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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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Russia’s ambassador to Norway became Russian Railways
[Norwaynews] [09.05.2016, 07:58am, Mon. GMT]
Russia’s ambassador to Norway, Viatsjeslav Alfredovitsj Pavlovskij concludes his tenure as ambassador and heads home to takeover deputy chairmanship of the Board of Directors of Russian Railways.

There is nothing unusual about this and  six years is a long time, says press attache Andrey Kulikov at Russia’s embassy to TV2.

President Vladimir Putin has asked the ambassador Viatsjeslav A. Pavlovskij to conclude his Norway tenure. He has been ambassador since 2010.

The Foreign Ministry confirms to NTB that the ambassador’s official period is over and  that Pavlovskij is returning to Russia.

The Foreign Ministry has been given due notice.
 
Vagit Alekperov has admitted that Svalbord belongs to Norway?
[Norwaynews] [07.04.2016, 01:12pm, Thu. GMT]
“Lukoil” has included the sector in the region of Svalbard (Shpittzbergen in Russian) which is considered an economically independent zone, in the next round of auctioning that Norway is holding. The Norway Ministry of oil has recently made the decision to increase the inventory of the sectors of hydrocarbon , which are offered to energy companies within the regulations of the 23rd licensing round.
 
UNHCR 'concerned' by Norway's refugee policies
[Norwaynews] [28.01.2016, 08:44pm, Thu. GMT]
The United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR expressed concern Wednesday over Norway's policy on returning refugees to Russia and plans to tighten rules for family reunifications. "We consider that the Norwegian procedure ... is cause for concern," the UNHCR's representative in the Nordic region, Pia Prytz Phiri, told reporters at the close of a three-day visit.
 
Russia shuts arctic border to Norway over 'security reasons'
[Norwaynews] [25.01.2016, 07:46am, Mon. GMT]
Russia on Sunday confirmed it had shut for "security reasons" an Arctic border post with Norway to migrants being controversially returned from the Nordic country. Norway on Saturday said it was temporarily halting its return of migrants -- mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq -- who had entered from Russia following a request from the authorities there.
 
Russia to Conduct a Surveillance Flight Over Norway Under Open Skies Treaty
[Norwaynews] [23.11.2015, 04:55pm, Mon. GMT]
Russian experts will conduct an aerial surveillance flight over Norway in an An-30 cartography aircraft within the scope of the Treaty on Open Skies, the head of Russia's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said on Monday.
 
Norway says Russian spies are ensnaring its politicians in sex traps
[Norwaynews] [11.11.2015, 02:34pm, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian authorities say that Russians are blackmailing government workers, including MPs, into revealing state secrets by tricking them with duplicitous gifts like vodka and attractive women—a well-known strategy from the Cold War era.
 
Norway and Russia - In defence of good relations
[Norwaynews] [24.10.2015, 10:59am, Sat. GMT]
Norway’s opposition leader is worried that Olso is wearing down the country’s once close relations with Moscow. Norway’s opposition leader has criticised that country’s current government for failing to maintain good relations with Russia.
 
This little-known “no-visa zone” in the Arctic connects Europe to Russia
[Norwaynews] [26.09.2015, 11:38am, Sat. GMT]
The area above the Arctic Circle is finally getting some attention from western politicians, after Barack Obama’s presidential trip to Alaska and a global climate change conference there. Sure, any jolt of activity is likely a welcome occurrence in these far northern communities, but barring sparse high-profile visits, towns and villages in the Arctic nurture and cultivate local economies on their own.
 
Russia-Norway 'early notification' protocol signed
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2015, 05:43pm, Wed. GMT]
Russia and Norway yesterday signed a protocol on the practical measures required for their inter-governmental agreement on early notification of nuclear accidents and exchange of information on nuclear facilities. The protocol was signed in Vienna during the International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference by Rosatom director general Sergey Kirienko and Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority director general Ole Harbitz.
 
Another six states support sanctions against Russia
[Norwaynews] [30.07.2015, 04:17am, Thu. GMT]
Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, as well as Ukraine support the extension of restrictive measures against Russia until January 31, 2016 in view of its actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine, according to the EU website.
 
Russia, China, Finland, Norway, South Korea to discuss use of Northern Sea Route
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2016, 02:35pm, Wed. GMT]
Diplomats and top executives of large corporations from Russia, China, Finland, Norway, and South Korea gather in Murmansk on Tuesday to discuss the prospects for developing and using the Northern Sea Route, a shipping lane from stretching across the waters of Arctic seas between the Kara Sea and the Bering Strait and providing a maritime haulage route between Europe and Asia along Russia’s Arctic coast. This is the sixth conference in the Arctic Logistics series, officials at its organizing committee said.
 
Russian Oil privatisation - Norwegian Eye on the Arctic
[Norwaynews] [04.02.2016, 07:39pm, Thu. GMT]
On the 5th of February, the government of Russia will review the so called anti-crisis plan for the year 2016.  The main idea of which, it seems, is the expansion of the privatisation of government companies. The previous privatisation program, which was implemented in 2011 until 2013, was expecting in influx of of $28,7 billion into the budget of Russia.  60% of this program was completed.
 
Russia Will Not Take Deported Refugees from Norway
[Norwaynews] [28.01.2016, 08:42pm, Thu. GMT]
Russia will reportedly not accept refugees deported from Norway.  The move by the Russian government comes as Norway seeks to tighten requirements for asylum seekers and send some refugees to Russia.  Thousands of asylum-seekers have crossed from Russia into Norway since the refugee crisis began.
 
Norway sends over 600 asylum seekers back to Russia
[Norwaynews] [22.12.2015, 01:25pm, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian migration police superintendent Tor Espen Haga reports that Norway returned about 600 asylum seekers arriving from Russia back to that country in November through December 2015, according to NRK. These are the people with permits for residence in Russia, he said, NRK wrote.
 
Firing of Arctic editor turns spotlight on Russia-Norway relationship
[Norwaynews] [13.11.2015, 07:37am, Fri. GMT]
Thomas Nilsen, the former editor of an online newspaper in Arctic Norway who was recently fired, may have been a victim of Norway’s unusual relationship with Russia in the Arctic, suggests a piece in the BBC Magazine. Nilsen was fired from the BarentsObserver in late September.
 
Putin is dumping Muslim ''refugees'' on Norway ?
[Norwaynews] [10.11.2015, 09:38pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway has set itself up against Russia, and therefore we are being punished, says Aftenposten's former editor, Kjell Dragnes. Norway has objected against the superpower, the neighbour in the East, and we are simply being punished for it, says Dragnes to NRK. Dragnes was until recently editor of foreign affairs for Aftenposten, and he has been Moscow correspondent for the newspaper twice.
 
Russia-Norway Conflict? Defenses Being Modernized Amid Russian Arctic Military Buildup
[Norwaynews] [02.10.2015, 12:13pm, Fri. GMT]
With Russia’s military buildup in the Arctic, Norway said Thursday it needed to modernize its defenses, Reuters reported. Norway, a NATO member state, shares a small border with Russia in the Arctic where there has been increased military activity.
 
Strategic significance of Iceland grows as Russian presence in North Atlantic grows
[Norwaynews] [22.09.2015, 05:54pm, Tue. GMT]
The growing Russian military presence in the Arctic and North Atlantic has increased the strategic significance of Iceland. All nations of Northern Europe must work together to counter the growing threat a Norwegian defence expert argues.
 
Russia is stalling an investigation into whether one of its capsized nuclear submarines is spreading dangerous radiation
[Norwaynews] [05.08.2015, 02:35pm, Wed. GMT]
Russian customs has for the last 10 months held in impound samples from a sunken nuclear submarine that Russian scientists sent to their Norwegian counterparts to confirm whether the wreck poses any radiological hazards, Norwegian media have reported.
 
Russian import ban renewal a risk to trade relationships
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:45am, Thu. GMT]
The Norwegian Seafood Federation (FHL) has noted the renewal of Russia's ban on food imports from some western nations, including its former main salmon supplier Norway, is a concern for long-term trade links. “Some of Russia's importers have already gone bankrupt, and some are still struggling now,” Trond Davidsen of the FHL told Undercurrent News. “It is a worry for when the market re-opens – more may be gone by the time this ban lifts. We might need to build new relationships once trade begins again.”
 
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