Iceland's former prime minister, Geir Haarde, went on trial Monday. He's accused of failing to protect his country's economy from the global economic meltdown of 2008. The World's Gerry Hadden has the latest on the story.
The Grimsvotn volcano erupted Saturday in Reykjavik, Iceland and has forced the closure of the main international airport and cancellation of all domestic flights. Matthew Roberts from the Iceland Meteorological Office joins us.
December 21 marks the shortest day ï¿½ and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. This year there was an extra treat on the solstice: A total lunar eclipse. Our question today: Do you know the distance to the moon?
For the Geo Quiz, we head for the southern-most village in Iceland. This quaint Icelandic village is 100 miles or so south-east of the capital Reykjavik. This outpost is one of several far-flung settings for an environmental art project called 350 Earth.
We end today taking you on a musical voyage between two cities, two cities that are as almost as distant as you can get from each other. For Ben Frost, these would be his two homes of Melbourne, Australia and Reykjavik, Iceland.
For our Geo Quiz today we asked you to name the world's most northern national capital, where the city's modern art festival is now underway. The answer is Reykjavik, Iceland. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with travel writer Tom Haines for a quick survey of the sights and sounds at the "experimental marathon" exhibition underway at the Reykjavík Art Museum.
Iceland made history this week, but not in a good way. For the first time since the nation became an independent republic, armed police shot and killed a man, startling a population accustomed to peace.
Dennis Rodman's controversial relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un turned another page this week. The former NBA star was in North Korea this week to select and train a North Korean basketball team that will take part in an exhibition game in honor of Kim's birthday. Plus Egyptian activists are thrown in jail and elves — yes, elves — halt a highway project in Iceland, in today's Global Scan.
In 1984, Russian historian Suzanne Massie got a call she'll never forget. President Ronald Reagan invited her to the White House to brief him on Russian history and culture. Little did she know that this would be the beginning of many years of advising the president.
Asgeir Trausti is a popular singer-songwriter in his home country, Iceland. And now, he hopes to do the same with his first English-only album and tour of the US. One of the biggest crowds he'll be playing for will be at Bonneroo.
The man Lady Gaga called the "mayor of Iceland" is obsessed with language: the language of professional politicians, the language of satire and the restrictive rules in Iceland that prevent him from officially changing his name.
When Tamar Charney went to Iceland, she thought she had the perfect playlist for her trip. But when her rental car didn't have a jack for her MP3 photo, she had a problem. Fortunately, a local band came to the rescue.
Public pool rules in France say your swimsuit can't be something you could be found wearing outside the pool. That means no trunks, Bermuda shorts, T-shirts or anything that is not strictly meant for swimming. But bust out all the Speedos you want.
The Muslim population of Iceland, made up of immigrants, foreign students and a few homegrown converts, is small but growing. And the community may soon be getting its first custom-built mosque with land donated by the city of Reykjavik, but not without objections from a vocal minority.
Iceland's government says it's willing to accept 50 Syrian refugees during the next two years. But a Facebook event page has been created to challenge that policy and more than 10,000 Icelanders on the page have offered to take in Syrians on the run. Meanwhile, on the Greek island of Lesbos, a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving on the island is leaving government officials and residents overwhelmed.