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Norway set for swing to right as voting starts, with Conservatives and anti-immigration populists expected to take power

Norwegians started voting Monday in elections likely to lead to a governing coalition of Conservatives and anti-immigrant populists, two years after Muslim-hating Anders Behring Breivik’s deadly rampage. Polling stations opened at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) from the Arctic north all the way to Oslo 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) further south,…

Visitors crowd South Pole for anniversary of conquest

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will join dozens of adventurers at the South Pole this week to mark the 100th anniversary of countryman Roald Amundsen’s groundbreaking expedition to the frozen continent. Often described as “no man’s land”, the pole will be a relative hive of activity for Wednesday’s anniversary. Stoltenberg…

Prime Minister Stoltenberg: Norway has conquered hate

OSLO — Norwegians have collectively defeated hatred, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday at a remembrance ceremony for the 77 victims of last month’s twin attacks. “Together we have conquered hate. Together, let us embrace openness, tolerance and a sense of community,” he said, as thousands remembered the country’s worst…

Norway survivors return to scene of massacre

Several hundred survivors of Norway’s worst peace-time massacre made a difficult, first return to the tiny island where 69 others were gunned down in cold blood by a rightwing extremist last month. Though police have cleaned up signs of the July 22 bloodbath on Utoeya island, it was still fresh…

Outpouring of sympathy, support for Norway’s Labour after massacre

With his deadly attacks targeting Norway’s Labour Party, Anders Behring Breivik said he aimed to halt its recruitment, but instead the party has seen a flood of sympathy and growing support since the massacre. A poll published Sunday by the Dagbladet daily showed support for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s party…

Norway to hold first funeral after killings

NESODDEN, Norway (Reuters) – Norway will hold the first funerals on Friday for victims of Anders Behring Breivik’s massacre of 76 people a week ago amid signs of a leap in popularity for the ruling Labour Party that was his main target. Flags around the nation flew at half mast…

E.U. terror experts meet as Norway opens terror investigation

Norway’s prime minister announced an independent review into last week’s massacre, as European anti-terror experts were to meet Thursday to examine ways of preventing a repeat of an Oslo-style massacre. Amid growing criticism that it took officers too long to halt a killing spree by Anders Behring Breivik that left…

Traumatized Norway tries to return to normality

OSLO (Reuters) – Jittery Norwegians tried to restore some normality on Wednesday after mass killings by a far-right zealot traumatized the nation, but a security alert forced the evacuation of Oslo station, keeping nerves on edge. Norway’s domestic intelligence chief said she believed Anders Behring Breivik had acted alone in…

Norway mass-killer seeks show-trial celebrity

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik appears before an Oslo judge on Monday, seeking show-trial celebrity as the once placid Nordic nation mourns the 93 weekend victims lying in city morgues. The 32-year-old self-styled white ‘Jihadist’ will make his first appearance in a downtown court around 1:00 pm (1100 GMT),…

Obama condemns ‘senseless’ Norway attacks

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama condemned the “senseless” massacre of 92 people in twin attacks on Norway as he presented his condolences to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, the White House said Saturday. “The president offered any assistance the United States could provide to the Norwegian government in dealing with this…

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