Solberg rejects Russian ‘rhetoric’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, shown here at a security conference in Munich earlier this year, wrote that the attack on Nice this week carried reminders of the attacks in Oslo five years ago next week. PHOTO: MSC/Zwez

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has forcefully rejected what she called “Cold War rhetoric” from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the weekend. Just hours after leaving an international security conference in Munich, she blamed Russia for stirring up rising tensions between Russia and many other countries over the past two years. “It was Russia that […]

Jan Egeland coordinating Syrian aid

Egeland - moving from Human Rights watch to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Veteran Norwegian diplomat Jan Egeland, a former UN special envoy who most recently has been heading the Norwegian Refugee Council, has been tapped to head the group coordinating aid to Syrians in the wake of a stated cease-fire on Thursday. He got to work right away, and told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Friday that he thinks […]

Brother of Krekar’s defense attorney injured in deadly Istanbul explosion

UPDATED: At least one Norwegian, a brother of the defense attorney for a man declared a national security threat in Norway, is among those injured after a mid-morning explosion in Istanbul. Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende, meanwhile, was also in Turkey on Tuesday, for meetings with top government officials and he described the mood as “tense.” […]

Cargo jet crash shocks Posten Norge

Only small fragments remained of a cargo jet that crashed during the night while transporting mail for the Norwegian postal service Posten. Postal officials were expressing shock and sorrow Friday morning after news came that the crash killed the jet’s two cockpit crew members on board, and all its mail was lost. “We are all very upset by this […]

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Gym eyed for mass murderer’s trial

The young, ultra right-wing Norwegian who killed 77 people in and around Oslo during a bomb- and shooting spree four years ago may not get his latest complaint against the authorities heard in a courtroom. Instead, court authorities are considering hearing his complaint in the gymnasium of the high-security prison where he’s being held in Skien. Anders Behring […]

Solberg: ‘It was time for changes’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg gathered with her new ministers In sub-freezing temperatures outside the Royal Palace in Oslo on Wednesday. From left: Jon Georg Dale (agriculture), Lina Cathrine Hofstad Helleland (culture), Sylvi Listhaug (immigration), Solberg, Vidar Helgesen (climate and the environment), Elisabeth Aspaker (EU issues) and Per Sandberg (fisheries). PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

Prime Minister Erna Solberg cited a need for renewal and new ways of working as the primary reasons behind her decision to change the leadership of seven government ministries on Wednesday. “The time was ripe for changes,” Solberg said at a mid-morning press conference after King Harald V had formally approved her major personnel shift. Solberg […]

Winds of war on Peace Prize day

Oslo's City Hall was once again ready to host the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Thursday. In the foreground, an historic military vessel berthed below Norway's Akershus Fortress, where Norwegian military chiefs are evaluating a request from the US for more help in the war against IS in Syria and Iraq. PHOTO:

NEWS ANALYSIS: Strong and unseasonably warm winds threatened to blow out the torches traditionally lit around Oslo’s City Hall on the morning of December 10, the day the Nobel Peace Prize is annually awarded inside it. As this year’s winners from Tunisia receive their prize on Thursday for championing dialogue instead of violence, an entirely different dialogue […]

US asks for more help to fight IS

Norway sent fighter jets to take part in the bombing of Libya four years ago. It remains unclear whether the US now wants Norway to join in bombing raids over Syria. PHOTO: Forsvaret

Norway’s defense minstry confirmed Monday night that it has received a formal request from the US to contribute more military might to the fight against the Islamic extremist group IS. Norway already helps train Iraqi soldiers to fight IS, but now the US wants Norway to help fight IS in Syria. “I can confirm that […]

More threats close Oslo school once again

An elementary school in Oslo was closed once again on Monday, after threats were made against it via social media. Police, city, and school officials don’t think the threats are real, but decided not to take any chances. Students at the Grünerløkka School in one of the Norwegian capital’s most trendy and popular neighbourhoods were being […]