Road traffic noise affects some Europeans

2014-12-19 16:38

Harmful levels of road traffic noise affect one in four people in Europe and raise health risks ranging from sleepless nights to heart disease.

Oil price drop threatens investments

2014-12-05 14:56

The continued fall of oil prices may lead to the postponement of $150bn worth of projects in the sector worldwide, says a source.

Statoil in test case over seabed areas

2014-11-17 10:45

Norway's Statoil risks millions of dollars in extra costs in Canada in a test case that could spell problems for other oil firms.

Ikea may tighten carbon rules

2014-10-13 16:00

Leading furniture retailer Ikea may introduce an internal carbon emissions price in order to protect the environment and create a "new and better" company.

Chernobyl radioactivity spikes hit reindeer

2014-10-10 07:27

Almost three decades after the Chernobyl disaster thousands of kilometres away, a jump in radioactivity levels is making Norwegian reindeer meat unfit for consumption.

Animal rights group sad over Nobel prize

2014-10-06 20:05

A Norwegian animal rights group says it is sad that the Nobel Medicine Prize has gone to research involving "very invasive" experiments with rats' brains.

Tutu urges Norway to forgive Breivik

2014-09-22 22:28

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged Norwegians to forgive mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, the worst criminal in the nation's recent history.

Deep emissions cuts needed by 2050

2014-08-07 18:29

Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents.

UK trip leader tried to gouge polar bear's eyes

2014-07-09 03:00

The leader of a jaunt in n Norway has recounted how he tried to gouge the eyes of polar bear that killed a UK teen.

Norwegian firms to build wind farm off UK coast

2014-07-03 07:28

Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft have announced plans to build a wind farm off the British coast in a $2.4bn investment, expected to be completed in 2017.

Calls for a 5 year deadline to curb over-fishing

2014-06-24 08:37

Governments should set a five-year deadline to crack down on over-fishing and pollution, or parts of the oceans may have to be declared off-limits to industrial fishing.

Oslo imam seriously hurt in axe attack

2014-06-17 13:33

The imam of Oslo's main mosque is recuperating in hospital after a masked assailant repeatedly hacked him with a small axe in the centre of the Norwegian capital, a report says.

Norway arrests 3 for aiding Qaeda offshoot

2014-05-27 11:56

Norway has arrested three people suspected of aiding an al-Qaeda offshoot fighting in Syria, at least two of which are accused of having joined the militant group as foreign fighters, Norwegian police say.

Human zoo hopes to challenge Norway

2014-05-17 17:12

Displaying 80 people in a human zoo in Oslo's most elegant park, two artists hope their "Congo Village" display will help erase what they say is Norwegians' collective amnesia about racism.

UN names first female peacekeeping commander

2014-05-13 08:37

The United Nations has appointed the first woman to command one of the world body's peacekeeping operations.

Norwegian fisherman lands dildo-eating cod

2014-04-11 21:00

An unexpectedly sexy catch ended up in the net of a Norwegian fisherman, who says that he had landed a cod with a dildo in its stomach.

Threat of global warming escalates - UN

2014-04-06 14:40

A draft UN report says world powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels.

If Japan stops whaling, militants will target Europe

2014-03-31 18:54

Environmental movement Sea Shepherd is ready to refocus its attention on stopping whaling by Norway and other European nations if Japan abides by a UN court order.

UN author on climate report pulls out

2014-03-28 13:59

One of the 70 authors of a draft UN report on climate change said he had pulled out of the writing team because it was "alarmist" about the threat.

US should cut security aid to Uganda – HRW

2014-03-20 15:15

Human Rights Watch has reportedly urged the US to cut back security assistance to Uganda in response to the country’s recently enacted anti-gay law.

World Banks stalls $90m Uganda loan

2014-02-28 08:51

The World Bank has stalled a $90m loan planned to help Uganda strengthen its health care system following the country’s enactment of a tough anti-gay law.

Police reject Breivik prison torture complaint

2014-02-24 21:27

Police in Norway say that they closed a preliminary investigation into a complaint by mass murderer Anders Breivik that his prison conditions had amounted to "serious torture".

Breivik hunger strike for video games

2014-02-15 07:15

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik has threatened to go on hunger strike for better video games to alleviate his torture-like living conditions.

Statoil reports profit fall, delays target

2014-02-07 17:18

State-backed Norwegian oil giant Statoil reported an annual profit plunge, postponed its long-term production target and cut investment.

Snowden nominated for Nobel Prize

2014-01-29 14:07

Two Norwegian lawmakers say they have jointly nominated former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.


Malala, Satyarthi receive their Nobel Prize

2014-12-10 15:25

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi have received their Nobel Peace Prize after two days of celebration honouring their work for children's rights.

Israel blocks Norwegian doctor, denies life ban

2014-11-17 13:20

Israel has blocked Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from entering the country and thereby accessing the Gaza Strip, but denied it had imposed a lifelong ban on the outspoken medic.

Cruise ship stuck off Norway

2014-11-01 15:35

A cruise liner has run aground in northern Norway, but no injuries or no damage has been reported yet.

Statoil to sell Azerbaijani stakes

2014-10-13 12:30

Norwegian energy firm Statoil plans to sell $2.2bn worth of its Azerbaijani assets to Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas.

Snowden, Pope Francis tipped for Nobel prize

2014-10-08 16:15

The race for the Nobel peace prize has rarely been as open or unpredictable, experts say, with the pope and Edward Snowden tipped as possible winners.

'Nato can put troops wherever it wants'

2014-10-06 11:54

New Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg says that the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants, apparently calling into question post-Cold War agreements.

Breivik's father feels guilt over son's dark path

2014-09-18 14:30

The father of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik says he fears his son is becoming even more extreme and dangerous in prison.

Terror threat against Norway

2014-07-24 13:04

Norway's intelligence service says it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Total to do test drilling for shale gas

2014-07-04 20:00

Total plans to drill Denmark's first test wells for shale gas in December or January, says the French energy firm.

Norway takes on sea lice

2014-06-27 13:25

Norway may introduce new measures to combat the levels of sea lice in the fish farming industry, fisheries minister Elisabeth Aspaker says.

UN plans to crack down on environmental crime

2014-06-22 15:00

The UN will try to toughen environmental laws to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to hazardous waste.

Greenpeace boards Arctic rig

2014-05-27 18:41

Greenpeace activists boarded an oil rig in the Norwegian Arctic to try to stop exploration plans in the far north.

US rebuked Norway on Obama Nobel Peace Prize

2014-05-15 17:42

Barack Obama's administration rebuked Norway after he won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, saying it was an awkward honour for an as-yet untested leader, a Norwegian diplomat revealed.

Norway torn on Dalai visit as China threatens

2014-04-24 14:58

A planned visit by the Dalai Lama has Oslo torn between its will to warm up frozen ties with China, and warnings from the public not to compromise its stance on human rights.

Church of Norway rejects same-sex marriage

2014-04-08 14:59

The Church of Norway has rejected a proposal for religious same-sex marriage, even though it has the support of most bishops.

Norway to turn oil fund greener

2014-04-04 19:19

Oil-rich Norway has moved to target its huge sovereign wealth fund's investments more closely at boosting ecological and green businesses.

Norway's Stoltenberg the next Nato chief

2014-03-28 20:18

Norway's leading statesman and negotiator, Jens Stoltenberg will take over the reins of Nato with honed skills in confrontation.

UN: Climate change to deplete food supplies

2014-03-24 10:20

Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a UN report.

Norwegian woman on trial for drowning daughter

2014-03-10 20:45

A Norwegian woman has pleaded not guilty to murdering her 22-month-old daughter at a trial where she is accused of drowning the child while following live online instructions.

Heat extremes are increasing

2014-02-26 21:59

Hot weather extremes have increased around the world in the past 15 years despite a slowdown in the overall pace of global warming.

Norway 10yr-old steals parents' car...again

2014-02-20 13:38

A 10-year-old Norwegian boy who took his parents' car for a joyride last week, claiming he was a dwarf who forgot his driver's license, has hit the road again.

Boy (10) takes baby sister for joyride

2014-02-13 08:58

A 10-year-old boy took his 18-month-old sister for a joyride in the family car and crashed into a snowy ditch. The reason for his disastrous cruise - He wanted to visit his grandmother!

I’ll fight graft with or without donors – Banda

2014-02-03 12:38

Malawian President Joyce Banda has reiterated that she is ready to fight against corruption “with or without donors” as her country faces the biggest financial scandal in its history.

S Sudan ceasefire shaky - Norwegian FM

2014-01-27 07:37

A two-day-old ceasefire in South Sudan is still not firmly in place, the foreign minister of Norway, part of the so-called Troika with Britain and the US, says.

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