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New conflict hits the Norwegian Opera

Disharmony at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet has now risen to fever pitch, after its brand-new music director, Karl-Heinz Steffens, announced that he’s already decided to leave his post next year. Steffens was popular and had been viewed as a unifying force in an organization riddled with conflict, but he claims he simply hasn’t found a good tone […]

Terror suspect held in custody

A 17-year-old boy caught with an explosive device in downtown Oslo just before Easter was ordered held in custody for at least another two weeks on Monday. Investigators say their suspicions that he was planning a terrorist attack have been strengthened. Kathrine Tonstad of state police intelligence unit PST, which took over the investigation, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Police disarm after the Easter holidays

Norwegian police were ordered on Tuesday to stop carrying firearms and return them to locked containers inside patrol cars. The imminent threat of a terrorist attack in Norway’s largest cities is now considered somewhat lower than it was during the Easter holiday week. “The arming of police came as a direct consequence of the attack in […]

Anti-terror efforts still falling short

Norway’s preparedness for a terrorist attack remains in question, just a week after the threat level was raised from “possible” to “probable.” Conflicts continue between the military and police, also over use of boats and helicopters, while critics note that the police’s own emergency response boats are outdated and have been taken out of service. Justice Minister […]

Terror suspects grew up in Finnmark

Three young men who have been tied to Islamic extremism in the past three years all grew up in a small town in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark. They had all arrived in Norway as asylum seekers from former Soviet republics in the Caucasus and Central Asia, areas that have spawned several others who have carried out terrorist attacks abroad, most […]

Security tightens for the 17th of May

Norway’s annual Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May are likely to unfold amidst special anti-terror measures this year. Higher threat levels are prompting top state and city officials in Oslo to make “concrete evaluations” of risk factors and security levels around what’s traditionally been a children’s parade. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) raised the […]

Terror threat up, teen in custody

A 17-year-old Russian citizen who came to Norway as a refugee remained in custody Monday after police confirmed that he had a homemade explosive device that led to a major terror alarm in Oslo Saturday night. The teenager denies he planned any terrorist attack. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) thinks otherwise and have charged him with […]

Brende: US attack on Syria ‘understandable’

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende said on Friday that the Norwegian government can “understand” why the US attacked a Syrian airbase believed responsible for bombing civilians with chemical weapons earlier in the week.  “The situation is complicated,” Brende told reporters in Beijing, where he and Prime Minister Erna Solberg are in the midst of a long-sought […]

Secrecy surrounds a lack of security

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and both her defense and justice ministers have had to admit this week, at public hearings called by the Parliament’s disciplinary committee, to serious shortcomings in national preparedness and security. Solberg’s government is still insisting, however, on keeping a state auditor’s highly critical report on the situation secret, and that’s setting off even more criticism […]

July 22 memorial trial postponed

Painful disagreement persists between state officials, who want to create a memorial to victims of Norway’s July 22, 2011 terrorist attacks, and neighbours who don’t want a memorial in their area, but a trial on the conflict has now been postponed. Both sides want to wait until plans for a different memorial at a different site across the water […]