Latest Iceland News

Small solar storm coming to Earth but no big light show

Mar. 22, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small solar storm is heading toward Earth, but don't expect a big light show. Space weather forecaster Jonathan Lash says a solar flare that left the sun this week is due to arrive at Earth around 2 p.m. EDT Saturday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist says...

36 Western states air concerns over rights in Saudi Arabia

Mar. 7, 2019 7:14 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Three dozen Western countries have delivered unusually strong criticism of Saudi Arabia at the U.N.'s top human rights body, urging the Gulf nation to disclose "all information available" on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Ambassador Harald Aspelund of Iceland told the Human Rights...

Happy Beer Day! Iceland marks 30th anniversary of end of ban

Mar. 1, 2019 2:38 AM EST

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Thirty years ago, a sobering dry spell in Iceland's history came to an end. On Friday, the country celebrates the anniversary of the lifting of a decades-long ban on beer with — what else? — a nationwide Beer Day. The drink was outlawed in Iceland for 74 years, while...

Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

Feb. 23, 2019 2:35 PM EST

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government. The five-year whaling policy was up for renewal when Fisheries Minister Kristjan Juliusson announced...

Faeroes to close for tourists due to maintenance

Feb. 20, 2019 7:22 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Faeroe Islands, an 18-island archipelago midway between Iceland and Scotland, is closing for tourists for a weekend in April — unless they want to help locals keep the rocky isles clean and unspoiled. Gudrid Hoejgaard, head of the local tourist board, says about...

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

Feb. 15, 2019 3:46 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress....

AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

Feb. 15, 2019 12:06 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A month into Venezuela's high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government has held secret talks with the Trump administration. He also predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his...

Pompeo visits Iceland as US-EU rift on Iran grows

Feb. 15, 2019 9:28 AM EST

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation tour of Europe in Iceland on Friday after the Trump administration launched a scathing attack on the European Union over its approach to Iran. Pompeo was in the Icelandic capital for talks with officials on enhancing...

The Latest: UK, 3 non-EU nations ink ex-pat residency deal

Feb. 11, 2019 12:33 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plans to leave the European Union (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The British government has agreed to allow citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein already living in Britain to remain after Brexit even if the country leaves the European Union without a deal. The...