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India, Mexico, Norway, Ireland elected to U.N. Security Council

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:34 AM

India will now have a seat at the same table as China, just days after the two nations disputed their Himalayan border

NORTH KOREA. The UN Security Council on April 28, 2017, holds a ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo courtesy of UN

Norway suspends virus-tracing app after privacy concerns

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Data agency Datatilsynet says the limited spread of coronavirus in Norway, as well the app's limited effectiveness due to the small number of people actually using it, meant the invasion of privacy due to its use was disproportionate

SMITTESTOP. Screenshots from Google Play Store page descriptions.

Norway wealth fund blacklists global resources, energy giants

May 14, 2020 - 7:45 AM

The Bank of Norway says the sovereign wealth fund, worth about $1 trillion, has divested from several major companies

The field centre of the Johan Sverdrup oil field in the North Sea west of Stavanger, Norway, is pictured on January 7, 2020. - Johan Sverdrup, situated some 140 km off the south western coast of Norway and operated by Equinor, is the third largest oil field on the Norwegian continental shelf, with expected resources of 2.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent. (Photo by Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

Norway taps sovereign wealth fund for record $41 billion

May 13, 2020 - 12:55 AM

The Norwegian government plans to use 420 billion Norwegian kroner ($41 billion) to support an economy badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic and plunging oil prices

A picture taken on April 20, 2020 shows leisure properties on Lake Sjusjøen, as the ban to use them has been lifted amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Vidar Ruud / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

Norwegian Air cuts 4,700 staff in subsidiary bankruptcy

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The bankruptcies of 4 Norwegian Air subsidiaries in Denmark and Sweden affect 1,571 pilots and 3,134 cabin crew

Europe takes cautious steps to ease virus lockdowns

Apr 20, 2020 - 7:52 PM

After being hit hard by the virus that first emerged in China late last year, Europe is seeing encouraging signs in recent days, with death rates dropping in Italy, Spain, France and Britain

EASING UP. A woman and a man wearing face masks walk past a shop in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on April 20, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Norway begins reopening nurseries after month-long closure

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:58 PM

However, a Facebook group called 'My child should not be a guinea pig for COVID-19' has been created and an online petition objecting to the reopening has garnered nearly 30,000 signatures

A BIT OF SUN. Residents of the Nordberg home for the elderly take part in outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oslo, Norway. Photo by HÃ¥kon Mosvold Larsen/AFP

Russia shuts Poland, Norway borders to foreigners – PM

Mar 14, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The ban will come into force at midnight on Saturday, March 14

Mikhail MishustinDmitry ASTAKHOV / SPUTNIK / AFP

Scandinavian countries launch economic virus response

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Norway's economic response includes immediate measures to avoid bankruptcies, while Sweden offers loans to companies via the banking system, among others

Toursits wear protective face masks as they visit the old town in Stockholm on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on 60,000 more food seeds

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:48 AM

The vault holds stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe

VAULT. People stand in front of the entrance to the international gene bank Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), on February 25, 2020 outside Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen, Norway. Photo by Lise Åserud/AFP

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Norwegian police arrest gunman after ambulance rampage – reports

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:14 PM

'We have taken control of an ambulance that was stolen by an armed man,' Oslo police say on Twitter

China irked by Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Hong Kong

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 AM

'Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and no foreign government or individuals have the right to interfere,' says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Protesters walk on an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Causeway Bay area in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. - Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

'People of Hong Kong' nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The initiative is likely to displease China, which was already angered by the Nobel Committee's 2010 decision to give the award to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has since died

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

FALSE: Marriage between humans and animals now legal in Norway

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The information is from a satirical site, but websites treated it as an official source

Norway mosque 'terror attack' suspect remanded in custody

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) The man is formally suspected of murdering his 17-year-old stepsister, and of a 'terrorist act' at the Al-Noor mosque

Norway mosque shooting 'attempted act of terror'

Aug 11, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Authorities say investigation has shown that the suspect appeared to hold 'far-right' and 'anti-immigrant' views

1 hurt in Norway mosque shooting, suspect arrested

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Police also discover the body of a young woman related to the suspect in a home at the Baerum suburb, where the shooting happened

CRIME SCENE. A Norwegian riot policeman stands in front of the Al-Noor islamic center mosque where a gunman went on a shooting spree in the town of Baerum, an Oslo suburb, on August 10, 2019. Photo by Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix/AFP/Norway OUT

Climate change blamed for deaths of 200 Arctic reindeers

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:12 AM

About 1,200 kilometers from the North Pole, researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute identify around 200 deer carcasses believed to have starved to death last winter

VICTIMS. File photo of reindeers in Tromso region of Northern Norway. Photo by Dmitry Chulov/Shutterstock

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:24 PM

In the ninth century, the Vikings had cut down 97% of the original forests of Iceland to serve as building material for houses and to make way for grazing pastures

Adalsteinn Sigurgeirsson, Deputy director of the Icelandic Forest Service takes part in tree planting at Lava filde near Thorlakshofn, Iceland on May 21, 2019. Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island. The country is considered the least forested in Europe; indeed, forests in Iceland are so rare, or their trees so young, that it is commonly joked that those lost in the woods only need to stand up to find their way.  Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP

From princes to undertakers, Norway's motorists go electric

Jul 13, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Rich or not, young and old, hip urbanites and rural dwellers alike: Norwegians, including Crown Prince Haakon, are increasingly switching to electric cars

A custom made Tesla Motors car operated by a funeral services company in Norway is pictured in Oslo on April 29, 2019. Rich or not, young and old, hip urbanites and rural dwellers alike: Norwegians, including Crown Prince Haakon, are increasingly switching to electric cars. The choice is especially green in this country, where most of the electricity produced is environmentally-friendly, derived from hydro power.  Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

Women's World Cup: Norway in last 16, France and Germany top groups

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Norway edges out South Korea for a spot in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

NEXT ROUND. Norway defeats South Korea 2-1 in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Caroline Graham Hansen's Twitter

Descend, eat, and marvel at Europe's first underwater restaurant

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:01 AM

A dining experience like no other awaits diners 15 feet under the sea

Guaido renews call for Maduro resignation after Norway talks

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Representatives of Guaido and Maduro met face-to-face in Oslo as part of talks mediated by Norway aimed at resolving the country's political deadlock

GUAIDO. Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido speaks during a press conference in Caracas on May 14, 2019. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Norway pushes Venezuela mediation effort

May 17, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The mediation bid comes after a months-long power struggle between opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro, amid sometimes deadly street clashes

MEDIATION. This file photo shows a view of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

163 Filipino crew of stricken cruise ship in Norway 'all safe'

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A Philippine embassy official was told that 'passengers have praised the efficiency and helpfulness of the ship's Filipino crew in the evacuation,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

The cruise ship Viking Sky is pictured on March 23, 2019 near the west coast of Norway at Hustadvika near Romsdal. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by Odd Roar LANGE / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

Stricken Norwegian cruise ship reaches port after airlift drama

Mar 24, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The ship, which carried 1,373 passengers and crew, arrives at the port of Molde in Norway a day after getting stranded due to engine trouble

This image grab from a handout video made available to AFTV on March 24, 2019 by a passenger onboard the cruise ship Viking Sky shows felow passengers gathering in a room with life jackets after the cruise ship ran into trouble in rough seas off the Norwegian coast. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by HO / Alexis Sheppard Twitter account / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT « AFP PHOTO / ALEXIS SHEPPARD » - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS [- NO ARCHIVE ]

Norway sovereign wealth fund, world's biggest, to dump oil and gas

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The government of Norway says the divestment is specifically targeting exploration and production companies, 'rather than selling a broadly diversified energy sector'

Norway intelligence service issues Huawei warning

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:43 AM

'One has to be attentive about Huawei as an actor and about the close connections between a commercial actor like Huawei and the Chinese regime,' says the head of Norway's domestic intelligence unit

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018, a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:35 PM

'In the long term, they're going to move even further north. If the stocks were to diminish it would be an environmental catastrophe for whales, orcas, sea birds and cod,' warns the Undersea Soft Encounter Alliance

First ever Arctic bank robbery goes south

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:31 PM

The heist is the first ever bank robbery in living memory on the territory, which is located in the Arctic Ocean and about halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole

Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflict

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:13 PM

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says the prize was 'for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict'

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Nobel Peace Prize laureates Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad hug at the end of a press conference on December 9, 2018 in Oslo. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Norway to test free heroin for drug addicts

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs is tasked with proposing an experimental project to identify patients likely to benefit from the program, to examine the implementation method, and to calculate the costs

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:31 AM

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

ALL SMILES. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza flies to Utrecht to formally relay President Rodrigo Duterte's adjustments to the timeline of talks. Photos released by government panel

Outgoing envoy of 'Norwegia' hails ties with Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner pushes for the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels

ORDER OF SIKATUNA. President Rodrigo Duterte confers the Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner. Photo from the Norwegian Embassy in the Philippines

Genovia and Wakanda, meet Norwegia: Netizens react to latest PCOO flub

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:41 AM

PCOO Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy dismisses the gaffe as a typo

World hails Trump-Kim summit as 'first step' to denuclearization

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Here are some of the main reactions so far

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Norway wants to double U.S. troops and deploy them closer to Russia

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Since last year, 330 US Marines have been deployed on rotation at Vaernes in the center of Norway, despite loud protests from Russia

BALTOPS. A US soldier takes part in a massive amphibious landing during the Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), a NATO maritime-focused military multinational exercise, on June 4, 2018 in Nemirseta on the Baltic sea in Lithuania. Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

Wesley So drops last round, throws away chance to win Norway Chess

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Italian-American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana clips So in the decisive round to rule the Altibox Norway Chess 2018

PIVOTAL. Fabiano Caruana adjusts the pieces as Wesley So tries to gauge his move in the decisive last round. Photo from

Wesley So beats world champion for first time

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The chess wiz exacts revenge on Magnus Carlsen in round 6 of Norway Altibox Tournament

BIG WIN. Wesley So breaks his slump at the most opportune time. Photo from

WATCH: The Power of Journalism 2018

May 24, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Watch the journalism conference from Oslo, Norway on Rappler

The house that saved Christians in Marawi

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) The house is where dozens of Christians were hidden from the local terrorist groups, protected by their Muslim employers. It was one of Rappler's most memorable stories during the siege.

Faced with global warming, aviation aims to turn green

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Will electric planes eventually gain ground in the highly competitive airline industry?

A handout computer generated image released by electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero on April 4, 2018 shows a Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric regional aircraft flying. Zunum Aero, a start-up partly financed by US aeronautics group Boeing, works to bring a hybrid plane to the market by 2022. / AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Senate approves PH deal with European Free Trade Association states

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway will accord duty-free market access to all industrial and fishery products from the Philippines

PH 'committed to peace,' Duterte tells Norway envoy

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Norwegian special envoy Idun Tvedt stresses Norway's commitment 'to assist the Philippines in its peace process' with communist rebels

COMMITTED TO PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes Norwegian Special Envoy to the Peace Process Between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Idun Tvedt as the latter paid a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on February 15, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Day 1: Medal tally, brief results

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Germany leads the medal tally so far, with 2 gold medals. The Netherlands and Norway have bagged 4 medals each.

GOLD MEDAL. Germany's Andreas Wellinger celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the men's normal hill individual ski jumping event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018, in Pyeongchang.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Norway's Olympians shell-shocked as they're sent 15,000 eggs

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Norwegian chefs get an Olympic surprise as a truck-load of eggs is delivered

SURPRISE. An online purchase gets lost in translation leading to 15,000 eggs being delivered for Norwegian chefs in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. (Stock Photo)

Horror as Norway freight trains mow down over 100 reindeer

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:05 PM

Freight trains kill over a hundred reindeer which are migrating to winter pastures far north

Missing Russian chopper found on Arctic seabed, 8 presumed dead

Oct 29, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Mil Mi-8 chopper has been missing since Thursday while en route to Barentsburg from Pyramiden

RUSSIAN HELI. This file picture taken on May 5, 2011 shows the Russian helicopter which crashed, in the hangar of the base Kapp Heer at Barentsburg, Svalbard. AFP Photo