

A cemetery worker in a town in southern Spain has been suspended after a photo of him posing with an exhumed corpse went viral on social media. READ  

Air France pilots set for 'massive' strike
Air France pilots are strike to strike on Monday. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Air France pilots set for 'massive' strike

With negotiations sputtering, it’s looking increasingly likely that Air France pilots are going to carry out their threat of a “massive” walkout on Monday. Their unions have called for a week-long strike over re-organization plans. READ  

American tourists caught with Pompeii relic
The American tourists allegedly stole an artefact from Pompeii weighing 30kg. Photos: Il Mattino

American tourists caught with Pompeii relic

Two American tourists were caught at Rome’s Fiumicino airport with a 30kg artefact from the ruins of Pompeii stashed in their luggage. READ  

Elections 2014
ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis

The Local blogged live throughout Sunday night as our reporters watched Reinfeldt resign as prime minister, Löfven declare he was ready to lead the Red-Greens and the nationalist Sweden Democrats celebrate becoming Sweden's third largest party. READ  

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