Norway welcomes thaw in US-Cuba relations

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the entire spectrum of political leaders in the Norwegian Parliament voiced support Thursday for renewed relations between the US and Cuba after years of a diplomatic freeze. “This is very good,” Solberg told state broadcaster NRK. “It’s been unnatural with the lack of cooperation between the US and Cuba.” […]

Brende ‘worried’ about arrests in Turkey

Foreign Minister Børge Brende says he made it clear to top Turkish officials during a visit to Ankara on Tuesday that Norway was worried about the arrests of more than 20 Turkish journalists over the weekend. Brende told news bureau NTB that he’s worried about the status of press freedom and freedom of expression in the country. His remarks followed strong […]

Rwandan loses appeal of genocide conviction

Sadi Bugingo, accused of taking part in the murders of around 2,000 people during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, was again found guilty on almost all counts by a Norwegian appeals court. Bugingo, who emigrated to Norway after the mass killings 20 years ago, faces sentencing in January. “This case shows that Noway has the ability and […]

Norway’s hard-won win over Poland

It was called a “difficult and painful” evening for Norway’s women’s handball team Monday night, when they struggled to prevail over Poland’s national squad. The pain turned into relief when they did win, by just two points. Sports commentators said the Norwegians were behind from the start, with the Polish women proving to be much tougher […]

Oil sector cutbacks hit hotels

Hotel room revenues fell by 22.4 percent in Stavanger last month. Norway’s oil capital has been experiencing an increase in hotel capacity just as diving oil prices spur cutbacks in the oil business that makes up the hotels’ biggest market. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that hotel room capacity in the Stavanger region has grown by 18 […]

Platou millionaire faces charges over au pair contracts

A wealthy Norwegian businessman who reportedly has a fortune of at least NOK 148 million (around USD 20 million) has been charged by police for supplying authorities with incorrect information regarding contracts for two au pairs from the Philippines who were working in his home. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported they were paid the equivalent of NOK 41 (USD […]

Fannemel logs first World Cup win

Anders Fannemel, a 23-year-old ski jumper from Hornindal who lives in Lillehammer, finally won his first World Cup victory during competition in Russia over the weekend. He made his debut in 2007 and competed in his first World Cup four years ago, but had never managed to win an event. “Very well-deserved,” commented Norway’s national […]

Bank customers threatened during robbery

An armed robber who held up a bank branch at one of Oslo’s busiest intersections Monday morning was in custody after what police called a “short car chase” on the city’s west side. The robber, a man in his 30s, entered the Nordea bank branch at Majorstuen just after 9am. He brandished a pistol and […]

Mexican Nobel protester deported

The young Mexican student who disrupted last week’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, in an attempt to draw attention to kidnappings and violence in his homeland, has been sent out of the country. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that Adan Cortes was put on a Lufthansa flight with a connection bound for Mexico City. Norway’s immigration authority […]

Handball team heads for Euro semi-finals

Norway’s women’s handball team was on course for getting into the semi-finals of the European Championships, after beating Spain by a score of 29-26 on Saturday. Player Betina Riegelhuth was getting lots of the credit for the Norwegians’ strong performance at the major competition playing out in Hungary. “She’s making Norway’s best shots right now,” […]