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This Country's Dogs Are Dying, and No One Knows Why

Authorities in Norway are baffled on the cause of the dozens of dead and sick canines

(Newser) - Norwegian authorities haven't been able to detect the cause behind an unexplained disease that's estimated to have killed dozens of dogs in the country in recent days, officials said Saturday. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority says it had been informed of another six cases of dogs falling ill,... More »

Norway Detects Radioactive Iodine After Russia's Mystery Blast

It's not clear whether it's linked to the deadly explosion

(Newser) - A week after the deadly— and mysterious —missile explosion at a navy testing range , Norway's nuclear safety authority, DSA, has detected radioactive iodine in the air. DSA says its air filter station in Svanhovd, near the river that separates the two countries, detected "tiny amounts of radioactive... More »

Suspected Mosque Shooter Allegedly Killed Stepsister

Philip Manshaus was seen bruised and smirking in court

(Newser) - A Norwegian man suspected of killing his stepsister and then storming an Oslo-area mosque with guns appeared in court Monday with a smirk on his bruised face. Security experts believe Philip Manshaus is the latest example of an extremist who was radicalized by far-right conspiracy theories spread online, particularly the... More »

Suspected Mosque Gunman Thwarted by 75-Year-old

Cops say Norwegian man shot, lightly injured 1 in shooting; but woman found dead at his house

(Newser) - A Norwegian man in his 20s is under arrest after attempting to shoot up a mosque in an Oslo suburb—and failing rather spectacularly after a 75-year-old worshipper put him in a chokehold and sat on him until police came, reports the BBC . One person suffered a light injury in... More »

'Terrifying' Arctic Find: 200 Dead Reindeer

Climate change blamed for difficult conditions in Norway

(Newser) - In an ongoing bout with climate change, Arctic reindeer aren't doing so hot. Some 200 of the animals have been found dead on Norway's Svalbard archipelago, each below the average weight of 150 to 200 pounds. The Norwegian Polar Institute, which made the discovery during the annual wild... More »

'Main Hypothesis' Changes in Case of Tycoon's Missing Wife

Police now say Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen may have been killed

(Newser) - The wife of one of Norway's richest men who was apparently abducted eight months ago might have been killed, police said Wednesday, adding they "cannot exclude a staged kidnapping to hide it." Authorities have been tight-lipped about the case of 69-year-old Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who was last... More »

Islanders Ask Permission to Ditch Time

Residents of Sommaroey, Norway, want to scrap clocks during stretch of midnight sun

(Newser) - Residents of a Norwegian island where the sun doesn't set for 69 days of the year want to go "time-free" and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days, per the AP . People on the island of Sommaroey are pushing... More »

She Saved a Stray. Then, What Norway Hasn't Seen in 200 Years

Birgitte Kallestad died of rabies 2 months after she played with pup in the Philippines

(Newser) - What should have been a feel-good story has since turned tragic. The BBC reports on the turn of events that started in the Philippines in February, where 24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad was on vacation with friends. Per a statement given to the Daily Mail, via the New York Post , Kallestad and... More »

Whale Suspected of Spying Is a Hit in Norway

Beluga entertains people, but experts say he should be left to forage

(Newser) - A white beluga whale discovered last week that might have slipped away from the Russian military has become at home along the coastline of northern Norway. The whale has been entertaining people, Forbes reports, by dancing in the water, playing with balls, and letting children tap its nose. The tame... More »

A Whale Rubbed Against a Boat. It Wore a Harness

Officials speculate harnessed beluga whale found off Norway escaped from Russian military facility

(Newser) - A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian-made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility. Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says "Equipment St. Petersburg" is written... More »

Bones Taken From Easter Island to Be Returned

Explorer Thor Heyerdahl took them from the island in the '50s

(Newser) - Thor Heyerdahl's most famous feat didn't involve Easter Island: The Norwegian explorer is best known for sailing more than 3,700 miles from Peru to Polynesia on a reed raft dubbed the Kon-Tiki. But just shy of a decade after that 1947 journey—an attempt to prove people... More »

Be Glad You Don't Live in 'Doomsday Vault' Town

Its permanently frozen ground isn't so frozen anymore

(Newser) - Thank your lucky stars you don't live in Longyearbyen. Tucked away on a remote Norwegian island, the town of 2,000 is built on permafrost that's melting due to climate change—which is destabilizing houses, threatening wildlife, and menacing the so-called "doomsday vault," CNN reports. A... More »

Crazy Viking Cruise Ship Evacuation Is Over

After nearly 500 airlifted in dangerous conditions, ship regains engine power, is towed to shore

(Newser) - The Viking Ocean Cruises drama on the high seas is over: Rescuers airlifted 479 passengers from the Viking Sky after the behemoth cruise ship's engines stalled in high seas Saturday off the coast of Norway, reports CNN . With 436 passengers and 458 crew still remaining on the ship, it... More »

Crazy Evacuation for 1,300 Cruise Passengers

They're airlifted to Norway amid 43mph winds

(Newser) - Rescue workers off Norway's western coast rushed to evacuate 1,300 passengers and crew from a disabled cruise ship by helicopter on Saturday, winching them one-by-one to safety as heaving waves tossed the ship from side to side and high winds battered the operation, the AP reports. The Norwegian... More »

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

Cops Tell Millionaire 'Not to Pay' Ransom for Kidnapped Wife

Norway's Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen vanished on Halloween

(Newser) - The wife of a Norwegian businessman with a $200 million fortune was kidnapped months ago, police announced Wednesday, noting the case was kept on "a low profile" because "very serious threats have been made." Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, wife of real estate investor Tom Hagen, hasn't been... More »

Northernmost Inhabited Area Just Had Its First Bank Robbery

Congratulations (?), Svalbard

(Newser) - There's a first time for everything, and this week in a remote Norwegian archipelago, that first was a bank robbery. The Guardian reports an armed man pulled off the feat in Svalbard, located in the Arctic Ocean just a tad over 600 miles from the North Pole and said... More »

Collision Sinks Navy Ship

Norway's navy reeling from loss of KNM Helge Ingstad

(Newser) - A Norwegian warship has pretty much sunk after colliding with an oil frigate and getting a nasty hole torn in its side, CNN reports. The KNM Helge Ingstad, one of five frigates in the nation's navy, was navigating western Norway's inner fjords earlier this month when it struck... More »

Massive Earthquake Shakes Remote Research Station

6.8 undersea quake struck in Arctic Ocean

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck in the Arctic Ocean Friday, northwest of a largely uninhabited and remote Norwegian island, officials said. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. The Norwegian earthquake center NORSAR says the quake was recorded at 2:49am in the sea... More »

'Hero' Who Foiled Nazis' Nuclear Dreams Dies

Joachim Roenneberg, who led Norway's 'most successful sabotage,' dies at 99

(Newser) - It was said to be a "near-suicide mission," and a previous attempt saw dozens of men killed and captured by the Nazis. But the "Operation Gunnerside" raid in World War II on a Norwegian plant making heavy water—a hydrogen-filled substance that could eventually have been used... More »

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