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Denmark takes over Arctic Council chair, climate change challenge

Denmark takes over Arctic Council chair, climate change challengeOslo - Interest in the Arctic region has increased as the melting of the Arctic polar cap continues, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store said Wednesday in summing up Norway's chairmanship of the eight-country Arctic Council.

The melting sea ice allows for new potential shipping routes, and also opens up new areas for exploration of oil and gas and other minerals, but also poses a threat to sensitive ecosystems.

Arctic counries meet to discuss climate change

Arctic counries meet to discuss climate change Oslo - Nobel Peace laureate Al Gore called for more action to tackle global warming Tuesday on the eve of a gathering in northern Norway of eight countries grouped in the Arctic Council. The former US president who won the 2007 prize for his efforts to highlight climate change was co-host of a meeting in the city of Tromso with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

"Climate change is happening faster and in a dramatically more visible way in the Arctic and Antarctic than anywhere else on earth," Store said in his opening remarks.

Russian trawler sinks off Norway

Russian trawler Oslo - A Russian trawler sank Friday off northern Norway but the crew w

Norwegian officer killed in Afghan bomb attack, Oslo says

Norwegian officer killed in Afghan bomb attack, Oslo saysOslo - A Norwegian officer was killed Friday by a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan, Norway's defence forces, in a disclosure some hours after Afghan officials had reported a suicide attack but had spoken only of two wounded soldiers.

The Norwegian military in Olso said the officer was flown by helicopter to the German field hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif where he was pronounced dead.

Another Norwegian was in the same vehicle. A second vehicle with two Norwegians was also part of the patrol.

High-speed sex, high-speed chase: Norwegian loses driver's license

High-speed sex, high-speed chase: Norwegian loses driver's licenseOslo - A Norwegian man lost his driver's license after police had to pursue him at speeds of over 120 kilometres per hour while he was driving and engaged in sex with a female companion at the same time, reports said Monday. The daily Drammens Tidende cited a police report which said police had seen a car zig-zagging on the highway on Easter Sunday, speeding along at 123 kilometres per hour, well over the 100 kilometres limit.

Former environment minister of Brazil wins Norwegian prize

Former environment minister of Brazil wins Norwegian prizeOslo  - Marina Silva, former environment minister of Brazil, was Wednesday named winner of the annual Sophie Prize for her efforts to protect the Amazon rainforest.

The jury cited Silva for "her courage, her creativity and her ability to forge alliances."

She served as environment minister 2003 to 2008 and was credited with helping to reduce the deforestation "to historically low levels."

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