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Iceland cannot grant asylum to Snowden unless he's there, ambassador says

Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir with Xi Jinping in Beijing on April 16, 2013. Photo: AP

Iceland cannot grant US whisteblower Edward Snowden asylum as long as he is in Hong Kong, the country's ambassador to China has said.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Whistleblower Edward Snowden hailed as hero on social media

A screenshot of people's discussions about Edward Snowden on Twitter. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The response on social media to the unveiling of NSA’s biggest intelligence leak source, Edward Snowden, has been divided with some calling him a traitor, however the response to his coming out has been overwhelmingly positive, with the majority calling him a hero.

10 Jun 2013 - 4:20pm 6 comments

Iceland seen to drop bid for EU seat as election looms

Iceland seen to drop bid for EU seat as election looms

The European Union is an exclusive club many countries are vying to join. But Iceland, as it goes to the polls, is having severe second thoughts. The bid by the North Atlantic island nation to join the EU, launched in 2009, could be abandoned after Saturday's general election if parties opposed to membership win, as opinion surveys suggest they will.

25 Apr 2013 - 2:19am

Gay wife of Iceland's prime minister visits Beijing university

Jonina Leosdottir, the wife of Iceland's female prime minister.

The gay wife of Iceland's prime minister took centre stage this week at a reception in her honour during a visit to the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), but her sexuality was largely off the table in discussions with students.

18 Apr 2013 - 5:32am

China news round-up: Investments in Europe soar, another Tibetan self-immolates

A Tibetan farmer sows seeds in Aba, Sichuan, March 19, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Gays criticise state media coverage of Icelandic leader's visit

Johanna Sigurdardottir with Xi Jinping yesterday. Photo: AP

The gay and lesbian community slammed state broadcaster CCTV for not mentioning the wife of Iceland's openly gay prime minister in prime-time coverage of her state visit to China. CCTV aired footage on Monday and last night of Johanna Sigurdardottir's visit. She has met President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:00am 4 comments

Talking points

How will China treat Iceland's gay first couple?

How will China treat Iceland's gay first couple?

15 Apr 2013 - 2:31am

Iceland PM Johanna Sigurdardottir arrives in Beijing

Iceland Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. Photo: Xinhua

Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir arrived in Beijing yesterday at the start of a five-day official visit to China.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:05am

Iceland's lesbian PM declines invitation to meet China's parents of gay children

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir in 2012. Photo: Xinhua

A group of Chinese parents of gays and lesbians had invited Iceland's prime minister and her wife for a chat over coffee when the couple visit Beijing next week.

11 Apr 2013 - 6:07pm 1 comment

Iceland premier Sigurdardottir to meet China’s leaders in Beijing

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir and Wen Jiabao, whose trip in April last year was the first official visit by a Chinese premier to the North Atlantic island in 41 years. Photo: Reuters

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang this month in Beijing as the countries sign a free trade agreement, her office said on Saturday.

“The prime minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, and her wife, Jonina Leosdottir, will be on an official visit to China on April 15-18,” it said in a statement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Iceland's harsh cure would be a better medicine for Cyprus

Iceland's harsh cure would be a better medicine for Cyprus

A week after the European Union's first disastrous attempt to solve Cyprus's debt crisis, a new rescue package emerged yesterday.

Unlike the initial bailout, the new deal honours the deposit guarantee offered to small-scale savers.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:14am 1 comment

Former head of Iceland's failed Kaupthing bank faces conspiracy trial

Icelandic banker Sigurdur "Siggi" Einarsson, who ran Kaupthing bank until its collapse five years ago, is among nine former senior staff who have been charged in Reykjavik with orchestrating five large-scale market manipulation conspiracies.

21 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Iceland's porn ban proposal sparks row over censorship

Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. Photo: Reuters

Anticensorship campaigners have called on Iceland to ditch its proposals to ban pornography online and in print, labelling the plans "an affront to the basic principles of society". 

2 Mar 2013 - 3:35am

‘Horse lasagne’ sparks new British food scare

Whoa there .. the public has been warned that beef lasagne sold by the Findus brand is pure horse. Photo: Reuters

British authorities have warned the public not to eat beef lasagne sold by the Findus brand and made in France after tests found it contained up to 100 per cent horse meat.

In the latest in a string of food scares in Britain, the Food Standards Agency said that “criminal activity” was likely to blame and ordered further tests on the meat for a veterinary drug.

8 Feb 2013 - 10:37am

Iceland wins case over failure of Landsbanki

Icelandic lender Landsbanki collapsed in 2008. Photo: AFP

Iceland didn't break the law by refusing to compensate UK and Dutch customers of Landsbanki Islands after the lender collapsed, a European court ruled. The ruling means Iceland won't have to pay damages claims of as much as 335 billion krona (HK$20.3 billion) for customers who had money in the bank's Icesave high-yield savings accounts.


29 Jan 2013 - 4:00am