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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 

Norway's intelligence service fear copycat attacks, terror suspect remanded in custody, crowds gather outside Oslo City Hall to show solidarity, and other news from Norway on Tuesday. 

Pictured is Oslo City Hall
Read about the Oslo shooting latest, a solidarity event outside City Hall and whether the government will take up shares in airline SAS in today's roundup. Photo by Pavol Svantner on Unsplash

PST raise copycat concerns 

Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service PST has said that it fears the possibility of a copycat attack following Saturday’s shootings, which left two dead and 21 injured

“We fear a follow-up action. We have seen cases of this in other countries, and it is not unusual for some to be inspired or for more people to have the same way of thinking as has happened here, and who may consider committing a new terrorist act in Norway,” Roger Berg, temporary head of PST, told public broadcaster NRK

On Monday, police advised that all Pride events nationwide be postponed. 

Terrorism suspect remanded in custody after shooting

The suspect behind the shootings in Central Oslo on Saturday, which left two dead and another 21 injured, was remanded in custody for four weeks on Monday. 

Zaniar Matapour, 43, will be in custody until July 25th and will not be allowed contact with the outside world, Oslo District Court ruled. 

Norway’s domestic intelligence service, PST, has described the attack as “an act of Islamist terrorism” and said the suspect had “difficulties with his mental health.”

He has been charged with “terrorist acts”, murder and attempted murder, but has so far refused to be interrogated by police.

Matapour had been known to Norway’s PST intelligence service since 2015, with concerns about his radicalisation and membership of “an extremist Islamist network”.

READ MORE: Oslo shooting suspect remanded in custody for four weeks

People gather outside Rådhusplassen to show LGBT solidarity following shooting

Thousands of people rallied in central Oslo yesterday evening, disregarding a police request not to gather, in an impromptu memorial service and to support gay rights.

Earlier in the day, organisers cancelled an event that was set to be held outside Oslo City Hall following advice from the police. 

Police advised that the event in Oslo did not go ahead and Pride events across the country be postponed. 

Norwegian government to decide on taking a stake in SAS airline

Norway’s government is willing to convert loans SAS has taken from it into shares but will not seek more equity in the company. 

This move would see the Norwegian state become a shareholder in the airline once again. However, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Jan Christian Vestre, has said it is unlikely that the state will become a long-term owner. 

“I would like to emphasise that the Norwegian government’s position is that we do not envisage becoming a long-term owner,” Vestre said at a press conference on Tuesday morning. 

The crisis-stricken airline is in the midst of a restructuring plan in order to cut major costs to keep the company afloat.

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Friday 

Authorities mull euthanising a famous walrus, a 'dramatic' new climate report, and a salmonella outbreak are among the headlines from Norway on Friday.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Friday 

Authorities say Freya the walrus may be euthanised

Norwegian authorities are considering putting down a walrus that won hearts basking in the sun of the Oslofjord amid fears it is putting itself and the public in danger, they said Thursday. 

Despite repeated appeals to the public to keep their distance from the walrus — a young female weighing 600 kilos (1,300 pounds) that has been nicknamed Freya -the mammal continues to attract big crowds, the Fisheries Directorate said in a statement.

 Its text was accompanied by a photograph of a group of onlookers crowding near the animal.

 “The public’s reckless behaviour and failure to follow authorities’ recommendations could put lives in danger”, a spokeswoman for the fisheries agency, Nadia Jdaini, said.

“We are now exploring other measures, and euthanasia may be a real alternative”, she added.

The Arctic is heating up much faster than expected

Temperatures in the Arctic have risen four times faster than the rest of the planet, with the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard warming up even quicker, a new study has found. 

The environment minister Espen Barthe Eide has called the study’s findings dramatic. 

“These are dramatic figures. The study is another serious warning about how quickly climate change is happening,” Eide told Norwegian newswire NTB. 

“The ice is melting at record speed, the water is getting warmer, the permafrost is thawing, life on land as well as in the sea is changing,” he said. 

“Parts of Svalbard are in the process of changing from an Arctic to an Atlantic climate,” he added. 

The study concluded the temperature in the Arctic has increased by 0.75 degrees Celsius per decade, and this is almost four times as fast as the rest of the globe. In the areas around Svalbard and Novaya Semlja, the temperature has increased by as much as 1.25 degrees per decade. 

Salmonella outbreak linked to watermelon

An outbreak of salmonella has been linked to a batch of watermelon, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has said. 

The authority said it was working to identify the watermelons linked to the outbreak, in which 18 people have neem infected, but said it was unlikely that the batch in question was unlikely to be found in supermarkets anymore. 

Ukrainian refugees didn’t receive money they were entitled to from the UDI

A number of Ukrainian refugees did not receive the basic benefits they were entitled to when they first arrived in the country, with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) working to identify who may be owed money. 

“We cannot say anything about when we will start the repayments themselves, but UDI wants to make it clear that this is a high-priority matter and that there are many people working on the matter,” press adviser at the UDI, Per-Jan Brekke, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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