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Another Icelandic Singer in Elle

Icelandic singer Thórunn Antonia Magnúsdóttir appears in the latest issue of British Elle along with seven other female musicians selected for their style and beauty.

Fire on Board

The fishing trawler Valur went up in flames last night, as it was moored in the harbour at Sandgerdi, southwest Iceland. The 169 tonne vessel reportedly caught on fire around 8 pm, and crews spent most of the night trying to put out the flames.

Gas Up

Trying to capitalize on the recent transgressions of the nation’s major oil companies, Atlantsolía has entered into the market, opening a new location in Reykjavik.

New York Times Publishes Sontag on Laxness

Susan Sontag’s introduction to the forthcoming Magnus Magnusson translation of “Under the Glacier” was published on the New York Times website this weekend. In a lengthy essay, Sontag praises this later work of Laxness as being a mix of the comic and philosophical style novels.

No Get Out of Jail Free Card for Fischer

The Icelandic government has decided not to grant citizenship to chess great Bobby Fischer. The decision was handed down yesterday by the Parliamentary general committee....

Grounded

Blizzard conditions have grounded four Icelandair planes at Keflavik International Airport. As of 11:00 am, pilots were signalling that it was unsafe to take off due to a lack of visibility.

Strong Currency

The Icelandic Krona is in fourth place amongst currencies that have the largest gain against the US dollar, according to the Economist.

Tsunami Relief

The Icelandic government has agreed to give an extra ISK 10 million to the WHO for Tsunami relief. Iceland is also donating to the UN Food program, and to UNICIEF.

No Crazies in Iceland

The American bio-tech company Xytos will set up a research and development lab in Iceland. Xytos, which recently registered on Nasdaq, will be conducting stem cell research in its Iceland lab.

Free Housing

Banks have been reporting a large number of defaults on their 100 percent mortgage loans, according to RUV. The loans, which require no money down to purchase a house, have been very popular with students and low-income residents.

Drunk Driving

Chelsea striker Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly driving drunk. The 26-year-old Icelandic national was stopped by police for speeding around 5:20 am on Sunday, after Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Everton. Gudjohnsen scored the team’s lone goal in the match.

Icelander is America's Most Gorgeous Man

After the final episode of the American television show, "Manhunt", it's an Icelander who has been crowned "America's most gorgeous male model".

In The Mood for a Melody

The venerable rock singer Robert Plant is scheduled to perform in Reykjavik this April at Laugardalshöll. The concert is part of a tour to promote his new album "Mighty Rearranger", which is due out April 25th in the UK and May 3rd in the US.

Aluminium Smelter

The company Bechtel plans to hire up to 1500 employees to build the new aluminium smelter in Reydarfjordur, east Iceland. The aluminium smelter will be owned by Alcoa, Inc.

And The Winner Is…

Icelander Valdís Óskarsdóttir won the BAFTA for best editing for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on Saturday at the British Academy Film Awards.

Iceland to Take Weapons to Iraq

According to Foreign Minister Davíd Oddsson, who spoke at a NATO conference in Brussels today, Iceland will be taking care of transporting weapons from Slovenia to Iraq.

Baugur Bids on Somerfield

Baugur Group yesterday made a take over bid on British supermarket chain Somerfield for 118 billion kronur.

Rescue Operations Continue

Members of the Icelandic coast guard are searching for two more members of the Icelandic cargo ship Jökullfell. Yesterday, four bodies were found, a day after five members of the crew had been rescued in heavy seas by a Danish helicopter.

Most Popular Thorramatur

The Association of Meat Producers of Iceland has provided the answers to key questions about Thorrablót cuisine, the food served during the month Thorra.

Rather Dirty Movie: Location Iceland

A pornographic film starring the Slovenian actress Martina Jacova is currently being filmed at and around a hotel in the West Fjords, according to DV newspaper.

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