July 22, 2011 |
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.
June 7, 2006 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 27, 2011 |
The attorney for Norwegian terrorism suspect Anders Behring Breivik described his client Tuesday as emotionally cold, probably insane and hopped up on drugs during the twin attacks last week that killed at least 76 people. The comments offered the first glimpse into a possible legal defense strategy in what is expected to be Norway's most explosive criminal trial since the prosecution of accused Nazi collaborators after World War II. Geir Lippestad, a public defender who was handpicked by Breivik, also said the 32-year-old extremist — now held in solitary confinement — is unsure how many people he killed and expressed surprise that Norwegian police took so long to stop his attack.
February 20, 2003 |
The leader of a Kurdish Islamic guerrilla group operating in northern Iraq was ordered out of Norway on Wednesday after immigration officials cited "a threat to national security" because of his alleged Al Qaeda links. Mullah Krekar, leader of Ansar al-Islam, was given two weeks to leave Norway and three weeks to appeal the ruling. At a Jan. 14 news conference in Oslo, Krekar denied that he or his group had any links to terrorism or ever had contact with Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
July 26, 2011 |
It was supposed to be a defining moment for Norwegian terrorism suspect Anders Behring Breivik. He had hoped that Monday's hearing into last week's twin attacks would be televised live by the world's media, authorities say. He wanted to dress in uniform to defend his actions as part of a bid to trigger an anti-Islamic revolution in Europe. But to his disappointment, Breivik's much-anticipated first court appearance was neither seen nor heard by the public. A Norwegian judge ruled that the proceedings should be held behind closed doors, siding with prosecutors who are increasingly nervous about giving the suspect a forum to espouse his radical views.
February 8, 2014 |
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.