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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".
Parliament Speaker of Norway Visits Georgia
[Norwaynews] [24.03.2015, 03:49pm, Tue. GMT]
The president of Norway’s parliament, Olemic Thommessen, who is holding meetings with Georgian officials in Tbilisi on March 23-26, said his visit aims at demonstrating support to Georgia’s democratic reforms and its efforts to move closer to Europe.
 
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European leadership in a time of crisis
[Norway] [24.03.2015, 03:51pm, Tue. GMT]
'With the current critical situation in Europe, I am really looking forward to hearing his (Edgars Rinkevics) perspectives on the European role and the need for European leadership in addressing these challenges', said Minister Vidar Helgesen in his introduction of the Latvian foreign minister  at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs' seminar 19 March.
 
How can Norway best Support Afghanistan?
[Norway] [24.03.2015, 03:44pm, Tue. GMT]
The current situation in Afghanistan is the subject of two opposing narratives: one is a success story about international support and involvement since 2001; the other is a story where much has gone wrong and everything can only get worse. Agreeing on a narrative that is closer to the truth is crucial when deciding what form Norwegian support and involvement should take in the future.
 
Crimea is part of Ukraine
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 11:09am, Mon. GMT]
‘A year ago today, President Putin tried to legitimise the annexation of Crimea and change the Ukrainian and Russian borders with the stroke of a pen. This was the first time since the Second World War that an attempt has been made to move borders in this manner,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende condemns the use of chlorine weapons in Syria
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 11:04am, Mon. GMT]
We regularly receive reports that the Assad regime is dropping barrel bombs on towns and villages. These homemade bombs indiscriminately hit schools, mosques and residential areas, causing even more suffering to the Syrian civilian population, who have already endured so much. We have recently seen heart-rending pictures which seem to indicate that chlorine has been used in some of these bombs.
 
New centre inaugurated in Athens for those affected by economic crisis
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 10:59am, Mon. GMT]
Around 37 000 people will receive help from the new Solidarity Centre in Athens for people affected by the economic crisis. The centre was officially inaugurated today, and is financed by Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.
 
Norway does not recognise 'treaty' between Russian Federation and South Ossetia region of Georgia
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 10:54am, Mon. GMT]
'Russia's signing of agreements on alliance and integration with the breakaway regions of Georgia will not help to promote security and stability in the region. The agreements violate Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. I therefore denounce today's signing of a 'treaty' between Russia and the Georgian region of South Ossetia,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Latvia-Norway Business Forum
[Norway] [20.03.2015, 10:43am, Fri. GMT]
Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen's speech at the opening of the "Latvia-Norway Business Forum" in Oslo 18 March 2015. Your Majesty, Mr President, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure and honour to welcome you to today’s business forum in Oslo. This state visit demonstrates the close ties between our two countries, and will serve to further strengthen them. This forum provides a good opportunity to find new areas of cooperation.
 
Appeal to halt illicit trafficking of cultural objects from Iraq and Syria
[Norway] [18.03.2015, 06:53pm, Wed. GMT]
‘We have been horrified at the wanton destruction of ancient cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. The Norwegian Government is therefore launching an appeal to Norwegian collectors and experts in the field to exercise caution and help to prevent the illegal trade in cultural artefacts from the region,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Algeria-Norway: Common willingness to strengthen energy cooperation
[Norwaynews] [17.03.2015, 08:12pm, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende underlined Sunday, in Algiers, the willingness of his country and Algeria to strengthen their economic cooperation particularly in energy. “We have reviewed the best way to strengthen our cooperation in maritime and fishing fields, as well as in energy (oil and gas),” Brende told the press following the audience granted to him by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
 
Norway gets tough on closet indexing
[Norwaynews] [16.03.2015, 02:13pm, Mon. GMT]
Action taken by the Norwegian financial regulator against DNB Asset Management for managing an active fund closely to its benchmark has been welcomed. Fianstilsynet, the regulator, says a DNB Asset Management fund it analysed over five years performed very closely to its benchmark but is marketed and priced as an actively managed fund, which the regulator says is “censurable and counter to good business practice”.
 
Next Steps in the F-35 Global Enterprise: Cameri’s First F-35A and Norwegian-Australian Collaboration on the Joint Strike Missile
[Norwaynews] [16.03.2015, 10:23am, Mon. GMT]
The F-35 is not simply a replacement airplane; it is a 21st century air combat system embedded within a unique global enterprise. On the one hand, the commonality of the software on the F-35 allows for allies to develop missiles for “their” F-35s and have “their” missiles available for export to other F-35 partners.
 
Norway hospital conducts first ritual circumcision
[Norwaynews] [13.03.2015, 09:35pm, Fri. GMT]
A newborn baby had his foreskin surgically removed at a hospital in Southern Norway on March 9. It was the first such ritual circumcision performed at a hospital since the country’s new circumcision law was passed by the parliament last year. “They [the Muslim parents] were very happy,” Ole Tysland, head of surgery at Sørlandet Hospital in Kristiansand, was quoted as saying by local media. “Most people are glad that we now have the possibility to do this in the hospital.”
 
Swedes in Oslo are tired of negative stereotypes
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2015, 08:13pm, Thu. GMT]
When someone painted “Party Swedes; go home” on a wall in Oslo in 2008, life for young Swedish migrant workers in Norway’s capital city changed a little bit, and not necessarily for the better. An estimated 55 000 Swedes have crossed the border to work in Norway. They come to take advantage of higher wages and lower unemployment, but the transition is not always easy.
 
Japan dumps Norwegian whale meat
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2015, 08:09pm, Thu. GMT]
Whale meat imported into Japan from Norway has been dumped after tests found it contained up to twice the permitted level of harmful pesticide, the government said Wednesday. The announcement came after Western environmentalists first exposed the issue, in the latest salvo of a battle that pits Japan against many of its usual allies, such as Australia and New Zealand.
 
Norway police intercepting mobile phones illegally
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2015, 08:07pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s Aftenposten has revealed that police broke the law in order to eavesdrop on mobile phones. The newspaper reports that the countrys’ Police Security Service (PST) established a network of fake mobile phone base stations across Oslo in 2014 without duly informing the country’s telecoms authority. The phone bases allowed authorities to intercept nearby mobile phone calls made nearby.
 
Protection in practice for women human rights defenders and their work
[Norway] [11.03.2015, 02:46pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway’s State Secretary Hans Brattskar at the CSW side event 'Protection in practice for women human rights defenders' in New York 9 March 2015. The protection of women human rights defenders is a subject of great significance and it is an honour for me to be among so many prominent advocates for this cause. The efforts of human rights defenders are invaluable to promote and protect human rights and the rule of law.
 
Northrop Grumman Awards F-35 TPS Contract to Norway’s Kitron AS
[Norwaynews] [09.03.2015, 08:21pm, Mon. GMT]
Kitron AS will develop a Test Program Set (TPS) for evaluating and troubleshooting F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft avionics under a development contract awarded by Northrop Grumman. Under the four-year, $2 million contract, the Norwegian manufacturer will develop the TSP equipment, which consists of complex Interface Test Assemblies (ITA) that work with the LM-STAR test system developed by Lockheed Martin.
 
Norwegian woman barred from traveling on charges of beating Egyptian husband
[Norwaynews] [09.03.2015, 12:31pm, Mon. GMT]
A Norwegian woman went on a hunger strike Sunday in protest to a travel ban by Egyptian authorities, Youm7 reported Monday. The Moroccan-Norwegian Mona Hafid, who converted to Islam after marrying an Egyptian man who works in tourism, was barred to travel abroad because she convicted of beating her husband and was sentenced to six months in prison, although her sentenced was recently commuted.
 
5,000 Military Servicemen to Take Part in Norway Drills Near Russian Border
[Norwaynews] [09.03.2015, 10:35am, Mon. GMT]
The drills are the largest to take place in the region since 1967, Lt. Col. Aleksander Jankov, a spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, said in an interview with Nordlys, a local newspaper, adding that all types of weapons will be used in the exercises. According to Jankov, Lakselv and Alta (located in Norway's Finnmark county) will be the main sites of the drills. Finnmark is in the extreme northeastern part of Norway and borders the Russian Murmansk Region.
 
Common efforts to eradicate poverty: What the Sustainable Development Goals mean
[Norway] [06.03.2015, 02:19pm, Fri. GMT]
Foreign Minister Børge Brende's speech at a meeting in Oslo 4 March 2015 - "From vision to transformation - The next steps towards sustainable development".It would be an understatement to say that 2015 is an important year for global development, for the UN system and for multilateral cooperation in general. We are in the final year of the Millennium Development Goals period.
 
Norwegian parliament votes on new climate change law
[Norwaynews] [24.03.2015, 03:48pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway’s parliament will tomorrow vote on plans to create the country’s first flagship climate change law by the summer of 2017. The proposal, submitted by Christian Democrats and Green Party, recommends Norway model a law on the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act.
 
ISIL, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram had all tried to claim asylum in Norway
[Norwaynews] [24.03.2015, 03:42pm, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Police Immigration Service said that people with connections to terrorist groups such as ISIL, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram had all tried to claim asylum in Norway, according to local newspaper Dagsavisen.
 
Brexit: a Norwegian view
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 11:07am, Mon. GMT]
'British leadership is needed to help Europe become stronger, more free and more prosperous', writes Minister of EEA and EU Affairs  Vidar Helgesen in this article. Britain's influence in Europe, and even its membership of the European Union, are now the subject of robust argument in the country. There are divergent views on the best ways forward. This contribution is not intended to take part in the British debate, but is a perspective on the larger issues guided by my judgment of what serves Norway best, and what I believe will serve Europe best.
 
Norway's relation with the EU
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 11:02am, Mon. GMT]
State Secretary Ingvild Næss Stub's speech at a meeting with the European Parliament in Oslo on 16 March 2015. Thank you for the invitation. The Norwegian Government gives a high priority to Norway´s relations with Europe and the EU, and it has a strong emphasis on our relation with the European Parliament. I would describe he overall relationship between Norway and the European Union as excellent. Norway is cooperating closely with the EU on almost all policy areas, and its rules and legislation is more integrated with the EU acquis than any other non-member state [the most integrated outsider]
 
Foreign Minister condemns terrorist attack in Tunis
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 10:57am, Mon. GMT]
‘I condemn the terrorist attack in Tunis today in the strongest possible terms. The attack claimed the lives of many innocent people, and our thoughts and sympathy go to all those who have lost their loved ones, and to the Tunisian people,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Global implications of Arctic climate change
[Norway] [20.03.2015, 10:45am, Fri. GMT]
We have to commit to effective action to control climate change. The place where we can make decisive strides to that effect is Paris, at the UN Climate Conference in December, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.  Børge Brende in his statement at the conference in Paris.
 
Norway increases humanitarian support to Syria, provides USD 93 million
[NRK] [20.03.2015, 10:40am, Fri. GMT]
‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Somalia President approves credentials of new Norway ambassador
[Norwaynews] [18.03.2015, 06:50pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway has appointed a new ambassador to Somalia, a move to re-establish the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on Wednesday accepted the credentials of the new ambassador Mr. Victor Conrad Rønneberg, during a ceremony held at the Presidential palace in Mogadishu.
 
Swedish film could cause controversy in Norway
[Norwaynews] [17.03.2015, 08:10pm, Tue. GMT]
A new Swedish movie could cause friction with Norway as it describes the neighbouring country as a “retarded cousin who’s won he lottery”. The Ronnie Sandahl-directed movie, Svenskjavel, won the runner-up prize at the Gothenburg Film Festival’s best Nordic film of 2015 award.
 
50 shades of green
[Norwaynews] [16.03.2015, 10:27am, Mon. GMT]
The 17th of March is St. Patrick's Day, the Irish national day. Famous landmarks around the world will be lit up in green as part of the celebration, and for the second time in a row Norway will also participates. Last year it was the Holmenkollen ski tower, this year it is the polar exploration ship Fram which is being greened.
 
Norway Hosts NATO Response Force in September 2015
[Norwaynews] [15.03.2015, 04:40pm, Sun. GMT]
According to a story on the Norwegian Ministry of Defence website published on January 30, 2015, Norway will host the NATO Response Force this Fall. Noble Ledger is a defence exercise conducted by NATO Response Force (NRF) starting mid-September. The exercise will mainly be executed in the southeast part of Norway. The first to react in case of emergency, Noble Ledger prepares troops for their responsibilities as NATO Reponse Force.
 
LIPA chief receives royal honour from Norway
[Norwaynews] [13.03.2015, 08:43pm, Fri. GMT]
LIPA’s Mark Featherstone-Witty has been made an Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. The founding principal and chief executive of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was presented with the honour by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mona Juul, today. Six Norwegian graduates from the institute’s first intake in 1995 returned to celebrate the event, and attended the presentation in LIPA’s Paul McCartney Auditorium alongside around 50 current students from Norway.
 
Overdose deaths high in Norway
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2015, 08:11pm, Thu. GMT]
The second highest number of overdose deaths in Europe was recorded in Norway after Estonia, according to the European Union report on drugs in 2014. Some 260 people die of overdoses every year in Norway. Only Estonia reported more overdose deaths per capita than Norway.
 
New special unit will strengthen Norway's emergency response
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2015, 08:08pm, Thu. GMT]
New special unit has been established in the Norwegian Civil Defense that will assist the emergency services when critical situations arise.  48 men and women in South Trøndelag County have taken on the task to be the civil defense's first support unit in Norway, and Tuesday was their first day in operation.
 
Norwegian contractor looks for patient British concrete subbie
[Norwaynews] [11.03.2015, 02:48pm, Wed. GMT]
The company needs help in meeting growing demand in Norway and has set out a list of requirements. These include that the subcontractor would need to be patient, as it will take time to establish understanding and mutual trust. A year is not unusual from first contact to contract. The subcontractor would also need to able to cope with most of the documentation being provided in Norwegian.
 
Indonesia death penalty ISIS-style on "foreign citizens"
[Norwaynews] [10.03.2015, 08:34am, Tue. GMT]
Devastated by media news his petition for clemency was rejected, when Myuran Sukumaran finally picked up a brush again, the first subject he painted was the man who consigned him to death. After several weeks of paralysing depression, Sukumaran began the portrait of Indonesian president Joko Widodo, completing it on January 23 and inscribing the poignant message "People Can Change".
 
Norway to Grant EUR 126.6 M to Bulgaria under Bilateral, EEA Mechanisms
[Norwaynews] [09.03.2015, 06:50pm, Mon. GMT]
Bulgaria will be granted EUR 126.6 M for the next five-year period under bilateral and multilateral European Economic Area (EEA) financial mechanisms. This emerged after political consultations between Bulgaria and Norway at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers, which took place in Sofia on Monday, the ministry's press service reports.
 
Azerbaijan OKs visa facilitation, readmission deal with Norway
[Norwaynews] [09.03.2015, 10:36am, Mon. GMT]
Azerbaijan has ratified visa facilitation and readmission with Norway. The country's parliament ratified the agreement between the governments of Azerbaijan and Norway on visa facilitation and readmission of illegal residents on March 6. The agreement provides simplification of visa regime for citizens of both countries, visa-free regime for persons with diplomatic passports, reducing the number of required documents, reducing the consideration of the circulation period and the amount of the visa fees.
 
Norway urges Zim to harmonise laws
[Norwaynews] [07.03.2015, 07:48pm, Sat. GMT]
Norway has said it is deeply concerned with the delays by government to harmonize laws with the new constitution a situation Oslo says is responsible for the continued harassment of human rights activists by state actors. The new constitution, which Zimbabwe adopted one and a half years ago, guarantees freedoms of assembly and association. The new supreme law of the land also gives citizens right to protest, petition or litigate government against political, social and economic imbalances.
 
Shelter for internally displaced people in Gaza
[Norway] [06.03.2015, 02:15pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway is providing NOK 38 million for shelter for families who lost their homes as a result of the conflict in Gaza in 2014. 'The winter weather in Gaza is creating huge problems for the families who do not have proper homes. Conditions for the most vulnerable people urgently need to be improved,' commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
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