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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

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The package was sealed in 1912 by the then municipality’s mayor, Johan Nygaard and aside from a couple of occasions when it was nearly misplaced the package has remained largely undisturbed

Sealed for 99 years and 363 days - so what was inside the mysterious parcel left to a small town in Norway?

For 99 years, 363 days, two World Wars and doubtless more than a couple of moments of temptation - the people of the small town of Otta in Norway have resisted opening a mysterious package bearing the inscription, “Kan aabnes i 2012” - “Can open in 2012.”

Norwegian gallery loses a Rembrandt in the mail

A Norwegian art gallery lost a Rembrandt etching worth up £5,400 in the mail after trying to save money on courier and insurance costs, the gallery's chief said on yesterday.

Flags, flowers and candles commemorate the victims of Anders Breivik, in Oslo

A nation waits with bated breath to discover killer's fate

Builders have been hard at work inside Oslo's daunting Ila prison complex where Norway's self-confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will likely be sentenced to spend the rest of his life by a panel of black-robed judges during a six-hour court hearing today.

Flags, flowers and candles commemorate the victims of Anders Breivik, in Oslo

Police 'did not act fast enough to stop Breivik'

A report concluded yesterday that Norwegian police could have prevented the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's devastating Oslo bomb attack in 2011 and that his subsequent slaughter of young people on Utoya island could have been halted earlier if officers had acted properly.

Police help a victim of Anders Breivik’s Oslo bombing last year

Norwegian police 'could have stopped Anders Breivik massacre'

A damning report concluded yesterday that Norwegian police could have prevented mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's devastating Oslo bomb attack in 2011 and that his subsequent slaughter of young people on Utoya island could have been halted earlier if officers had acted properly.

Fire and Ice for a new generation

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Dag Soras: 'I have a fear of flying. Some friends drink alcohol to calm themselves down. I board the plane feeling so hungover I will welcome death with open arms'

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Scandinavian comedians hope to cash in on success of crime dramas

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The drugs industry has a long and inglorious history when it comes to the promotion of its products. Exaggerated claims of benefit, under-reported adverse effects and selective publication of results have featured regularly over the years.

Brazil's pivot Fabiana Diniz celebrates during their handball match against Croatia

The delicate art and grand tradition of handball

The Copper Box arena was heaving, the press conference descended into something of a scrum after Brazil and Croatia had contested a 24-23 humdinger and by last night there was even a bit of a controversy brewing over the Brazilian women’s tight, flowery shorts. “Pyjamas,” one journalist scoffed.

Yesterday’s gathering for the 69 people killed on Utoya island

Norway marks a year since massacre

Norway yesterday paused to commemorate the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago, a tragedy that the Prime Minister said had brought Norwegians together in defence of democracy and tolerance.

Leading article: Gun control alone is not the answer

It is, of course, pure coincidence that the latest shooting massacre in the United States – in the Denver suburb of Aurora – should have taken place just a couple of days before yesterday's anniversary of the mass killings in Norway by Anders Breivik. But the response to both was the predictable call for tighter gun control, along with much handwringing on this side of the Atlantic about what seems the extraordinary and deeply alien American cult of the gun.

Norway marks one year anniversary of massacre

Norway is commemorating the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago.

St John’s Night, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Jermyn Street Theatre is partial to rummaging for rarities in the back catalogue of great dramatists. Well, they don’t come much rarer than this – the UK premiere, no less, of St John’s Night which  Ibsen wrote at the tender age of 23 and later tried to disown.

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