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Dubai rape victim back home in Norway

Norwegian citizen Marte Deborah Dalelv, who was felled for extra-marital sex after reporting rape in Dubai, has landed in Norway. Her family and the press welcomed her on Wednesday morning at Torp Sandefjord airport.

Dubai rape victim back home in Norway
Norwegian Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24, in Dubai. File photo: Dalelv Family/Scanpix

"It's a bit emotional. It's been a long and stressful time," Dalelv, 24, told the assembled reporters. "Nu I'm going to go home and relax."

She was convicted of extra-marital sex, inebriation and perjury in Dubai last week and sentenced to jail for 16 months. The verdict created headlines worldwide, with Norway's foreign minister an outspoken critic of the decision. Dalelv, who had first reported being raped, was pardoned by Emirate authorities this week. 

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CHESS

Carlsen sets sights on triple chess crown

Norwegian chess phenomenon Magnus Carlsen has announced a new goal: to simultaneously hold the world chess titles in classical chess, rapid chess, and blitz chess.

Carlsen sets sights on triple chess crown
Magnus Karlsen (left) playing India's Anand Viswanathan at the world championships last year. Photo: Scanpix Carls
The 23-year-old prodigy is now preparing for world championships in Rapid and Blitz chess, which will be held simultaneously in Dubai in mid June. 
 
In the 2012 championships, held in Kazakhstan, Carlsen won two silvers, after being beaten by Russia's Sergey Karjakin in Rapid Chess and by his countryman Alexander Brischuk in blitz. 
 
Viswanathan Anand, who Carlsen beat in a string of World Championship games last November, will also compete in Dubai. 
 
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