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Jul 29, 2011

Norway to hold first funeral after killings

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway will hold the first funeral on Friday for a victim of Anders Behring Breivik’s massacre of 76 people a week ago amid signs of a leap in popularity for the ruling Labour Party that was his main target.

Flags around the nation flew at half mast to mark the day a week ago when Breivik set off a bomb in central Oslo that killed 8 people followed by the shooting of 68 people, mostly youth members of the Labour Party at an island summer camp.

Jul 26, 2011

Norway police see attacker as probably alone

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s police believe Anders Behring Breivik probably acted alone in killing 76 people last Friday, and Norwegians united in revulsion against the worst attack in the Nordic nation since World War Two.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters of Breivik’s talk of other cells: “We feel that the accused has fairly low credibility when it comes to this claim but none of us dare to be completely dismissive about it either.”

Jul 23, 2011

At least 87 dead in Norway shooting, bomb attack

OSLO (Reuters) – A gunman dressed in police uniform opened fire at a youth camp of Norway’s ruling political party on Friday, killing at least 80 people, hours after a bomb killed seven in the government district in the capital Oslo.

“The updated knowledge we are sitting on now is at least 80,” police chief Oystein Maeland told a news conference.

Jul 23, 2011

Seventeen dead in Norway bomb and gun attack

OSLO, July 23 (Reuters) – A gunman dressed in police uniform opened fire at a youth camp of Norway’s ruling political party Friday, killing at least 10 people, hours after a bomb killed seven in the government district in the capital Oslo.

Witnesses said the gunman, identified by police as a 32-year-old Norwegian, moved across the small, wooded Utoeya holiday island firing at random at young people gathered for a meeting of the youth group of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s ruling Labor party.

Jul 22, 2011

Bomb rocks govt offices in Oslo, two said dead

OSLO (Reuters) – A massive bomb shattered Norway’s main government building in Oslo on Friday, killing two people police were quoted as saying by local news agency NTB.

There was no claim of responsibility, though NATO member Norway has been the target of threats, if not bombs, before, notably over its involvement in conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was safe, NTB said.

Jul 22, 2011

Blast rocks central Oslo, Norway PM’s office

OSLO (Reuters) – A huge explosion wrecked government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s office, injuring several people, a Reuters journalist said from the scene.

The cause of the blast was unknown but the tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building and the damage appeared consistent to witnesses with that from car bombs. Police and fire officials declined comment on the cause.

Jul 21, 2011

Small fish said vital to seas; lower catches urged

OSLO (Reuters) – Small fish play a big role in the oceans and catches should be cut sharply to safeguard marine food chains from plankton to blue whales, an international team of experts said on Thursday.

Rising human exploitation of little fish — including anchovy, sardine, herring, mackerel and capelin — had had far less attention in marine research compared to big commercial species such as cod, tuna, swordfish or salmon, they said.

Jul 21, 2011

Twig tea, anyone? Study says labels often mislead

OSLO (Reuters) – Herbal teas often contain unlisted extra ingredients such as weeds, ferns or bits of tree, according to a study by New York high school students that could help tighten labeling rules.

“A third of the herbal teas had things in them that are not on the label,” Mark Stoeckle, of the Rockefeller University who helped oversee the project, told Reuters by telephone.

Jun 26, 2011

Arctic-crossing algae, whale show threat to Atlantic

OSLO (Reuters) – Tiny algae and a whale native to the Pacific have crossed a thawing Arctic Ocean in what may portend a marine invasion threatening Atlantic fish stocks, scientists said on Sunday.

The Pacific algae, absent from the North Atlantic for 800,000 years according to fossil records, apparently returned after climate change thawed sea ice and currents carried the microscopic plants across the Arctic Ocean, they said.

Jun 23, 2011

Oslo backs Jakarta’s forest plan, despite hurdles

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway backed Indonesia’s drive to slow deforestation on Thursday under a $1 billion deal with Oslo even though Jakarta said it faced a “maze” of reforms and lacks maps to pin down exact conservation areas.

“Any nation can do more. But they (Indonesia) are doing a lot,” Environment Minister Erik Solheim told Reuters during a conference in Oslo on ways to protect carbon-rich rainforests.