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  • Norway sues US over ‘illegal’ import tax

    It&#8217;s highly unusual for allied nations to sue one another, but Norway is joining the European Union (EU) in filing a legal complaint against the US&#8217; Trump Administration over its new customs duty on steel and aluminum. Norway claims the import tax violates the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). US President Donald Trump [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Stabbing murder ‘a very serious case’

    Police in Oslo have been releasing more details about a fatal stabbing on Monday that they say has turned into a &#8220;very serious case.&#8221; Preliminary autopsy reports show the victim was stabbed more than 20 times in his own home during what police think was an attempted burglary that went very wrong. The victim has [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Norway cut losses in tax evasion scam

    Investors and banks reportedly have managed for years to avoid paying tax on dividends in several European countries including Norway. The alleged swindle could have cost Norwegian taxpayers alone as much as NOK 350 million. An investigation conducted by cooperating European media revealed on Thursday that the alleged swindle may have cost several European countries&#8217; [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • NATO forces no-drone zone

    Norwegian police are warning of large fines for anyone caught sending drones or other aicraft into the area of central Norway where a huge NATO exercise is due to begin next week. A no-drone zone has been set up from Rena and Trysil in the south nearly to the coast across from Hitra in the [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Oslo court orders alleged spy’s release

    A court in Oslo didn&#8217;t go along on Thursday with a request by Norway&#8217;s police intelligence service PST to keep an alleged Russian spy in custody any longer. Mikhail Botsjkarjov, a Russian security expert at Russia&#8217;s parliament in Moscow, said he now wants to travel home as soon as possible. PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) had sought to [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • MP caught cheating on his expenses

    UPDATED: A Member of Parliament for the Progress Party has admitted to submitting fraudulent expense accounts, after newspaper Aftenposten discovered how he had turned in a series of undocumented claims for reimbursement. MP Mazyar Keshvari, who sits on the Parliament&#8217;s own disciplinary committee, was himself reported to police on Thursday afternoon for collecting tens of [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • More new currency notes set to sail

    Norway&#8217;s central bank is due to formally launch its new 500- and 50-kroner notes into circulation on Thursday. The new bills, issued in order to introduce more security features to prevent counterfeiting, carry on Norges Bank&#8217;s maritime theme that shines through them all. The NOK 50-note literally shines with its image of the Utvær Lighthouse [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Norwegian charged with assault in Spain

    A Norwegian man in his 50s has been jailed in Spain since Thursday, charged with sexual assault against a young woman. The man reportedly had traveled as an escort for a group of partying Norwegian high school students called russ. The so-called russ tours have caused problems in other areas of the Mediterranean, when partying [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • State visit ‘renews’ Chinese friendship

    Norway&#8217;s King Harald V got some support from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, both in the literal and figurative sense. Xi reportedly slowed his pace and helped the 81-year-old monarch up some stairs during state visit ceremonies in Beijing, and confirmed that the two countries are friends again. &#8220;With this visit we are renewing [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Stabbing tied to robbery same day

    Police confirmed on Tuesday that they were investigating whether the fatal stabbing of a man in Oslo&#8217;s Majorstua district on Monday was tied to a robbery at knifepoint in the same area early that same morning. A bank employee arriving for work Monday morning was threatened with a knife and robbed of his mobile phone [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Fourth Viking ship called ‘sensational’

    Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Viking ship, burial mounds and Iron Age homes right next to the busy E6 freeway near Halden in southeast Norway. The discovery is already being hailed as &#8220;sensational.&#8221; Although the Vikings are known to have been active seafarers and also brought their ships on shore to use as [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Mountain still moving, warnings maintained

    State geologists were reporting &#8220;enormous speed&#8221; on Monday in the movement of an unstable mountainside at Rauma in Romsdal. The portion of the mountain range known as Veslemannen shifted as much as a full meter, prompting officials to maintain &#8220;red alert&#8221; warnings of a major rockslide into the valley below. Heavy rain that also set [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Fatal stabbing in Oslo

    A fatal stabbing in Oslo&#8217;s Majorstua district set off a massive police response at midday on Monday. Armed police officers were searching for someone who fatally stabbed another person near the Majorstua elementary school. Details remained sketchy but a police spokeswoman stressed that the school was not directly affected by the stabbing. Police haven&#8217;t released [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Widerøe threatens route cancellations

    The Norwegian airline serving small airports around the country claims that a new airline passenger tax can result in major cuts in service to outlying areas. It&#8217;s threatening that routes in Finnmark and along the West Coast can be especially affected. The government&#8217;s recently proposed state budget includes new methods of calculating the tax that&#8217;s [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Flash floods sweep through valleys

    UPDATED: Torrential rains and a freak rise in temperatures that rapidly melted snow in Western Norway led to flash flooding during the weekend, forcing evacuations and causing widespread damage in many mountain and valley areas. One barn was swept off its foundation and moved 50 meters, with 13 goats inside. Several local mayors were describing [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • King to speak up while in China

    Norway&#8217;s King Harald V was winning praise after he said he would bring up human rights concerns during a meeting with China&#8217;s authoritarian president Xi Jinping this week. Norway&#8217;s leader of Amnesty International called the king&#8217;s stated intention to be on the offensive &#8220;very gratifying.&#8221; The monarch, who is on a state visit to China [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Svindal wants to ski another season

    Norway&#8217;s veteran downhill skiing star Axel Lund Svindal had some good news for fans this week, if not competitors. The 35-year-old alpine champion intends to take part in the upcoming racing season, and lunge out of the starting gate at Lake Louise in Canada late next month. Svindal plans to defy lingering effects of injuries [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Munch Museum to stay open until move

    Oslo&#8217;s Munch Museum in the Tøyen area of Oslo will remain open through all of next year and right up until its art is moved to its new museum building due to open in June 2020. &#8220;It&#8217;s extra important for us to stay open when the National Gallery closes its doors in January,&#8221; said the [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Coca-Cola threatens local drinks producer

    The huge US-based Coca-Cola Company is threatening to sue a small Oslo beverage company, O Mathisen AS, for infringing on its patent. Mathisen has been making and selling Tøyen-Cola, named after an eastside Oslo neighbourhood, but Coca-Cola is more concerned with protecting its drink called Sprite. Mathisen also has started producing and selling a soft [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Analysts mixed on stock market fall

    The Oslo Stock Exchange was battered this week like other stock markets around the world, following Wednesday&#8217;s dives in the US and Asia. One major Norwegian investor advised against doing any &#8220;bottom fishing&#8221; just yet. &#8220;Rising uncertainty tied to trade wars, rising interest rates and rising oil prices can accelerate the fall,&#8221; Jan Petter Sissener [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>