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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 to OPCW.   The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was awarded to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".
Secretary General discusses NATO's adaptation in Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:07am, Sat. GMT]
NATO must adapt to security challenges such as Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday (14 August) during a visit to Norway. "For the first time since the end of the Second World War, one country in Europe has seized the land of another by force, and we have to adapt," he said at a press conference with Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The Secretary General discussed preparations for the forthcoming NATO summit in Wales (4-5 September) with the prime minister, Foreign Minister Børge Brende and Defence Minister Marie Eriksen Søreide.
 
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Human rights activists detained in Azerbaijan
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:26am, Sat. GMT]
The Azerbaijani authorities have recently arrested and brought charges against human rights defenders Rasul Jafarov and Leyla Yunus. ‘I am concerned about the arrests of two high-profile human rights defenders in Azerbaijan and the serious charges that have been brought against them. It is particularly worrying that this has happened at a time when Azerbaijan holds the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,’ said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen.
 
Chess champ denied Norway visa over terror watch-list
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:23am, Sat. GMT]
Local chess champion Taffin Khan has been refused a visa to travel to Norway to participate in the 41st Biennial Chess Olympiad after his name turned up on an international terrorist watch-list when his team travelled to Suriname to apply for visas.The Guyana team, which consists of Anthony Drayton, Haifeng Su, Maria Thomas, Ronuel Greenidge and Coach/ Manager Wendell Meusa left for Norway last Wednesday for the games which are scheduled to run from August 1st to 14th. Among the competitors in Norway is Norwegian reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
 
Norway condemns attacks on religious minorities in the Middle East
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:21am, Sat. GMT]
‘I am deeply concerned about the ISIL offensive and the fact that the Iraqi authorities are losing control of more and more large areas of the country. This has also had serious consequences for the situation of Christians and religious minorities in Iraq. Civilians who have been forced to flee their homes are in urgent need of protection and assistance,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Norway condemns killing of aid worker in South Sudan
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:18am, Sat. GMT]
‘I condemn the killing of a Norwegian People’s Aid employee in South Sudan yesterday,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The aid worker was shot and killed in Maban in Upper Nile State, South Sudan. The security situation in the area has deteriorated significantly over the past few days, with clashes between local militia and soldiers who have deserted from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
 
Falling Norway salmon prices opening US market again
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:15am, Sat. GMT]
The US commodity salmon market seems poised to become one of many casualties in Russian president Vladimir Putin’s food import block. Chilean salmon producers are shifting focus to Russia, which likely means less product for the US, traditionally their main market, and higher prices in the commodity salmon market Chile normally supplies. Norwegian producers, seeing their largest market Russia closed, are set to look more to the US, a market they supplied when Chile was suffering with infectious salmon anemia (ISA).
 
German couple die in front of children in Norway glacier accident
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:12am, Sat. GMT]
A German couple died in front of their two young children when ice broke during a tour of a melting Norwegian glacier, police said today. The accident happened Sunday afternoon near or on the Nigard Glacier in west Norway, a popular and accessible part of the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe. The police said, following a tour with a group in the area, the couple returned to the glacier with their two children, aged 8 and 10, when a block of ice broke off.
 
Lalith creates history in Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:09am, Sat. GMT]
What former world champion Viswanathan Anand could not attain, young Grandmaster from Vijayawada M.R. Lalith Babu achieved at Tromso, Norway by becoming part of the medal winning Indian team at the prestigious Chess Olympiad. India defeated Uzbekistan to clinch the bronze medal, the first-ever medal in the format and the achievement was possible owing to the on-board exploits of Adhibhan, Sethuraman, Parimarjan Negi, Lalith Babu and Sasikiran Krishnan.
 
secures EUR29m shifter contract
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:04am, Sat. GMT]
Kongsberg Automotive's Driveline business area has been awarded a contract for the supply of a manual gear shift system to an unnamed European OEM, in a deal worth EUR28.8m (US$38.5m) for a six-year period. The gear shifters will be used in the OEM's next generation of small-sized cars, with production starting in the fourth quarter of 2016 at KA's facility in Vrable, Slovakia. Peak volumes are expected to exceed 200,000 shifters in 2018.
 
Russia sanctions raise fears of retaliation against Norwegian seafood
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:27am, Sat. GMT]
Norway’s decision to follow the European Union in sanctions against Russia is raising fears that its second largest seafood market and key buyer of herring and salmon could retaliate by shutting off imports. Although Norway is not a member of the EU, the country on Wednesday affirmed its intention to follow the EU and the US in applying tough sanctions on Russia for its lack of co-operation in clearing up the cause of the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner earlier this month.
 
Armed Norwegian police cross into Finland
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:21am, Sat. GMT]
Norwegian police officers working on the Finnish side of the two countries’ border is a rare but completely legitimate occurrence, says a senior police chief in Finnish Lapland. Over the past few days, Norwegian law enforcement officers armed with submachine guns have crossed over into the northernmost municipality of Utsjoki, stopping Norwegian-bound cars. “This follows a serious terrorism threat in Norway,” says Seppo Kinnunen, acting chief of the Lapland Police Department. “Norwegian police have asked us for help. They asked if they could come over into Finnish territory with weapons. Police commanders have the mandate to allow that.
 
Foreign Minister Brende: ‘Norway likely to align itself with EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia’
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:17am, Sat. GMT]
‘The EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia reflect the gravity of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine. Norway will study the measures closely. Given the important foreign policy considerations involved, there is good reason for Norway to align itself with the new measures. We will consult the Storting before a final decision is taken,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The EU’s new package of measures entails restrictions on certain forms of cooperation and economic exchanges with Russia in several new areas.
 
Scandinavian suicide bombers
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:14am, Sat. GMT]
Seven men from Denmark, Sweden and Norway travelled to war zones last year to kill themselves – and others. International terror researcher Magnus Ranstorp said the men, however misguided, see themselves as heroes. “Suicide bombers see themselves as the front line of defence for their Muslim brothers and sisters,” Ranstorp told Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper. Ranstorp, who leads the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network, said that even more young people are hearing the call of extremism.
 
Why Norwegians love coffee
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:08am, Sat. GMT]
Many consider Italy to be the home of the espresso, but Norwegians are taking aim at teaching the world how to brew the best coffees in the world - putting them in the globe's top three coffee consuming nations. If you have ever visited a Norwegian home, chances are the first thing you have been offered is a coffee. "That's what we do, that's the Norwegian way of saying "welcome," says Brage Ronningen, a senior communication advisor at a company servicing Norway's oil industry.
 
Norway warned of imminent security threat
[Norwaynews] [24.07.2014, 03:05pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to fighters in Syria. Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of Norwegian security service PST, said on Thursday the agency had received "reliable information" from a foreign partner about some kind of attack "within days". Bjoernland said there was no indication of a specific target.
 
Norway supermarket considering ban on Danish pork
[Norwaynews] [23.07.2014, 06:42pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway's biggest grocery group NorgesGruppen is thinking of removing Danish pork from supermarket shelves due to concerns that it might contain dangerous bacteria, Ekstra Bladet reports. Bard Gultvedt, spokesperson at NorgesGruppen told Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naringsliv that the company is worried by the level of antibiotics used in the Danish pig population.
 
S. Sudanese boycott independence celebrations in Norway
[Norwaynews] [20.07.2014, 11:34am, Sun. GMT]
The South Sudan Community in Norway boycotted the young nation’s third Independence anniversary, citing the wrong timing in the wake of the country’s crisis. Its embassy in Norway, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, said members of the community’s executive committee earlier met and agreed they would not hold any celebrations as planned. "We all agreed to how important this day is to all South Sudanese where all felt a sense of belonging to a free nation and as one people, the importance of honouring the fallen heroes, who sacrificed their lives for us to live a life with a sense of dignity,” partly reads the community’s 16 July letter.
 
Norway may become ‘cashless country’ by 2020
[Norwaynews] [18.07.2014, 06:00pm, Fri. GMT]
One of Norway’s leading financial confederations has said the country should be cashless by 2020. Currently, cash is used in only five percent of Norwegian transactions. However, critics say people should be able to buy things without a ‘trace’. Finans Norge – which represents 200 financial institutions and financial groups active in the country – has advocated the complete elimination of cash-based transactions in Norway, stating that a no-cash policy could prevent problems with financial crime, robberies and ‘black money’.
 
8,000-year-old human skull containing brain matter found in Norway
[Norwaynews] [18.07.2014, 05:57pm, Fri. GMT]
A human skull believed to be around 8,000-year-old with traces of brain matter has been found by archaeologists in Norway. Norway’s The Local Newspaper reported that the skull was found in Stokke, Vestfold, with researchers believing that the finding could explaing living conditsions in the Stone Age. The Stone Age period lasted roughly 3.4 million years and ended between 6000 BC and 2000 BC. “It’s seldom enough that we get to dig in a camp from a portion of the Stone Age that we really don’t know much about,” excavation leader Gaute Reitan told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
 
Taiwan ranked world's 2nd safest country - No to Norway
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2014, 08:19pm, Wed. GMT]
Taiwan has been ranked as the second safest country in the world behind only Japan, according to a U.S. website but not Norway with in the safty list. The list of the "top 10 safest countries in the world to settle in 2014" was compiled by Lifestyle9.com based on crime statistics from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. With a crime rate variable of 16.26 and a safety rate variable of 83.74, Taiwan is one of the best places to live in terms of low exposure to violent crimes and robbery, the website said.
 
Major cyber-attack hits Norwegian banks
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2014, 03:09pm, Wed. GMT]
In an action claimed by the local "Anonymous Norway" hactivist group, Tuesday saw many of the top banks and financial institutions of Norway being simultaneously hacked in what is being dubbed the country's biggest-ever network attack. The simultaneous attack hit eight companies, including DNB, Danske Bank, Nordea, Norges Bank, Sparebank 1 and Telenor, as well as two insurance companies, Storebrand and Gjensidige in what is probably the richest country in Europe.
 
PM's office to administer Norway grants
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:25am, Sat. GMT]
The government is planning to transfer administration of nine EEA and Norway Fund-supported programmes from the state-owned Széchenyi Program Office to the Prime Minister's Office by the end of August, after the Norwegian Foreign Ministry requested a change in management, a government resolution published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny revealed on Friday. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on May 9, 2014 in which it said "The Hungarian Government is well aware of the requirements stipulated by the donor countries.
 
Norway, Switzerland to facilitate visa regime with Azerbaijan
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:22am, Sat. GMT]
Azerbaijan has completed negotiations with Norway and Switzerland on visa facilitation and readmission agreements. At the request of the EU, separate agreements were prepared with these countries as Norway and Switzerland belong to the Schengen area, Azerbaijan's Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev said on August 5. Azerbaijan and the EU signed the visa facilitation agreement during the EU summit in Vilnius in November 2013. Azerbaijan also signed the readmission agreement with the EU earlier this year.
 
Foreign Minister Brende: ‘Regrettable Russian import ban’
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:19am, Sat. GMT]
'Russia’s import ban is completely unreasonable. The fact that Russia is implementing these measures shows how important it is that we stand together with our allies and partners in responding to Russia’s destabilisation of Ukraine. I agree with the EU’s assessment that the trade restrictions are politically motivated,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Russia announced today that it will ban imports of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products from the EU countries, the US, Canada, Australia and Norway.
 
Norway concerned by failure to meet South Sudan peace deadline
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:16am, Sat. GMT]
‘The failure to meet the deadline for establishing a transitional government in South Sudan is unacceptable and puts millions of people’s lives at risk,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Commenting after the previously agreed deadline of 10 August to secure peace for the people of South Sudan expired, Mr Brende said: 'I am deeply concerned that the parties have failed to stop the hostilities and form a transitional government of national unity, as agreed by the regional leaders in June. Despite the efforts of the mediation team, neither the South Sudanese Government nor the SPLM have engaged seriously in the peace talks during the 60-day period.
 
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:13am, Sat. GMT]
Norway – U.S. Marines, in coordination with their Norwegian counterparts, are scheduled to conduct a pre-planned Single Ship Movement and offload of military equipment from a Maritime Prepositioning Force ship in the Trøndelag region of Norway mid-August. This equipment will significantly enhance the readiness of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway by placing approximately 350 containers of gear and nearly 400 pieces of heavy rolling stock into the storage caves.
 
US Secretly Ships 300 Tanks to Norway - Who Is The Target?
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:11am, Sat. GMT]
US cargo ship USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams arrived in the small Norwegian village of Namdalseid on August 10, bringing 300 heavy tanks, armored personnel carriers and landing crafts, the local Adresseavisen newspaper reported. The cargo will include third-generation main battle tanks of the M1A1 Abrams type. This new, heavier equipment will replace trucks and personnel carriers which were previously stored in the mountain bunkers of Central Norway.
 
Norway to up credit coverage for sales to Ukraine
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:08am, Sat. GMT]
The Norwegian government is making it easier for fish exporters to obtain guarantees for exports to Ukraine, as part of measures to deal with the ban on imports by Russia, reports Aftenposten. The measure is one of several that emerged from a meeting between seafood industry groups and fisheries minister Elisabeth Aspaker on Thursday. “The industry has made several constructive suggestions and we are now ready with the first measures,” said Aspaker.
 
WTO fails to adopt Trade Facilitation Agreement
[Norwaynews] [03.08.2014, 04:25am, Sun. GMT]
‘Last night’s failure to reach an agreement is highly regrettable. Everything we achieved in Bali may now unravel, putting multilateral trade negotiations on hold,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. The Agreement on Trade Facilitation was reached at the ministerial meeting in Bali last December and scheduled to be adopted by 31 July. It was intended to be a significant step forward in removing global trade obstacles, especially for developing and small countries.
 
Norway Oil Fund Buys Paris Property for $570 Million
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:22am, Sat. GMT]
Norges Bank Investment Management bought an office and retail complex opposite Paris’s Le Madeleine church for 425.6 million euros ($570 million) from a fund managed by Blackrock Inc. (BLK) The 31,500 square-meter (339,000 square-foot) Le Madeleine building has been completely refurbished since it was acquired by Blackrock Europe Property Fund III in 2009, the world’s largest money manager said in a statement today. Tenants include Chanel, Visa and C&A.
 
Terror threat in Norway slightly reduced, says security agency
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:19am, Sat. GMT]
The risk of a terror attack in Norway has reduced slightly, according to the Norwegian national security agency (PST), but police will maintain a high level of national security today, following a warning last week that an extremist Islamist group could be planning an attack. "The threat level is somewhat reduced," said Benedicte Bjørnland, head of PST, at a press briefing in Oslo. Bjørnland did not say why the agency had decided that the threat level had been reduced.
 
Swiss bus crashes, killing four in Norway
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:16am, Sat. GMT]
A small bus carrying a group of tourists has crashed in Norway, leaving four people dead and three seriously injured. The Swiss company Eurobus has confirmed that their vehicle was involved in the incident. The German driver has been charged by Norwegian police with reckless driving. Eurobus said in a statement on Tuesday that the 16 passengers were all Swiss residents. The accident happened on the E6 between Mo i Rana and Trondheim, while the bus was travelling back to Switzerland, the company said.
 
Gaza crisis: Foreign Minister urges parties to enter into immediate ceasefire
[Norwaynews] [02.08.2014, 03:12am, Sat. GMT]
‘I urge the parties to the conflict in Gaza to call an immediate halt to the hostilities and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire, as called for by the Security Council. The suffering that is being inflicted on the civilian population is disproportionate and intolerable, and it must be stopped,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The fighting has now lasted for 20 days, and during this time 1062 Palestinians have been killed, and around 6200 people have been injured in Gaza. In Israel, 43 soldiers and 3 civilians have been killed, and over 400 people have been injured.
 
'Credible' Terror Threat in Norway, US Officials Say
[Norwaynews] [26.07.2014, 07:52am, Sat. GMT]
There is a credible threat of a terror attack in Norway in coming days, U.S. officials said following a stark warning from a top Norwegian intelligence official. Earlier today Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of the Norwegian security service PST, said the country had received reliable information about an imminent, concrete threat to Norway from extremists who fought in Syria, according to a report by The Associated Press. Bjoernland feared the attack would take place within days.
 
India, Norway discuss ways to strengthen educational ties
[Norwaynews] [23.07.2014, 06:46pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway's Ambassador to India, Eivind S. Homme, called on Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani here on Tuesday and discussed ways to enhance bilateral educational ties between the two nations.While the ambassador expressed the hope that under her leadership, education ties will be further strengthened between India and Norway.
 
Norwegian citizen linked to increased airport security screening, congressional sources say
[Norwaynews] [22.07.2014, 06:28am, Tue. GMT]
A Norwegian citizen who trained with a master bomb maker in Yemen and recently was added to the State Department's list of international terrorists has been linked to the increased security screening of flights coming to the U.S., according to congressional sources familiar with the intelligence. Anders Dale was believed to be trained by the master bomb maker Ibrahim al Asiri, who was responsible for the underwear device that nearly brought down a jet over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, the sources said.
 
Norway builds 23 schools in Acholi region
[Norwaynews] [19.07.2014, 04:00pm, Sat. GMT]
The Norwegian government has asked the Ugandan Government to take over the community schools it helped improve and urged the community to make use of the schools. The Norwegian ambassador to Uganda, Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether (right), made the call while handing over one of the 23 schools built in Acholi using the sh7.808b that was refunded to Norway by the Prime Minister’s Office. The money had been mismanaged under the Peace Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda programme.
 
Canada Minister tours Norway and Iceland
[Norwaynews] [18.07.2014, 05:59pm, Fri. GMT]
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, The Honourable Keith Hutchings, recently visited Norway and Iceland to study the approaches used both by countries to generate maximum returns from cod and other groundfish resources. “Norway and Iceland are recognized throughout the world for producing high quality seafood, and like Newfoundland and Labrador, seafood is vital to their economy. It was valuable to review the unique operations in these countries and understand their approach to serving European customers as our industry prepares to pursue new opportunities in international markets”, said Minister Hutchings.
 
Norwegian surgeon witnesses Israeli war crimes in Gaza
[Norwaynews] [18.07.2014, 05:55pm, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian professor Mads Frederick Gilbert is utterly shocked as he checks the corpses of martyrs and the bodies of the wounded as they continuously arrive in the Shifa Hospital in Gaza on the seventh day of the bloody Israeli onslaught on the besieged Strip. Gilbert, 67, a surgeon, murmurs as he walks in the Intensive Care Unit: "This is outrageous, horrific and unbelievable... what's happening is no less than premeditated killing and genocide."
 
Norways opts for international permits
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2014, 03:11pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway will buy 21 million UN backed certified emission reductions (CERs) for an average price of 2.28 euros ($3.30) each in its international tender to purchase carbon offsets, said the financial institution in charge of the deal on Monday. The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), which manages the tender for Norway, said in a newsletter that it is closing the first procurement under the NorCaP (Norwegian Carbon Procurement Facility), which buys carbon offsets above market prices to give a lifeline to projects that risk collapse.
 
Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo celebrates the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl's birth
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2014, 03:06pm, Wed. GMT]
When the famous Norwegian adventurer, scientist and communicator Thor Heyerdahl died on 18 April 2002 it made headlines around the world. No Norwegian celebrity's death has received as much coverage before or since. He had become world famous 55 years earlier thanks to his legendary Kon-Tiki expedition and photos of Thor Heyerdahl and his crew together with the USA's President Truman outside the White House.
 
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