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Military exercises underway in Arctic

Northern Europe’s largest air force exercises got underway in the Arctic on Monday, just as Norway’s Northern Brigade also kicked off a military drill in the area as well. The two are not connected and military officials have insisted that Russia should not view such exercises as a provocation. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that the Russians, […]

Norway celebrates from north to south

LONGYEARBYEN: Flags were raised and events officially kicked off at 8am all over the country on Wednesday as Norwegians launched into their Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May. The holiday is known for its unabashed displays of patriotism, highlighted by children, flags, tradition and memorials to fallen heroes. Here in Norway’s most northern community on Svalbard, flags […]

Islamist not the only one under arrest

UPDATED: Police in Oslo confirmed on Wednesday that the radical Norwegian Islamist Arfan Bhatti wasn’t the only one to be arrested on the eve of the 17th of May celebrations, which were carrying on amidst heightened terror concerns. Newspaper VG reported that “more than one other person” was in custody, while Bhatti would undergo questioning […]

Veterans hailed on Liberation Day

The sun was shining in Oslo on Monday as King Harald V, top government officials and military brass prepared to hail Norwegian veterans from World War II and through to more recent international operations. It was on May 8, 1945 that Norway finally was liberated from five years of occupation by Nazi Germany, so it’s also a […]

More aid mounted for famine in Yemen

Norway is among countries vowing to send more humanitarian aid to Yemen, which is facing a famine that’s reaching what some call Biblical proportions. Calls went out on Thursday as well for Saudi Arabia to halt its intevention in the country’s civil war and demand a cease-fire. The Norwegian agreement recently agreed to increase its […]

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 […]