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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
 
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US President Warns Russia against Military Build-up in Northern Europe
[Norwaynews] [13.05.2016, 07:16pm, Fri. GMT]
US President Barack Obama has warned Russia against its “aggressive” military build-up in northern Europe.

Obama made the remarks on Friday after meeting with Nordic leaders from Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark at the White House.

"We are united in our concern about Russia's growing aggressive military presence and posture in the Baltic-Nordic region,” he said.

Meanwhile, Denmark, Norway reportedly agreed to contribute to “enhanced allied forward presence” with the North Atlantic Organization Treaty (NATO).

The United States on Thursday activated a land-based missile system in Romania, despite Russia’s warning against a systematically increasing US-led arms deployment near its borders.

The missiles’ activation marked the penultimate step in the completion of a missile shield, which Washington proposed nearly a decade ago.

 
Norwegian tank in deadly collision during NATO exercise
[Norwaynews] [08.03.2016, 12:59pm, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian police and military officials say one person has been killed when a tank collided with a car on a county road during a major military exercise in central Norway. The crash happened Monday in Nord Troendelag county, where the Cold Response exercise is taking place with 15,000 soldiers from NATO and partner countries.
 
NATO watches very carefully military developments in the Arctic - Ambassador Douglas Lute
[Norwaynews] [09.02.2016, 07:06pm, Tue. GMT]
First of all it’s important even as current events draw our attention to the East or to the South of NATO space, to remember that NATO is an Alliance in all directions.  So here at the NATO headquarters we often remind ourselves that we are a 360 degree, that is a complete circle when we think about challenges to the Alliance.  So the far north is part of that 360 degrees.
 
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Norway
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2015, 12:34pm, Wed. GMT]
The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel concluded a four-day trip (11 to 14 October) to Norway where he attended the 61st Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, visited the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) and met His Royal Highness King Harald V of Norway.
 
Defence Ministers welcome progress on NATO-Georgia relations and discuss NATO’s long-term adaptation
[Norwaynews] [10.10.2015, 06:19pm, Sat. GMT]
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Georgia’s progress on reforms “is on the right track” Thursday (8 October 2015) after NATO Defence Ministers reviewed increased cooperation with Georgia’s Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli. “Georgia is one of our closest partners and we are moving steadily closer together,” Mr. Stoltenberg said.
 
Secretary General highlights value of partnership as he opens joint NATO-Ukraine civil emergency exercise
[Norwaynews] [22.09.2015, 05:59pm, Tue. GMT]
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, opened a joint NATO-Ukraine civil emergency exercise in Yavoriv on Monday (21 September 2015), at the start of his first official visit to Ukraine which is to highlight the partnership between NATO and Ukraine.
 
Norway Foreign Minister: Georgia should become NATO member
[Norwaynews] [07.09.2015, 06:29am, Mon. GMT]
Norway supports Georgia’s NATO membership and will remain faithful to this idea at the next summit of the Alliance. Norway’s support for Georgia was voiced by the nation’s Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who paid an official visit to Tbilisi yesterday, Agenda.ge reports.
 
Secretary General thanks Norway for its contributions to NATO
[Norwaynews] [05.06.2015, 08:21pm, Fri. GMT]
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has thanked Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg for her country’s important contributions to the Alliance. In Oslo on Friday (5 June 2015), Mr. Stoltenberg stressed that the Alliance is adapting and staying strong in the face of security challenges to the east and the south. He commended Norway for its participation in NATO missions and operations, as well as for its strong political support.
 
NATO's Stoltenberg: no immediate threat from Russia
[Norwaynews] [05.06.2015, 07:01am, Fri. GMT]
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday Russia is not an immediate threat, but condemned Russia for its lack of cooperation with its neighbors. Stoltenberg, in his native Norway on his first official visit as NATO Secretary-General, told state broadcaster NRK in an interview Wednesday, "What we see is more unpredictability, more insecurity, more unrest... I believe we don't see any immediate threat against any NATO country from the east."
 
Remarks by President Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after Bilateral Meeting
[Norway] [27.05.2015, 10:38am, Wed. GMT]
Now, with respect to NATO, obviously this is a challenging and important time for NATO, and we are very lucky to have General Secretary Stoltenberg at the helm during this time.  We had a chance to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the increasingly aggressive posture that Russia has taken, and we affirmed that NATO is the cornerstone not just of transatlantic security but, in many ways, is the cornerstone for global security.
 
US, Norwegian Defense Leaders Meet on Security Cooperation, NATO Summit
[Norwaynews] [25.03.2016, 10:38pm, Fri. GMT]
US Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work met with Norway’s State Secretary for Defense Oystein Bo in Washington, DC to discuss bilateral security cooperation, a spokesperson for Work, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, said in a statement on Thursday, APA reports quoting Sputnik. "During their meeting, Work and Bo discussed US-Norwegian defense cooperation efforts and highlighted the Marine Corps Prepositioning equipment in Norway," the statement noted.
 
Exercise Cold Response underway in Norway
[Norwaynews] [05.03.2016, 06:16pm, Sat. GMT]
Exercise Cold Response 16 is underway at Bodø Main Air Station, Norway, as Norwegian, U.S. and Belgian air forces continue to showcase NATO's and the Partners for Peace's ability to defend against any threat, in any environment-especially a frozen one. "Cold Response is designed to test our Airmen and other countries in cold-weather operations during major combat scenarios," said Capt. William Flynt, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon instructor pilot and exercise project officer.
 
Air Force issues new advanced helmet for F-35 pilots
[Norwaynews] [21.10.2015, 05:26pm, Wed. GMT]
A new pilot helmet with three integrated technologies for improved situational awareness has been issued to a Norwegian F-35 pilot for the first time. The U.S. Air Force reports that the Generation III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System from Rockwell Collins was given to the in-training F-35 pilot late last week at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.
 
Kazakhstani MPs participate in NATO PA session in Norway
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2015, 03:33pm, Tue. GMT]
Kazakhstani parliamentarians - Vice Speaker of Majilis Abai Tasbulatov and member of the Senate's Committee for international relations, defense and security Sergei Gromov - participated in the 61st annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from October 10 to October 12 in Stavanger, Norway, the Majilis' press service reports.
 
Pre-ministerial press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
[Norwaynews] [10.10.2015, 06:17pm, Sat. GMT]
NATO Defence Ministers will meet this Thursday. Our meeting comes at a decisive time for our security. We see the Middle East and North Africa in turmoil. Russia’s deployment of significant forces in Syria is of great concern.
 
First F-35 for Norway rolled out at Fort Worth
[Norwaynews] [22.09.2015, 05:53pm, Tue. GMT]
Top Norwegian officials on Monday underscored their commitment to buying up to 52 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets in coming years, saying the stealthy jet's capabilities provided an important counterweight to Russia's military buildup and increased military flights in the region, according to Reuters.
 
Norway contribute to NATO’s missile defence system
[Norwaynews] [10.06.2015, 10:11am, Wed. GMT]
Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg announced that her country will contribute to NATO’s missile defence system. Solberg met with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday, 5 June and after the meeting she told reports that Norway is a “committed Nato member”, and therefore the country’s participation in Nato’s missile defence system is “necessary.”
 
NATO chief Stoltenberg begins official visit in native Norway
[Norwaynews] [05.06.2015, 07:06am, Fri. GMT]
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg arrived Wednesday at an air base in northern Norway, which has served as a hub for a large cross-border aerial exercise involving six NATO members and three other participating countries. "My first official visit to Norway. I feel quite at home. And safe - thanks for the escort," Stoltenberg - a former Norwegian premier - tweeted as two Norwegian F16 fighter jets flew alongside his plane to the Bodo air base.
 
NATO Secretary General to visit Norway
[Norwaynews] [03.06.2015, 05:12pm, Wed. GMT]
NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit Norway from Wednesday 3 June to Friday 5 June, 2015. Mr. Stoltenberg will have an audience with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon. He will meet with Prime Minister, Ms. Erna Solberg, Minister of Finance, Ms. Siv Jensen, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende and Minister of Defence, Ms. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.
 
U.S., 8 European nations conduct Arctic exercise following Russian activity
[Norwaynews] [26.05.2015, 09:35pm, Tue. GMT]
About 100 fighter jets and 4,000 personnel from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on May 25. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland, aims to test cooperation among Arctic nations near Russia.
 
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