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Alleged Norwegian spy returns home after Russian prison time

Nov. 17, 2019 8:21 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — A Norwegian man convicted of espionage in Russia has returned to his native country after a Cold War-style spy swap in Lithuania. Norwegian news agency NTB said Sunday that Frode Berg was flown by private jet from Vilnius, Lithuania, to Gardermoen military air base near Oslo late Saturday....

Lithuanians, Norwegian released in spy swap with Russia

Nov. 15, 2019 8:59 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage in Russia were freed Friday in exchange for two Russians who had been in prison in Lithuania. Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, who were convicted in 2016, have been reunited with their families, Lithuanian spy chief...

Norway fund blacklists security firm G4S over rights worries

Nov. 14, 2019 9:08 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's sovereign wealth fund says it is banning all financial holdings in British security services company G4S due to the risk that it “contributes to or is responsible for serious or systematic human rights violations.” The board of the world's largest fund of...

The Latest: Some exchange students urged to leave Hong Kong

Nov. 13, 2019 12:19 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong protests (all times local): 7 p.m. Several Nordic students at Hong Kong Baptist University are being moved because anti-government demonstrators are on the school grounds. Student Elina Neverdal Hjoennevaag told Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Wednesday that they...

Rights group file Syria torture case in Norway

Nov. 12, 2019 5:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A human rights group says it has asked Norwegian prosecutors to open a criminal investigation against senior Syrian officials over allegations of torture and crimes against humanity. The Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights said Tuesday it filed the complaint...

77-foot tree installed at New York City's Rockefeller Center

Nov. 9, 2019 1:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Norway spruce that was purchased as a sapling 60 years ago has been installed at New York City's Rockefeller Center as the anchor of the upcoming Christmas festivities. The 77-foot (23.5-meter) tree from the village of Florida, New York, was lifted into place Saturday. Carol Schultz...

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been harvested

Nov. 7, 2019 1:45 PM EST

FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) — A Norway spruce that years ago was displayed on its owner's coffee table will soon rise in a much grander setting: the middle of Rockefeller Center. Carol Schultz bought the sapling for the 1959 Christmas season. After displaying it in her home in the village of Florida, New York, she...

Pirates seize 4 aboard Greek-flagged ship off coast of Togo

Nov. 4, 2019 11:38 AM EST

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Pirates seized four crew members from a Greek-flagged ship off the coast of Togo on Monday while authorities in neighboring Benin searched for nine people who were kidnapped from a Norwegian-flagged ship. The incidents mark an escalation of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, which...

Pirates take 9 crew members from vessel near Benin

Nov. 4, 2019 8:08 AM EST

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — A Norwegian shipping company says that nine crew members have been abducted in the West African nation of Benin after a pirate attack. The J.J. Ugland Companies said Monday that pirates had boarded the bulk vessel MV Bonita early Saturday while the ship was anchored near Cotonou. The...

Norway arrests US far-right activist, seeks deportation

Nov. 2, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian authorities have arrested a high-profile U.S. white supremacist scheduled to speak at an international far-right conference in Oslo and say they will seek his deportation. Spokesman Martin Bernsen from Norway's domestic security agency PST told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK...