News Edward Snowden speaking during his dinner with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists at a luxurious room in an unidentified location.

Former government contractor could join President Obama, Henry Kissinger and Nelson Mandela in historic list

The family-friendly ski area of Geilolia

Get me out of here: Geilo, Costa Rica and Phuket

Now... On 20 January, Neilson has a week in the Norwegian ski resort of Geilo for £375pp. The package includes flights from Gatwick to Oslo on Norwegian, transfers and a catered stay at Forest Chalet I – within walking distance of the family-friendly ski area of Geilolia. Neilson.co.uk

Birger Stromsheim: One of the ‘Heroes of Telemark’

Birger Stromsheim was one of the Norwegian team that helped to thwart Nazi attempts to construct an atomic bomb. With five of his countrymen, Stromsheim was parachuted in February 1943 into the Telemark region of southern Norway.

Doppler, By Erlend Loe (translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw)

Will the Marmite test (i.e. love or loathe) apply in the UK to this extremely quirky novel? Apparently over 100,000 Norwegians have chosen the first option and have made the book a barnstorming success.

A Tanzanian solider from the African Union fires a rocket

The future of war is looking bleak

Predictions based on population data suggest conflict will become increasingly rare

Norwegian killer Anders Breivik complains of his 'inhumane' conditions

Norway thought it had heard the last of Anders Behring Breivik, but yesterday it emerged that the man responsible for the massacre of 77 people had complained to prison staff about being served cold coffee and not being allowed to use a moisturiser.

Blackburn Rover manager Henning Berg

Henning Berg plays down previous comments after being unveiled as Blackburn Rovers manager

Henning Berg dismissed the significance of barbed comments he once made about Blackburn's owners following his appointment as manager of the npower Championship club.

Henning Berg

Henning Berg confirmed as new manager of Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn have confirmed former defender Henning Berg as their new manager.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I use US dollars in Hong Kong?

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting an emotional day at Anfield

Sir Alex Ferguson praises young Manchester United striker Josh King

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Manchester United striker Josh King following his first international goal for Norway.

London's got the Shard – Oslo has the Comb-over

Renzo Piano has made his mark in the Norwegian capital, says Jay Merrick

Glass act: the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo

London's got the Shard – Oslo has the Comb-over

Renzo Piano has made his mark in the Norwegian capital

European Union earns the Nobel Peace Prize – and a few brickbats

Greeks and Ukip unite to condemn the award for ‘transforming’ a warring continent

Sealed for 99 years and 363 days: Town's secret finally revealed

The parcel was tied up with string, sealed with red wax and dated 26 August 1912 – but the words written in dark blue ink on its brown paper wrapping instructed the holders: “ To be opened in 2012”.

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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