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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".
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.
 
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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.
 
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.
 
Norway providing an immediate NOK 30 million to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:44pm, Tue. GMT]
'The international community needs to take immediate action. Norway has already announced that we will contribute NOK 30 million to the emergency relief effort,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Norway concerned over sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights lawyer
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:40pm, Tue. GMT]
‘Intigam Aliyev has played a significant role in the work to promote the rule of law in Azerbaijan. The prison sentence he has been given adds to our already deep concern about the human rights situation in the country,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Norway to provide NOK 50 million to support refugees in transit countries
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:35pm, Tue. GMT]
‘We are facing an unprecedented situation in the Mediterranean region, where a growing number of refugees trying to reach Europe are losing their lives in the attempt. There have been further tragedies in the last few days. Several boats have capsized, and hundreds of people have drowned. Norway is providing NOK 50 million for measures to help refugees and migrants in transit countries in Africa, with a view to preventing even more people from embarking on the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
NOK 100 million for efforts to remove fossil fuel subsidies
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:30pm, Tue. GMT]
'Norway will provide support to developing countries that are seeking to reduce subsidies for coal and other fossil fuels. Cutting fossil fuel subsidies will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will free up more funding for sustainable development efforts. Norway is providing NOK 100 million for fossil-fuel subsidy reform,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Joint Statement on Elections in Sudan
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:26pm, Tue. GMT]
The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) regret the Government of Sudan’s failure to create a free, fair, and conducive elections environment.
 
Oslo to host global summit on education for development
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:21pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway is hosting a global summit on education for development on 6–7 July. The aim of the summit is to boost global efforts in the field of education, with a view to reaching the UN’s new set of development goals. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to attend the summit. Among those invited are heads of government and ministers from 40 countries, heads of international organisations and respected international advocates for the right to education.
 
Norwegian Yara in Dublin
[Norwaynews] [26.04.2015, 04:49pm, Sun. GMT]
It has been announced today that Yara, a Norwegian based international chemical company, has officially opened a dry ice manufacturing site in Dublin with a workforce of 5 employees. Yara Ireland provides dry ice in Ireland across a variety of sectors including aviation, refrigeration, food storage, medical services and the entertainment industry. The new plant has a capacity of up to 10,000 tonnes of dry ice per annum.
 
World Yoga Day will be in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [26.04.2015, 11:23am, Sun. GMT]
It was a landslide victory for India at the UN General Assembly when the United Nations declared June 21st as International Yoga Day (or World Yoga Day). This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the world community to celebrate yoga at the international level, in his maiden speech at the UNGA in September 2014.
 
Norway satisfied with Sri Lanka's success in100-day programme
[Norwaynews] [25.04.2015, 11:36am, Sat. GMT]
Norway is satisfied with the success of the government's 100-day programme, the Norwegian Ambassador Grete Lochen told the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena when she called on the President Friday at the Presidential Secretariat. The Norwegian Ambassador commended the initiatives taken by the President to establish good governance and restore democracy amidst various obstacles.
 
Fridtjof Nansen: The Norwegian who helped the Armenians come to America
[Norwaynews] [21.04.2015, 09:56am, Tue. GMT]
Earlier this year, I journeyed from Vermont to Oslo to introduce myself to Marit Greve, an 86-year-old Norwegian who still swims in the fjord outside her home on the outskirts of the city. I wanted to meet her because it’s possible some of my Armenian ancestors would not have wound up in America were it not for her grandfather, Fridtjof Nansen. My Norwegian publisher, Pantagruel Forlag, engineered the visit.
 
Norway: Russia minister visit to Arctic island 'regrettable'
[Norwaynews] [20.04.2015, 06:28am, Mon. GMT]
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has angered the Norwegian government by visiting that country's Arctic territory despite a travel ban imposed on him over Russia's annexation of Crimea last year, regional-focused news site Barents Observer reported Saturday. Rogozin, who oversees Russia's aerospace, defense and Arctic industries, visited the island of Spitsbergen on his way to the North Pole to inspect a Russian mining settlement.
 
Norway's sovereign fund invests 2. 6 percent in Italy
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2015, 09:13pm, Sat. GMT]
Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund manager and Central Bank governor, Oystein Olsen, said he intended to keep investments in Italy unchanged. "At the moment we're not planning to increase our investments in Europe, which will remain at 40 percent of our global investments", Mr Olsen told Italian reporters after he was asked if he intended to increase investments in Italy.
 
Russian Northern Fleet's convoy of warships enters Norwegian Sea for drills
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2015, 09:10pm, Sat. GMT]
A convoy of warships of the Russian Northern Fleet, led by the Udaloy class anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, entered the waters of the Norwegian Sea for anti-aircraft and anti-submarine drills, Northern Fleet's press-service chief captain 1st class Vadim Serga told TASS on Friday. The fleet's spokesman said that before entering the Norwegian Sea the grouping of warships already held anti-aircraft drills, exercised radioelectronic warfare and elimination of floating mines.
 
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.
 
Speech at Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:46pm, Tue. GMT]
The essence of Arctic Council cooperation is to move forwards responsibly, guided by the best knowledge we can acquire, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende in his speech.
 
New international group of experts on education for disabled people
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:42pm, Tue. GMT]
Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has appointed an international group of experts on education for children and young people with disabilities. The group is to provide input to the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, to be held on 7 July.
 
Statement at Polish-Norwegian Roundtable
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:37pm, Tue. GMT]
State Secretary Ingvild Næss Stub held this statement at a Polish-Norwegian roundtable that discussed further cooperation between the two countries.
 
Norway concerned over jailing of Azerbaijani pro-democracy activist
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:33pm, Tue. GMT]
‘The jailing of Rasul Jafarov adds to our concern over the situation for democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan,’ said State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bård Glad Pedersen. The Azerbaijani pro-democracy activist Rasul Jafarov was on Thursday sentenced to six and a half years' imprisonment. Mr Jafarov became internationally known through his 'Sing for Democracy' campaign, which he launched in connection with the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in 2012.
 
Norway strongly condemns the mass murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:29pm, Tue. GMT]
‘Norway strongly condemns the mass murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The killings are claimed by groups affiliated with Isil. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to their families and to the people of Ethiopia’, Foreign Minister Børge Brende said.
 
Address at "Vision 2030 and Global Health"
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:24pm, Tue. GMT]
'The implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, which we hope will be adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, will require hard work in the years to come' said State Secretary Hans Brattskar in his address at the conference "Vision 2030 and Global Health".
 
Belarus beat Norway in Eurochallenge home friendly
[Norwaynews] [26.04.2015, 04:51pm, Sun. GMT]
The Belarusian national ice hockey team beat Norway 5-1 as part of the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge friendlies ahead of the 2015 IIHF World Championship, BelTA informs. Sergei Drozd and Sergei Kostitsyn each scored twice. Andrei Kostitsyn also contributed to the score. Norway had luck only once spoiling Kevin Lalande's bid for a shutout.
 
Norwegian consulate begins operations in Lahore
[Norwaynews] [26.04.2015, 04:48pm, Sun. GMT]
Norwegian Ambassador Leif H Larsen on Thursday announced the opening of the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Lahore. Naveen Fareed has been appointed as Norway’s first honorary consul in Lahore. Ambassador Larsen said the opening of the embassy signifies a strengthening of Norway’s ties with Lahore and with Punjab. In addition to providing services to Norwegian nationals in the area, the new consulate will also help bilateral business relations, he added.
 
Norwegian Crab Processing Centre in Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [25.04.2015, 01:14pm, Sat. GMT]
Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Grete Løchen together with the UN Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Subinay Nandy, and UNDP Country Director Joern Sorensen recently made a visit to Thampaddy fishing village in Kayts Divisional Secretariat in Jaffna District.
 
The Hague Children’s Conventions moves to Norway
[Norwaynews] [22.04.2015, 02:51pm, Wed. GMT]
The Hague Conference has, for more than a century, concerned itself with the protection under civil law of children at risk in cross-frontier situations. During the last part of the 20th Century, the opening up of national borders, ease of travel and the breaking down of cultural barriers have, with all their advantages, increased those risks considerably. The cross-border trafficking and exploitation of children and their international displacement from war, civil disturbance or natural disaster have become major problems.
 
Norway, Indonesia to muster cooperation on Afghanistan
[Norwaynews] [21.04.2015, 09:54am, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian and Indonesian officials have agreed to strengthen cooperation on Afghanistan. The triangular cooperation will help the Afghan government to overcome different challenges and speed up the development process. According to Jakarta Post, an Indonesian newspaper, the agreement was announced on the sidelines of the commemoration of the Asian African Conference’s 60th anniversary in Jakarta.
 
Norway supports efforts to eliminate gas flaring by 2030
[Norway] [20.04.2015, 06:26am, Mon. GMT]
‘When associated gas is flared, or burned, during oil production, this is both harmful for the climate and a waste of resources. Norway is therefore providing NOK eight million to the World Bank initiative Zero Routine Flaring by 2030,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
BlackBerry Oslo leak includes image
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2015, 09:11pm, Sat. GMT]
It’s always good to hear further information about upcoming devices, and readers may have heard some initial murmurings about the BlackBerry Oslo smartphone from Mobile World Congress. Although it was first thought that this handset would only release in China, in fact it will be available for global markets. Read on for more on the BlackBerry Oslo with unofficial details of specs and release date.
 
Romania, Norway exchange views on EU Neighbourhood Policy
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2015, 09:08pm, Sat. GMT]
The Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister, Bogdan Aurescu (photo R)  and the Minister for European Economic Area and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, Vidar Helgesen have reiterated on Wednesday their countries’ support for the full implementation of the Minsk Memorandums, according to a release by the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) sent Agerpres. The implications of the crisis in Ukraine upon the regional security and the situation in the Eastern neighbourhood of the EU have been significant topics on the agenda of the two officials, on Wednesday, at the MAE HQs.
 
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