Icelandic State to Seek Compensation for Al-Thani Scam

Icelandic Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson stated in parliament yesterday that there is reason to look into whether an EUR 500 million emergency loan the Central Bank of Iceland granted to Kaupþing Bank following the Al-Thani scam is reason for the Icelandic state to file a damages case against Kaupþing’s bankruptcy estate.

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Nass und unterkühlt am Reynisfjall

Die Rettungswacht von Vík í Mýrdal ist gestern einem ausländischen Touristen zu Hilfe gekommen, der nicht zur verabredeten Zeit am gebuchten Reisebus eingetroffen war. Der Mann hatte eine Wanderung über den Reynisfjall hinunter zur Reynisfjara unternommen.

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Poor Road Conditions in Southwest Iceland

The driving conditions in South and Southwest Iceland, including Suðurnes region where Keflavík International Airport is located, are currently poor with intermittent snowfall blocking visibility, snow-cover and slippery roads. Search and rescue services were called out to assist drivers this morning.

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Progressive Party to Modify Wording of EEA Agreement

Minister for the Environment Sigrún Magnúsdóttir of the Progressive Party has stated that all the regulations Iceland must follow as part of the EEA Agreement have long been considered a hindrance by members of her party and suggests that the wording in the Icelandic translation of the EEA regulations be modified.

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Negative Attitude towards Asylum Seekers in Reykjanesbær

The attitude of inhabitants in Reykjanesbær in Southwest Iceland, where the majority of asylum seekers in Iceland live and where a hostel housing some asylum seekers is located, are more negative than that of inhabitants in the capital region, a recent survey concluded. They believe the asylum seekers receive higher financial support than in reality.

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