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Scientists Find Tropical Forest—in the Arctic

It would have thrived near the equator 380M years ago

(Newser) - Bet you didn't know there was a tropical forest in the Arctic. That's what scientists say they've uncovered in Svalbard, Norway, though the remnants of the forest are actually 380 million years old and fossilized. Back when the early trees—a type dubbed Protolepidodendropsis pulchra—were alive... More »

China to ISIS: You'll Pay for 'Violent' Killing of Hostage

Beijing condemns 'cold-blooded' murder of national Fan Jinghui, Norway man

(Newser) - Beijing says it will punish ISIS militants after the group claimed in its Dabiq magazine that it had executed Chinese national Fan Jinghui , as well as Norway's Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, CNN reports. Dabiq says the two hostages, which ISIS put up "for sale" in September for ransom, were... More »

Bieber Storms Out of Concert

'It's been a rough week,' the singer says on Instagram

(Newser) - Justin Bieber's fans in Norway are no joke. In the past, some schools have rearranged their exam schedules just so students could go to the singer's concerts. On Thursday night, however, some were left in tears when Bieber ended a concert in Oslo after just one song, reports... More »

Hiker Finds 1.2K-Year-Old Viking Sword

And it's in surprisingly good condition

(Newser) - Goran Olsen was enjoying a leisurely hike recently in Norway when he stopped near the fishing village of Haukeli, about 150 miles west of Oslo. Under some rocks along a well-traversed path, he made a discovery that's now the envy of every detectorist in Scandinavia: a 30-inch wrought-iron Viking... More »

In Norway, If It's Crazy, It's 'Texas'

It's not quite as derogatory as it sounds

(Newser) - In Norway, the idea of Texas isn't exactly nuanced. "Texas = land of the cowboys," one Norwegian Tumblr user wrote last May. "And rodeos. And the wild west. A Western movie? Probably from Texas." So it should come as no surprise that Norwegians use the... More »

Airline Plans to Offer $69 Flights to Europe

Norwegian Air wants to tap into lower fees at smaller US airports

(Newser) - It's hard to find a one-way ticket domestically for $69, but if the CEO of Norwegian Air has his way, a ticket for that much may soon be available between Europe and the US, NBC News reports. Bjorn Kjos' master plan is to connect flights from smaller coastal US... More »

Norway Mass Killer Says He'll Starve Himself to Death

Victim suggests he shut up and take his punishment

(Newser) - Anders Breivik, the Norwegian extremist serving a 21-year sentence for massacring 77 people, is complaining once again about getting a raw deal. He says he'll continue a hunger strike "until death" to protest a "drastic deterioration of prison conditions" since early September, the Local reports. The 36-year-old... More »

Mass Killer Breivik Is Going to College

He'll start a political science program from his cell in August

(Newser) - Convicted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is going to college. The 36-year-old right-wing extremist, serving 21 years in prison for killing 77 people in politically motivated bomb-and-gun massacres in 2011, has been admitted to the University of Oslo's political science program. He will stay in his cell to study,... More »

Norway's Cops Missed 100% of Shots Last Year

Officers drew weapons 42 times, fired only twice

(Newser) - American police officers could learn a thing or two from Norway's men in blue, though perhaps not in terms of accuracy: Newly released stats show Norwegian officers, who typically don't carry guns, threatened to use their weapons 42 times last year but only fired twice; they missed both... More »

Team Norway: You're Right, Girls Suck at Soccer*

*Players admit ... in a spoof video

(Newser) - Several Norwegian players teamed with Norway's national TV broadcaster NRK to produce a "mockumentary" addressing sexist stereotypes and critics who say the women's game is no match to the men's. During the four-minute video, Scandinavian players—in mock seriousness—reveal to an "interviewer" how much... More »

Norway to Ditch FM Radio in 2017

Country to drop traditional signal in favor of Digital Audio Broadcasting

(Newser) - The death knell of FM radio has sounded in Norway, but fortunately for listeners, that doesn't mean radio is going away. Instead, Norway is shifting to Digital Audio Broadcasting, a system already used by half the country, Ars Technica reports. The country is the world's first "to... More »

Lost 1927 Disney Film Found Near Arctic Circle

'Empty Socks,' first Disney Christmas film, uncovered in Norway library

(Newser) - Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit—and that guy's been hiding out for a long time in a Norwegian library near the Arctic Circle. That's what archivists at the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana recently discovered during a digitization project, stumbling across... More »

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 »

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