First ever Arctic bank robbery goes south

The Svalbard archipelago, roughly twice the size of Belgium, lies about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the North Pole. (Social media)
Updated 22 December 2018
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First ever Arctic bank robbery goes south

  • “The most reckless bank robbery in Norwegian history?” said one Twitter user

OSLO: A man has robbed a bank on the northernmost settlement in the world — a remote Arctic island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard — but was caught hours later, authorities said on Friday. The heist was the first ever bank robbery in living memory on the territory, which is located in the Arctic Ocean, about halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole. “There was an armed robbery at around 10.40 am (09:40 GMT),” Terje Carlsen, a spokesman for the local governor, told AFP.
The odds of the heist succeeding were, however, always low on the archipelago, famous for glaciers and ice caps.
The capital, Longyearbyen, has around 2,000 inhabitants and practically everyone knows each other. The airport is the main means of leaving the settlement.
“A man with a firearm seized a sum of money. He was arrested quite quickly,” Carlsen said. Authorities declined to give more details about the suspect’s identity, the amount stolen or the weapon used for the robbery. Commentators on social media were quick to make fun of the failed bank robbery. “The most reckless bank robbery in Norwegian history?” said one Twitter user. “He probably forgot to think about his escape route,” commented another. The Svalbard archipelago, roughly twice the size of Belgium, lies about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the North Pole. Temperatures in winter regularly plunge to below minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit) and can drop below minus 40.

 


Footballer affected by lightning strike in Brazil youth game

Updated 15 January 2019
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Footballer affected by lightning strike in Brazil youth game

SAO PAULO: A Brazilian footballer needed medical attention after lightning hit the field during a youth tournament match.
Lightning struck during the Copa Sao Paulo event in Diadema, outside Sao Paulo, sending players scattering for cover. Images that went viral showed Henrique, a defender for the Agua Santa team, groggy and lying on a bench.

Agua Santa said on Monday that Henrique recovered shortly after leaving the stadium in an ambulance and did not need to be taken to a hospital.
The opposing goalkeeper in the same match, Matheus Mendes of Atletico Mineiro, told ESPN Brazil he felt head pain because of the incident.
Mendes did not go with Henrique in the ambulance.