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July 26, 2011
Tragedy in Norway Re " At least 87 die in Norway terror attacks: Suspicion falls on Islamic extremists or neo-Nazi groups after a blast in Oslo and a shooting rampage ," July 23, and " Muslims feel the sting of blame ," July 24 Muslims like me, who live in America, took a collective sigh of relief when it was learned that the person apparently responsible for this carnage was a Norwegian native of Christian faith. Western media seem to have jumped the gun in immediately pointing accusing fingers at "Muslim terrorists" being responsible for this mayhem.
June 7, 2006 | From Reuters
Norway said its more than $240-billion global pension fund would no longer invest in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. because of what the country called "serious and systematic" abuses of human and labor rights. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman declined to comment.
January 2, 1985 | From Reuters
A Soviet cruise missile flew over Norway and then turned back toward the Soviet Union, crossing Finnish airspace, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said today. A ministry spokesman said the missile was spotted last Friday in northern Norway close to the Soviet border before it crossed over Finland. Government sources said Norway, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, will likely protest the violation of its airspace in the strongest terms.
September 27, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Norway said this week that it plans to kill 670 minke whales next year in its controversial commercial hunt, a slight decline from this year's number. The Nordic country of 4.5 million people outraged environmentalists and many governments by resuming commercial whale hunts in 1993 despite a global ban. Norway is the only country that hunts whales for profit, while Iceland and Japan cull them for research in hunts sanctioned by the International Whaling Commission.
October 19, 1986
Four Iranian weightlifters who defected during the Asian Games in South Korea arrived in Oslo Saturday, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry announced. "We have been informed that they want political asylum in Norway," said Per Paust, the ministry's official spokesman. Paust said South Korean authorities, via the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, asked in advance whether Norway was willing to receive the four Iranians. The Iranians took refuge in the Iraqi mission in Seoul Oct. 2.
June 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Norway on Monday began construction of an Arctic seed bank that is intended to be a "Noah's Ark" of global crop samples, protecting them from extinction. The $4.8-million vault near Longyearbyen on the island of Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle, will hold as many as 3 million types of seeds from all over the world, according to the Norwegian Agriculture and Food Ministry. The bank is scheduled to open in September 2007.
July 22, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
A horrific shooting rampage at a summer youth camp and a massive bomb in downtown Oslo stunned Norway, leaving at least 87 people dead in apparently related terrorist attacks in a nation long known as the home of the Nobel Peace Prize. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attacks, but speculation swirled around both Islamic militant groups and domestic right-wing extremists. Al Qaeda previously has singled out Norway as an intended target, and a shadowy group affiliated with the terrorist network reportedly claimed responsibility, a statement that could not be verified.
February 8, 2014 | By John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - The Winter Olympics record for most medals won is in position to be broken after Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won the men's 10-kilometer sprint in biathlon Saturday at the Sochi Games. Bjoerndalen, of Norway, won his 12th overall medal and seventh gold. He is tied with fellow Norwegian cross-country legend Bjorn Daehlie for most medals and should break his record when he competes later in the men's and mixed relays. Bjoerndalen, 40, also became the oldest gold-medal winner, breaking the mark of Canadian skeleton rider Duff Gibson, who was 39 when he won gold in 2006.
March 8, 1985 | DON SHIRLEY
Any production of "Song of Norway" had better be well sung. The dramaturgy in this slab of aging shmaltz is primitive, and the spectacle--at least as designed for the Long Beach Civic Light Opera--is dull. However, Edvard Grieg's melodies still survive, despite the silly lyrics added by Robert Wright and George Forrest, so it's possible that interesting voices could make the thing worth sitting through. Only one of the Long Beach voices, Ann Blyth's, comes close to justifying the experience.
December 16, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Steven Van Zandt knows his way around the underworld. For six seasons on "The Sopranos," he played Silvio Dante, the consigliere to crime boss Tony Soprano who obediently carried out his orders with a distinctive glower. But these days the actor is having more fun playing a mobster who has been put on ice - literally. Van Zandt - better known as "Little Steven," one of the key members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band - has gathered up his cold-weather gear for the second season of "Lilyhammer," Netflix's comedy-drama about surly New York gangster Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, who escapes under a witness protection program to Lillehammer, Norway, after selling out some of his associates.
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