Iceland and Singapore lift all coronavirus restrictions

News 06/28/21, 16:31

The Icelandic Minister of Health, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, announced that all restrictions imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (COVID-19) would be lifted after 15 months of applying them, becoming the first European country to do so.  In this regard, the chief epidemiologist, Þórólfur Guðnason, considers as remote the possibility that ...

Blame it on Bieber: Iceland canyon too popular with visitors

Europe 05/19/19, 04:34

With one magical video, Justin Bieber has made a pristine Icelandic canyon famous around the world. And that's the problem.Icelandic environmental officials have had to close off the Fjadrárgljúfur canyon to protect it from the hordes of Bieber fans who are determined to visit the site. And these fans are ...

Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros charged with tax evasion

Entertainment 03/28/19, 20:19

Members of the Icelandic avant-garde rock band Sigur Ros have been charged with tax evasion three years after authorities launched a probe of the group's finances.An indictment issued by the district prosecutor Thursday accused the prominent musicians of submitting incorrect tax returns from 2011 to 2014, evading a total of ...

Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceases operations

Europe 03/28/19, 07:43

Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceased operations on Thursday, stranding passengers across two continents.In a statement on its website the airline, which had earlier suspended all its flights, told passengers there would be no further flights and advised them to check flights with other airlines for ways to reach their ...

Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud score as France routs Iceland 4-0

Europe 03/25/19, 16:53

World champion France fully capitalized on Iceland's defensive deficiencies and lack of imagination to demolish the North Atlantic nation 4-0 in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Monday.France had the upper hand in all areas and could have scored more in the second half if not for its forwards' ...

Happy Beer Day! Iceland marks 30th anniversary of end of ban

Business 03/01/19, 02:21

Thirty years ago, a sobering dry spell in Iceland's history came to an end.On Friday, the country celebrates the anniversary of the lifting of a decades-long ban on beer with — what else? — a nationwide Beer Day.The drink was outlawed in Iceland for 74 years, while all other booze ...

Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

Europe 02/23/19, 13:30

Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government.The five-year whaling policy was up for renewal when Fisheries Minister Kristjan Juliusson announced this week an annual quota of 209 ...

Iceland’s Northern Lights: Beautiful sight, risky drives

Europe 01/13/19, 06:05

Police in Iceland have a warning for visitors: Beware our roads in the winter. Spending a clear winter night under an Arctic sky lit up by spectacular streaks of color from the Northern Lights is an often-cited "bucket-list" experience among the reasons more people are visiting Iceland, especially its northern region. The ...

3 British tourists die in Iceland crash, 4 severely hurt

Europe 12/27/18, 11:35

An SUV carrying seven members of a British family plunged off a high bridge Thursday in Iceland, killing three people and critically injuring the others, authorities said.Icelandic police said one child was among the dead and two were among the injured.The accident occurred about 9.30 a.m. Thursday when the vehicle ...

13 Yule Lads come to town to herald Icelandic Christmas

Entertainment 12/12/18, 07:38

The people of northern Iceland have had their travel plans disrupted with a record high snowfall this December. Roads have been shut, flights cancelled and school suspended.Local actors playing Iceland's infamous Yule Lads drag each other for "the first bath of the year" at the geothermal nature lagoon by Lake ...

Iceland coach Hallgrimsson hired by Qatari soccer club

Soccer 12/10/18, 07:32

Iceland's coach at the World Cup has been hired by Qatari soccer club Al-Arabi.The club announced the move in a video on its Twitter account , saying part-time dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson will attend a news conference Tuesday.It's the first coaching job outside Iceland for the 51-year-old Hallgrimsson, who left the ...

Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Iceland 2-0

Sports 11/15/18, 16:50

Michy Batshuayi, replacing the injured Romelu Lukaku in attack, scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to maintain its 100 percent record in the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Thursday.Belgium's Michy Batshuayi yells in frustration after missing a shot on goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Belgium ...

Transatlantic budget flying gets a reality check

Europe 11/13/18, 04:38

For those hoping for ever cheaper fares on long-haul flights, this month's takeover of Icelandic airline Wow is not good news.The struggling airline, which specializes in ultra-cheap flights between North America and Europe, was taken over by Iceland's flagship carrier, Icelandair, for just $18 million. Its rescue is a reality ...

Iceland seeks financial crash closure with last prosecution

World 10/15/18, 07:15

The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy threw the United States into an epoch-defining financial storm. Imagine 300 of them going bust at once.That, in relative terms, is what Iceland endured a decade ago during its banking crisis, which on this rugged island steeped in myths of gods and giants is now known ...

Late Mbappe double earns France draw against Iceland

Soccer 10/11/18, 17:37

Kylian Mbappe salvaged a 2-2 draw for world champion France with a last-minute equalizer in Thursday's friendly against Iceland.Iceland was 2-0 up with five minutes left at the Roudourou stadium in Brittany and looked set to hand France its first loss since winning the World Cup in July.France's Paul Pogba, ...

Payet back with France squad after Fekir’s withdrawal

Soccer 10/08/18, 08:12

Marseille winger Dimitri Payet was called up Monday by France coach Didier Deschamps for upcoming matches against Iceland and Germany as a replacement for the injured Nabil Fekir.Payet missed the World Cup because of injury and has not played with the national squad since a 2-1 win over Belarus in ...

Everton win 2-1 at Leicester thanks to Sigurdsson stunner

Soccer 10/06/18, 13:19

Iceland playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson produced a contender for English Premier League goal of the season to help Everton beat 10-man Leiceser 2-1 on Saturday.Sigurdsson collected Idrissa Gueye's pass before a quick turn away from Leicester's James Maddison allowed him to take a touch and unleash a bullet from 25 yards ...

France calls up uncapped Ndombele and recalls Sakho

Soccer 10/04/18, 05:11

Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been called up by France for the first time for this month's friendly against Iceland and UEFA Nations League match against Germany, while defender Mamadou Sakho is back for the world champions after a 2 ½ year absence.The 21-year-old Ndombele has impressed for his club ...

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