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Two players die at chess tournament in Norway

A prestigious chess tournament in Norway has been overshadowed by the deaths of two players participating in the tournament.

Kurt Meier, a member of the Seychelles team, collapsed in the middle of his match against a Rwandan player during the 41st Chess Olympiad competition.

He was taken to a hospital, but died later, the tournament organizers said.

Another player, thought to be from Uzbekistan, was later found dead in his hotel room.

The police in the Norwegian town of Tromso, where the tournament took place, said it was not treating the deaths as suspicious.

Norway: 'Syrian Islamist group planning attack'

An Islamist militant group with ties to Syria may be planning an attack in Norway, possibly within the coming days, Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of the Police Security Service (PST) said.

"The PST has received information that persons related to an extreme (Islamist) group in Syria may be planning to carry out a terrorist act in Norway," Bjoernland told a news conference.

"They may be planning to carry out the attack within a short period of time, probably within a few days. But we do not know how, when and in what manner," she said.


Norway warned of 'imminent terror attack'

Norway has been warned of an imminent terror attack, the country's justice minister has announced.

Norwegian people have been given no specific advice other than to stay vigilant, the Dagbladet newspaper reported.

The paper's headline said "Islamic extremists" were planning an attack in the coming days.

Yesterday was the three-year anniversary of the bombing and mass shooting in Oslo and Utoya which left 77 people dead.

Ex-Norway PM 'to be Nato's next secretary-general'

Nato countries have agreed that the former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will be the Western military alliance's next secretary-general, Reuters reports citing diplomatic sources.

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: Rainer Jensen/DPA

A Nato source said a formal announcement could be made soon and added: "There's a consensus on his candidacy."

Mr Stoltenberg was the Norwegian Prime Minister at the time of Anders Breivik's attacks on Oslo government buildings and his mass shooting on the island of Utoya.


Norwegian island cut open in massacre victims tribute

An island in Norway is to be sliced open in a tribute to the 69 victims of far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre.

Artist Jonas Dahlberg won a competition to design a memorial to the dead with his idea to cut a 3.5m-wide excavation through the Sobraten island, which is opposite the former holiday island where the killings took place.

The material excavated from the cut will be used to build another memorial in Oslo. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway

Judges said: "The void that is created evokes the sense of sudden loss combined with the long-term missing and remembrance of those who perished.

"The proposal is radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner."

The memorial is representative of the "symbolic wound," judges said. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway
Visitors will be able to read the names of the dead engraved into the excavation. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway
The memorial will be opened to the public from July 2015. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway

In August 2012, Breivik was jailed for "as long as he is considered dangerous" by a Norwegian court.

10-year-old Norwegian boy steals second car

A 10-year-old Norwegian boy who took his parents' car for a joyride last week and claimed he was a dwarf when he was caught has hit the road again.

A 10-year-old boy in Norway has stolen a relatives car - for the second time. Credit: Hinrich BÀsemann/DPA/Press Association Images

This time he took off in the car of a relative the family was visiting and managed to drive about 30 km (19 miles) before stopping, according to local police.

Last week the unnamed boy loaded his 18-month old sister into the car and headed for their grandparents in Valdres, about 60 km away.

After crashing the vehicle into a snowy ditch the youngster told police he was a dwarf and had forgotten his license.

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