Father charged with up to 50 assaults

Sexual assault charges brought against a Norwegian man in his 40s from Trondheim can involve as many as 50 young victims, police announced at a press conference on Thursday. The man has children himself, along with three prior convictions. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the new charges involve purchasing sexual services (illegal in Norway), sexual […]

Justice minister decides to resign

UPDATED: Norwegian Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara felt compelled to resign his top government post on Thursday, after the country’s police intelligence agency PST expanded an ongoing case against his own live-in partner. PST now thinks she’s behind all the threats lodged against the couples’ home in Oslo since December, and that she sent a […]

Tourists steal nails from stave churches

Norway’s carefully preserved stave churches have survived for centuries but face threats from thoughtless tourists. The caretaker for one of them in Telemark has found small holes in the wooden walls where nails used to be, taken by tourists who’ve helped themselves to a souvenir. “The tourists want to take something with them from a […]

Hydro emerging from hacker attack

Systems were returning to normal at Norwegian industrial concern Norsk Hydro on Thursday. The company’s website was back up and Hydro officials said the were making “further progress to secure safe and stable operations.” The large Norwegian company with tens of thousands of employees worldwide was thrown into a tailspin Tuesday after hackers infected Hydro’s […]

Man arrested for three attempted rapes

Three women were attacked within a period of just 45 minutes Wednesday evening, in separate incidents on Oslo’s east side. Police later arrested a man in an apartment in the capital’s Veitvet neighbourhood, and charged him with two attemped rapes and one case of sexual assault. Veitvet isn’t far from the scenes of the assaults […]

The search is on for Hydro hackers

An international investigation is underway to get to the root of this week’s extensive cyber attack on Norwegian industrial concern Norsk Hydro. The partially state-owned company remained mostly offline Wednesday morning, but Hydro officials claimed they were making progress in restoring “secure and stable” operations. Interpol has joined the investigation into the major attack that […]

Muslims met by threats in Finnmark

Muslims arriving at mosques in Norway’s northern county of Finnmark this week were met by placards calling for “revolution” against Islam. The offensive notices promoting a right-wing extremist organization were also found on public buildings and schools in Alta and Sør-Varanger. “It wasn’t very nice,” the leader of the mosque in Alta, Ismail Omar, told […]

Hackers hold Norsk Hydro for ransom

The cyber attack that brought down Norwegian industrial firm Norsk Hydro on Tuesday is believed to have been orchestrated by hackers demanding ransom money, company officials confirmed at an afternoon press conference. Hydro won’t pay, and believes it will be able to get its systems back up and running. “We have good back-up routines,” said […]

Hydro comes under major cyber attack

One of Norway’s biggest companies, Norsk Hydro, was battling the biggest cyber attack in its history Tuesday morning. National security authorities were called in to help and were in “tight dialogue” with Hydro. Hydro, a major international aluminum producer, revealed the attack itself in a message to the Oslo Stock Exchange early Tuesday. The company […]

Theater drama turned political

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s biggest political drama in years has a high-powered cast of characters, but started last fall on the stage of a small theater company in Oslo. It climaxed just before the weekend, with Prime Minister Erna Solberg probably having to appoint her sixth justice minister in as many years. There were more developments […]