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7 hrs ago | Reuters

EU, U.S. blast Iceland for stepping up whaling

The European Union and United States delivered a strongly worded complaint to Iceland on Monday condemning an increase in whaling and urging it to observe an international ban on the commercial hunting of whales. In a joint move with other nations, including Brazil, Mexico and Australia, the European Commission said its ambassador in Reykjavik delivered a note - a diplomatic "demarche" - saying Iceland was harming efforts to save endangered species and urged it to stop trading whale meat, oil and other material.

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9 hrs ago | Financial Times

Fears and hopes stirred in Nordic states

The Nordic countries have been under the spotlight for much of the Scottish independence campaign as nationalists from Alex Salmond down have sought to draw inspiration from the Scandinavian model - particularly greater social equality and prudent stewardship of oil revenues. Many senior politicians and businessmen regard with dismay the break-up of one of their biggest allies in Europe, a country they have long looked up to and which they see as crucial in holding back a stronger influence from France and the rest of southern Europe.

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13 hrs ago | Iceland Review

Kopasker Residents Told to Stay Indoors

The Department of Civil Protection has advised all people in the village of KA3pasker, Northeast Iceland, and surrounding areas to stay indoors, close the windows and turn up the radiators due to high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution from the eruption. There is no pollution monitoring station in the area but there is a haze across the sky, ruv.is reports.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Independent

Have you heard the one about Jon Gnarr, the comedian who saved...

He was an uneducated, anarchic comedian fed up with politicians. So he took them on.

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Iceland Review

'Reykjavik Loves' New Slogan for Iceland's Capital

Reykjavik has a new slogan as a travel destination: 'Reykjavik Loves.' This is the result of a marketing competition held by the Association of Local Authorities in the Capital Region .

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Iceland Review

RIFF Announces Opening Film

Land Ho! from the U.S. is the opening film at the 2014 Reykjavik International Film Festival , running from September 25 to October 5. It's a tale of friendship and adventure that chronicles two older men attempting to recapture their youth while on a trip in Iceland. So far, Land Ho! has reviewed excellent reviews, garnering acclaim for its "feel-good nature" and "quirky comedy," as stated in a press release from RIFF .

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Bloomberg

Sedlabanki Sees Landsbankinn Deal as Key to Krona Stability

Iceland's central bank said a deal to extend the maturities on 226 billion kronur in bonds from Landsbankinn hf would be good for financial stability as the government weighs its options. From a stability perspective it would be "a positive step" Sigridur Benediktsdottir, head of financial stability at the Reykjavik-based central bank, said by telephone.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

Reuters

'Pawn Sacrifice' film captures chess drama of Fischer-Spassky face-off

There might have been something more nerve-wracking than being an opponent to world chess champion Bobby Fischer, and that was being the mercurial man's minder. "Pawn Sacrifice," a film premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, chronicles not only the rise of the young American grandmaster but how hard it was to get him to his crowning moment, the famous "Match of the Century" in 1972 against Soviet rival Boris Spassky.

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The Flat Hat

The pilgrimage to Scotland

The pilgrimage to a new home in a different country is reminiscent of that first drive to Williamsburg on an all-too-hot August day. In my case, that first trip to Williamsburg was a three hour drive with my parents - while my trip to St. Andrews was a five-hour flight to Reykjavik, a six-hour tour of Iceland from a traveling candy salesman, a two-hour flight to London, four days in London, and a five-hour train ride to Leuchars, where I then took a bus to St. Andrew's.

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Northwest Music Scene

500,000 Music Lovers Can't Be Wrong: KEXP Hits One-Half Million YouTube Subscribers

SEATTLE, Sept. 9, 2014 - Renowned for supporting new and emerging artists, listener powered KEXP is proud to announce that one-half million music lovers now subscribe to its YouTube channel.

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Jaunted

Myvatn: One Airline Will Totally Fly You Right Over Iceland's Erupting Volcano

While commercial air traffic has been giving Iceland a wide berth over the past week or two, a few Icelandic airlines are eager to capitalize on the action. For a start, an Icelandair pilot opted for a scenic routing and extra circle over the volcano, which provided passengers with a good view of the most active zone.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

AlertNet

Sinking Iceland volcano crater raises flood worries

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Independent.ie

n While U2 opted for the most high-profile comeback imaginable,...

Damien Rice treated a small group of Irish and European journalists to a showcase concert in isolated Iceland on Monday night. The singer from Celbridge, Co Kildare has spent nine months on and off in Reykjavik over the past two years working on his new album, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy', which is set for release on October 31. Mulcahy has heard the eight-track album, which was produced by Rick Rubin, and reckons it's pretty special.

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Eater

Book Club: First Look: North, a New Cookbook by Reykjavik Chef Gunnar Gislason

Nordic cooking by way of Iceland: here's a new cookbook from ReykjavA k chef Gunnar Karl GA slason called North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland . GA slason is the chef of Restaurant Dill, which in 2009 opened in ReykjavA k's Nordic House and has won Iceland's Restaurant of the Year award every year since.

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Wed Sep 03, 2014

KRMG-AM Tulsa

Review: 'Land Ho!'

As long as this planet provides the roads, real and metaphoric, and the pals, the road-trip buddy movie may well outlive the movies themselves. "Land Ho!" is a disarming addition to the tradition, giving a well-worn genre a few new wrinkles.

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Iceland Review

Threat of Flood and Toxic Gases closes Eruption Site to all

The Civil Protection has decided that the eruption site shall remain closed. As you may recall the area was closed around 3.15 PM and our team had to retreat, like everyone else, to the headquarters at Drekagil.

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Plastics News

Promens restructuring blow molding operations in Germany

Icelandic packaging and automotive parts molder Promens hf has announced it will open a new plant near Magdeburg, Germany this year, replacing two outdated units in the country.

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PR-inside.com

British-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce: Press and Investor Seminar - Iceland's Bright Future

Date: Tuesday September 23rd Location: Skinners' Hall, 8 1/2 Dowgate Hill London EC4R 2SP Time: Networking from 8.00-8.45, seminar from 8.45-11.30/12.00 Sign up: Here The financial crisis in 2008, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2011, capital controls in 2014: Iceland has seen many challenges in recent years, but has bounced back.

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Tue Sep 02, 2014

Billboard

Jonsi & Alex Talk Scoring WGN's 'Manhattan': Listen to Opening Credits Song

Jonsi & Alex , the side project of Sigur Ros ' Jon or Birgisson and Alex Somers, are busy in Iceland supplying music for their first TV series, WGN's Manhattan .

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Daily Mail

Bardarbunga volcano eruption spews lava 30 metres into the air in incredible photos

They say the eruption from a fissure just north of the rumbling volcano has not created any ash fall and the seismic activity decreased by almost half on Tuesday, with 300 earthquakes reported over a 12-hour period.

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