Latest Iceland News

Czechs stun England in Euro qualifying; France, Portugal win

Oct. 11, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

It was a night of European soccer to forget for England, and one to remember for Andorra. England conceded a late goal against the Czech Republic on Friday and paid the price with its first defeat in a qualifying game in 10 years, while France and Portugal made progress in their bids for places at next year's...

Icelandair to discontinue flights to and from Kansas City

Oct. 1, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Icelandair plans to drop its flights to and from Kansas City next summer. The airline company said in a news release it is ending flights between Kansas City and Keflavik Airport near Reykjavik, Iceland, for "commercial reasons." It also plans to discontinue nonstop service to San...

China criticizes US opposition to Chinese 5G telecom tech

Sep. 6, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday criticized Washington's opposition to Chinese-made next-generation telecoms technology after Vice President Mike Pence called on Iceland and other governments to find alternatives. A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, accused American leaders of "abusing the concept of...

Worried European leaders confront Pence on Brexit, climate

Sep. 4, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is receiving a tongue-lashing from European allies as he plays understudy to the president on the world stage. From the Taoiseach of Ireland to the mayor of Reykjavik, leaders have been publicly confronting Pence on issues such as the U.K.'s exit from the...

Peaceful Iceland amazed at weapons in Pence security detail

Sep. 4, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

KEFLAVIK AIRPORT, Iceland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's arrival in Iceland with military jets and armed personnel set eyes popping Wednesday in a nation consistently ranked as the world's most peaceful. The size and standards of the vice president's security detail also required adjustments. The...

Conservatives win Faeroe Islands general election

Sep. 1, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Initial results show that the opposition People's Party has won a general election in the Faeroe Islands as the ruling Social Democratic Party lost its position as the biggest party in the parliament. With all votes counted by officials on Sunday, the conservative People's Party, led by...

Iceland's leader won't be around to welcome Pence

Aug. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's leader has announced that she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep "prior commitments" by attending a trade union conference and meetings in Sweden. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said that she's planned for...

Trump cancels Denmark visit because Greenland isn't for sale

Aug. 21, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after he said buying Greenland wasn't a top priority, President Donald Trump canceled an upcoming trip to Denmark, which owns the mostly frozen island, after its prime minister dismissed the idea. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had called Trump's musing about buying the Danish...

The Latest: Merkel says Irish border is key Brexit issue

Aug. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 5:10 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the main stumbling block with Britain's departure from the European Union can be removed if a "practical solution" is found for the Irish border issue. Speaking Tuesday...

Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier

Aug. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

OKJOKULL GLACIER, Iceland (AP) — It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the...