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Aug 23, 2014 — Bardarbunga, a volcano in the center of the island nation, has experienced a sub-glacial eruption and could begin sending steam and ash skyward if it melts through the ice, scientists warn.
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Dec 24, 2013 — In a nation that takes its elves and other mythical creatures seriously, a proposed road is being held up. A court is considering both the environmental impact and the potential effect on elves who are said to have a church in the highway's projected path.
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Dec 2, 2013 — A police raid Monday in Reykjavk ended with the death of a man who reportedly shot at police. Though Iceland ranks No. 15 in per capita gun ownership, gun violence is almost unheard of.
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Jun 10, 2013 — The options aren't great. But those seeking to avoid prosecution have often claimed political asylum or fled to countries at odds with the U.S. Then there's Iceland.
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Jun 10, 2013 — Edward Snowden has said he may seek asylum in Iceland. Getting there from Hong Kong, to which he has fled, may not be possible. But Iceland has intervened before to offer safe haven to someone wanted in the U.S. Chess champion Bobby Fischer spent his last years there.
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Feb 28, 2013 — The government is drafting plans to ban pornography both online and in print. It's an attempt, supporters say, to shield children from harm. But critics say the Nordic nation "should not serve as a role model for Internet censorship."
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Feb 11, 2013 — It's been a bad-news, good-news winter for Iceland's herring. Two big die-offs of the small fish mean fewer exports. But there's still enough fish to fuel revived interest in this traditional food through nontraditional dishes like herring ice cream.
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Apr 27, 2012 — More people use Disney Dollars than Iceland's krona. Is it time to give up on the currency?
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Apr 13, 2012 — Does it make sense for a country the size of Staten Island to have its own currency? Iceland wants to know.
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Dec 27, 2011 — We look back at the podcasts we've done in 2011 and tell you what we got right, what we got wrong and how everything turned out in Wisconsin and Iceland. Plus, we try to to figure out why that Rihanna song that cost so much money, bombed on the radio.
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