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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.

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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.
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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First batch of chemical weapons leaves Syria

Syria has moved the first batch of chemical weapon materials out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and onto a Danish vessel, the international chemical weapons watchdog has said.

"The vessel has been accompanied by naval escorts provided by Denmark and Norway, as well as the Syrian Arab Republic," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement.

"It will remain at sea awaiting the arrival of additional priority chemical materials at the port."

British man accused of murdering baby 'via Skype'

The one-year-old girl died at the Rikshospitalet Hospital in Oslo in October 2010.

A British man is accused of taking part in the murder of a one-year-old girl in Norway "via Skype from England", a prosecutor said.

The girl's mother, from Norway, and her former boyfriend have been charged with murder after the baby died at the Rikshospitalet Hospital in Oslo in October 2010.

Cecilie Schlosser Moller, Prosecutor, claimed: "We believe the mother lowered her daughter's head into a bucket, resulting in that (the child) drowned, and that the boyfriend took part via Skype from England.

"We believe that the daughter was exposed to heavy abuse in about half a year before she died. There were various methods to raise her, from what we can understand.

"Among other things, she was forced to eat chili, was kept awake, had to stand in the corner with her legs tied up, and so on."

The 35-year-old man, who is custody in Oslo Prison, will plead not guilty, his defence lawyer said. The woman admitted abusing the child but denied killing her.

Stopping free movement for work - I wouldn't bet on it

by - Political Editor

I think it is important to understand the base line when you look at a country like Norway, it is of course outside the European Union and it is free to do whatever it likes.

But the EU is an enormous trading partner sitting right on its border, it can't possibly not trade with it and in order to trade freely it has to accept freedom of movement, which is one of the founding principles of the EU.

So that is the bottom line reality. If you're talking about reform, stopping people coming here and claiming benefits for example, or using the NHS, there is a reasonable chance that might be negotiated or more measures might be negotiated.

But if you're talking about stopping people coming here and working I think that is much more difficult.

Yes, Mr Cameron is talking about new countries like Turkey maybe joining the EU and delaying that until they are richer, but I wouldn't bet on it and I wouldn't bet on getting our European partners to agree to that.

Emergency crews 'take bus attacker to hospital'

A helicopter and paramedics at the scene of the attack in Aarda, Norway.
A helicopter and paramedics at the scene of the attack in Aarda, Norway. Credit: REUTERS/Egil Jorgen Lund /NTB Scanpix

Emergency service teams in Norway have reportedly taken the knife-wielding man who hijacked a bus and stabbed three people to death to a hospital in Bergan.

The hijacker started his attack as the bus travelled along a remote mountain road in the country this evening, according to a reporter near to the scene.

Read: Norway knife attack suspect transferred to hospital

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