Magnus Carlsen of Norway was all smiles after successfully defending his title on Sunday as Chess World Champion. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix/Berit Roald

‘King Carlsen’ secures his title

Norwegian Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen has managed to remain exactly that. After 11 matches at the World Chess Championships in Sochi, Russia, Carlsen won Sunday's game against challenger Vishy Anand, … [READ MORE...]

Molde wins its second cup in a row

Molde Football Club won Norway's annual cup final for the second year in a row on Sunday, beating rival Odd Grenland by a score of 2-0 at the country's national football stadium at Ullevaal in Oslo. Molde fans … [READ MORE]

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen of the Progress Party, shown here checking out a new police motorcycle, has been keen to support the police. He was expected to approve a request by Police Director Odd Reidar Humlegård (left) to let police be armed at all times. PHOTO: Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet

Police can now be armed at all times

UPDATED: Norway's state director of police asked Justice Minister Anders Anundsen on Friday for the right to carry weapons at all times, not just in special situations. Norway's police have … [READ MORE]

Weary politicians stopped quarreling and formed a united front in presenting the state budget compromise on Friday. PHOTO: FRP/Bjørn Inge Bergestuen

Highlights of the budget compromise

The top politicians who emerged from a long night of budget talks wearily starting summing up key settlements at a press conference Friday morning. As expected, the government politicians claimed that the main … [READ MORE]

Progress Party leader Siv Jensen, who also became Norway's finance minister after last year's election, suddenly faces voter desertion after a year with government power. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no/NRK screen grab

Voters desert coalition parties

After finally winning government power for the first time in its 40-year history last year, Progress Party leader Siv Jensen has since seen voters desert the party after she and her colleagues took office. … [READ MORE]

Trine Skei Grande, leader of the Liberals party, has called the reported surveillance "shocking," and is demanding an apology from the US. Other top Norwegian politicians are upset as well, with former government officials suggesting the assurances received from their US counterparts earlier weren't true. PHOTO: Venstre

Budget pact wards off coalition crisis

UPDATED: Norway's minority government coalition survived a battle over its first proposed state budget without, for example, having to go along with the Liberal Party leader Trine Skei Grande's demand to raise … [READ MORE]

As winter descends on Svalbard, researchers are sounding new alarms about rising temperatures and more rain that are threatening wildlife. PHOTO: NTNU/gemini.no

Wildlife suffers as Svalbard melts

Norway's Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has experienced the sharpest rise in average temperatures in all of Europe, according to a new climate study set to be published on Thursday. Now Svalbard's once-frozen … [READ MORE]

Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor is among the companies that's been hit by computer attacks tied to industrial espionage. PHOTO: newinenglish.no

Still no answers from Telenor

Telenor's chief executive officer and chairman didn't offer any new public response to corruption allegations after a meeting with Norway's government minister in charge of business and trade issues. … [READ MORE]

PEOPLE

Environmental activist, doctor and celebrity philanthropist Gunhild Stordalen is trying to battle a rare and life-threatening disease. PHOTO: GreeNudge/EAT Forum

Celebrity activist seriously ill

Gunhild Stordalen has long been known in Norway for her environmental activism … [READ MORE...]

PHOTO: NTB Scanpix

Protests rise over French’s plight

Joshua French, the young Norwegian man convicted of murder in the Democratic … [READ MORE...]

Dr Mads Gilbert

Gaza doctor now barred from Israel

Israeli authorities now say they haven't barred Dr Mads Gilbert from Gaza but … [READ MORE...]

Jonas Gahr Støre

Støre stirs support from the sidelines

As Norway's conservative government clings to power amidst diving public … [READ MORE...]

NEWS IN BRIEF

Schumacher selling Trysil holiday home

Michael Schumacher, the Formula 1 legend who was badly injured in a skiing accident last … [READ MORE...]

New arrest in elderly woman’s rape

Police in Vestfold County confirmed Friday that they had a new suspect under arrest in the … [READ MORE...]

Carlsen still ahead after new remis in Sochi

Friday's match in the Chess World Championships ended in yet another remis (tie), leaving … [READ MORE...]

Nordic countries jointly demand explanation for UAE terror list

Norway isn't the only country demanding an explanation as to why one of the country's … [READ MORE...]

Yet another real estate price record in Oslo

A three-bedroom apartment in a relatively non-descript building from 1968, but located in … [READ MORE...]

Accused rapist denies everything

A 37-year-old man who made his living as a stripper, model and dancer has flatly denied … [READ MORE...]

SPECIAL FEATURES

Norway's new Johan Sverdrup oil and gas field, located around 140 kilometers off Stavanger in the North Sea, represents a huge new source of wealth. Its environmental impact seems to be of secondary consideration. ILLUSTRATION: Statoil

Statoil rolls out huge new oil field

NEWS ANALYSIS: The timing was ironic at best: Just as a new wave of climate concerns was literally washing over Norway this week, state oil company Statoil proudly promoted its huge new oil field Johan … [READ MORE]