Terrorists targeted Norwegian families

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) was reporting on Thursday that the terror threat against Norway last summer involved scenarios in which extremists would break into random Norwegian homes and execute the families living in them. The executions would be filmed and then published on the Internet. NRK reported that the goal, according to its sources, was to spread as […]

Breivik’s father takes on blame

Jens Breivik, a career diplomat and father of the man who killed 77 persons in Norway last summer, appearing on NRK's Brennpunkt program Wednesday night. PHOTO: NRK

Jens Breivik, the former Norwegian diplomat and father of convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, admits in his new book that he “could have done more” for his troubled son. The book offers the elder Breivik’s version of the family’s troubled past that climaxed with his son killing 77 people on July 22, 2011. “This is […]

‘No choice’ but to back Obama on IS

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende was in Iraq recently and met with the new Iraqi prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Versto

Norway, which refused to back the US’ invasion of Iraq during the Bush Administration, will be supporting US President Barack Obama’s plan for fighting the Islamic extremist group IS in Iraq now. “We have no choice,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende. “We have to contribute to the fight against IS,” Brende said on Norwegian […]

Støre blames loss on July 22 attacks

New Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre was promoting his new book on Tuesday, entitled "I bevegelse" (literally, "In movement"). PHOTO: Cappelen Damm

New Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre released a new book on Tuesday in which he puts much of the blame for Labour’s loss of government power last year on the July 22 attacks carried out by a lone bomber and gunman in 2011. Instead of winning and retaining a sympathy vote, Støre thinks voters […]

Risk catches up with oil firm DNO

Oslo-based oil and gas firm DNO has three production facilities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, including this one at the Tawke field. PHOTO: DNO

Oslo-based oil and gas firm DNO, known for operating in high-risk areas of the Middle East and North Africa, was the first foreign company to start drilling for oil in Iraq after the US-led invasion ended in 2003. A decade later, it’s caught in concerns over the latest invasion of Iraq this summer by the extremist group now known as the Islamic State […]

Church leaders denounce Israeli offensive

Norwegian church leaders joined the latest demonstration in Oslo this week against Israel’s military attacks on Palestinians living in Gaza. They demanded that charges be brought against Israel at the UN’s international court in The Hague. Around 1,000 people, including several Norwegian pastors, marched through Oslo and gathered in front of the Parliament on Monday to […]

Doctor, politician square off on Gaza

Mads Gilbert

Dr Mads Gilbert, a surgeon and high-profile Norwegian political activist, returned to a hero’s welcome in Oslo on Wednesday after yet another voluntary trip to Gaza to treat injured Palestinians. Meanwhile, a high-profile politician from one of the Norwegian government’s own parties defended the Israeli attacks on Gaza that have resulted in more than a thousand civilian deaths […]

Solberg finally able to go on holiday

Erna Solberg at Norway Cup

It’s been a long hot summer for Prime Minister Erna Solberg, but with the terror threat against Norway appearing to ease, she’s finally going to join her family for some holiday abroad. She made a point of appearing at the huge Norway Cup football tournament going on in the Oslo area this week, and once […]

Animal cruelty cases on the rise

Moss locals organised a memorial service for Lucas the dog, to be held on Wednesday evening. A man confessed to killing the dog after a social media witch hunt. Animal welfare group NOAH said there had been an alarming increase in the number of animal cruelty cases reported so far this year. PHOTO: Facebook.com/Minnemarkering for hunden Lucas

Norwegian animal welfare organization NOAH expressed concern on Tuesday over the record number of animal cruelty notifications it has received so far this year. Recent cases that have attracted media attention included seagull shootings and a cat drowned in its carrier, while on Tuesday a person confessed to killing a dog which had been found […]

‘Too many roses, not enough anger’

Erna Solberg, July 22 memorial

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s taken three years, but Norwegians are finally beginning to publicly display pent-up anger over a home-grown right-wing extremist’s murderous attacks on July 22, 2011. As the grieving process reached its third anniversary on Tuesday, it became more clear that all the roses and early attempts at reconciliation weren’t enough to heal all the wounds. Norwegians gathered […]