Iceland

  • Striker Johannsson cleared by FIFA for US switch August 14, 2013

    United States coach Juergen Klinsmann can call on former Iceland Under-21 striker Aron Johannsson for Wednesday's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina after the player's nationality switch was approved by FIFA. Johannsson was called up for the game in Sarajevo by Klinsmann pending a decision by FIFA on the player's request and the paperwork...
  • Samsung compares the iPhone to an apple in new Galaxy S4 ad July 8, 2013

    In a Samsung Galaxy S4 advertisement for Iceland, the Korean electronic giant is again poking fun at rival Apple suggesting that the iPhone is only as good as the fruit. The tag line translated from Icelandic says, "Get a phone that understands you". Though Samsung doesn't take any names, the...
  • Hong Kong lets Snowden leave with Cuba among possible destinations June 23, 2013

    Hong Kong: A former contractor for the US National Security Agency, charged by the United States with espionage, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday because the US extradition request did not fully comply with the law, the Hong Kong government said. Edward Snowden left for Moscow on Sunday and...
  • Finland best place to be a mother; India behind China, Pakistan May 8, 2013

    Beijing: Finland has topped the list of countries where mothers enjoy the best conditions in the world, while India ranks a low 142nd, below China and Pakistan, according to a new global report. The annual report called 'State of World's Mothers 2013' was issued by an international NGO "Save the Children"...
  • WikiLeaks claims victory in Iceland court case April 25, 2013

    London: WikiLeaks has said it has secured a victory in Iceland's Supreme Court against the financial blockade imposed by Visa and MasterCard on donations for the secret-spilling site. Visa and MasterCard were among half a dozen major US financial firms to pull the plug on WikiLeaks following its decision to...
  • Early wins for Croatia, Germany March 23, 2013

    London: Croatia proved too strong for bitter Balkan rivals Serbia in a World Cup Group A qualifier in Zagreb on Friday, winning their first meeting as independent nations 2-0. In other early action Germany, playing without any recognised strikers, triumphed 3-0 in Kazakhstan to stay top of Group C while...
  • Iceland: Airline restraints passenger with duct tape January 9, 2013

    New York: Icelandair said it had to restrain a passenger on a flight from Reykjavik to New York City because he was hitting people, screaming profanities and spitting. Thursday's flight was getting media attention after a photograph began circulating on the Internet purporting to show the passenger tied to his...
  • Iceland on the wing September 11, 2012

    The T-shirt sums it up: Don't F**k with Iceland – We may not have cash but we've got ash! Cash refers to the fallout from an explosion: The effects of the global financial crisis on Iceland. Traditionally based on geothermal energy, fishing and agriculture, Iceland tried to reinvent its economy through...
  • Katie Holmes refused Cruise's birthday request July 5, 2012

    London: Actress Katie Holmes rejected estranged husband Tom Cruise's plea for her to fly to Iceland to save their marriage. Last week, the 33-year-old's husband asked her over the phone to come and visit him and celebrate his 50th birthday, on the set of his movie Oblivion but she refused...
  • Late winner takes France past Iceland in warm-up May 28, 2012

    Valenciennes, France: Franck Ribery scored his first international goal for more than three years and Adil Rami grabbed a late winner as France rallied to beat Iceland 3-2 at home on Sunday in a European Championship warm-up match. Coach Laurent Blanc picked an experimental and attacking line-up, featuring several fringe players....
  • Chile volcano ash grounds Australia, NZ flights June 12, 2011

    Wellington: Thousands of passengers in Australia and New Zealand were affected when airlines suspended flights on Sunday as an ash cloud from an erupting volcano in southern Chile spread, threatening to damage engines. Australia's national carrier, Qantas Airways, said all the airline's flights in and out of the southeastern city of...
  • Tech-savvy Iceland online for new constitution June 10, 2011

    Reykjavik: How do you write a new constitution in the 21st century? You go where the people are — online. That was the decision of tiny but tech-savvy Iceland, which is overhauling its constitution in the wake of an economic catastrophe, and has turned to the Internet to get input from...
  • Iceland eruption ending, German airports reopen May 26, 2011

    Reykjavik: Iceland's volcanic eruption has died down and is no longer spewing out ash, officials said on Wednesday as airlines began to get back to normal after cancelling about 1,000 flights in northern Europe. The explosion of the Grimsvotn volcano on Saturday caused much less chaos than an eruption in 2010...
  • Indian carriers to decide on flights to Europe May 25, 2011

    New Delhi: In the wake of the flight disruption in Europe due to ash spewing from an Icelandic volcano, officials of major Indian carriers on Wednesday held meetings to decide on diversion or cancellation of their flights. Officials of Kingfisher Airlines, Jet Airways and Air India held separate meetings to take...
  • Europe: flights cancelled as volcanic ash spreads May 25, 2011

    London: Ash spewing from an Icelandic volcano is causing disruption and days of uncertainty to more parts of Europe, as officials in Germany said that dozens of flight will be grounded on Wednesday because of levels of ash in the country's northern regions. Even though some say it's been a massive...
  • Volcanic ash leads to 500 flights cancellation May 24, 2011

    London: Dense ash from the erupting Icelandic volcano forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Tuesday, as airlines and passengers braced themselves for days of uncertainty and chaos. Some passengers spent the night at Edinburgh airport after airlines canceled flights in and out of Scotland. Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said...
  • Volcanic ash cloud moves to Europe, flights suspended May 24, 2011

    Thick volcanic ash is blowing over Iceland after the Grimsvotn volcano erupted on Saturday because of which several airlines including British Airways and KLM have suspended flights to the UK and the rest of the continent is on alert. ...
  • Iceland: Volcanic cloud spreads, flights canceled May 24, 2011

    London: British air traffic controllers say ash from the erupting Iceland volcano will affect flights out of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland by Tuesday afternoon. The agency that controls air traffic over Britain and the eastern Atlantic said airports will remain open but flights will be affected between 5:30 pm...
  • Europe on alert for Icelandic volcano ash cloud May 23, 2011

    Reykjavik: An eruption by Iceland's most active volcano was set to keep the island's main airport shut on Monday, while other European nations watched for any impact on their air routes from a towering plume of smoke and ash. Experts said they saw little chance of a repeat of 2010's six-day...
  • Icelandic volcano flings up ash, shuts airport May 22, 2011

    Reykjavik, Iceland: A year after an Icelandic volcano grounded planes across Europe, a spectacular new eruption flung up a miles-high ash plume that shut down the country's main airport, plunged nearby areas into darkness and sent ash drifting toward European airspace. The Grimsvotn volcano, which lies beneath the ice of the...
  • Iceland's most active volcano starts erupting May 22, 2011

    Reykjavik: Iceland's most active volcano has started erupting, scientists said on Saturday - just over a year after another eruption on the North Atlantic island shut down European air traffic for days. Iceland's Meteorological Office confirmed that an eruption had begun at the Grimsvotn volcano, accompanied by a series of small...
  • Iceland's penis museum to get human specimen January 12, 2011

    New Delhi: Sigurour Hjartarson will finally get to claim the penis promised to him by an Icelander 14 years ago. The donor of the penis, Pall Arason, passed away on January 5, 2010 and Hjartarson, the curator of Iceland’s Penis Museum, is now preparing to collect the museum’s first human...
  • Iceland protests to US over Twitter data demand January 11, 2011

    Washington: Iceland called in the US ambassador in Reykjavik on Monday to register its displeasure at a US court's demand for details of an Icelandic lawmaker's Twitter account, the US State Department said. A US court has ordered the social networking website to give up details of the accounts of WikiLeaks...
  • Icelandic leader in milestone gay marriage July 2, 2010

    Stockholm: Iceland's prime minister made history last week when she wed her longtime girlfriend, becoming the world's first head of government to enter a gay marriage. But fellow Nordic nations hardly noticed when 67-year-old Johanna Sigurdardottir tied the knot with her longtime partner - a milestone that would still, despite advances...
  • Iceland's gay PM marries her partner June 29, 2010

    Reykjavik, Iceland: Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, has married her long-term partner, her office said on Monday, making her the world's first national leader with a same-sex spouse. Sigurdardottir, 67, married writer Jonina Leosdottir on Sunday, the day a new law took effect defining marriage as a union between two consenting...
  • Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano cools off May 24, 2010

    London: Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano, ash cloud from which paralysed much of Europe's air traffic for over a month, is showing a marked drop in activity, a volcanologist has said. A video footage indicated that the temperature in the crater had fallen to just 100 degree Celsius, said a leading volcanologist Magnus...
  • Ash clouds flights again; Europe struggles to fly May 9, 2010

    Brussels: Hundreds of flights between Europe and North America were either delayed or canceled on Saturday due to the spreading cloud of volcanic ash stretching across much of the northern Atlantic, the European flight control agency said. Flights had to be rerouted north over Greenland or south over Spain to avoid...
  • Now, volcanic ash hits Ireland, Scotland May 4, 2010

    Paris: Aviation authorities closed airspace over Ireland, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland on Tuesday as a new cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland revived memories of the devastating shutdown of Europe's skies last month. Initially, at least, the closure seemed far more limited than the six-day disruption that spread...
  • Iceland shuts down airport due to volcanic ash April 23, 2010

    Reykjavik: Iceland, able to keep its airports open while European airlines were grounded due to ash from its volcanic eruption, is now closing its airspace because of a change in wind direction, authorities said on Thursday. The eruption of the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, about 120 km (75 miles) southeast...
  • Air traffic in Europe back to near normal April 23, 2010

    Brasilia: Seven days after the Iceland volcanic ash shut down on major airports, air traffic in Europe is back to near normal. More than 75 per cent flights are now operating; it's expected to be up to 100 per cent shortly. The only exception is Norway and Sweden where airports...