Protests rise over French’s plight

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Joshua French, the young Norwegian man convicted of murder in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was back in the news this week. Around 300 demonstrators marched on his behalf in Oslo over the weekend, demanding he be brought back to Norway, while his lawyer is now objecting to how the foreign ministry has handled the […]

Gaza doctor now barred from Israel

Dr Mads Gilbert

Israeli authorities now say they haven’t barred Dr Mads Gilbert from Gaza but from Israel itself. The Norwegian physician has treated injured Palestinians in Gaza for years, but was recently turned away at a border entry point into Gaza, allegedly for “security reasons.” Gilbert and Norway’s foreign ministry immediately protested and Gilbert vowed to return […]

Støre stirs support from the sidelines

Jonas Gahr Støre

As Norway’s conservative government clings to power amidst diving public opinion polls, Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre has enjoyed a new surge of support. Støre, who’s the subject of no less than three books released this autumn, is also now reaching out to the small centrist parties that could sweep Labour back into government. Støre […]

Young star keeps his head down

Martin Ødegaard

Martin Ødegaard, Norway’s young football star who’s been dubbed the top talent in the world right now, has had quite a week. After being whisked off in a private jet to visit top Spanish club Real Madrid on Monday, he trained on his own Tuesday for his club in Drammen and only reluctantly met reporters who’d been […]

Swedes welcome Northug back

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After months of negotiations with Norway’s national skiing federation, shamed professional skier Petter Northug will be able to rejoin the national team and ski for Norway during the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Falun, Sweden in February. The Swedes seem happier than the Norwegians. “Petter was one of our ambassadors when we applied to host […]

Afghan interpreter wins asylum

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Faizullah Muradi, who worked as an interpreter for Norwegian forces in Afghanistan only to be deported from Norway after arriving as a refugee, has finally won asylum after all. The government and the authorities were pressured into evaluating his case, not least by military officials and veterans whom he’d served in Afghanistan. “I am so […]

Refugee ready to lead AUF

Mani Hussaini, new AUF leader

Mani Hussaini, who came to Norway as a 12-year-old refugee from Syria, was elected with a standing ovation as the next leader of the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth organization AUF over the weekend. He promised to challenge Labour’s leadership and urged AUF’s members to all be “tax enthusiasts.” “If we want to maintain Norway’s welfare […]

Svindal’s ski season shattered

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Norway’s top alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal suddenly saw his upcoming professional skiing season literally torn apart over the weekend, after he tore is Achilles tendon during a pre-season training session. The affable Svindal kept smiling, though, even after surgery and learning that there was no way he’d be able to ski in the World Championships in […]

Princess feels persecuted

Princess Martha Louise

Princess Martha Louise met with reporters just before the weekend, mostly to try to promote another one of her books but also to once again chide the press for criticizing her over the years. Especially the (not so gentle) men of the press. “There were always men from the press who followed after me,” she told […]

Yara’s board fires its CEO

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Jørgen Ole Haslestad, embattled boss of large Norwegian fertilizer firm Yara International, was fired as the company’s chief executive on Tuesday. Yara’s board “concluded that Haslestad is not the right person to lead the company going forward,” said Yara Chairman Leif Teksum. Haslestad had seemed to survive a corruption scandal at Yara but was criticized for […]