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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".
Rwanda: Appeals Hearing for Rwandan Genocide Suspect in Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:13am, Sun. GMT]
A Rwandan sentenced in Oslo for participation in the 1994 genocide on Tuesday pleaded not guilty as his appeals hearings opened. Sadi Bugingo, now 49, has been living in Norway since 2002. He was sentenced on February 14, 2013 to 21 years in jail, the maximum sentence in Norway. The Oslo court deemed that he had played a leading role in the massacres of some 2,000 people in April 1994 in eastern Rwanda. It was the first genocide trial to be held in Norway.
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Norwegian ambassador cycles to office
[Norwaynews] [01.09.2014, 11:57am, Mon. GMT]
Ambassador of Norway for Indonesia Stig Traavik sometimes prefers to choose cycling rather than driving a car to his office in Jakarta in order to stay healthy. "I like cycling very much because it is my favorite activity, and I still ride cycle. Norwegian people love cycling very much," Traavik said here on Monday. Traavik along with Norwegian Counselor Per Kristian Roer had attended the inauguration ceremony of National Initiative: The Protection and Recognition of Indigenous People through REDD+ in Vice Presidents Palace.
Virginia Macari's fiance pleads guilty to €4m fraud in Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 01:55pm, Sun. GMT]
According to the Media, Kaste Dahl is charged with fraud of up to NOK 30m in connection with a holiday cabin property located in southern Norway. Speaking to the MoS, Anne Glede Allum, police prosecutor at the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Oslo, revealed that Mr Dahl  has pleaded guilty to giving false information to obtain a bank loan and that a trial date has yet to be set. Socialite Virginia Macari (39) is best known for TV3 show Celebrity Salon and her stint on Dublin Wives in 2012 with Lisa Murphy, Danielle Meagher, Jo Jordan, and Roz Flanagan.
Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to host safety lunch at ONS
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:42am, Sun. GMT]
Against a backdrop of cost pressures and spending cuts, Norway’s tradition of collaboration and government regulation will be an important subject at the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s safety lunch at this year’s ONS show in Stavanger. Scheduled to take place from 12:30 on Wednesday 27 August, the safety lunch has become a well-established part of the ONS exhibition and conference. It brings together government agencies, key leaders in the industry and the most important union representatives to discuss safety from a national and international perspective.
UN appoints new envoy to Cyprus
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:37am, Sun. GMT]
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Espen Barth Eide of Norway as his new Special Adviser on Cyprus. Mr. Eide will assume the position formerly held by Alexander Downer of Australia, who stepped down as his Special Adviser in April 2014. The Secretary-General expresses his gratitude to Lisa Buttenheim of the United States, his Special Representative and Head of Mission, United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), for serving as Acting Special Adviser since Mr. Downer’s departure.
Muslim Extremists Threaten Another 9/11 for Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:32am, Sun. GMT]
The Norway news portal VG Nett reported that a Muslim terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunna’, is threatening that if a section of the Norwegian capital is not transformed into a sharia-compliant Muslim nation, an attack rivaling 9/11 will be launched upon Norway. VG Nett stated that the Norwegian Police Security Service is already familiar with many members of this particular group.
Wood Mackenzie: Norway's 10 billion barrels of undeveloped resources represent US$106 billion (NKr 649 billion prize)
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:24am, Sun. GMT]
STAVANGER, 26th August 2014 – at ONS 2014 Wood Mackenzie releases its latest upstream estimates revealing that Norway has 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of discovered natural resources yet to be developed.  Despite being at different stages of evaluation, facing intense investor scrutiny and considerable technical and commercial challenges, Wood Mackenzie says over 60% of the resources could be commercialised - potentially adding US$106 billion (NKr 649 billion)   to the country's oil and gas industry revenues.
Norwegian Muslims Rally Against Islamic Militants
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:19am, Sun. GMT]
Norway's prime minister and other politicians have joined Muslim leaders and thousands of other people for a demonstration in Oslo against radical Islamists. Monday's rally was an initiative by young Norwegian Muslims who wanted to show a united front against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq and their sympathizers in Norway. Mehtab Afshar, head of the Islamic Council in Norway, told the crowd: "They stand for terrorism, they stand for terror ... and we condemn that in the strongest terms."
Mohammed Most Popular Name in Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:10am, Sun. GMT]
For the first time in the Norewgian capital's history, Mohammed is the common name for boys and men, said a study on Thursday. Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå - SSB) has counted the population of Oslo and found that Mohammed is the most common male name in Oslo for the first time ever. Jørgen Ouren of SSB said to NRK: “It is very exciting.” Altogether 4,801 boys and men are named Mohammed or variations of Mohammed as their first name, and Mohammed has thereby passed both Jan (4,667) and Per (4,155).
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.
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.
Plane carrying 200 people forced to circle over Norway for THREE hours
[Norwaynews] [01.09.2014, 10:54am, Mon. GMT]
A passenger plane with a suspected flat tyre was forced to circle over Norway for nearly three hours before making an emergency landing at the capital's main airport. The plane circled the skies to burn off fuel before attempting the landing at Oslo Airport in Gardermoen. The Novair Airbus A321 was carrying almost 200 passengers and crew when it landed safely on Sunday night. A tyre may have been punctured when the plane was taking off while en route to Chania on the Greek island of Crete.
Climate change issue discussed in Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:44am, Sun. GMT]
A joint project working on climate change  adaptation, food security and gender issues in the Hindu Kush Himalayas has shared insights with Norwegian bureaucrats, community leaders, and the public in Norway recently. According to the ICIMOD office that released the press statement from Kathmandu on Monday, the event was hosted by GRID-Arendal, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO), and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
Norway Opens Door for Mass Internet Surveillance
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:39am, Sun. GMT]
Norwegian Intelligence Service (PST) wants to obtain permission to monitor all Norwegians’ online activities. Ministry of Justice keeps the door open for the proposal. PST-chief Alana Bjørnland wants to give security permission to monitor all Norwegians’ activity on the internet by using so-called big data technologies. Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen is positive about the PST chief’s desire to strengthen national security.
Norway set to receive first drag-chute equipped F-35
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:35am, Sun. GMT]
When Norway’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35As comes online in 2015, there will be little to distinguish them from jets belonging to the United States and other programme partners. That will change after 2017, when the Scandinavian nation will be the first to receive a modular kit to equip its jets with drag chutes that help the aircraft land on icy Arctic runways. The chute, which the Netherlands and Canada also are eyeing as a modification to their F-35s, is the first aftermarket modification to the jets through seven low-rate initial production (LRIP) lots.
Norway Has New Association for Locals
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:29am, Sun. GMT]
The Norwegian radio industry now has a second trade association for local radio — the Foreningen Norsk Lokalradio, the Association of Norwegian Local Radio. The organization aims to provide information to local radio stations during the transition phase from FM to digital radio, saying it will tackle a range of issues and conditions that must be answered and negotiated for both the digital and FM licensees
Norway’s Hindu temple offers matchmaking
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:22am, Sun. GMT]
A Hindu temple in Norway offers a matchmaking service for the Scandinavian Hindu community. “Those who may be interested to find his/her life partner or parents interested to find bride or groom for their children can register themselves in our register of match finding”, website of Sanatan Mandir Sabha Hindu Temple of Slemmestad (Norway) states. “Matrimonial Personal Data” asked in the registration form, besides other information, includes hobbies, appearance (in addition to photograph) and family information. Registration and service charges are 500 Norwegian krone (about $81).
Norway may revoke terrortist citizenships
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:16am, Sun. GMT]
The Norwegian Government are considering revoking the citizenship of those who choose to partake in terrorist activities in the Middle East. Norwegian intelligence has revealed that a 2014 report estimates that 40 to 50 Norwegians are thought to have fought in Syria with extremist groups like Isis and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra front. A report in the Aftenposten states that the Jihadists that return to the Scandanavian country are thought to be a dangerous terror threat. A total of 100 Scandanavians are thought to have gone to Syria for Jihad. Solveig Horne, Minister of Children and Equality informed the TNB news site:
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.
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.
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.
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