Brende heads to Middle East talks

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, left, during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in May this year. Brende went to the Middle East on Tuesday to help broker a lasting ceasefire and peace agreement between Israel and Hamas. PHOTO: Frode Overland Andersen/Utenriksdepartementet

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende announced he’d travel to Israel and Palestine on Tuesday as part of efforts to secure a ceasefire and peace plan between warring Israel and Hamas. Israel finally agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt shortly before eight o’clock on Tuesday morning, but Hamas claimed on Monday night they had not […]

Støre: ‘Norway too easy on Israel’

Jonas Gahr Støre grabbed headlines and airtime over the weekend when he criticized the conservative government for not being tough enough on Israel. The government quickly defended itself. PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet

New Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre was Norway’s foreign minister for seven years and knows how frustrating it is to deal with Israel and the Palestinians. He nonetheless lashed out as his successor Børge Brende of the Conservatives over the weekend, claiming that the new government isn’t criticizing Israel nearly enough over its attacks on Gaza. […]

Labour youth open AUF summer camp

Former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg addressing young Labour Party members at the AUF summer camp last year. PHOTO: AUF

Around 800 young members of Norway’s Labour Party are reconvening this week for their annual summer camp that was the target of a lone terrorist three years ago. They’re gathering again at Gulsrud on the Tyrifjord, not far from the island of Utøya where the terrorist unleashed his massacre, with a program aimed at both moving forward and […]

Islamist faces incitement charge

Ubaydullah Hussain was indicted on Tuesday for inciting murder and terrorism. His lawyer said Hussain denied the charges, and freedom of speech was at stake. PHOTO:

Norwegian police charged prominent Islamist Ubaydullah Hussain with inciting murder and terrorism on Tuesday. The charges came as visiting US Attorney General Eric Holder praised Norway on its new plans to combat radicalization, and said America was considering similar measures. Hussain was charged with five counts of incitement over comments made last year, reported Norwegian […]

Residents fled forest fire

UPDATED: Several residents from Sel in Gudbrandsdalen were forced to evacuate their homes as a forest fire burned out of control on Friday afternoon. It was later brought under control and extinguished while a second large fire burned at Svanstul in Skien. Firefighters struggled with access in the rugged terrain, and warnings went up again […]

Time to talk about Breivik’s hatred

PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet

With the third anniversary of Norway’s July 22 terror attacks in 2011 on the horizon, Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) Secretary Raymond Johansen worries there’s been a part of the debate left untouched. Johansen told a local magazine this week that the party did not want to be accused of politically capitalizing on the attacks, but it was time to discuss […]

Competition authorities land on Widerøe

Offices for Norway’s small domestic airline Widerøe in Bærum and Bodø got surprise visits on Tuesday from European competition authorities. They arrived to carry out an unannounced control of Widerøe’s adherence to competition rules tied to Norway’s economic agreement with the European Union. State broadcaster NRK reported that inspectors showed up at Widerøe’s offices Tuesday […]

Norway halts flow of Syrian refugees

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende met with Syrian refugee children in Beirut earlier this month, at school programs financed by Norway, but now the government is balking at taking in more refugees who are sick and injured. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Refugees from the Syrian civil war have finally started arriving in Norway, but now Norwegian authorities are hesitating to take in more. Many of those whom the United Nations wants to send to Norway are ill, handicapped children and others left disabled by bombs, and Norwegian officials contend the local communities where they’re supposed to […]

Quisling’s bunker opened for public

Quisling's bunker under the Bygdøy mansion he took over as his residence during the war has been reopened and can be visited on guided tours.  PHOTO: Holocaust Center/Riksantikvaren

Another remnant of troubling history from World War II emerged from years of decay in Oslo this week, when the former bunker used by convicted traitor Vidkun Quisling opened to the public. The bunker was found under the mansion that Quisling confiscated as his residence in 1942. The mansion on Oslo’s fashionable Bygdøy peninsula, known as […]

Terror support has fallen away


The leader of a national support group for survivors of the July 22, 2011 terror attacks criticized the lack of help available less than three years after 77 people were killed and 90 more were wounded. Trond Henry Blattmann claimed on Wednesday that most of the follow-up measures designed to monitor victims’ recovery had already […]