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Spooked NATO Intercepts Sudden Slew of Russia Jets

NATO countries intercept 19 planes in 24 hours

(Newser) - It's not clear what Vladimir Putin might be up to, but reports of a possible Russian sub spotted off Sweden are now followed by those of NATO, which says it yesterday intercepted at least 19 Russian fighter jets and bombers flying in three separate directions outside Russian airspace. Eight... More »

Norway's New Viewing Sensation: Rocks

But it's more exciting than the knitting show, because these rocks might fall

(Newser) - State broadcaster NRK in Norway has made a name for itself in the genre of "slow TV," with hugely successful broadcasts of knitting , a fire burning itself out, and a long, long ferry ride . Now: rocks. But as the AP explains, these rocks might involve some excitement, eventually,... More »

Here's the Best Place on Earth to Call Home

Canberra tops economic organization's list

(Newser) - An international economic group has named the best region on the planet to live, and it's one whose reputation hasn't always been sterling, the BBC reports: Canberra, Australia. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has 34 member countries, calls the Australian Capital Territory the best in... More »

2 Deaths Overshadow End of Chess Olympiad

Seychelles player dies during game in final round

(Newser) - A major international chess tournament in northern Norway ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room, organizers said today. A 67-year-old member of the Seychelles team collapsed and died during the final round yesterday of... More »

In This Frigid Territory, Unemployment Is Illegal

As a result, Svalbard is basically crime-free

(Newser) - How does Svalbard, Norway, remain nearly crime-free? There are a number of factors (there are fewer than 3,000 official residents and it's a remote territory with no quick escape routes), but perhaps the biggest one is that in Svalbard, it's basically against the law to be unemployed.... More »

Man Eats Own Hip, Calls It Art

'It was goaty,' Alexander Selvik Wengshoel says

(Newser) - A Norwegian art student says the deformed hip that caused him a lifetime of pain became something much more pleasant when boiled and served with potatoes. Alexander Selvik Wengshoel, 25, says he spent a year convincing doctors to let him keep the bone after an operation to replace it, and... More »

Team Thinks It Cracked an HIV Mystery

Genital disease may explain why majority of Africa's AIDS victims are women

(Newser) - Why are 60% of Africa's AIDS victims women when in the rest of the world, the majority are men? For researchers, it's a longstanding mystery—but Norwegian experts working in South Africa have a theory. A disease called genital schistosomiasis, or "schisto," can lead to vaginal... More »

Czech Pair: Mystery Man Is Our Son

Alleged amnesiac says he's 'about to be rescued from hell'

(Newser) - He may have been unable to remember who he was, but his hunch that he was a Czech may have been spot on. Police today said a Czech couple has identified a man apparently suffering from amnesia , found in a Norwegian snowdrift in December, as their 36-year-old son, the AP... More »

Mysterious Amnesiac Found in Snow Stumps Norway

'John Smith' has no memory or idea why he was in Norway

(Newser) - Police in Norway are asking the public to help them identify a young man found in a snowdrift months ago apparently suffering from total amnesia. The man, who calls himself John Smith, was found in an industrial region of Oslo and police believe he was a victim of crime, reports... More »

For Fastest Internet, Try a Cabin on Edge of the World

Tiny Svalbard dwelling boasts world-class speeds

(Newser) - You wouldn't think a 750-square-foot cabin on the edge of a rock near the North Pole would offer much in the way of cutting-edge technology. After all, there are more polar bears than people in the area, and the cabin doesn't even have running water. What its Norwegian... More »

How Epic Hypothermia Saved a Woman's Life

'Atlantic' recounts incredible story of Anna Bågenholm

(Newser) - When a skiing accident left her trapped in an icy mountain stream, Anna Bågenholm's core body temperature dropped to an astonishing 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit—and that may just have saved her life. The Atlantic this week printed an excerpt from Kevin Fong's book Extreme Medicine that... More »

Killer Breivik Vows Hunger Strike Over PlayStation

He likens current jail treatment (including a lowly PS2) to torture

(Newser) - The man who killed 77 people at a Norway summer camp has threatened to go on hunger strike over, among other things, his video game selection. The AFP obtained a letter sent by Anders Breivik to prison officials in November in which he likened his current treatment to "torture,... More »

Here Are Your Olympic Medal Predictions

Norway, US predicted to come out on top in Sochi

(Newser) - Though the opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow, the 2014 Olympics officially kick off today in Sochi—and the Wall Street Journal is ready with its extremely complex medal prediction system, which proved to be accurate to within just a few medals at the last two Olympics. So who's... More »

Norway's Curling Team Is Wearing This to Olympics

The crazy pants are back, and crazier

(Newser) - This may be the best ( or at least second-best ) Olympic photo so far: Norway's men's curling team, decked out in their fantastic new outfits. The team was a sensation at the Vancouver Olympics when members competed wearing boldly-colored, crazily-patterned golf pants instead of the standard black... More »

10 Wacky, Cool Ways the World Celebrates Christmas

From a straw goat in Sweden to hiding brooms in Norway

(Newser) - Your Christmas may include fruitcake, gifts, and a tree strung with lights, but the holiday season is celebrated a little differently in other parts of the world. In an article picked up from AccuWeather.com, LiveScience rounds up 10 wacky Christmas traditions you may want to adopt—and some you... More »

US' New Plan: Burn Syria's Weapons at Sea

Or rather, it might have someone else do it

(Newser) - Countries all over the world want Syria's chemical weapons destroyed—just not on their soil. Albania turned down a request to destroy the weapons there last week, after thousands of people took to the streets in protest, and Norway begged off an earlier request. So the US is pitching... More »

Police Bust 'Child Retrieval' Commando Squad

One former Olympic sailing champion among those arrested

(Newser) - Most child-smuggling operations don't advertise their services online. But Italian police have busted a group that appears to have done just that. Police say they've taken down a group of ex-special forces operatives who charged "tens of thousands of euros" to kidnap children involved in cross-border custody... More »

Mirrors Deliver Rarity to Norway Town: Sunshine

Residents of Rjukan get to bask, relatively speaking

(Newser) - Next time you walk outside and take for granted that glowing orb in the sky above, think of the residents of Rjukan, Norway. They've had to resort to setting up gigantic mirrors on a mountain to direct sunshine toward the center of town. Today, residents celebrated the mirrors' official... More »

Best Country for Women Is ...

Iceland, again

(Newser) - When coming up with the best countries in terms of gender equality, think Nordic. Iceland again leads the annual list put out by the World Economic Forum, which crunches stats on education, health care, jobs, politics, and more, reports the BBC . That makes five years in a row for Iceland,... More »

Norway's New Must-See TV Stunt: Live Knitting

Settle in for hours of riveting stitching

(Newser) - In its latest experiment with live coverage of mundane events, Norway's public broadcasting network plans to dedicate five hours of air-time to an attempt to break the knitting world record. The NRK network says the Nov. 1 broadcast will be preceded by a four-hour knitting documentary. "It's... More »

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