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Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Alþingi Ombudsman Asks Minister for Information

Tryggvi Gunnarsson, ombudsman for Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, sent a letter to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir yesterday to request all available information about her communication with former Chief of Police in Reykjavík Stefán Eiríksson regarding the police’s...

Palestinians inspect the remains of a house which was destroyed during an air strike in Central Bureij refugee camp, in the Middle Area of the Gaza Strip, 15 July 2014

Iceland Sends ISK 12 Million to Gaza

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has allocated ISK 12 million (USD 104,000, EUR 77,700) to two United Nations programs operating in Gaza in light of the humanitarian crisis in the region.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Foreign Minister Expresses Condolences over Flight MH17

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson released a statement before the weekend expressing his condolences to the families and friends of the people on board flight MH17 plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine last week.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

No Comment from President over Campaign Statements

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson refuses to comment on whether or not he will complete his term or step down, as he had suggested he might during the election campaign in 2012 if the political situation in Iceland became stable.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Grímsstaðir Committee to Discuss Long-Term Lease

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir stated that the committee appointed to review the legislation of leasing land to citizens outside the EEA will present its proposals on the case of Chinese investor Huang Nubo’s interest in Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum shortly.

Computer

NSA Permitted to Spy in Iceland

Iceland is among the nations in which the U.S. intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been given authority to intercept through U.S. companies the communications of its overseas targets and communications about its targets, according to the Washington Post.

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Former Icelandic PM Speaks at World Pride

Former Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir said at the World Pride Human Rights conference, held in Toronto last week, that in hindsight her and her wife, Jónína Leósdóttir, did not have to wait that long to publicly reveal their feelings for each other.

Jón Gnarr talks to NBC

Jón Gnarr ‘Won’t Rule out Running for President’

When asked whether he would consider running for higher office, former Reykjavík mayor and comedian Jón Gnarr said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Friday, while laughing hysterically, that he wouldn’t rule out running for president.

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