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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".
NRC condemning school attack
[Norwaynews] [16.12.2014, 04:22pm, Tue. GMT]
“The attack on school children in Pakistan today is a terrible reminder of the urgency that countries gather around the new international rules for protection of schools in conflict areas, said NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland. 2014 will stand out as a sad year for education in conflict zones. “NRC condemns the terrorist attack against the school in Pakistan as a clear violation of international conventions and a war crime”, Jan Egeland says.
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SCG announces acquisitions in Norway, Indonesia
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 09:01pm, Thu. GMT]
Siam Cement Group (SCG) has announced its acquisitions of a stake in Norner Holding, a Norwegian chemical-research company specialising in polymers, and in Indoris Printingdo, a packaging manufacturer in Indonesia. SCG Chemicals Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCG, has purchased an initial 51-per-cent stake in Norner, with the remaining 49 per cent to be acquired by next September, SCG president and chief executive officer Kan Trakulhoon told the Stock Exchange of Thailand yesterday.
Norway adds £26m to Africa pot
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 08:54pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway has awarded UK-backed investment vehicle Green Africa Power Nkr300m (£26m) in funding. Combined with existing funding from the UK Department for International Development and DECC, the cash from the nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes total funding committed to GAP to £121m. GAP is an initiative of the Private Infrastructure Development Group Trust and aims to provide long-term subordinated loans and contingent lines of credit to privately-owned renewable power generation projects in Africa.
Norway condemns terrorist attack on school in Pakistan
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 01:43pm, Thu. GMT]
‘I condemn today’s terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar in the strongest possible terms. Targeting children and teachers in this manner is despicable,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. More than 100 people are reported to have been killed in the attack – most of them schoolchildren. A number of teachers and military personnel have also lost their lives. There were more than 500 people in the school when it was attacked. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility.
Norwegian coastal administration signs off first Ship Arrestor system
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 01:39pm, Thu. GMT]
Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine. As a result Norway will become the first country in the world with a system that gives it the ability to protect its shores from the danger of drifting oil tankers and from the disastrous pollution that can result when they run aground.
The EU establishes dialogue to promote the rule of law
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 01:34pm, Thu. GMT]
On 16 December, the Council of the European Union agreed to establish an internal dialogue to follow up EU member states’ compliance with their commitments to the rule of law under EU treaties. The dialogue will be held on a yearly basis. Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen welcomes the Council of the European Union’s conclusions. ‘This is a step in the right direction, but it is the follow-up of concrete situations that will show whether these conclusions have any real meaning in practice,’ he said.
Norway FM: We can increase supply of gas
[Norwaynews] [17.12.2014, 06:54am, Wed. GMT]
Norway's Foreign Minister Borge Brende said Norway will continue to be a reliable energy supplier, even increasing gas supply if necessary. "Norway is one of the leading energy suppliers in Europe and we will continue to be one in the area of natural gas. We can even step up supply if there is demand for that in the years to come," he said. "We will also then, in terms of commercial interest, improve the capacity when it comes to pipes," Brende said, speaking at a press conference with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday.
Why Norwegian birth rates are higher than in the rest of Europe
[Norway] [17.12.2014, 06:51am, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian birth rate is higher than in the rest of Europe not only because they put their faith in the welfare state. They can't imagine a good life without children.Many people feared that women would stop having babies when they entered the labour market in the 1970s. And the Norwegian birth rates sank to an all-time-low in 1983.
One year on, and still no solution to conflict in South Sudan
[Norway] [16.12.2014, 04:19pm, Tue. GMT]
‘It is unacceptable that millions of people in South Sudan continue to suffer while the parties to the conflict show no real willingness to find a solution. The humanitarian disaster in the country is man-made, and President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar bear a heavy responsibility for bringing about a lasting peace,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. It is one year since the conflict in South Sudan broke out – just two years after the country had gained independence.
Northrop Grumman completes first F-35 center fuselage for Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.12.2014, 06:40am, Tue. GMT]
Fifty-two center fuselages will eventually be fabricated for Norway. This first part is the 166th center fuselage made to date by the company. Northrop Grumman Corporation (Palmdale, CA, US) has completed — on budget and on schedule — the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant designated AM-1. The company celebrated the production milestone with a brief ceremony Dec. 4 at its Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence, the site of its F-35 Integrated Assembly Line (IAL).
Delta Electronics announces acquisition of Norwegian firm
[Norwaynews] [15.12.2014, 12:17pm, Mon. GMT]
Delta Electronics Inc., a major Taiwan-based power supply and electronic component manufacturer, announced Monday that subsidiary Deltronics (Netherlands) B. V., will spend NT$17 billion (US$530 million) to acquire Eltek ASA of Norway. Delta Electronics said at a news conference that its wholly owned subsidiary will acquire the Norwegian power solutions provider through a public offering at 11.75 Norwegian krone per share for up to 100 percent of all outstanding Eltek shares.
Nominee for U.S. ambassador to Norway withdraws
[Norwaynews] [14.12.2014, 09:17am, Sun. GMT]
Tough year has come to a melancholy end for Obama donor George J. Tsunis. Nominated in December 2013 to be U.S. ambassador to Norway, the Long Island hotelier fumbled questions about the country at his confirmation hearing in January. Indignant Norwegian Americans mobilized to persuade Midwestern senators to vote against him, and Republicans sought to make him a symbol of the Obama administration’s allegedly poor choices for ambassadorial posts.
Secret Surveillance near Government Buildings: Reports
[Norwaynews] [13.12.2014, 03:04pm, Sat. GMT]
Fake mobile base stations, which can be used for eavesdropping or spying, have been discovered near Norway's parliament and within the executive government quarter in central Oslo, Aftenposten news outlet revealed in its two-month independent investigation. Whoever is behind this suspicious activity, they are able to intercept calls, monitor everything taking place in downtown Oslo and track movements in the vicinity of government offices, Aftenposten stressed.
Norway suspends bilateral military activities with Russia until the end of 2015
[Norwaynews] [13.12.2014, 12:25pm, Sat. GMT]
Military bilateral cooperation has been suspended since March 2014, since the illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilization in eastern Ukraine. The Government has considered the issue again and decided to continue the suspension of all bilateral military activities until the end of 2015. The situation in Eastern Ukraine is serious, and Russia has indisputably a destabilizing role. Russia supports separatists in eastern Ukraine military and military forces along the border. This is not acceptable, says Defence Minster Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Malala soldier against Islamic society - Taliban
[Norwaynews] [13.12.2014, 12:02pm, Sat. GMT]
The Pakistani Taliban hit out at teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai over her Nobel peace prize, slamming her as a "soldier against Islamic society". Malala became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education. The 17-year-old vowed to continue her struggle for every child's right to go to school when she collected her Nobel at a ceremony in Oslo.
Norway sells arms to millionaire Nigerian warlord
[Norwaynews] [13.12.2014, 11:55am, Sat. GMT]
Six decommissioned Norwegian warships sold to former rebel leader and current politician Government Ekpemupolo. Government Ekpemupolo, once an illegal rebel leader in the Niger Delta, is now a prominent Nigerian businessman who owns a total of seven decommissioned Norwegian battleships. Ekpemupolo holds six Norwegian fast-speed Hauk-class guided missile boats, now re-armed with new weaponry, according to reports in the Norwegian newspaper "Dagbladet."
Grave concern over death of Palestinian minister - Norway
[Norwaynews] [11.12.2014, 06:25pm, Thu. GMT]
‘The reports that Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein died following the use of force by Israeli troops give cause for grave concern,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Ziad Abu Ein died in hospital on Wednesday 10 December, after being injured by Israeli security forces in connection with a West Bank demonstration to mark International Human Rights Day. According to the information available so far, the demonstration was peaceful.
Norway increases food assistance to Syria by USD 10 million
[Norwaynews] [11.12.2014, 10:12am, Thu. GMT]
The UN World Food Programme has suspended food aid to 1.7 million refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries, due to lack of funding. ‘There is an urgent need for food assistance. Support from the World Food Programme is the only source of food for many families. The Government intends to increase Norway’s contribution to WFP by USD 10 million,’ said Ministry of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway gives NOK 76 million to restore tropical forests
[Norwaynews] [11.12.2014, 10:08am, Thu. GMT]
At the UN climate change conference (COP20) in Lima, Norway announced NOK 76 million for a new project to support the restoration of forests and landscapes in the tropics. “A very important climate measure for the future,” says Minister of Climate and the Environment, Tine Sundtoft. “I am very pleased to announce this new project. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that we cannot achieve climate targets just by reducing emissions.
Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech: Full Text
[Norwaynews] [11.12.2014, 07:35am, Thu. GMT]
India's Kailash Satyarthi was conferred the Nobel Peace Prize at a function in Oslo, Norway on Wednesday. Mr Satyarthi also addressed the gathering at the function. Here is the full text of Mr Satyarthi's speech. Let Us Globalise Compassion, and Set Our Children Free......My dear children of the world...Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, dear brother Tom Harkin, brothers and sisters, a and my dear daughter Malala.

Norway needs new submarines
[Norwaynews] [10.12.2014, 06:28pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway's submarines have sailed for 20 years, and the Government has allocated NOK 1.4 million needed for upgrading the fleet. It is also considering plans for buying new submarines. The Defence Department has therefore formed a working committee which will evaluate an acquisition of new submarines to replace the existing Ula class when it becomes obsolete. Norway's six Ula class submarines were commissioned between 1989 and 1992, designed for a service life of thirty years. These submarines will be phased out in the 2020's.
Shell sells off downstream business in Norway
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 08:56pm, Thu. GMT]
Shell has signed an agreement to sell off some of its assets in Norway to Finnish company ST1. ST1 will take over Shell’s retail and commercial fuels along with its supply and distribution business. The sale is expected to be completed next year, subject to approval, with agreement for the Norwegian company to operate under the Shell brand.
Norway ends 33-year ban on professional boxing
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 01:44pm, Thu. GMT]
Professional boxers can step back into the ring in Norway after a three-decade ban on the sport was this week repealed in a vote in Parliament in Oslo. The governing coalition of conservatives and right-wing populists pushed the policy through with the support of the social liberals in a 54-48 vote. Professional boxing had been illegal since January 1, 1982.
Meyer Bergman makes acquisition in Norway with a purchase in Central Oslo for €30 mln (NO)
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 01:41pm, Thu. GMT]
Meyer Bergman’s second value-add retail real estate investment fund has acquired a mixed-use building in central Oslo for approximately €30 mln from a venture between Søylen and Madison International Realty. It is the first acquisition in Norway by funds advised by the London headquartered investment manager. Meyer Bergman European Retail Partners II has acquired a nine-storey, 6,500 m² building on Grensen, which runs parallel to Karl Johans Gate, Oslo’s prime retail street.
Football fitness the focus in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2014, 01:36pm, Thu. GMT]
The first UEFA Study Group Fitness for Football seminar following a series of pilot events has been held in Oslo, featuring a mix of presentations, discussions and practical sessions. Following a successful pilot phase, the first Fitness for Football seminar as part of the UEFA Study Group Scheme has taken place this week in Oslo involving coaches, coach educators, fitness experts and medical staff from six UEFA member associations.
Chilingarov: joint development of the Arctic will let the ice of distrust between Russia and Norway
[Norwaynews] [17.12.2014, 01:10pm, Wed. GMT]
Artur Chilingarov, a Russian polar explorer, Special Presidential Representative for International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic and member of the Rosneft Board of Directors, will  speak tomorrow (18th December) at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute on Russian and Norwegian cooperation perspectives in the Arctic.
Italian embassy in Oslo promotes Umbria's gastronomy
[Norwaynews] [17.12.2014, 06:52am, Wed. GMT]
Gastronomical specialties from Umbria were brought to Norway by the Italian ambassador to Oslo, Giorgio Novello, at a special promotional event hosted in his residence with two businesswomen from the food and wine sector, Livia Colantonio of Castello delle Regine and Ada Urbani of Urbani Tartufi.
Important step towards global trade agreement
[Norway] [16.12.2014, 04:25pm, Tue. GMT]
‘I am delighted that the WTO members have adopted the necessary decisions on food security issues and aspects of the Trade Facilitation Agreement so that the decisions made at last year’s Ministerial Conference can now be implemented. This is very good news for world trade and could breathe new life into the Doha negotiations on a global trade agreement,’ commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway and Russia mean business
[Norwaynews] [16.12.2014, 08:35am, Tue. GMT]
The business of Norway is committed to expand economic ties with Russia, in both bilateral and international projects. Too much politics around these relations is mutually harmful, believe representatives of the two countries' business communities. The 4th Russian-Norwegian business forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (RCCI) and the Norwegian Russian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC) completed its work in Moscow.
Norway Deports “Mexican Brevik”
[Norwaynews] [15.12.2014, 08:24pm, Mon. GMT]
It’s been reported that Norway will in fact deport 21-year-old student known as “Mexican Brevik” Adán Cortés Salas, after he interrupted the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony with a blood-spattered Mexican flag, last Wednesday December 10, to bring attention to the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa. The Foreign Affairs student was expelled from the country after Immigration Services (UDI) thought his application for political asylum lacked justification. However, during a taped phone call, Salas assures his process has been full of irregularities, and expedited in an extremely sudden manner.
Norwegian alleges discriminatory conditions in Europe
[Norwaynews] [15.12.2014, 12:15pm, Mon. GMT]
A formal complaint has been made to the European Commission by Norwegian against rival SAS, claiming “unlawful differential treatment”. The low cost carrier alleges that discriminatory conditions and licencing practices prevent it from obtaining access to traffic rights on the same terms as SAS. Norwegian says it has been prevented from starting routes between Helsinki and Dubai, London and Tel Aviv and Barcelona and Tel Aviv because it doe not hold an EU air operators certificate (AOC).
Norway to take up 'Clean India' campaign in Varanasi
[Norwaynews] [14.12.2014, 09:12am, Sun. GMT]
Norway's Ambassador to India, Eivind S. Homme, met Varanasi Mayor Ram Gopal Mohale here to take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan' in the city. Mohale said that Norway-based telecommunications company Uninor and its India's subsidiary will help civic agencies in Varanasi to clean the city as well as the river Ganges. "Norwegian Ambassador has said that both the countries will cooperate in making Varanasi more beautiful and clean. He said he would take Varanasi's culture to Norway," said Mohale.
AIM Norway to maintain F-35-engines
[Norwaynews] [13.12.2014, 12:27pm, Sat. GMT]
The US Department of Defence today confirmed that future European engine maintenance for the F-35 will be performed by three partner nations, Turkey, Norway and the Netherlands. This means that the Norwegian state owned enterprise, AIM Norway, has succeeded in achieving a position as one of three businesses that will be performing maintenance on several hundred engines for the F-35, which is expected to remain in service until well after 2050.
Opportunities for All - Norway
[Norway] [13.12.2014, 12:23pm, Sat. GMT]
‘Human rights are under pressure internationally. Norway will therefore step up its efforts to promote and protect human rights,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. A white paper on human rights in Norway’s foreign and development policy, the first on the subject for 15 years which is entitled "Opportunities for All: Human Rights in Norway’s Foreign Policy and Development Cooperation", makes it clear that a commitment to human rights must lie at the heart of Norway’s foreign and development policy.
USA to Norwegian Air: Just follow the law!
[Norwaynews] [13.12.2014, 11:59am, Sat. GMT]
The US House of Representatives today passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which includes pivotal new language that delivers Norwegian Air International's (NAI) application – and its job-creating, pro-consumer, low-cost service – closer to approval by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). NAI's application has been pending for nearly one year.
Norway denies asylum to “Mexican Brevik”
[Norwaynews] [12.12.2014, 10:27am, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian authorities have denied the request for political asylum by a young Mexican who interrupted the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony held in Oslo Town Hall, Norwegian television channels reported. "They say I cannot prove my life is in danger if I return to Mexico. They think I exaggerate, I hope they are right," Adan Cortes Salas, 21, told to TV2. Salas (“Mexican Brevik”) went up on the stage with a Mexican flag stained with fake blood when Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India had just been presented with their joint award.
Over 100 Nigerians deported from Scandinavian countries
[Norwaynews] [11.12.2014, 06:13pm, Thu. GMT]
Over 100 Nigerians were deported from four Scandinavian countries for immigration and related offences. The deportees were from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. There were flown into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, aboard a chartered aircraft that took off from Oslo, Norway, en route Madrid, Spain. The aircraft arrived Lagos at about 6. 50pm and taxied to the cargo wing of the airport where the deportees were handed over to security agencies for documentation.
Norway pledges NOK 1.6 billion to the Green Climate Fund
[Norwaynews] [11.12.2014, 10:09am, Thu. GMT]
Norway will provide NOK 1.6 billion (USD 258 mill) to the Green Climate Fund over the next four years. With this announcement, the total amount pledged to the Fund has now reached the equivalent of USD 9.95 billion. Thanks to this increase in Norway’s contribution, the goal of USD 10 billion is now within reach. ‘The Green Climate Fund has great potential and can play a key role in reaching a global climate agreement in Paris in 2015,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norwegian in India celebrates Nobel Peace Prize 2014
[Norwaynews] [11.12.2014, 10:06am, Thu. GMT]
The Embassy of Norway in India held a function here on Wednesday evening that included a live streaming of the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 ceremony that was jointly awarded to Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan in Oslo. Indian Mines and Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was the chief guest at the event. Special guests were children and staff from Mr. Kailash Satyarthi's organization "Bachpan Bachao Andolan" and many of his supporters from civil society.
Norwegian police sorry for ‘security breach’ at Nobel ceremony
[Norwaynews] [10.12.2014, 06:56pm, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian police has admitted security flaws and issued an apology after a Mexican asylum seeker stormed the stage during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony on Wednesday. “This is a security breach for which we apologize. This should not have happened,” Oslo Police District inspector Johan Fredriksen told reporters following the incident.
Indo-Pak, Hindu-Muslim 'champions of peace' receive Nobel Peace Prize
[Norwaynews] [10.12.2014, 02:38pm, Wed. GMT]
Indo-Pak, Hindu-Muslim 'champions of peace' received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for their pioneering work on promoting child rights in the troubled sub-continent, as they made an impassioned plea to globalise compassion. "A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the world needs: more unity. Fraternity between the nations!," he added.
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