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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".
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.
 
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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.
 
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.
 
Recent UND grad stars in reality TV show featuring Norwegian-Americans
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2014, 08:50am, Wed. GMT]
Recent University of North Dakota graduate Kent Luetzen had a quick, intense lesson on his Norwegian roots, one that will be on television all over Norway. "I wasn't allowed to tell anybody what I was doing, so I had to tell all my professors I had a really cool job opportunity. I didn't want to tell them I was graduating early to be on a reality TV show," Luetzen said. The 22-year-old Minot native recently filmed a season of the popular Norwegian show "Alt for Norge," in which Americans of Norwegian descent who have never been to Norway compete in tasks to win prizes and a chance to meet their distant relatives.
 
Oslo Mayor Unhappy With Obama's Norway Ambassador Nominee
[Norwaynews] [08.07.2014, 06:21pm, Tue. GMT]
President Barack Obama's nomination of Long Island, New York, businessman George Tsunis as U.S. ambassador to Norway took another hit Sunday after the mayor of Oslo spoke critically about Tsunis' credentials. "The comments made by the man chosen to come to Oslo makes us ask whether the U.S. is sending a professional ambassador," Mayor Fabian Stang told Norwegian Broadcasting in a translated interview regarding Tsunis' Senate confirmation hearing.
 
Emirates Sky Cargo's New Oslo Route Enhances Scandinavian Trade Lanes
[Norwaynews] [08.07.2014, 02:34pm, Tue. GMT]
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to further strengthen trade lanes between Scandinavia and its worldwide network with the start of operations to Oslo, Norway, from 2 September this year. Oslo, the Norwegian capital and centre of the country’s shipping industry, will become Emirates SkyCargo’s third gateway in Scandinavia after daily passenger and cargo services were introduced to Copenhagen, Denmark, in August 2011 and Stockholm, Sweden, in September 2013.
 
Salmon exports reach record high
[Norwaynews] [08.07.2014, 02:31pm, Tue. GMT]
The value of exports of Norwegian salmon during the first six months of 2014 totalled NOK 21.5 billion (USD 3.47 billion). According to figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), this is the highest export value ever recorded for the first six months of any year. The figures show an increase in the value of Norwegian salmon exports of NOK 4,100 million (USD 662.3 million), or 24 per cent, compared to same period last year. Measured in product growth, the exported volume underwent an increase of nine per cent to 469,000 tonnes.
 
CIA takes responsibility for 1950s Norway UFO sightings
[Norwaynews] [06.07.2014, 12:25pm, Sun. GMT]
Back in the 1950s, there were reportedly many sightings of UFOs in the skies over Norway. Finally an explanation has been given, over 60 years later. The CIA decided to let Norway know that it was their fault, via Twitter of all things. Their tweet read: "Do you remember the reports of unusual activity in the sky in the 50's? That was us." They apparently then went on to explain that all the sightings of mysterious flying crafts, traveling at high speed with flashing lights, were actually test flights of secret US military planes.
 
Interview with Norway’s Chief of Defence
[Norwaynews] [05.07.2014, 07:58am, Sat. GMT]
Norway possesses a small but potent military which can defend its homeland while participating actively in international peacekeeping missions. Headquartered at the Akershus Fortress in the nation’s capital Oslo, the Norwegian Armed Forces (Forsvaret) consist of five branches – Army, Air, Navy, Home Guard, and Cyber – numbering approximately 25,000 soldiers. The Forsvaret’s vehicles and equipment are of great quality and are continually upgraded, such as the upcoming purchase of up to 52 new F-35 fighter jets, to meet new challenges.
 
Norway to give aid for Punjab police
[Norwaynews] [04.07.2014, 07:25am, Fri. GMT]
The Nor­we­gian government has entered into an agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), pledging $700,000 for enhancing the training and investigation capacity of the Punjab police department. The UNODC with the support of Norway has been supporting the Punjab government to improve technical capacity of its law-enforcement personnel. Cesar Guedes, the UNODC’s country director, and Ambassador Cecilie Landsverk of Norway signed the agreement to this effect on Thursday. Funds will be used to improve the investigation capacity of police in Gujrat, Gujranwala and Sialkot and provide support to crime scene units.
 
Gov’t denies lobbying for Aquino’s Nobel Peace Prize
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:44pm, Wed. GMT]
The Philippine government on Sunday denied rumors that it is lobbying for President Benigno Aquino III’s nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. “I definitely confirm that I am NOT lobbying for (President Aquino’s) nomination for Nobel peace prize. I wouldn’t even know how to do it,” Secretary Teresita Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) told Inquirer.net  in a text message.
 
A festival of Russian, Czech, Norwegian and African songs
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:40pm, Wed. GMT]
Nothing communicates quite like energy, and the choral program that opened the “2014 Serenade! Washington, D.C., Choral Festival” on Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria crackled with it. The Konevets Quartet, four jovial Russian men in bright tunics, led off, sighing extravagantly over songs of the homeland but waxing ecstatic when singing of pierogi with cheese. The Ondrasek Youth and Children’s Choir, 40 girls strong, with arm and hand motions synchronized, sang its way through an eclectic set of pieces with a big, smoothly produced and well-modulated sound.
 
Close Partners in Shipping, Shipbuilding Industries
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:36pm, Wed. GMT]
May 17 was Constitution Day for Norway, the country’s national holiday. In commemoration of this yearly event, BusinessKorea sat down with His Excellency Torbjørn Holthe, Norwegian Ambassador to South Korea, to speak about opening new trade routes between the two countries, and continued cooperation in a variety of fields. What follows are excerpts from the interview. First of all, please explain the brief history of diplomatic and economic relations between Norway and Korea.
 
Pentagon Releases New Counter-WMD Report
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:29pm, Wed. GMT]
The Pentagon wants to partner with allies to counter weapons of mass destruction (WMD), particularly as it faces a budget crunch, a new US Defense Department report states. “In a constrained fiscal environment, we are focusing our efforts on preventing acquisition [of WMDs] and countering the most likely threats,” the new strategy for countering WMDs states. “Accordingly, this strategy emphasizes early action through pathway defeat, shaping the environment to dissuade actors from pursuing WMD, and cooperating with partners to achieve countering WMD goals.”
 
Norway’s assistance to Serbia totals EUR 2.5 million
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:23pm, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian Ambassador in Serbia Nils Ragnar Kamsvag in Nis on Wednesday that his country sent around EUR 2.5 million worth of assistance over the course of 12 years. In the talks with Nis Mayor Zoran Perisic, the Norwegian ambassador said that his country’s main focus in the time to come would cover the high unemployment rate in Serbia. Norway will analyse the effects and results of assistance in order to continue cooperation, he said.
 
Norway seeks Muslim suspected of fighting in Syria
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:17pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway's intelligence service says it is seeking a Norwegian-born Muslim believed to have joined rebel ISIL fighters in the al-Qaida breakaway group in Syria. Spokesman Martin Bernsen says the agency wants to question Bastian Vasquez, who earlier was suspected of threatening the lives of the Norwegian prime minister and members of the royal family before he fled the country. Bernsen told the AP on Tuesday that Vasquez was suspected of "joining and/or supporting" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, classed as a terror organization in Norway.
 
Norway DM Urges NATO Members To Expand Military Capabilities, Areas of Interest
[Norwaynews] [26.06.2014, 08:26am, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s defense minister says NATO members should focus on the development of military capabilities as well as on areas where the US has security interests. Ine Eriksen Søreide, who became defense minister in October, said engagement in the Asia-Pacific region is “crucial for global stability. “What happens in the Asia-Pacific will have global impact and could have consequences also for Norway,” Søreide said Wednesday during a speech at the Atlantic Council think tank. “Therefore we need to be engaged.”
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Attorney General Holder Urges International Effort to Confront Threat of Syrian Foreign Fighters in Norway
[Norwaynews] [08.07.2014, 07:14pm, Tue. GMT]
During Visit to Norway, Attorney General Outlines Law Enforcement Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism. In a speech Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder called Syria "a cradle of violent extremism" and urged multilateral law enforcement action to confront the security threat posed by radicalized individuals from the United States and Europe traveling there. An estimated 7,000 foreign fighters, including dozens of Americans, have streamed into Syria to participate in the conflict there.
 
Holder: Threat from Syria endangers Europe, US
[AFP] [08.07.2014, 02:42pm, Tue. GMT]
Attorney General Eric Holder called on European nations Tuesday to deal more aggressively with the threat posed by the thousands of Westerners who have traveled to Syria to join the fighting there. In a speech for Norwegian diplomats in Oslo, Holder encouraged European countries to pass laws that make it illegal to prepare for or plan an act of terrorism; to conduct undercover operations against citizens planning to visit Syria; to share information and data with the U.S. and other countries about foreign fighters; and to develop programs to counter radical extremism.
 
Icelander in Norway Sentenced to Eleven Years for Murder
[Norwaynews] [08.07.2014, 02:33pm, Tue. GMT]
An Icelander living in Norway was yesterday sentenced to 11  years in prison for stabbing Norwegian media personality Helge Dahle to death in May last year, ruv.is reports. The men had been attending a party in Valle, southern Norway. Dahle was stabbed four times with a knife and died a short time later. The Icelandic man claimed to have acted in self defense after Dahle kicked him in the head.
 
Lithuania-Norway business chamber opens in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [08.07.2014, 02:30pm, Tue. GMT]
In Oslo, the capital of Norway, the Lithuanian-Norwegian business chamber has been established. It is the first and probably the major step towards creating even tighter business relations between the two countries, reports LETA/ELTA. The newly created business chamber will first of all encourage bilateral cooperation between enterprises. The nearest goals include not only rallying and motivating Lithuanian companies based on sectoral approach but also assisting Lithuanian businesspersons in finding contacts and developing business in Norway.
 
Kongsberg Upgrades System for Arctic University
[Norwaynews] [05.07.2014, 06:56pm, Sat. GMT]
UiT, The Artic University of Norway, has selected Kongsberg Maritime to provide cutting-edge upgrades and extensions of existing ship’s bridge simulators for navigation and DP training including human factor studies. UiT’s strong focus on maritime and offshore training, human factor studies and research and development projects strengthens knowledge and competence in advanced operations in the polar environment.
 
Police launch investigation into Chilean-Norwegian jihadist in Syria
[Norwaynews] [05.07.2014, 07:47am, Sat. GMT]
Norway’s Police Security Service (PST) launched an investigation Tuesday into Bastián Vásquez, a Chilean-born Norwegian featured in an English-language video released by a jihadist group at the center of bloody conflict in the Middle East. Vásquez — also known as Abu Safiyya — is the protagonist in a 15 minute video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the website Liveleaks on Sunday.
 
Norway deports 18 illegal immigrants a day
[Norwaynews] [03.07.2014, 09:22pm, Thu. GMT]
During the first half of this year, 3,167 people were forced out of Norway, 1,237 of whom had criminal convictions. The number of illegal immigrants forced out of Norway has reached its highest level ever. The National Police Immigration Service (Politiets Utlendingsenhet) has released latest figures showing that an average of 18 illegal immigrants per day were deported to Norway in the last six months.
 
Two Dubai chefs among 21 finalists at culinary competition in Norway
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:42pm, Wed. GMT]
This week, the World Association of Chefs Societies hosts its global competition in Stavanger, Norway. Held every two years, the contest brings together seven finalists – one from each region in the world – to compete in three categories: Global Chef, Junior Chef and Global Pastry Chef. The finalists had to win several preliminary rounds in their cities, countries and regions during the previous two years. This year, two of the finalists representing the Middle East/Africa region are from Dubai.
 
Finland Appoints 'NATO Hawk' as New PM
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:38pm, Wed. GMT]
The appointment of Alexander Stubb, dubbed a “NATO hawk” by the opposition Finns Party, as Finland’s new prime minister has raised expectations that the non-aligned Nordic state will accelerate a path toward NATO. The strong pro-alliance leaning of Stubb, who was foreign minister in predecessor Jyrki Katainen’s Cabinet, has triggered anxiety among government and opposition parties that he will lead a major shift in Finland’s national security and defense policy.
 
Nine Major German Defense Projects Under Civil Review
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:32pm, Wed. GMT]
A civil consortium will review nine major defense contracts worth more than €50 billion (US $68.2 billion) and provide recommendations broadly on project management, according to the Defense Ministry. The consortium is led by auditing and consulting company KPMG. It also includes the management consulting and engineering services company P3 Ingenieurgesellschaft and the full-service law firm Taylor Wessing. The consortium was awarded a €1.37 million contract for the review.
 
Kongsberg To Complete JSM Development
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:27pm, Wed. GMT]
Kongsberg has signed a deal with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation to complete development of its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) and prepare the weapon for integration on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning 11 aircraft. The Norwegian company said in a statement released Wednesday that the contract for the third phase of the development work will involve aircraft tests, production of a number of test missiles and integration on the F-35.
 
NORWAY: Kongsberg secures US$159.5m contract
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2014, 09:20pm, Wed. GMT]
Kongsberg has secured a US$159.5m contract from an unnamed major European OEM for the supply of gear shifters for both automatic transmissions featuring shift by wire and manual transmissions. The shifters will be used in D segment cars to be sold in Europe. The contract has an estimated total value of EUR119m (US$159.5m) for a seven-year period. Production supply will start in the fourth quarter of 2015. "It's very satisfying our capabilities in both automatic and manual transmissions are recognised by our customers," said Kongsberg driveline EVP, Joachim Magnusson.
 
Hagel Discusses Security With Norway’s Defense Minister
[Norwaynews] [26.06.2014, 11:51am, Thu. GMT]
USA Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide discussed a wide range of security issues during a meeting today at the Pentagon. Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the topics included the evolving crisis in Iraq and the growing threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Hagel also commended the Norwegian government for its support to the mission to remove declared chemical materials from Syria, the press secretary said.
 
Norway Wants NATO To Prepare For An Arctic Showdown
[Norwaynews] [26.06.2014, 08:24am, Thu. GMT]
Even Norway, ensconced in the most developed corner of the world, is worried about conflict with the Russians. Today, Stephen Saideman, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa and a leading expert on Canadian defense and foreign policy, posted an account of his meeting with Lt. Gen Morten Haga Lunde, a Norwegian three-star general and head of his military's "operational command headquarters," and various diplomats.
 
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