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U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

Iceland's WOW Air budget carrier collapses, cancels all flights

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) The closure of WOW Air, which transports more than a third of those traveling to Iceland, comes after buyout talks with rival Icelandair collapsed earlier this week

WOW AIR. This photograph taken on August 6, 2018, shows the tailfins of Wow (Icelandic low-cost company) Airbus A321-200 aircraft on the tarmac at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, north of Paris. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Mbappe cameo helps France avoid shock Iceland defeat

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:40 AM

World champion France rallies behind Kylian Mbappe to forge a draw against upset-conscious Iceland

France's forward Kylian Mbappe (right) tries to slot one past Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson during the friendly football match. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Thor's gavel keeps order in the United Nations

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The president of the UN General Assembly wields a very unusual looking gavel. It is a Viking gavel that is a gift from Iceland, and there’s a very interesting story behind it.

In this photo from 2012, Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth General Assembly, bangs the gavel, sealing the appointment of Ban Ki-moon to a second term as UN Secretary-General.UN Photo/Mark Garten

Iceland poised to take U.S. seat at United Nations rights council

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:40 PM

'The Human Rights Council stands at a critical juncture,' Iceland's Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson writes in an editorial, adding that for many countries 'it is time to address its shortcomings'

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. General view of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council during the presentation of report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on March 13, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Iceland, 37 countries to Philippines: Let U.N. probe killings

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits back, saying the signatories prefer misinformation from parties 'that have politicized and weaponized human rights'

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (2R) flanked by President of the Human Rights Council Vojislav Suc (R) speaks during the opening of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 18, 2018 in Geneva. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN GROSCLAUDE

LOOK: Iceland midfielder heats up social media, Neymar gets hair do-over

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Rurik Gislason now boasts more Instagram followers than the population of Iceland

COOL VIBE. Iceland's midfielder Rurik Gislason gains viral fame after Iceland's World Cup debut. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Iceland's hero keeper did homework to psych out Messi

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Football superstar Lionel Messi misses penalty as World Cup debutant Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

STUNNER. Messi (right) fires a free kick against an Iceland side that finds a hero in goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson (left). Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Iceland leaders to snub 2018 World Cup in Russia

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The decision is in line with the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter

BOYCOTT. Iceland's players and coaching staff celebrate after the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Iceland and Kosovo in Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson/AFP

600 bitcoin computers nabbed in Iceland heists

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:48 PM

The servers are taken from data centers in Reykjanesbaer, near the Keflavik international airport in southwestern Iceland, and Borgarnes on the west coast

Senate approves PH deal with European Free Trade Association states

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway will accord duty-free market access to all industrial and fishery products from the Philippines

Icelanders vote as left hopes to rattle scandal-hit establishment

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Saturday's election is Iceland's fourth since 2008

ELECTION EVE. Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of The Independence Party, arrives to take part in the final debate televised by the RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service on the eve of snap parliamentary election on October 27, 2017 in Reykjavik. Halldor Kolbeins/AFP

PH boasts of CHR to counter Iceland, 38 countries on killings

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:10 AM

This comes as President Duterte blasts the commission for supposedly meddling in his anti-drug campaign, and as his allies at the House of Representatives practically want the human rights body abolished

REVILED AGENCY. Protesters gather at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 'Manlaban Para sa Karapatan' rally and concert on September 21, 2017, showing support for the agency reviled by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Morales, SWS Survey, Santiago death anniversary | Evening wRap

Sep 29, 2017 - 7:39 PM

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Iceland, nearly 40 states hit 'climate of impunity' in PH

Sep 29, 2017 - 11:18 AM

'We ask the government of the Philippines to take all necessary measures to bring these killings to an end,' Iceland says in a statement on behalf of nearly 40 states

DRUG WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs draws more intense criticism from other countries, most recently from Iceland and nearly 40 states at the United Nations. Malacañang photo

Plan your travel calendar: Best times to go to Iceland, Peru, South Korea

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Want to see the northern lights Machu Picchu Jeju Island and more? Here’s a guide on when you should go

Which countries have the best healthcare?

May 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Of the 20 countries heading up the list all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage

Trump team denies report he will meet Putin at summit

Jan 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

UPDATED Trump has expressed admiration for Putin and only belatedly accepted US intelligence s conclusion that hackers acting on the Russian strongman s authority interfered in November s elections

MEETING SOON? This combination of pictures created on December 30, 2016 shows a file photo taken on December 28, 2016 of US President-elect Donald Trump (L) in Palm Beach, Florida; and a file photo taken on December 23, 2016, of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow. Don Emmert and Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

Gameplan: 7 tips for traveling to Iceland

Jan 05, 2017 - 7:00 AM

Fancy a trip to Iceland? Gameplan s Mara Lopez shares her encounter with the Northern Lights and tells us how traveling changes her perspective

Iceland breaks taboo with world's largest penis museum

Nov 16, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Size doesn t matter at the Icelandic Phallological Museum home to the world s largest collection of penises which has an eye watering array of specimens

PHALLIC. A general view taken on October 27, 2016 inside the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavik. Halldor Kolbeins/AFP

Iceland PM announces resignation after vote drubbing

Oct 31, 2016 - 1:10 AM

Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson s Progressive Party wins just 8 seats in the 63 member parliament

Iceland's Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson (R) casts his ballot next to his wife Ingibjoerg Elsa Ingjaldsdottir in a polling station in Fludir, Iceland, during the snap general election, on October 29, 2016. Icelanders vote in a snap election that could see the anti-establishment Pirate Party form the next government in the wake of the Panama Papers tax-dodging scandal and lingering anger over the 2008 financial meltdown. / AFP PHOTO / Halldor KOLBEINS

Iceland's 'Pirates' gain ground in snap election but miss majority

Oct 30, 2016 - 10:06 AM

UPDATED Gaining up to 9 out of the 63 seats in the Icelandic parliament the Althingi the Pirates became the third largest party in the island nation 4 years after it was founded in 2012

A member of the polling commission prepares the ballots for counting at a polling station in Kopavogur on October 29, 2016 he snap general election. Halldor Kolbeins/AFP

Iceland's 'Pirates' eye power in snap vote after Panama Papers scandal

Oct 29, 2016 - 2:45 PM

UPDATED Voters are expected to punish the incumbent government after the Panama Papers revealed a global tax evasion scandal that ensnared several senior politicians

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Oct 26, 2016 - 11:10 PM

We are just asking for a small quota based on science and of particular species in particular water That s it Japanese official Joji Morishita tells the International Whaling Commission

Protestors hold up a placard reading 'It's time to take whale meat off the menu' as they demonstrate during the 66th International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, on October 24, 2016. More than 80 nations will discuss the fate of the world's remaining whales, which are facing a multitude perils from meat hunters and ship strikes to getting snared in fishing gear. / AFP PHOTO / Jure MAKOVEC

Berita selebriti hari ini: Rabu, 26 Oktober 2016

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:30 AM

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Iceland to hold early parliamentary vote in October

Aug 12, 2016 - 9:15 AM

We intend to hold the election on October 29 says Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson

Iceland heroes celebrate 'historic' Euro 2016 win over England

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM

In its debut appearance at a major tournament Iceland can now look forward to a fairytale quarterfinal showdown with France

UPSET. Iceland players celebrate in front of their supporters after upsetting England in the UEFA Euro 2016 round of 16. PETER POWELL/EPA

England manager Hodgson quits after Iceland humiliation

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The upset loss to Iceland brings a miserable end to Hodgson s 4 year tenure

RESIGNED. England's coach Roy Hodgson quits after a tough upset loss to Iceland in the UEFA Euro 2016 round of 16. OLIVER WEIKEN/EPA

Euro 2016: Iceland stuns England in one of greatest ever shocks

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Iceland comes back from a goal down in one of the most stunning upsets in the history of football

SWEET VICTORY. Ragnar Sigurdsson (L) and Kari Arnason of Iceland celebrate after they defeat England 2-1. Tibor Illyes/EPA

Political novice elected Iceland president amid football fever

Jun 26, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Gudni Johannesson only decided to run for the presidency after the so called Panama Papers leak in April which detailed offshore accounts and implicated several senior Icelandic politicians including the prime minister who was forced to resign

Presidential candidate Gudni Johannesson casts his ballot at a polling station in Reykjavik, on June 25, 2016. Halldor Kolbeins/AFP

Euro 2016: Ronaldo denied as Iceland, Hungary make history

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:29 PM

Iceland s defense frustrates Portugal s Cristiano Ronaldo while Hungary shocks well fancied Austria for its first win at a major international tournament in 30 years

DENIED. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts after the UEFA EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France, 14 June 2016. Photo by MIGUEL A.LOPES/EPA

Family of Iceland president's wife tied to 'Panama Papers'

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:48 AM

The case could prove embarrassing for President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson who has made a virtue of his integrity

Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson talks to media at the presidential residence, April 5, 2016 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Birgir Por Hardarson/EPA

Iceland names new PM, to hold autumn election

Apr 07, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Agriculture minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson replaces Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson who stepped down April 5

NEW PRIME MINISTER. Icelandic Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture leaves the Prime Minister's Office in Reykjavik, Iceland, April 6, 2016, after a short meeting with Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, outgoing Prime Minister of Iceland. Birgir Thor Hardarson/EPA

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Apr 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Panama Papers scandal: Iceland PM resigns

Apr 06, 2016 - 12:18 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson is the biggest casualty of a media probe into 11 5 million leaked documents that purportedly reveal the offshore financial activities of 140 political figures

RESIGNATION. Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson leaves the residence of Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson after a meeting of the two on April 5, 2016 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo by Birgir Por Hardarson/EPA

Iceland PM threatens to dissolve parliament, call new elections

Apr 05, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Gunnlaugsson is under pressure to resign since leaked financial documents show that he and his wife Anna Sigurlaug Palsdottir own an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands

ICELAND'S PRIME MINISTER. Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson looks at his phone at the Icelandic Parliament in Reykjavik, Iceland, 04 April 2016. Birgir Por Hardarson/EPA

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Apr 05, 2016 - 7:07 PM

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Thousands protest as Panama Papers put pressure on Iceland PM

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:16 AM

Huge crowds pour into the square outside parliament in Reykjavik calling for Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson to step down

OUT IN THE STREETS. People gather during a protest on Austurvollur Square in front of the Icelandic Parliament in Reykjavic, Iceland, April 4, 2016, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugson. Birgir Por Hardarson/EPA

SC junks Comelec appeal, RCBC, Warriors home streak | 6PM wRap

Mar 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM

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Iceland welcomes first Syrian refugees

Jan 20, 2016 - 8:51 AM

Reykjavik initially said it would take in 50 refugees but then said it would increase that figure

WELCOME TO ICELAND. The first group of Syrian refugees is welcomed by Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eyglo Hardardottir (R) on January 19, 2016 upon their arrival at Keflavik airport. Haraldur Gudjonsson/AFP

Webhits: Iceland timelapse video

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Don t forget to watch it on fullscreen

Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iceland, comes out winless in first tourney

Aug 23, 2015 - 12:18 AM

The Philippines still grappling with its new system and probing for chemistry in just 3 weeks together also dropped games to the Netherlands and host Estonia

THREE STRAIGHT LOSSES. Gilas Pilipinas, led by head coach Tab Baldwin (right) and Andray Blatche (left), absorbed 3 straight defeats, and much experience, in the 4-nation pocket tournament in Estonia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chill in the air as Arctic nations meet

Apr 24, 2015 - 11:51 PM

While tackling climate change will be high on the US agenda as chair of the Arctic Council, Washington also hopes to improve ocean stewardship, maritime safety and the lives of the Arctic's four million inhabitants.

Kerry to visit Arctic amid concern over ice melt

Apr 18, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Global warming is happening twice as fast in the Arctic than elsewhere on the planet

US Secretary of State John Kerry issues a statement during a meeting of the G7 Foreign Ministers in Luebeck, Germany, 15 April 2015. Photo by Carsten Rehder/ EPA

Italy rescues 1,500 migrants in Mediterranean in one day

Apr 06, 2015 - 8:55 AM

In a separate incident on Saturday 318 migrants are brought to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo after being rescued off Libya by an Icelandic navy ship

In this file handout picture provided 10 February 2015 by the Italian Coastguard shows migrants arriving to Lampedusa, 09 February 2015, after being rescued by Italian Coastguard from the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. Italian Coast Guard Press Office/Handout/EPA

MILF training camp, total eclipse, One Direction | The wRap

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:20 PM

The military wants to dismantle an MILF camp A solar eclipse casts a shadow on Earth One Direction is scheduled to arrive in Manila

Thousands scan skies for glimpse of 'amazing' solar eclipse

Mar 20, 2015 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED Die hard eclipse enthusiasts who flew in to the Faroe Islands and Norway s Arctic Svalbard archipelago – the only places where the less than 3 minute total eclipse was visible – are rewarded with the best views

SOLAR SPECTACLE. The beginning of a total solar eclipse over the Faroe Islands, March 20, 2015. Some estimated 8000 tourists had arrived here to watch the spectacular event. Jens Kristian Vang/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Total solar eclipse of 2015

Mar 20, 2015 - 11:59 AM

UPDATED Replay the livestream of 2015 s only total solar eclipse courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory

SPECTACLE. The beginning of a total solar eclipse over the Faroe Islands, March 20, 2015. Jens Kristian Vang/EPA

'Supermoon' to make mischief with sun and sea

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:32 AM

A celestial ballet involving the moon will result in a solar eclipse in the roof of the world followed by exceptional tides

A handout image dated April 2, 2012 and made available by NASA November 28, 2012 showing arctic sea-ice as seen from the window of the NASA P-3 airplane. Michael Studinger/NASA/EPA

China mum as Iceland envoy reportedly held for spying

Sep 17, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Icelandic media reports claimed that the ambassador and his wife had disappeared

MA JISHENG. Ambassador Ma Jisheng met with Icelandic Prime Minister, H.E. Mme. Sigurðardóttir on January 18, 2013. Photo from China's Iceland embassy website.