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Man faces eight years in Norway jihadi trial
This image was posted on one of Ishaq Ahmed's social media profiles. Photo: screen grab

Man faces eight years in Norway jihadi trial

Norwegian prosecutors are seeking an eight-year jail sentence for a jihadist who they say fought for the Islamic State group and an affiliate of Al-Qaeda in Syria, media reported on Tuesday. READ  

Two Norwegians held after Israel ship siege
The Ship to Gaza trawler at the Israeli port of Ashdod. Photo: Ship to Gaza

Two Norwegians held after Israel ship siege

Israeli authorities are holding two Norwegian citizens after their ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip was boarded in international waters by the Israeli military. READ  

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease
A biopsy of a small bowel afflicted by coeliac disease. Photo: ToNToNi/Wikimedia Commons

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease

Norwegian scientists have discovered the cause of coeliac disease, the auto-immune disorder which causes gluten intolerance in about one in a hundred people READ  

'We not ill. No children. We beg for beer'
Adrian Golebiewski poses on Oslo's Karl Johans Gate. Photo: Facebook

'We not ill. No children. We beg for beer'

Two young Polish men have started begging for money in central Oslo with a sign which mocks the many Roma beggars. 'We not ill. We have no children. We beg for beer,' it reads. READ  

Ban Ki-Moon to visit Svalbard in climate move
Ban Ki-Moon on his trip to Svalbard in 2009. Photo: UN/Mark Garten

Ban Ki-Moon to visit Svalbard in climate move

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon plans to visit the Arctic islands of Svalbard next week as part of his preparations for the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris in December. READ  

Video
Dramatic helicopter sea rescue in Norway
The fishing boat was half submerged when the rescue team arrived. Photo: Screen grab

Dramatic helicopter sea rescue in Norway

A video filmed from a rescue helicopter shows how two fishermen were rescued from an inflatable lifeboat after their ship sank on Thursday off the coast of northern Norway. READ  

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Norway player in awesome bicycle kick
Matthias Vilhjalmsson as he executes his extraordinary kick. Photo: Screen Grab from YouTube

Norway player in awesome bicycle kick

Norwegian Elite Series footballer Matthias Vilhjalmsson has pulled off one of the finest bicycle kicks in football history, showing that the technique is not the sole preserve of Latin players. READ  

Norwegians 'have it too good to go abroad'
Jan Grønbech believes Norwegians should work out of the country more often. Photo: Twitter profile

Norwegians 'have it too good to go abroad'

Norwegians are so comfortably off at home that it is almost impossible to get them to take positions abroad, the head of Google in Norway has complained. READ  

Norway sends Catholic church $5m bill
Bernt Eidsvig, the Bishop of Oslo. Photo: Jan-Erik Løken, Wikimedia Commons

Norway sends Catholic church $5m bill

Norway is claiming 4.6 million euros ($5.1 million) compensation from the Catholic church for exaggerating membership numbers to obtain more state aid, the Oslo diocese said on Monday. READ  

Greece crisis
Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece
People line up to withdraw cash from an ATM outside a Piraeus Bank branch on the island of Crete, Greece. Photo: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece

UPDATED: European nations on Sunday told their nationals to carry cash with them when vacationing in Greece as the country hurtles towards a banking crisis. READ  

Features
Opinion
Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

'Trekker Willi' heads to Norway at 18 km/h
Winfried Langer with his vintage tractor "Robert." Photo:DPA

'Trekker Willi' heads to Norway at 18 km/h

Spring is in the air and Trekker Willi, Germany's answer to Jack Kerouac, is hitting the road again aboard his trusty tractor “Robert” - with a destination well over the horizon. READ  

Google Maps puts Pulpit Rock on Street View

Google Maps staff have trekked to the top of Pulpit Rock, one of Norway’s tourist attractions, making stunning views of the Lysefjorden available to anyone everywhere over the internet. READ  

Video

VIDEO: Bird's eye view of Lofoten in winter

Moscow-based filmmaker Igor Byrko has has just released a beautiful birds-eye film of the Lofoten Islands in mid January, using a drone to pan over the ice-strewn shores, fishing villages, and dazzling peaks of one of Norway’s most beautiful regions. READ  

Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m
A photo from the sale documents. Photo: Screen grab from Finn.no

Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m

The Norwegian mountain holiday home owned by Michael Schumacher has been sold for close to 22 million Norwegian kroner ($2.9m), as the former Formula One star continues his slow recovery in Switzerland. READ  

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Norwegian woman murdered in Berlin
A police cordon in Treptower Park in Berlin, just after a body, thought to be of a Norwegian woman in her 30s, was found two weeks ago. Photo: Paul Zinken dpa/picture alliance

Norwegian woman murdered in Berlin

The woman’s body was allegedly found in a suitcase near the River Spree in Treptower Park in Berlin two weeks ago, according to German newspaper, Berliner Zeitung. READ  

Nato spending goal is 'nonsense': Norway PM
Erna Solberg summing up her government's two years in power earlier this month. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

Nato spending goal is 'nonsense': Norway PM

Norway’s Prime Minister has described Nato’s campaign to push member states to spend two percent of GDP on defence as “nonsense”. READ  

Most Norwegians worried about invasion: survey
Female Norwegian soldiers. Photo: Norwegian Armed Forces

Most Norwegians worried about invasion: survey

A new survey carried out for Norway's armed forces has shown a sharp increase in the number of Norwegians who are worried about a war or attack on Norwegian soil. READ  

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Norway cat video wins YouTube glory

Norway cat video wins YouTube glory

Thought the cat video had gone to the internet graveyard? Think again! A Norwegian video of a fluffy feline jumping on her owner’s chest just got more than 1.2 million views on YouTube. READ  

Chess genius Carlsen in crisis after fourth loss
Magnus Carlsen plays against Jon Ludwig Hammer at Scandic Hotel Forus. Photo: Carina Johansen/NTB scanpix

Chess genius Carlsen in crisis after fourth loss

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen is facing the first serious crisis in his career, after losing no fewer than four matches at the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger. READ  

A-ha's Mags makes giant Oslo sculpture park
Magne ‘Mags’ Furuholmen at an exhibition at Scandinavia House in New York in April. Photo: Pontus Höök / NTB scanpix

A-ha's Mags makes giant Oslo sculpture park

A-ha keyboardist Magne ‘Mags’ Furuholmen has been commissioned to create a giant ceramics sculpture park that he refers to as “the most comprehensive single mission in my artistic career”. READ  

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender
John Jeanette Solstad Remo, one of Norway's foremost transgender rights campaigners. Photo: Amnesty International

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender

Children as young as seven would be allowed to change their legal gender under a bill proposed by Norway’s government on Thursday, bringing it one of the lowest ages for transgender rights anywhere in the world. READ  

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Norway'
Mordovia, a Zubr-class hovercraft, deploying marines during Zapad-09, in which Russia rehearsed occupying the Baltic States. Photo: Kremlin.ru

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Norway'

Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers in March simulated a ‘blitzkrieg’ invasion of northern Norway, a new report from the Center for European Policy Analysis, a US security think tank, has claimed. READ  

'We don't want an arms race': Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg briefing the press ahead of Wednesday's meeting of defence ministers. Photo: Nato

'We don't want an arms race': Stoltenberg

Nato head Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that the alliance does not want to get dragged into an arms race with Russia but it had to boost its defences to counter Moscow's "aggressive actions" in Ukraine. READ  

Norway jobless at nine-year high: report
A Nav unemployment centre in Tøyen, an area of Oslo with a high proportion of immigrants. Foto: © Svein Nordrum / NTB scanpix

Norway jobless at nine-year high: report

Norway’s unemployment rate has hit a nine-year high on the back of the downturn in the oil industry, with 4.2 percent of the workforce without jobs, Statistics Norway has reported. READ  

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Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal
Inge Rauscher. Photo: Johannes Kernmayer

Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal

Opponents of Austria’s EU membership have started a petition for withdrawal from the union, which citizens can sign until July 1st. READ  

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated
Bathers swimming in the Rhine River in Basel, expected to be one of the hottest places in the country. Photo: Basel Tourismus

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July. READ  

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes
Photo: DPA

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym. READ  

Danish theme park rejects racism charge
The "Hottentot Carousel" at Djurs Sommerland. Photo: Everyday Racism Project DK

Danish theme park rejects racism charge

A 20-year-old attraction in Djurs Sommerland suddenly became a hot topic this week after a group accused it of being racist and many others rushed to defend it. READ  

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain
Electron microscope image of the bacterium that causes diphtheria. Photo: Sanofi Pasteur / Flickr

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain

A six-year-old boy from Catalonia, whose parents chose not to have him vaccinated, has died, almost a month after he became the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in almost 30 years. READ  

French air traffic controllers set for strike
One union cancels a strike, another says it will go ahead. Photo: AFP

French air traffic controllers set for strike

There's both good news and bad news for travellers in France after plans by an air traffic controllers union to hold a strike on Tuesday and Wednesday were scrapped, only for another union to insist a walkout later in the week will go ahead. READ  

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel
An Italian ambulance. Photo: Davide Oliva

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel

An ambulance driver in Lazio has been hailed a hero after safely transporting an elderly woman to hospital while himself suffering a heart attack at the wheel. READ  

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'
Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'

Claims that thousands of Russian soldiers took part in a huge military exercise which simulated a takeover of the Swedish island of Gotland earlier this year have caused jitters in Sweden. READ  

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