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Prince Harry repays taxpayer money for UK home renovation; Tom Cruise spotted on location in Norway shooting “Mission: Impossible 7”; Steve McQueen’s “Mangrove” to kick off October’s London Film Festival. (Sept. 8)

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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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End of lockdown — how are countries adjusting? | AFP

In the United States, Georgia is taking its chances and has allowed non-essential businesses to reopen, one of the first states in the country to do so. In Norway schools are open and adapting to the new reality and in New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has claimed the country has won a significant victory against the spread of the coronavirus while beginning a phased exit from lockdown. In Europe, countries are taking the first tentative steps towards normalcy.

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Children return to class as Norway reopens schools | AFP

Pupils arrive at Levre skole primary school in Baerum, in the Norwegian capital Oslo, as schools reopen after six weeks of closure due to the coronavirus. Along with Austria, Denmark and Germany, Norway is among the first countries to start easing restrictions, which were announced on March 12. Norway has reported 7,505 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 193 deaths, while the curve of hospitalised cases has dropped significantly in recent weeks. IMAGES of pupils returning to school

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Europe takes cautious steps to ease coronavirus lockdowns | AFP

Hairdressing salons reopening in Denmark, nurseries in Norway, small shops in some parts of Germany… The first, still timid, signs of deconfinement are appearing in Europe. And even in Italy, the country that has suffered the most from COVID-19, bookshops are gradually reopening their doors.

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Birthday cards ease coronavirus self-quarantine

A mother in Norway seeking ways to help her children celebrate their birthdays gets love from strangers from across the world who have sent greeting cards while the family is isolated due to coronavirus concerns. (March 17)

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In Norway, plastic bottles are still fantastic | AFP

With a 97 per cent recycling rate, Norway is ten years ahead of the EU’s 2029 target date by when member countries must recycle at least 90 percent of their plastic bottles. Although the country acknowledges that the planet needs to deal with the problem, it still believes that plastic has a promising future.

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Gloomy Van Gogh confirmed as real after decades of doubt | AFP

Researchers confirm that a haunting self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh is genuine after decades of uncertainty, saying it was the only work painted by the Dutch master while suffering from psychosis. The “Self Portrait (1889)” owned by the Nationalmusjeet in Oslo, Norway, which shows the artist giving a sideways glance against a swirling blue and yellow background, was confirmed as authentic by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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Mammoth field fires up Norway’s oil industry | AFP

Under yellow metal legs stretching beneath the sea, billions of dollars lie buried. As the world tries hard to halt global warming, a huge oil field breathes new life into Norway’s oil sector.

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Global warming takes its toll on France’s Christmas trees | AFP

In northeastern France, global warming is taking its toll on Christmas trees. From the Norway spruce to the Noble fir, species are dying out at an alarming rate, forcing farmers to adapt to changing conditions. One of these is Jean-Louis Marcinkowski, who has a plot of land in the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park. 20% of the trees he planted in springtime have died, so now he is experimenting with the Rocky Mountain fir, a North American fir tree that is more resistant to heat.

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In the deserts of Dubai, salmon farming thrives | AFP

From a control room in the middle of Dubai’s desert, Norway’s sunrises and sunsets and the cool currents of the Atlantic are recreated for the benefit of thousands of salmon raised in tanks despite searing conditions outside.

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Norwegians take part in ‘Death Diving’ belly flop championship | AFP

Jumping from a ten-foot board, competitors in Norway take part the unusual Dodsing championship, delighting the crowd with their daring antics.

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Get Outta Here! Podcast: Cruising the Fjords

Associated Press correspondent Brian Witte cruised to the Arctic Circle this spring, taking in breathtaking scenery, plus charming and historic towns along Norway’s rugged coast.

Plus: on #MyFavoriteTrip, TV star Bethany Joy Lenz tells us about what it’s like to take an eight-year old on a monthlong trip across Europe. (Spoiler Alert: they had a good time)

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From princes to undertakers, Norway’s motorists go electric | AFP

Norway may be the biggest oil producer in Western Europe, but the Scandinavian nation is still aiming to go green. The government’s official target is for all new cars to be zero emission models as of 2025, hitting the half-way mark in March.

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Japanese royals meet Polish president and his wife in Warsaw | AFP

Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and his wife Crown Princess Kiko kicked off a visit to Poland and Norway by meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the presidential palace in Warsaw. IMAGES

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Signing of bilateral treaties between South Korea and Finland | AFP

South Korean President Moon Jae-In and his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto assist to the signing of bilateral treaties. Moon is visiting the Nordic region and will be spending eight days in Finland, Norway and Sweden. IMAGES

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Days are numbered for Norway’s fur farms | AFP

The Norwegian government plans to soon pass new legislation banning new fur farms and calling for existing ones to be dismantled by February 1, 2025. Hailed by animal rights’ activists, the ban has been slammed by Norway’s 200 or so fur farmers, for whom it’s often a side — but very lucrative — business. AN AFPTV VOICED REPORT

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