Captive beluga whales released into Iceland sea sanctuary | AFP

Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium are returned to the sea in an Icelandic sanctuary in a move conservationists hopes will create a model for rehoming some 300 belugas currently in captivity.

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Earthquakes | AFP Animé

More than 3,000 tremors have shaken seismographs on the northern coast of Iceland over the past three days, the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) said Monday, as officials also warned of an impending volcanic eruption in the south. Videographic on earthquakes. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Munich airport welcomes passengers as German borders reopen for EU travel | AFP

Passengers in masks arrive at Munich airport as Germany resumes travel to EU member states, as well Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. IMAGES

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Clubs reopen in Iceland to partygoers’ delight | AFP

Icelanders can party again on the dancefloor at B5, a popular establishment with the locals of the capital Reykjavik, for the first time in nine weeks. The nightclubs are reopening in Iceland, a rare privilege in Europe, as the country lifts further coronavirus restrictions.

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Discos reopen in Iceland as virus restrictions are eased | AFP

Icelanders can party again on the dancefloor at B5, a popular establishment with the locals of the capital Reykjavik, for the first time in nine weeks. The nightclubs are reopening in Iceland, a rare privilege in Europe, as the country is lifting further coronavirus restrictions on Monday. The North-Atlantic island has confirmed 1,804 cases of the virus and 10 deaths so far. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Partygoers celebrate as Iceland’s nightclubs reopen | AFP

Icelanders once again party at the B5 nightclub, a popular establishment filled by Reykjavik’s locals for the first time in nine weeks. The nightclubs are reopening in Iceland, a rare privilege in Europe, as the country is lifting further coronavirus restrictions on Monday. The North-Atlantic island has confirmed 1,804 cases of the virus and 10 deaths so far. IMAGES

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Gyms reopen in Iceland as virus restrictions are eased | AFP

Members return to World Class Laugar, one of Iceland’s biggest gyms, after the goverment lifted further coronavirus restrictions on Monday. The 7,150 square metre exercise space, in the centre of the capital Reykjavik, began filling up with people exercising from 6am. Iceland has so far registered 1,804 infections and ten deaths from the virus. IMAGES

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Iceland’s beloved swimming pools reopen after two-month shutdown | AFP

Swimmers return to Laugardalslaug open-air pool in Reykjavik after the government allowed the facilities to reopen as coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

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Iceland’s beloved swimming pools lie empty during pandemic | AFP

The British have their pubs and the French have their cafés. For Icelanders though, it’s all about the pools. The country’s outdoor swimming pools are popular spots that lie at the very heart of Icelandic life, but have been closed for weeks because of the coronavirus.

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Here’s the latest for Sunday, May 3: Russia’s new virus cases exceed 10,000; Little economic relief expected as Iceland lifts lockdown; Venezuelan officials say they foiled attempted invasion; Eiffel Tower shines in honor of frontline workers. (May 3)

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How Iceland Could Hold The Key To Understanding Coronavirus

Back in 2013, a little-known genetics company in Iceland made international headlines back in 2013, when it developed the Islendiga-App (App of Icelanders”), an app that would alert users if they were related to one another.

The idea was to prevent accidental incest on the tiny Icelandic dating scene.

Just don’t ask Dr. Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCODE Genetics, about it.

“It’s a little bit of a joke. Nobody uses it, but the international press likes to write about it. That’s all.”

And perhaps that’s fair. Stefánsson says the genetic information deCODE has collected on the people of Iceland has contributed to our understanding of schizophrenia, cancer and autism, just to name a few.

And now the company has turned its attention to COVID-19.

Using its unique repository of information about the genetic makeup of the Icelandic population, deCODE is planning to screen 15,000 asymptomatic people to learn about the virus.

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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

P.S. Nothing to apologize for, Mr. President, great language skills!

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