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Iceland president reelected with 92% of vote

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:35 PM

It is the second-highest margin of victory in the history of Iceland's presidential elections

Iceland president set for landslide election win

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:08 PM

Opinion polls suggest Gudni Johannesson's rightwing challenger, former Wall Street broker Gudmundur Franklin Jonsson, has almost no chance of winning

GUDNI JOHANNESSON. Image from https://www.facebook.com/gudnith2020

Iceland cautiously opens for tourists, with tests for all

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Iceland will shoulder coronavirus testing costs for travelers until the end of June 2020

People stand with their drinks outside a bar on May 31, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland, as bars reopened after a two-month closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP)

Iceland slashes interest rate to record low

May 20, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The Central Bank of Iceland also forecasts the country's economy would shrink by 8% in 2020

Study shows Iceland got it right with early, widespread virus testing

Apr 16, 2020 - 8:17 AM

Per capita, Iceland has tested more people for coronavirus than any other country on earth

ISLAND NATION. The tiny island nation of Iceland is home to over 300,000 people and is considered among the most progressive countries in the world. Photos from Shutterstock

Iceland confirms first death from coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020 - 6:23 PM

According to a statement from The National University Hospital of Iceland, the Icelandic woman who died from COVID-19 had also been suffering from a chronic illness

PH lifts suspension on loan deals with 18 states backing Iceland resolution

Mar 04, 2020 - 2:32 PM

The suspension is lifted, effective immediately

SUSPENSION LIFTED. Human rights groups call for justice for killings under President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Iceland confirms 1st case of new coronavirus

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The man is placed in isolation at the National University Hospital of Iceland, after a test confirmed the new coronavirus

FACE MASKS. Employees pack respiratory protective face masks on an assembly line at the Valmy protective mask manufacturer plant in Mably, central France, on February 28, 2020, amid the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless medieval manuscripts

Nov 10, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The Arnamagnaean Collection is named after scholar Arni Magnusson, a historian and literature and language expert who was born in Iceland but died in 1730 in Copenhagen, where he left his 3,000 or so manuscripts

MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT. This handout photo from June 30, 2009 and made available by the University of Copenhagen on November 8, 2019 shows an Icelandic medieval manuscript of the Arnamagnaean Collection at the University of Copenhagen. Photo from University of Copenhagen

Locsin says loans, grants from countries hitting PH drug war 'small time'

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We don't need the money,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, following the Palace decision to suspend talks on loans and grants from 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution

INVESTIGATE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings hold a protest against killings in the government's campaign against illegal drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang suspends talks on loans, grants from countries backing U.N. probe into drug war

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Yet Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo categorically denies President Rodrigo Duterte issued such an order

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Duterte slams Iceland anew: 'I hope you freeze in time'

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:51 PM

'Walang hiya talaga ang mga puti tapos tinuturuan ako ng gagawin ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he blasts the Nordic country for allowing abortion

FREEZE. President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the people of Iceland 'freeze in time.' Malacanang file photo

NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:13 AM

With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, is chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface

In this picture taken on July 19, 2019 shows the NASA's new robotic space explorer at their base at the Lambahraun lava field in Iceland where they are getting it ready for the next mission to Mars. To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland's second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet's surface. Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP

Whales die in new mysterious Iceland stranding

Aug 04, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Scientists are mystified as to why such a large number of whales should get stranded at the same time

STRANDED WHALES. A handout picture released by Reykjavik Helicopters and taken on July 18, 2019 shows stranded whales on the Longufjorur beach in the Snaefellsnes peninsula area in north-western Iceland. Photo by David Schwarzhans/Reykjavik Helicopters/AFP

FALSE: Drug overdose is leading cause of death in Iceland – Jay Sonza

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Official records show that 'diseases of the circulatory system' are the number one cause of death in Iceland

Beyond Duterte's jokes: What you need to know about Iceland

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:37 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes Iceland has 'too much ice' but past its geology, here are 6 things to know about the tiny island nation

ISLAND NATION. The tiny island nation of Iceland is home to over 300,000 people and is considered among the most progressive countries in the world. Photos of Iceland flag, landscape from Shutterstock

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:24 PM

In the ninth century, the Vikings had cut down 97% of the original forests of Iceland to serve as building material for houses and to make way for grazing pastures

Adalsteinn Sigurgeirsson, Deputy director of the Icelandic Forest Service takes part in tree planting at Lava filde near Thorlakshofn, Iceland on May 21, 2019. Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island. The country is considered the least forested in Europe; indeed, forests in Iceland are so rare, or their trees so young, that it is commonly joked that those lost in the woods only need to stand up to find their way.  Halldor KOLBEINS / AFP

Why Iceland led UN resolution on PH drug war killings

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,' says Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Locsin contradicts Panelo on cutting ties with Iceland

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I never considered for a second cutting any ties over this small matter,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TIES REMAIN. DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin says the Philippines will keep its ties with Iceland and remain in the UN rights body. Photo courtesy of UN

Duterte mulls cutting Iceland ties over U.N. probe – Panelo

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are only about 2,000 Filipinos there and as far as we know, there are no trade relations between these two countries except maybe fish,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines, not U.N., should probe drug war – Lacson

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:13 PM

'Para payagan nating mag-imbestiga sila rito, parang sampal naman sa atin ito,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

PHILIPPINE PROBE. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines should first probe killings in the drug war before the United Nations. Photo from Senate of the Philippines PRIB

Iceland's foreign secretary: Govt's, civil society must unite to protect journalists

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:01 PM

At the Global Media Freedom Conference in London, Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson says Iceland 'will increasingly prioritize media freedom' in its work at the UNHRC, which has just adopted its proposed resolution urging action on the rising number of killings in the Philippines. Here is his full speech.

ICELAND'S FOREIGN MINISTER. Iceland's Foreign Minister at the United Nations. Photo from the Government of Iceland website

Imee Marcos: PH must cut diplomatic ties with Iceland 'ASAP'

Jul 13, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Marcos, in turn, lashes out at developed countries where abortion is allowed

ICELAND. Senator Imee Marcos says Philippines must cut diplomatic ties with Iceland for leading a resolution that compels the United Nations Human Rights Council to review drug war killings in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says drug war critic Iceland doesn't understand PH

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:54 PM

'Iceland, ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang,' says the Philippine President, poking fun at the country that drafted a resolution urging UN action against drug-related killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of his son, Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, at the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao City on June 21, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Iceland glacier national park named World Heritage site

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:22 AM

Shaped by volcanoes and surrounded by lava fields, the park is also home to the largest glacier in Europe, after which it is named

WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Vatnajokull National Park is the third Icelandic site to join UNESCO's World Heritage List. File photo from Wikipedia

Iceland calls for U.N. action vs drug war killings in the Philippines

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) If the draft resolution is approved, the United Nations Human Rights Council will request rights chief Michelle Bachelet to prepare a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines

Member of Unchain Chidren express sympathy with the Family of Kian Loyd Delos Santos as well the families of more than 30 children who have been arbitrarily killed under this bloody inhumane war against drugs. Boy Scout Circle QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

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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