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Norway Takes a Stance on Photos Posted by Influencers

Touched-up images on social media will need a label

(Newser) - Khloe Kardashian received attention in April for trying to pull an unedited swimsuit photo of herself off the internet that may have been posted accidentally. To quiet the discussion about the issues that raised, she then put a revealing photo on Instagram , saying, "This is me and my body...

Entire Family Drowned Trying to Cross Channel

The body of the final member of the family to be found was just identified

(Newser) - The body of a 15-month-old who died crossing the Channel with his family in October has been positively identified. The boy, named Artin, was on a small fishing boat with his parents and two older siblings, en route to start a new life in the UK, when the Iranian Kurds...

He Died at Home in 2011. His Body Was Just Found
His Bills Were Being Paid, So
No One Knew He Died—in 2011
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His Bills Were Being Paid, So No One Knew He Died—in 2011

Dead man found in apartment in Oslo, Norway

(Newser) - Norway police are asking how the body of a man could've sat in his apartment in the capital for almost a decade without anyone noticing. The body was discovered in December when a caretaker opened the Oslo apartment for maintenance work, reports the BBC . Police believe the retired man...

Norway's Prime Minister Runs Afoul of COVID Rules

Erna Solberg organized birthday gathering

(Newser) - Norway's prime minister is not above the law—and she is being penalized more harshly than the average citizen for breaking it. Police say Erna Solberg has been fined the equivalent of $2,352 for violating COVID-19 restrictions with a family gathering to celebrate her 60th birthday in February,...

This Is the Happiest Country in the World

It's not the US, which comes in at No. 14, per 'Forbes'

(Newser) - Saturday is marked as the International Day of Happiness , and in some parts of the world, that contentment factor is especially prevalent. Forbes reports on the 2021 World Happiness Report , the ninth installation, which calls the past year a year "like no other." The Gallup World Poll team...

Want to Cancel Amazon Prime? Prepare for an &#39;Ordeal&#39;
Want to Cancel Amazon Prime?
Prepare for an 'Ordeal'
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Want to Cancel Amazon Prime? Prepare for an 'Ordeal'

Watchdog groups challenge cancellation policy

(Newser) - Consumer watchdogs in the US and Europe have filed complaints against Amazon, claiming the company makes it too difficult to cancel Prime membership. A report from the Norwegian Consumer Council finds a "deliberate attempt to confuse and frustrate customers" looking to cancel the streaming service that also comes with...

What World Leaders Are Saying About DC Violence

'Disgraceful,' 'shocking,' and 'concerning'

(Newser) - “Disgraceful." That’s Boris Johnson’s take on images of Trump supporters storming the US Capitol on Wednesday, according to the Guardian . “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,...

Amid Landslide's Destruction, a Piece of Joy

Healthy Dalmatian rescued from the rubble in Norway

(Newser) - Three people remain missing after the worst landslide in modern Norwegian history, which has so far killed seven, but there is a sign of hope. Late Monday, six days after the landslide took out nine buildings containing more than 30 apartments, leaving a 2,300-foot-long and 1,000-foot-wide ravine in...

26 Missing After Their Homes Slid Away

Homes toppled into a deep ravine in landslide in Ask, Norway, early Wednesday

(Newser) - Twenty-six people are unaccounted for in a Norwegian town following a landslide early Wednesday. At least 10 people were injured when the landslide struck around 4am in the town of Ask in the Gjerdrum municipality, some 15 miles northeast of Oslo, per the Local . The landslide took out a road...

Nazi Symbols Help Identify Ship That Sank 80 Years Ago

Torpedoed warship sits upright 1,600 feet below the surface

(Newser) - The swastikas gave it away. Eighty years after a British submarine sank the German warship Karlsruhe during World War II, images from a remotely operated vehicle have helped identify the wreckage. The cruiser is sitting upright 1,607 feet below the surface off the southern coast of Norway, Live Science...

Trump Gets a 2nd Nobel Peace Prize Nod

President nominated for Nobel by Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedde

(Newser) - President Trump has a big fan in Norway, and now the possibility of a Nobel Peace Prize, thanks to his somewhat-newfound friend. Fox News reports that Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedde has nominated Trump for the honor based on his role in establishing relations between Israel and the United Arab...

Cops Came Upon Confused People, Discovered a Poisoning

25 people hospitalized due to carbon monoxide after underground rave

(Newser) - Police officers on patrol in Norway happened upon a group of young people acting confused early Sunday—and ended up discovering a mass carbon monoxide poisoning. As the BBC reports, several more similarly disoriented people emerged from an underground bunker asking for medical assistance, and police ultimately discovered a rave...

They Were Camping in the Arctic. Then, a 4am Visitor

Polar bear kills one in Norway's Svalbard Islands

(Newser) - A polar bear attacked a camping site and killed a foreign national in the remote Svalbard Islands on Friday, authorities said, adding that the animal itself was killed as well. The man was rushed to the hospital in Longyearbyen, where he was declared dead by doctors, Deputy Governor Soelvi Elvedah...

Couple in Confederate Flag Flap Finds a Solution

Greg and Kjersten Offenbecker want to show their Scandinavian pride

(Newser) - A couple who came under attack for displaying the Norwegian flag outside their mid-Michigan inn because some observers mistook it for a Confederate flag have found another way to show their Scandinavian pride, the AP reports. Greg and Kjersten Offenbecker, who own The Nordic Pineapple in St. Johns, outside Lansing,...

All the Passengers Got Off. Then Came the COVID-19 Tests

The MS Roald Amundsen has its problems

(Newser) - Bad news for a Norwegian cruise ship: After wrapping up a voyage Friday, it tested the crew for the coronavirus and found 36 positives. Meanwhile, all the passengers had already left. Now the MS Roald Amundsen is docked at the Norwegian city of Tromso with 154 of the original 158...

Frustrated B&B Owners Take Down 'Confederate' Flag

It was actually a Norwegian flag flying outside a Michigan inn

(Newser) - It's not so outlandish that a bed-and-breakfast named the Nordic Pineapple would fly a Norwegian flag at its front entrance. But a Michigan B&B has found out that vexillology isn't a strong point for locals, dozens of whom have mistaken the flag for a Confederate version. The...

Looking to Raise a Family? These 10 Nations Are Tops

The US doesn't make the cut—in fact, it's got a dismal ranking

(Newser) - No one's able to go much of anywhere at the moment , but one day, when the pandemic is over, you may be on the hunt for the best place to settle down and have kids. Travel and family journalism website Asher & Lyric did the legwork for us, sifting...

Pandemic Strands Iditarod Winner in Alaska for Months

Coronavirus basically shut down his travel options after March race

(Newser) - Thomas Waerner won this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March, but he is still waiting to return to his home in Norway, the AP reports. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the...

A Mystery Has Gripped Norway for the Last 18 Months

What happened to Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen?

(Newser) - The planet is gripped by the coronavirus. Norway is gripped by a second matter. The New York Times reports on the "national obsession" that's been in force for 18 months now: What happened to Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen? The 68-year-old, who is married to one of the country's...

Cops on Tycoon's Missing Wife: 'Clearly Planned Deception'

Norway's Tom Hagen arrested on suspicion of murdering spouse, who vanished in 2018

(Newser) - One of Norway’s wealthiest men was arrested Tuesday in connection with his wife's 2018 disappearance and held on suspicion of murder or complicity to murder in a case that police had earlier thought was a kidnapping. Tom Hagen, a real estate investor and owner of an electric company,...

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