Christmas helps keep Icelandic storytelling alive | AFP

With an outstanding storytelling and writing tradition, Icelanders usually give books to loved ones as a present for Christmas. Two-thirds of books in Iceland are published in the two-month period before 25 December, known as the ‘jolabokaflod’, or the Christmas book flood.

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Torfaera, the motor sport captivating Iceland | AFP

In Iceland, a mountainside is transformed for a day into a track for the country’s native motorsport, with drivers pitching their machines up near vertical slopes and over rocks and scree to score points and wow spectators. 

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Iceland students bear witness to shrinking glacier | AFP

Icelandic sixth-grade students take an unusual field trip to measure the Solheimajokull glacier, recording how much it has shrunk in the past year and witnessing climate change first-hand.

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Swiss hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier | AFP

Dozens of people undertake a “funeral march” up a steep Swiss mountainside to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change. The move comes after Iceland made global headlines last month with a large ceremony and the laying of a bronze plaque to commemorate Okjokull, the island’s first glacier lost to climate change. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Monday, August 19: NYPD officer fired for 2014 chokehold death; Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program; Elizabeth Warren apologizes for heritage claim; Iceland residents hold funeral for a lost glacier.

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Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change | AFP

Iceland honours the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.

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NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars | AFP

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.

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Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings | AFP

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.

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Captive beluga whales make epic journey from China to Iceland sanctuary | AFP

Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium arrive in Iceland to live out their days in a unique marine sanctuary that conservationists hope will become a model for rehoming some 3,000 of the creatures currently in captivity.

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Iceland president switches to Russian during Arctic forum speech

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EU palm oil ban sows bitter seeds for Southeast Asian farmers

The European Parliament is moving to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels, while British grocer Iceland has announced it will stop using the commodity over concerns that it causes widespread environmental destruction. Losing the key EU market worries millions of small farmers in Indonesia and Malaysia — the world’s top two producers — as prices drop for the widely-consumed oil found in everything from biscuits and sweets to cosmetics and vehicle gas tanks.

Residents of wired Iceland seek digital free zone

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World Cup: England ‘making amends’ for early Euro 2016 exit

England midfielder Eric Dier says his team are reaping the rewards at the World Cup for a change in approach following a humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016. One of the reasons given for England’s success in Russia is their remote base in the sleepy seaside town of Repino, 45km northwest of Saint Petersburg. Defender Ashley Young says the bond between the players has helped make the camp feel like a holiday.

World Cup 2018: Birkir Saevarsson

Birkir Saevarsson is a top defender for fan-favorite Iceland in the World Cup. He also works at a salt-packing factory.

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From Sochi to Rostov-on-Don with only one goal – Croatia v Iceland

Ahead of Croatia v Iceland, RT’s Andrew Farmer travelled 16 hours by train to get from Sochi to Rostov-on-Don.

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Nigeria prepare for ‘their World Cup final’ against Argentina

Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa, who struck two stunning goals to sink Iceland 2-0 on Friday, says their final group match against Lionel Messi’s struggling Argentina will be “(their) World Cup final”, as a win will secure the African side a spot in the knockout stage. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES

Three things we learned on June 22 at the World Cup

Brazil left it very late, but posted their first win of the World Cup thanks to Philippe Coutinho and Neymar to go top of Group E. Work still needs to be done for the five-time world champions to make the last 16, but a point in their final game against Serbia will do after the Serbs lost 2-1 to Switzerland. In group D Ahmed Musa struck twice to hand Nigeria a 2-0 win over Iceland and keep Argentina’s chances of qualifying alive before the two sides meet in Saint Petersburg next week.