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Police Want Increased Powers to Combat Terror Risk

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has said that it would like its powers to investigate expanded and strengthened in light of a growing terrorist threat, as stated in a report by the office’s analysis division, which was published yesterday. The police in Iceland do not have the...

US President Barack Obama with Iceland's new Ambassador to the US, Geir H. Haarde.

Obama Accepts Geir’s Letter of Credence

U.S President Barack Obama accepted Geir H. Haarde’s letter of credence at a ceremony at the White House yesterday, formally appointing Geir, former prime minister of Iceland and leader of the Independence Party, as Iceland’s new ambassador to the U.S.

Money - Icelandic Króna

Central Bank to Compile Report on Kaupþing Loan

Governor of the Central Bank of Iceland Már Guðmundsson intends to compile an official report on the lending of Kaupþing bank ISK 80 billion (USD 603 million, EUR 530 million) on the same day that an emergency law was passed just prior to the economic collapse in October 2008.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Minister: No Security Risk in Publishing Weapon Data

Interior Minister Ólöf Nordal says that publishing Iceland’s regulations on weaponry poses no risk to national security. Ólöf told ruv.is that she decided to make the information public and sees nothing in the regulations which calls for their secrecy.

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Russian Flyby ‘Should be Taken Seriously’

Wednesday’s flyby of two Russian bombers close to the Icelandic coast should be taken seriously, Birgir Ármannsson, head of the Icelandic parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said in an interview with Morgunblaðið today.

Tupolev Tu-95 and Typhoon fighter jet

Two Russian Bombers Fly Close to Iceland

Two Tupolev Tu-95 long-range Russian bombers flew within the NATO surveyed airspace close to Iceland around midday yesterday, a statement from the Icelandic Coast Guard revealed.

Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson speaking at the Independence Party general meeting in 2013.

Icelandic State to Seek Compensation for Al-Thani Scam

Icelandic Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson stated in parliament yesterday that there is reason to look into whether an EUR 500 million emergency loan the Central Bank of Iceland granted to Kaupþing Bank following the Al-Thani scam is reason for the Icelandic state to file a damages case...

Minister for the Environment Sigrún Magnúsdóttir.

Progressive Party to Modify Wording of EEA Agreement

Minister for the Environment Sigrún Magnúsdóttir of the Progressive Party has stated that all the regulations Iceland must follow as part of the EEA Agreement have long been considered a hindrance by members of her party and suggests that the wording in the Icelandic translation of the EEA...

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Double Salary Paid due to Hanna Birna’s Absence

Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, has to pay an additional salary because of former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir’s leave: the salary of the deputy MP who is filling in for her and Hanna Birna’s temporary retaining salary on termination of office.

Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson

Iceland’s PM Competes in Mismatching Shoes

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Minister of Culture and Education Illugi Gunnarsson competed in the exercise competition Lífshlaupið at Hamraskóli in the Reykjavík suburb of Grafarvogur yesterday.

Reykjavík City Hall

New Representative Appointed to Human Rights Council

The appointment of Gréta Björg Egilsdóttir as the Progressive Party’s deputy representative on Reykjavík’s Human Rights Council was approved yesterday after the party withdrew its controversial appointment of Gústaf Níelsson shortly after it was announcement last month

Alþingi parliament

Independence MP Calls for Hanna Birna’s Resignation

MP for the Independence Party Elín Hirst is calling for former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir to step down as vice chair of the party and is against her taking a seat in parliament on her return from leave.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Support for Government at 34.8 Percent

Support for Iceland’s Progressive Party-Independence Party ruling coalition measures 34.8 percent in the latest MMR poll, published this morning, down from 37.3 percent in the last poll from mid-December.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Former Interior Minister’s Police Dealings Criticized

In a report published today Ombudsman of Alþingi Tryggvi Gunnarsson has concluded that former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir’s communication with former Chief of Police in Reykjavík Stefán Eiríksson during the investigation of her ministry in connection with the leak of a...

Alþingi parliament

Icelandic Blasphemy Law up for Review

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson stated on the first day of the spring session at the Alþingi parliament on Tuesday that the law on punishment for blasphemy can be reviewed, in response to a request from Pirate Party MP Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson.

Reykjavík City Hall

Human Rights Council Appointment Withdrawn

The Progressive Party’s councilpersons in Reykjavík have decided to withdraw the appointment of Gústaf Níelsson as the party’s deputy representative on the city’s Human Rights Council after it was protested by fellow party members and others.

Protest on EU Referendum at Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík

Pro-EU Rally Underway in Iceland

Organizers of previous pro-EU rallies are planning further protests in response to news that Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is going to present a resolution on terminating the Iceland-European Union accession talks shortly.

UN Barbershop Conference 2015

Iceland-Suriname Led UN Barbershop Conference Closes

Up to 400 people participated in the two-day gender equality Barbershop Conference at the United Nations in New York this week. The conference was an initiative by Iceland and Suriname which aimed to change the way men talk about gender equality and engage themselves.

Reykjavík mosque

Interior Minister: ‘Muslims Must be Left in Peace’

Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal has emphasized the need to respect Muslims in Iceland as equal citizens after comments by her fellow MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson that the background of all Muslims in Iceland should be checked following the terrorist attacks in Paris...

MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson.

MP Criticized for Comments on Muslims

MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson has expressed his opinion in the past days that the background of all Muslims in Iceland should be checked following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The MP has been harshly criticized for his comments.

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