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2022 Olympics Could Be in Kazakhstan

Almaty, Beijing, and Oslo are the only cities interested

(Newser) - Left with little choice after the withdrawal of three contenders, the International Olympic Committee retained the three remaining cities today in the troubled race for the 2022 Winter Games. Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing, and Oslo made the list of finalists, as had been expected. The cities must submit their detailed bid... More »

Host 2022 Olympics? Cities Say No Thanks

Costs make gig increasingly unappealing

(Newser) - The race is on for the 2022 Winter Olympics—the race to get out of hosting, that is. Four cities that were considering hosting, including two finalists for the job, have dropped out of the running. Four finalists remain, but only two of those bids look robust. Cities just don'... More »

Oslo's Weird Problem: Not Enough Garbage

Waste-to-energy plants running out of stuff to burn

(Newser) - Oslo has got a problem a lot of cities would love to share: a major shortage of garbage. Around half of the Norwegian capital is heated by garbage-burning power plants, but with recycling rates very high, the plants simply can't get enough of the stuff, the New York Times... More »

EU Accepts Peace Prize Amid Protest

Former winners, local demonstrators slam award

(Newser) - The European Union officially received the Nobel Peace Prize today in an Oslo ceremony attended by some 20 EU leaders, including Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and UK deputy PM Nick Clegg. The prize committee applauded the EU's efforts toward peace in Europe after World War II, and called leaders... More »

Crown Jewels From Ghana Snatched in Hotel Lobby

King's rep shrugs off theft as 'not such a big deal'

(Newser) - Even a king has to keep an eye on his luggage, apparently. King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of Ghana was visiting Norway this week when some of his family's crown jewels were snatched from a hotel lobby in Oslo, the BBC reports. Police say they have "good" surveillance... More »

'Sane' Breivik Gets 21 Years

Norway reaffirms commitment to multiculturalism in wake of attacks

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik was found sane by a Norwegian court today and sentenced to the nation's maximum punishment: 21 years in prison, reports CNN . Prosecutors had asked the court to find Breivik insane, which would have sent him to a secure mental health facility, but the five-judge panel unanimously... More »

Norway Cops 'Could Have Stopped Breivik'

Investigation fiercely criticizes police response

(Newser) - Police could have caught Anders Behring Breivik before he was able to set off a bomb in central Oslo, and should have responded faster to his massacre at the Utoya Island youth camp, an independent inquiry has concluded. The damning report, released today, says that Norway's cops could have... More »

Breivik Is Sane, Insists ... Defense

Prosecutors disagree as testimony wraps up

(Newser) - It's not exactly the way you'd expect things to shake out: Prosecutors want Anders Breivik ruled criminally insane—but the confessed killer's own lawyers say he knew what he was doing, Reuters reports. "Breivik wishes to be punished for his actions—that is, to be treated... More »

Norway Killer Complains He's Been Traumatized

Breivik interrupts in court to say he's suffered, just like his victims

(Newser) - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik interrupted his trial today to complain about his own trauma in comparison to his victims. The judge demanded he stop several times, although he was eventually allowed to finish his address as gallery members exited in protest. After two trauma experts spoke about the troubles... More »

Bono, Ireland, Nobels to Fete Suu Kyi

Burma opposition leader getting top Amnesty honor

(Newser) - It'll be a busy week for Aung San Suu Kyi: On June 17, she's headed to Oslo to belatedly pick up the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991. The next day, she heads to Dublin to receive Amnesty International's top honor, presented by Bono at... More »

Man Hurls Shoe at Breivik, Hits Lawyer

Brother was victim of Norway attacks

(Newser) - An onlooker at the trial of Anders Behring Breivik launched a shoe at the admitted killer today, shouting, "Go to hell, go to hell, you killed my brother." The throw marked the first public interruption of the trial, Reuters notes, and it was met with applause, tears, and... More »

Edvard Munch's Factory Murals Head for Sale

Dining-hall paintings show lighter side of Scream painter

(Newser) - The painter of The Scream was also an interior decorator of sorts: Edvard Munch painted a set of murals long displayed in the dining hall of an Oslo factory. Now, that canteen—currently owned by Kraft Foods—could be on its way to a sale, paintings included. Officials plan to... More »

40K Norwegians Sing Song Breivik Can't Stand

They gather outside Oslo courthouse

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik hates the Norwegian song "Children of the Rainbow"; he says it's a Marxist anthem. So 40,000 Norwegians, inspired by an Internet campaign, gathered in rainy Oslo today to belt out the tune near the courthouse where Breivik is being tried, AFP reports. The brightly-clad... More »

America's Trend-Setter in Music: Atlanta

Residents listening now to what the rest of us will hear soon: Study

(Newser) - Researchers have combed online data to determine which cities set the trend for music listeners—and the results are surprising. In North America, Atlanta residents are ahead of the curve with their playlists for new music overall and hip-hop in particular, while Montreal is tops for indie tunes, Time reports.... More »

Anders Breivik: I Want a Medal for Shootings

Says victims were ' committing cultural destruction of Norwegian culture'

(Newser) - A smirking Anders Behring Breivik appeared in court in Oslo today and demanded a medal for the shooting rampage that killed 77 people. Breivik called the people he'd killed at the Labor Party youth camp "traitors" and demanded to be released, the AP reports. The attacks "were... More »

Norway Killer Captured on Video

Anders Breivik spotted on security camera after planting bombs

(Newser) - A video of Anders Breivik minutes before he became a mass murderer has emerged. In chilling footage taken by security cameras in Oslo's government district, the Norwegian gunman can be seen walking away from a spot where he had planted bombs, clad in a police uniform and carrying a... More »

One Month Later, Norway Honors Fallen

Memorial service marks end of mourning period

(Newser) - A month after the terror attacks that left Norway reeling, the nation is honoring the 77 people who died at the hands of Anders Behring Breivik in a national memorial service that marks the end of the mourning period. Survivors, victims' families, celebrities, and a host of public officials converge... More »

Married Gay Couple Saved 40 Youths in Oslo Massacre

But lesbians' heroics seems to slipped under the radar

(Newser) - We’ve heard several stories of heroism following the Oslo massacre, but one big story seems to have slipped through the cracks: The story of Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen, who saved 40 teens from Utoya island in their boat. The couple made four trips to save the youths, even... More »

Breivik Makes 'Unrealistic' Demands

He'll give up intel ... if entire Norwegian government resigns

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik says he'll identify the terror cells he was working with, but first, he's got some demands. Modest stuff like cigarettes, civilian clothing, and the resignation of the entire Norwegian government. "They are completely impossible to fulfill," his lawyer, Geir Lippestad tells the AP... More »

Anonymous Says It Hacked Breivik's Twitter Account

Oslo killer had surgery for Aryan look: reports

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik’s Twitter account has been hacked, and hacker group Anonymous is taking credit for it, the Village Voice reports: “This Twitter account has been seized by #NORIA. @AnonymousNorway,” one tweet read. The account has since been wiped clean of tweets. Among the others that had... More »

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