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The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".   The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".
Council of Europe calls on Norway to scrap local begging bans
[Norwaynews] [19.05.2015, 06:25pm, Tue. GMT]
The Council of Europe said Monday that Norway should scrap a law allowing local councils to ban begging, describing it as “discriminatory” against Roma immigrants. The pan-European body’s Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks welcomed Norway’s decision to drop plans for a nationwide begging ban earlier this year, but said he remained “concerned about bans at municipal level on begging and sleeping rough”.
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Oslo Conference on Safe Schools
[Norway] [21.05.2015, 08:37pm, Thu. GMT]
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting an international conference in Oslo from 28 to 29 May entitled ‘Protecting Education from Attack’. Foreign Minister Børge Brende will open the conference, and states represented at the conference will be encouraged to endorse a Safe Schools Declaration.
Kazakhstan, Norway agree to boost business ties
[Norwaynews] [18.05.2015, 11:23am, Mon. GMT]
The Norwegian delegation led by the Managing Director of the Rogaland Export Promotion Agency, Chairman of the Board of the Norwegian Drilling Academy "Nortrain" Are Selstad visited Kazakhstan on May 11-15. During the visit, the Norwegian representatives held meetings with the officials and representatives of the business circles of Kazakhstan.
Obama picks Minnesotan as envoy to Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.05.2015, 12:10pm, Sat. GMT]
A Minnesotan was officially nominated today to be ambassador to Norway. Sam Heins, a lawyer and human rights advocate, was nominated today by President Barack Obama. In addition to being a senior partner in a Minneapolis law firm, Heins founded both the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and the Center for Victims of Torture.
India greets King of Norway on its constitution day
[Norwaynews] [16.05.2015, 12:05pm, Sat. GMT]
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee extended greetings and felicitations to the King and people of the Kingdom of Norwayon the eve of their Constitution Day. In a message to King of Norway King Harald V, the President said, On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I have great pleasure in extending to you and to the people of the Kingdom of Norway, warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your Constitution Day.
Norwegian terror suspect at engineering firm
[Norwaynews] [11.05.2015, 08:48pm, Mon. GMT]
Norwegian authorities say they have arrested a 49-year-old man under an anti-terror law that prohibits providing instructions for carrying out a terrorist attack. Signe Aalling of security service PST told reporters that the suspect, a Norwegian citizen, was arrested Monday for "spreading information particularly geared toward committing acts of terrorism."
Norway's Chief of Defence Web Extra Interview
[Norwaynews] [11.05.2015, 09:36am, Mon. GMT]
Adm. Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, Norway's Chief of Defence, on how Russia, Afghanistan, Mali and other missions as well as a warming Arctic will shape his inputs for the new strategy being developed by Norwegian political leaders.
Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother
[Norwaynews] [10.05.2015, 01:08pm, Sun. GMT]
Norway, like many other European countries, celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in February. In Norway they call the day morsdag. The first Mothers Day in Norway was celebrated in 1919 and was mostly religious tradition. It has of course quickly evolved and became a family day, a traditional day for families to meet up and for all mums to get flowers and something sweet. Children started observing the tradition also in school and making handmade cards and gifts for their mums.
Norway’s Ambassador to Pakistan has died
[Norway] [09.05.2015, 04:20pm, Sat. GMT]
The Pakistani authorities have confirmed reports that Norway’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Leif Holger Larsen, has died in a helicopter crash in the country. ‘It is with great sorrow that we received the news today that Ambassador Leif Holger Larsen has died in Pakistan. Our thoughts are with his close family and friends.
Indian CBI registers case against former Finance Ministry bureaucrat
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2015, 05:54pm, Fri. GMT]
Indian CBI has registered an FIR against a former senior Finance Ministry bureaucrat J S Maini and his family members for allegedly receiving bribe of USD one million (about Rs.6.4 crore) in a joint venture deal between cooperative Kribhco and Norwegian fertiliser major 'Yara' in 2007.
Soviets Die In Norway: Thank You Very, Very Much!
[Norway] [08.05.2015, 03:47pm, Fri. GMT]
May 9th is here.  This is a significant date in the history of the Soviet Union, more so than anywhere else. This date represents the core of life for most Russians. Little do I, coming from Norway, understand how this date represents community glue for the you, but I have read books, seen films, learned in school. I can not feel it, understand it without words, or have  it like you do.
Ambassador of Norway among 7 killed in Pakistan
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2015, 02:21pm, Fri. GMT]
The Norwegian and Philippine ambassadors to Pakistan are among seven who died in a helicopter crash in northern Pakistan. A Pakistani military helicopter carrying diplomats to the north of the country made a crash landing, killing the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines as well as the wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian ambassadors, an Pakistan army spokesman said.
Record 38 Million Internally Displaced People Globally: Report
[Norwaynews] [07.05.2015, 08:49am, Thu. GMT]
A new report states the figures are a record high for a third year in a row, with a 15 percent increase in 2014 alone. A report published by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council noted a 15 percent increase in people that have been displaced within their own country by conflict or violence.
Norway tries to ‘reduce room for misunderstandings’ with Russia
[Norwaynews] [07.05.2015, 08:46am, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s Defence Minister ine Eriksen Soereide said on April 4 the country would continue to closely monitor Russian military aggression in the Baltic Sea region, but will also keep some military channels open. In an interview with Reuters, Soereide said some contact was needed “to try to reduce the room for miscalculations or misunderstandings”.
Vietnam Painting Exhibition Held in Norway
[Norwaynews] [04.05.2015, 11:46am, Mon. GMT]
An exhibition of paintings about Vietnam open on 11 April 2015 in the city of Baerum, Norway, with the presence of a large number of art lovers, representatives of the Council of Baerum, the Diplomatic Corps of Oslo and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, lasted on 3rd May. The exhibition displayed paintings by Norwegian and Vietnamese painters, including two renowned Vietnamese descent Norwegian painters Dang Van Ty and An Doan and famous Norwegian painter Hans Normann Dahl.
Vital to safeguard freedom of the press
[Norway] [04.05.2015, 11:14am, Mon. GMT]
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3 May. ‘World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to remind the world of the importance of defending freedom of expression and the right to have a free press. It is disturbing to see that the number of countries in the world in which there is full freedom of the press is falling. Safeguarding freedom of the press is an important part of the Government’s focus on promoting freedom of expression in Norway’s foreign and development policy,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Merrill J. Fernando to receive 2015 Business for Peace Honour in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2015, 03:37pm, Fri. GMT]
Dilmah Tea Founder Merrill J. Fernando will be one the five Honourees of the 2015 Business for Peace award of the Oslo based Business for Peace Foundation. Nominated by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce through the International Chamber of Commerce, Fernando will be bestowed with this honour on Saturday which happens to be his 85th Birthday.
Three former footballers jailed for corruption
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2015, 03:33pm, Fri. GMT]
Three former footballers were jailed by a Norwegian court on Thursday for between six and eight months over a match-fixing scam. Following a complaint from the Norwegian Football Federation, police investigated a series of major bets placed on two third division matches played on June 24, 2012.
Unesco Global Monitoring Report on education
[Norway] [29.04.2015, 06:51pm, Wed. GMT]
'Children in crisis and conflict situations should not be deprived of an education. Therefore, we are increasing both our humanitarian aid and long-term development aid for education', Foreign Minister Børge Brende said in his speech at the launching of the Unesco Global Monitoring Report on education in Oslo 27 April 2015.
Norway Regrets Execution of 8 Drug Smugglers by Indonesia
[Norwaynews] [29.04.2015, 06:00pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway Foreign Ministry reacts against the execution of 8 smuggler in Indonesia on Tuesday evening. Two Australians, four Nigerians and one Indonesian and one Brazilian who were convicted of drug smuggling were executed in Indonesia on Tuesday evening. Norway reacted to the execution of prisoners.
$1.9bn lawsuit against Norway gov't
[Norwaynews] [28.04.2015, 08:50pm, Tue. GMT]
An Oslo court started to hear a $1.9 billion lawsuit by a group of international investors against Norway on Monday, in a case that challenges the country's reputation as a predictable place to do business with little political risk.
I told UN probe panel all I knew – Erik Solheim
[Norwaynews] [18.05.2015, 11:30am, Mon. GMT]
Former Norwegian peace facilitator Erik Solheim who told to Sri lankan media last year that he would reveal information to a UN probe on Sri Lanka's last phase of the war and the white flag issue if he was called to give evidence, admitted that he had indeed stood before the panel and gave evidence. He also said he was ready to share all he knew before any national or international tribunal.
Lithuanian soldiers train in international exercise in Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.05.2015, 08:37pm, Sat. GMT]
Since 5 May, a group of staff officers from the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces is taking part in a command post exercise (CPX) Trident Jaguar 2015 of the UK-led Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARCC) in composition of the Danish Division in Norway, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defence reports.
Rolls-Royce renews collaboration agreement for maritime research in Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.05.2015, 12:07pm, Sat. GMT]
Rolls-Royce has renewed an agreement with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Marintek Research Centre to continue developing high-tech solutions for the maritime sector. This research centre in Norway, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC), will develop solutions to enhance ship performance in rough seas.
Secretary Kerry's Remarks: On the Occasion of Norway's National Day
[Norway] [16.05.2015, 12:03pm, Sat. GMT]
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Norway on your Constitution Day on May 17. Norway is a stronghold of tolerance and progress. After the anti-Semitic attacks in Paris and Copenhagen this past winter, the world mourned. And in Norway more than one thousand young people formed a “ring of peace” around a synagogue in Oslo to ensure its walls survived the night unharmed. That is the kind of courage and solidarity that inspires the world.
Norwegian emergency aid to Eastern Ukraine
[Norwaynews] [11.05.2015, 09:46am, Mon. GMT]
Norway is contributing NOK 40 million in emergency aid to Eastern Ukraine. Foreign Minister Børge Brende says the humanitarian crisis there is the greatest in Europe since the war in the Balkans. Brende arrived in Kharkov in Eastern Ukraine Sunday evening, to observe for himself the humanitarian consequences on the country from the war.
Norwegian Prime Minister on Their Mother Policies
[Norwaynews] [10.05.2015, 04:27pm, Sun. GMT]
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Their Mother Policies. USA Journalist Mr.Chuck talks to the Prime Minister of Norway about why her country is ranked number one for moms. Many country leaders and legal researchers have seen “Abuse of Power” in this controversial practices of Barnevernet in Norway. see Video.....
Video: Taliban downed Pakistan army helicopter carrying Norway, Indonesian envoy
[Norwaynews] [10.05.2015, 08:38am, Sun. GMT]
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan released a video of its militants holding a Shoulder Launch Missile, which the militant group claimed to have used in downing a Pakistan military helicopter killing ambassadors of the Philippines and Norway and five others in the PoK. A video released by a jihadist media forum shows at least four masked militants with the surface-to-air missile (SAM-7B) allegedly used in hitting the Mi-17 that crashed in Naltar valley of Gilgit-Baltisitan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
NATO is prepared to defend its members - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
[Norwaynews] [09.05.2015, 09:14am, Sat. GMT]
We’re not just celebrating something that happened 70 years ago in terms of a – the victory in World War II.  We are celebrating everything that came after that victory, and that is the construction of a Europe whole, free, and at peace, and a resilient, strong, united community determined that all of its citizens enjoy the blessings of freedom, opportunity, the rule of law, where governments serve the people, not people serve the governments,  U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
Norway court sentences three for joining, helping ISIS
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2015, 05:52pm, Fri. GMT]
A Norwegian court sentenced three men to jail Friday for joining or aiding the militant group ISIS in Syria, in the first case of its kind in the Nordic region. Djibril Bashir, 30, and Valon Avdyli, 28, "shall be sentenced for participating in the ISIL terror organisation", the Oslo District Court said in its verdict, which has declared a caliphate in large parts of Iraq and Syria and is active in Libya.
Veteran Arthur, 91, finally gets his wish to fly to Norway to visit brother Edward's grave
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2015, 03:29pm, Fri. GMT]
The family of a 91-year-old Lincoln war veteran have thanked a local business for footing the bill for his trip to his brother's grave in Norway for the first time. Arthur Harrison is preparing to join son-in-law Trevor Fox and grandson Robert Crosbie on an emotional visit to the Trondheim Stavne Cemetery - to pay tribute to his brother Edward who died 75 years ago aged 21 .
NATO Researchers Test Underwater Drones in Norway
[Norwaynews] [07.05.2015, 05:49pm, Thu. GMT]
At first glance it resembles a torpedo — a sleek metal cylinder with a propeller and what appears to be a dorsal fin. Yet the device lowered into the frigid waters off the western coast of Norway by the crew of this 3,200-ton research vessel is no weapon; it’s a robot, programmed to search for submarines with little guidance from its operators.
Armenia MOD research institute hosts Norway military members
[Norwaynews] [07.05.2015, 08:47am, Thu. GMT]
A delegation from the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy (RNoAFA) is in Armenia on a regional visit. The delegation was hosted by the Ministry of Defense of Armenia Institute for National Strategic Studies (MOD INSS). The objective of this visit was to get familiarized with the INSS development prospects, and to explore the avenues for scientific and educational cooperation.
Norway minister: Brexit debate overlooked impact on foreign policy, security
[Norwaynews] [07.05.2015, 07:41am, Thu. GMT]
The UK debate about leaving the European Union has overlooked its consequences in terms of security, foreign policy and transatlantic relations, says Vidar Helgesen in an exclusive interview with EurActiv. Norway’s minister for EEA and EU Affairs, Vidar Helgesen, issued a strong warning to Britain against leaving the EU.
Myanmar awarded deep sea exploration contract
[Norwaynews] [04.05.2015, 11:16am, Mon. GMT]
The Myanmar Government has awarded a contract to Statoil and Conoco Phillips to explore an offshore block for oil and gas off the Rakhine coast. Statoil is a Norwegian company which operates in 36 countries while Conoco Phillips is based in Houston, Texas and operates in over 27 countries.
Norwegian minister of Children speaks about Child Welfare Service
[Norwaynews] [02.05.2015, 10:01am, Sat. GMT]
The minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Ms Solveig Horne, met with the FPA, April 21. The main topics were custody conflicts between foreign families and the Child Protection Agency, difficulties obtaining dual citizenship and how Norway integrates political refugees. The Norwegian controversial practices of Barnevernet have led to a number of high-profile diplomatic incidents around the world.
NATO to hold anti-submarine warfare exercise in Norway
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2015, 03:35pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway said Thursday that up to 5,000 NATO troops would take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off its coast in early May, amid growing regional unease over suspected submarine sightings. More than 10 ships and submarines as well as aircraft and helicopters would participate in the exercise between May 4 and 13 in the North Sea and in Skagerrak, the strait between Norway and Denmark.
Norway keen on cooperation with Iran: Norwegian ambassador
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2015, 03:31pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway's Ambassador to Tehran, Aud Lise Norheim said on Wednesday that Norwegian government is willing to develop cultural and scientific cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran. She made the remarks in a special ceremony on inking a memorandum of understanding between Azad University of Iran with Oslo University of Norway.
Significant shortcomings in presidential election in Kazakhstan
[Norway] [29.04.2015, 06:46pm, Wed. GMT]
‘I am disappointed about the way the presidential election in Kazakhstan at the weekend was carried out. The preliminary report from the OSCE observers indicates serious shortcomings and irregularities. This increases our concern about the conditions for democracy in the country,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway's child welfare service acts like a ‘mafia', breaks apart families
[Norwaynews] [28.04.2015, 08:53pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway's child welfare service, the Barnevernet, has not only intervened to restrict families' parental rights, but also continues to forcibly take children away from their families with ‘little or no reason,' often based on unfounded claims, according to a human rights lawyer. other slices bread too thin. Too much soap is used for cleaning in the house; the child is harmed by that.
Norway supports UN Special Envoy for Syria
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:48pm, Tue. GMT]
‘Norway will continue to support the UN Special Envoy for Syria with an additional NOK 2.38 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. On Friday 24 April, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Syria and the way ahead. ‘The need to put an end to the violence and find a political solution has never been greater. The population in Syria has endured great suffering and needs solutions that offer hope of a better future.
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