Unruly passenger forced emergency landing

A man in his 60s went amok on board a commercial airliner as it was flying over the North Sea on Thursday morning, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Stavanger after the man tried to break into the cockpit. Norwegian police were still gathering details but reported that the incident was not […]

Family thanks public for condolences

The adoptive parents of 17-year-old Johanne Zhanghia Ihle-Hansen, who police believe was murdered by her right-wing extremist step-brother who’s also charged with terrorism, have expressed appreciation for the support and condolences they’ve received, also from Islamic leaders who were targets of their son’s attack on a local mosque. The victim’s high school in Sandvika opened […]

Security boosted at mosques, court

UPDATED: Norwegian police and the public themselves were boosting security at mosques around the country, as Muslims began their most important holiday season this week. In Oslo, neighbours literally formed a ring around a local mosque after a young Norwegian man fired shots inside a mosque in suburban Bærum and also was charged with killing […]

Mosque shooting widely condemned

A young Norwegian man who fired shots inside a mosque in suburban Oslo Saturday evening was refusing to talk with police on Sunday. He’s in custody, charged with murder and attempted murder, while Prime Minister Erna Solberg joined other top politicians in condemning what’s being investigated as a terrorist attack by a right-wing extremist. “All […]

Theories clash in kidnapping case

Is Anne-Elisabeth Hagen dead or alive? Her family’s hopes for the latter reportedly have risen, following new contact with Hagen’s alleged captors, but police still think a kidnapping last October was rigged to hide her murder, and that there’s “little probability” she’s still alive. The different positions were made clear on Tuesday, when police and […]

More car fires during the weekend

As many as five cars were set on fire Saturday, reported police in Oslo. A burning car at Kampen on Oslo’s east side around 5pm had been preceded by fires earlier in the day both at Kampen and nearby Grünerløkka. The fire early Saturday evening was the fourth in Oslo in less than 24 hours. […]

Police under fire after local brawl

Residents of Bogerud on Oslo’s east side continue to criticize police for allegedly heavy-handed tactics against local youth last week. Police claim they felt threatened, while the youngsters accuse them of escalating a confrontation on a hot summer evening. While the weather in Oslo has cooled down, frustration in Bogerud hasn’t. Newspaper Dagsavisen and other […]

Trump ‘astonishes’ prime minister

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has joined fellow European leaders in expressing astonishment that US President Donald Trump would cross the line between the executive and judicial branches of government. She was reacting to Trump’s criticism that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven refused to intervene in the arrest in Stockholm of an American rapper charged with […]

Shots fired during Oslo robbery

Two people wearing helmets drove a motorcycle up to the entrance of a jewelry store in the heart of Oslo late Monday morning, stormed in and held it up at gunpoint. Police had two suspects in custody within an hour. “They fired shots inside the store,” operations leader for the Oslo Police, Rune Hekkelstrand, told state […]

Two arrested for vandalizing July 22 memorial

Police in Tønsberg have arrested two suspects in their 20s, charged with spray-painting a swastika on the city’s memorial to victims of the deadly attacks by a right-wing extremist on July 22, 2011. The vandalism was carried out on the eighth anniversary of the attacks on Monday. “The two are arrested and charged with damaging […]