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Winter weather snarls air, train travel across Europe

Frankfurt, Germany/Oslo, Norway Reuters Freezing rain in central and southern Germany grounded hundreds of flights and disrupted train travel on Wednesday, while heavy snowfall in Norway’s capital led to the temporary closure of its main airport. Germany’s massive Frankfurt airport cancelled all flights in early afternoon as jets could no longer be de-iced, but later […]

Children of Iran Nobel Peace Prize winner fear they won’t see her again

The husband and children of this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Ali, Taghi and Kiana Rahmani pose for pictures after signing the guest book at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, on 9th December, 2023.

Oslo, NorwayReuters The teenage children of jailed Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi fear they will never meet their mother again, but said they were proud of her struggle for women’s rights as they prepared to accept the award on her behalf on Sunday. Mohammadi, 51, who is serving multiple sentences in Tehran’s notorious […]

US, UK, Norway condemn escalating violence in Sudan’s Darfur – statement

Washington DC, USReuters The United States, United Kingdom and Norway on Friday condemned escalating violence and human rights abuses in Sudan, especially in the Darfur region, the three countries said in a statement. The countries cited attacks by Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary force drawn largely from Arab groups and allied Arab militias known as […]

Jailed Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi wins Nobel Peace Prize

Iranian human rights activist and the vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) Narges Mohammadi poses in this undated handout picture. Mohammadi family archive photos

Oslo, Norway Reuters Imprisoned Iranian women’s rights advocate Narges Mohammadi won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a rebuke to Tehran’s theocratic leaders and boost for anti-government protesters, prompting the Islamic Republic’s condemnation. The award-making committee said the prize honoured those behind recent unprecedented demonstrations in Iran and called for the release of Mohammadi, 51, who […]

Western group to ask UN body to investigate Sudan atrocities – document

An aerial view of makeshift shelters of Sudanese, who fled the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, in Adre, Chad on 20th July, 2023

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters The United States, Britain, Norway and Germany plan to submit a motion to the UN Human Rights Council to set up an investigation into alleged atrocities in Sudan, a draft motion showed on Friday. Bloodshed, violence and displacement have escalated since fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces erupted in […]

Fed up with UK and Scotland, Orkney Islands look to Norway

A memorial to Lord Kitchener, who died when the HMS Hampshire hit a German mine on 5th June, 1916, is seen at Marwick Head on the Orkney Islands, Scotland, on 3rd May, 2014.

London, UKReuters Britain’s Orkney Islands, an archipelago about 16 kilometres off the north coast of Scotland, is considering “alternative forms of governance” which could include becoming part of Norway, its council leader said on Monday.  Orkney, made up of about 70 islands and with a population of 22,000 people, was considering its future after being […]