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Iceland Opposition Demands Election Date, PM Refuses

Iceland's opposition parties on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson to set a date for early elections due "in autumn" but he refused, the two sides said.

Johannsson took office last week after massive public protests pushed his predecessor, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, to resign over a hidden offshore holding uncovered in the leaked Panama Papers.

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Iceland's Pirate Party Ready to Board Ship of State

Iceland's Pirate Party, founded in 2012 as a marginal protest group, is now unexpectedly in a position where it could seize power in a country fed up with the political and financial establishment.

Recent public opinion polls have shown the party with 43 percent of voter support, with many Icelanders furious to discover that hundreds of their rich and powerful countrymen were named in the so-called Panama Papers leak which exposed hidden offshore dealings around the world.

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Iceland Braces for Major Anti-Govt. Protest

Iceland was gearing up Saturday for a major anti-government rally in a test of the opposition's ability to mobilize support following the "Panama Papers" scandal revelations that toppled the premier.

Saturday's demonstration, which is to begin at 1400 GMT, follows five consecutive days of protests sparked by the leak of millions of documents exposing the hidden offshore dealings of political figures and celebrities across the world.

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New Iceland Government to Take over, Protests Continue

Iceland's new rightwing government was to take office on Thursday, under fire from the start as the opposition sought a vote of no-confidence and maintained calls for a quick election to be held.

The new prime minister is 53-year-old Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson.

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Iceland PM Asks to Dissolve Parliament, President Refuses

Iceland's prime minister on Tuesday asked the president to dissolve parliament as his government reeled from a political crisis over the so-called Panama Papers, but the president refused.

President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who cut short a US visit to return to Reykjavik earlier Tuesday to deal with the crisis, told a televised press conference he wanted to consult the government's junior coalition member before making a decision.

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Icelandic PM Refuses to Resign amid Panama Papers Leak

Iceland's prime minister on Monday faced calls to resign after leaked "Panama Papers" tax documents showed he and his wife used an offshore firm to allegedly hide million-dollar investments.

Financial records published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists showed that Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, 41, and his wife Anna Sigurlaug Palsdottir bought a company in the British Virgin Islands in 2007.

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Israel Calls Iceland Capital's Boycott 'Pure Hatred'

Israel has lashed out at a boycott of its products by the Icelandic capital's city council over the occupation of Palestinian territory, describing it as a "volcano of hatred".

Reykjavik's council on Tuesday approved a motion to halt the city's purchase of Israeli products until the occupation ends.

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More than 10,000 Icelanders Ready to Welcome Syrians

More than 10,000 Icelanders said Monday on Facebook they were ready to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes after the government said it would only let in a handful.

An Icelandic author and professor, Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, on Sunday urged fellow citizens to speak out on Facebook if they wanted Iceland, a country of around 330,000 inhabitants, to take in more Syrian refugees.

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Russia Slaps Food Embargo on More European Countries

Russia on Thursday broadened a food embargo imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine to include Iceland, a significant fish importer, as well as Montenegro, Albania and Liechtenstein.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Ukraine will be added to the embargo from January 1 next year when a landmark EU-Ukraine trade deal enters force, unless Kiev makes a deal with Moscow.

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Iceland Decriminalizes Blasphemy after Charlie Hebdo Attack

Iceland's parliament on Friday voted widely in favor of decriminalizing blasphemy, in the name of freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

The bill was adopted after 43 of 63 members of parliament voted in favor. One lawmaker voted against, 16 were absent and three abstained.

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