Appeals court trims terror convict’s jail term

A 34-year-old Norwegian man from the small town of Verdal in Trøndelag was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years and three months in jail, after being convicted of joining the terror organization ISIL and planning terrorist attacks with ISIL members. The appeals court ruling is three months shorter than a sentence handed down last November […]

Terror preparedness blasted again

Norwegian politicians have been repeatedly criticized for failing to secure some of the country’s most venerable institutions from a terrorist attack. Now the state government is being blasted once again, for not making sufficient progress since the last round of criticism. City and county officials have been targets of criticism as well. The state auditor […]

Palace finally ready to improve security

Officials responsible for running Norway’s Royal Palace in Oslo are starting to improve security around the home and workplace of the monarch, seven years after terrorist attacks stunned the country on July 22, 2011. Construction of new fences and other barriers to better control vehicular traffic to the palace will begin this fall. Newspaper Aftenposten […]

Norwegian released from arrest for terror financing

UPDATED: A Norwegian man who worked for a French company in Syria was arrested while changing planes at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris last week. He was charged with financing terrorism after allegedly paying off terrorist groups in the area around the French company’s plant, to ensure its safety, but was later released. […]

Woman held on terror charges

A woman from Somalia who arrived in Norway in 2013 has been held in police custody since December, charged with attempts to take part in the terrorist group IS. She was arrested in Italy, believed to have been on her way to join IS warriors in the Middle East. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that she allegedly […]

Sylvi’s ‘crucifixion’ quickly destroyed

Someone definitely didn’t like street artist AFK’s depiction of Norway’s former crusading justice minister, Sylvi Listhaug, as the victim of a crucifixion. His picture of her hanging on a cross was only allowed to stand for two days before being destroyed during the night. AFK’s street art, which he created during the Easter weekend, became […]

Street artist paints Listhaug as martyr

UPDATED: Bergen residents woke up on the last day of Norway’s long Easter holiday on Monday to a new work of street art. It depicts former Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug as crucified amidst media microphones and flowers like those sent by several hundred supporters. Listhaug was forced to resign just before the holidays began because […]

Listhaug exposed right-wing threat

NEWS ANALYSIS: Deposed Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug’s recent political assault on the Norwegian Labour Party continues to resonate, because of how it exposed threats from right-wing extremists. That likely wasn’t her intention, but so-called “dark forces” emerged to support Listhaug and that’s set off a new discussion over the danger they present, not least in […]

Solberg apologizes for her minister

A weary Prime Minister Erna Solberg officially apologized “on behalf of the government” Wednesday evening “for rhetoric the government has used” that hurt and upset and many Norwegians. She was referring to how her justice minister, Sylvi Listhaug, accused the Labour Party late last week of putting the rights of terrorists above the interests of […]

Listhaug responds, angers even more

UPDATED: Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug, under pressure to apologize for claiming on Facebook that Norway’s Labour Party puts terrorists’ rights above national security, has finally published a response after days of refusing to comment. She also finally deleted the post many found so offensive, but refused to admit defeat even after her initial response stirred […]