Norway mourns bow-and-arrow victims, recalls 2011 attack
Norway Bow And Arrow Attack Flowers and candles are left after a man killed several people, in Kongsberg, Norway, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Police in Norway are holding a 37-year-old man from Denmark suspected in a bow-and-arrow attack in a small town that killed five people and wounded two others. “The witnesses are shocked,” Kongsberg Church parish priest Reidar AasboAasboe said as residents lit candles on the steps. Her successor as prime minister, Jonas Gahr Stoere, called the violence “horrible” and “shocking” and pledged the new Cabinet’s full attention in the wake of the Kongsberg attack. —————Paal Nordseth in Kongsberg, Norway and Mark Lewis in London contributed to this report.wftv.com
Norway's prime minister presents his new government
Norway Politics Norway’s prime minister-designate Jonas Gahr Store waves to the media as he leaves after an audience at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Thursday Oct. 14, 2021. Norway's Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg will step down as head of a three-party, minority center-right government after the left-leaning bloc won last month’s parliament election. (Ole Berg-Rusten/NTB via AP) (Ole Berg-Rusten)COPENHAGEN, Denmark — (AP) — Norway's new center-left Cabinet has taken office after the incoming prime minister presented a center-left minority government Thursday, a day after a deadly bow-and-arrow attack in a small town. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, the leader of Norway’s center-left Labor Party, stood outside the royal palace with his 19-member team — 10 women and nine men — that includes the leader of the euroskeptic Center Party, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, who becomes finance minister. Emilie Enger Mehl became Norway's youngest-ever justice minister at age 28, while the foreign minister portfolio went to another woman — Anniken Scharning Huitfeldt.wftv.com
Assailant with bow and arrows kills 5 people in Norway
Norway Attack Police at the scene after an attack in Kongsberg, Norway, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Several people have been killed and others injured by a man armed with a bow and arrow in a town west of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix via AP) (Hakon Mosvold Larsen)COPENHAGEN, Denmark — (AP) — A man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people Wednesday near the Norwegian capital of Oslo before he was arrested, authorities said. The police chief in the town of Kongsberg said there was “a confrontation” between officers and the assailant, but he did not elaborate. Police were alerted to the attack around 6:30 p.m. and arrested the suspect about 20 minutes later.wftv.com
Norway PM to step down, Labor leader expected to take over
Norway Politics Norway's Labor Party leader Jonas Gahr Stoere gives the thumbs up as he emerges from an audience with Norway's King Harald at the Royal Palace, in Oslo, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. The leader of Norway’s Labor Party Stoere is expected to take over at the head of a two-party, center-left, minority coalition this week. The leader of Norway’s Labor Party, Jonas Gahr Stoere, is expected to take over later this week. She will remain as a caretaker leader until Gahr Stoere has presented a new governing team Thursday for a two-party, center-left coalition. Gahr Stoere, 61, is poised to head a government with the euroskeptic Center Party, Norway’s third largest, which is expected to seek a majority in the 169-seat Stortinget.wftv.com
The Latest: Norway to ease most coronavirus restrictions
(John Angelillo/Pool Photo via AP) (John Angelillo)COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg says most of the national coronavirus restrictions in the Scandinavian country will be eased. Bosnia has the highest rate in Europe of coronavirus deaths at 4.5%, according to Johns Hopkins University. ___MOSCOW -- Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit a record on Friday amid a steady increase in infections. Daily coronavirus infections in Russia have fallen from over 20,000 in late August to about 18,000 in mid-September but started creeping up again last week. That creates the prospect of potentially thousands of health care workers being forced off the job next week.wftv.com
'Vaccine apartheid': Africans tell UN they need vaccines
The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution came into sharp focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots stepped to the podium to speak at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders.
After Norway election, Labor leader poised to become new PM
CORRECTION Norway Elections CORRECTS BYLINE TO JAVAD PARSA, NOT HEIKO JUNGE - Labor leader Jonas Gahr Stoere holds a bouquet of red roses at the Labor Party's election vigil for the 2021 parliamentary elections at the People's House in Oslo, Norway on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Jonas Gahr Stoere, the Labor leader, said he would start talks with Norway’s third largest group, the Center Party, and its leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum. Gahr Stoere also will meet the media later while Solberg is scheduling a news conference to talk about the election outcome. Any post-election horse trading is likely to be fraught for the Labor Party and Gahr Stoere. Gahr Stoere, who is poised to become prime minister, is a 61-year-old former civil servant.wftv.com
Conservative PM concedes defeat as in Norway's elections
(Marit Hommedal/NTB via AP) (Marit Hommedal)COPENHAGEN, Denmark — (AP) — Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, in power for eight years, conceded defeat in Norway's general election Monday as the Scandinavian country swung leftward. “Now we can say it: We did it,” the head of the Labor Party, Jonas Gahr Stoere, told a cheering and clapping crowd. As Norway’s largest party, Labor will try to form a coalition government and its chief, 61-year-old Jonas Gahr Stoere, is poised to become Norway’s next leader. Any post-election horse trading is likely to be fraught for the Labor Party and Gahr Stoere. Gahr Stoere is a former civil servant who was elected to the Stortinget in 2009.wftv.com
Norway's center-left gains after vote; climate is key issue
With a projection based on a preliminary count of nearly 52% of the vote, the Labor Party and its two allies — the Socialist Left and the euroskeptic Center Party — appear to have won power. As Norway’s largest party, Labor would try to form a coalition government. Any post-election horse trading is likely to be fraught for the Labor Party and the 61-year-old Gahr Stoere. The campaign focused on the North Sea oil and gas that has helped make Norway one of the world's wealthiest countries. The country’s biggest industry is responsible for over 40% of exports and directly employs more than 5% of the workforce.wftv.com
Oil-rich Norway goes to polls with climate on the agenda
Norway Elections FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 file photo, Norwegian Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg speaks during the party leader debate on TV2, in Bergen, Norway. As Norwegians head to the polls on Monday, Sept. 13, fears about climate change have put the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry at the top of the campaign agenda. (Marit Hommedal/NTB via AP, file) (Marit Hommedal)STAVANGER, Norway — (AP) — North Sea oil and gas has helped make Norway one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But as Norwegians head to the polls on Monday, fears about climate change have put the future of the industry at the top of the campaign agenda. A report in August from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicting global floods and fires created a wave in Norway that has crested throughout this election campaign.wftv.com
Norway mourns 77 dead a decade after extremist attack
At 3.25 p.m. on July 22, 2021, a ray of sun should have illuminated the first of 77 bronze columns on a lick of land opposite Utoya island outside Oslo. (Terje Bendiksby/NTB Scanpix via AP, File) (Terje Bendiksby)OSLO, Norway — (AP) — Commemorations have begun Thursday to mark 10 years since Norway’s worst ever peacetime slaughter. Events will take place around the country Thursday, including a service in Oslo Cathedral that will end with bells ringing in churches throughout Norway. Around the country, people listened as emotional survivors read aloud the names of the 77 victims at a memorial event that was broadcast on television. He will be joined by past and present prime ministers and leaders of the Labor Party youth.wftv.com
Germany, Norway flip switch on $2.4B undersea energy link
During periods of little wind, electricity can be released from Norwegian reservoirs again to meet German demand. Oil-rich Norway meets almost all of its electricity needs using renewable sources, and electricity from its hydropower facilities is comparatively cheap. “Nordlink is no replacement for the expansion of renewable energy here in Germany, but it can significantly help balance out fluctuations,” she said. “Nordlink will facilitate Germany’s transition to renewable energy," Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said of the project, which took 10 years to complete. "At the same time, it will give us in Norway energy when we need it.”___Jan M. Olsen in Cophenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.wftv.com
The Latest: LA mayor criticizes state over vaccination rules
Gavin Newsom's vision of a uniform COVID-19 vaccine network despite widespread pushback from local health offices. The state has already identified a site in Mesa that will replace the vaccination clinic at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Kate Brown announced she’ll accelerate Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility timeline to allow vulnerable populations to receive shots ahead of May 1. Ron DeSantis says he’s opening COVID-19 vaccines to people age 50 and older on Monday. The governor’s announcement came a day after Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he’s opening vaccination sites to anyone 40 and older.
The Latest: Alaska opens vaccines to all 16 or older
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker shows Alaska leading states in the percentage of its population to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Larry Hogan said Tuesday, citing improving COVID-19 health metrics and increasing vaccinations. It was unclear what authority state officials might be able to exert on federal facilities. — County health officials in Wyoming have detected the coronavirus variant that originated in South Africa. Another 16 million doses are expected to be shipped by the end of the month.
World reaction to the storming of the US Capitol
From left, French President Emmanuel Macron, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. World leaders including Macron, Merkel, Solberg and Stoltenberg, are condemning the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)Reaction from around the world to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump:___“A fundamental rule of democracy is that, after elections, there are winners and losers. ——“The rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act and it must be vigorously condemned.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Democracy presupposes peaceful protest, but violence and death threats —from Left or Right— are ALWAYS wrong.” — Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
Norway landslide buries homes in mud; 12 people still missing
A major landslide destroyed homes overnight in a village in Norway close to the capital Oslo, leaving 12 people unaccounted for and 10 injured, police and local media said Wednesday. Snow fell throughout the morning as the emergency services evacuated the injured and attempted to secure those homes still standing. A rescue helicopter hoovers above the area of a landslide in Ask village, about 40km north of Oslo, Norway December 30, 2020. A rescue helicopter view shows the aftermath of a landslide at a residential area in Ask village, about 40km north of Oslo, Norway December 30, 2020. "We don't know if these people are in the landslide area, if they are away on holiday or in another way unable to contact police," the force said in a statement.cbsnews.com
Norway landslide buries homes in mud; 10 people still missing
Rescuers were using helicopters, drones and dogs on Thursday to scan unstable ground the day after a major landslide destroyed homes in a village close to the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Homes were crushed and buried in dense, dark clay that was still too unstable on Thursday for rescuers to access on foot, the Reuters news agency reported. A rescue helicopter flies over the landslide site in Ask, Norway, December 31, 2020 as the search for the missing continues. A rescue helicopter view shows the aftermath of a landslide at a residential area in Ask village, about 40km north of Oslo, Norway December 30, 2020. Quick clay is a sort of clay found in Norway and Sweden that can collapse and turn to fluid when overstressed.cbsnews.com
The Latest: Australia looks for source of COVID-19 cluster
Nurse Banu Mufale administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to physical therapist Becca Mamrol on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP, Pool)SYDNEY, Australia — Authorities are searching for the source of an emerging COVID-19 cluster in Sydney’s northern coastal suburbs. ___THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:A health worker in Alaska suffered a severe allergic reaction after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. —-JUNEAU, Alaska — Health officials in Alaska reported a health care worker had a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine within 10 minutes of receiving a shot. The governor’s office announced Wednesday that the state has received all of its initial allotment of coronavirus vaccine doses.
Women's issues at UN: Still 'too low down on the agenda'
Some leaders took time to recall the 1995 conference, detail domestic initiatives or lament that progress toward female equality is lagging or even retreating. The 1995 work of what was officially called the U.N.'s Fourth World Conference on Women is considered a signal moment in women's rights. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed to his country's 2017 law requiring some employers to provide 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. Still, many leaders, including some female ones, didn't devote much time or detail to women's issues in their speeches. In Norway, the prime minister, the parliament speaker and over 40% of parliamentarians and government ministers are women.
Europe reopens many borders but not to Americans, Asians
Greece will officially launch its tourism season Monday, June 15, 2020 after keeping the country's infection rate low. Italy opened its borders on June 3 and towns on the German-Polish border celebrated early Saturday as Poland opened the gates. Czech authorities will require arrivals from Sweden to show a negative COVID-19 test or to self-quarantine along with travelers from Portugal and Polands Silesia region. But the restrictions are based on objective criteria that are the same for everyone, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said. My appeal to all those who travel: Enjoy your summer vacation but enjoy it with caution and responsibility, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.
World joins US protests but leaders restrained about Trump
But leaders of traditional allies of the United States have taken pains to avoid criticizing Trump directly. But at the top, the leaders of traditional allies of the United States have taken pains to avoid criticizing Trump directly, walking a fine line to reconcile international diplomacy with domestic outrage. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sidestepped questions from ZDF public television about Trump last week, saying the killing of Floyd was "really, really terrible. Trump, he has, amongst many other things, he is president of the United States, which is our most important ally in the world today, Johnson said. I share and stand in solidarity with the demonstrations that are taking place in the United States, he said.
'It's okay to feel scared': Coronavirus brings countries close to standstill
Leaders of the G7 countries were due to hold a video conference on Monday to discuss a joint response. European stocks fell on Monday to their lowest level since 2012, with investors still worried about the threat to the global economy. Wall Streets S&P 500 index fell more than 9% as trading resumed after an initial automatic 15-minute cutout. China said industrial output contracted at the sharpest pace in 30 years in the first two months of 2020. The Jewish faithful should avoid kissing the stones of the Western Wall, the chief rabbi of the Jerusalem site said.feeds.reuters.com
'It's okay to feel scared': countries across globe tighten steps against Coronavirus
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Bars, restaurants, theaters and cinemas were shutting down in New York, Los Angeles and other global cities to combat the coronavirus pandemic as countries tightened borders and central banks acted aggressively to cushion the economic impact. It is okay to be scared when so many things happen at the same time.Leaders of the G7 countries will hold a video conference at 1400 GMT on Monday to discuss a joint response to the coronavirus outbreak. Tracking the spread hereNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday he was ordering restaurants, bars and cafes to sell food only on a take-out or delivery basis. Thailand, known for its raunchy nightlife, plans to close down schools, bars, movie theaters and popular cockfighting arenas. The Jewish faithful should avoid kissing the stones of the Western Wall, the chief rabbi of the Jerusalem site said.feeds.reuters.com