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Map of Akershus   Akershus is a county in Norway, bordering Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Oslo and Østfold. It has a short border with Sweden (Värmland). Akershus is the second largest county in population after Oslo, with more than half a million inhabitants. The county is named after Akershus Fortress. The county administration is in Oslo, which is not part of the county per se.
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.
Abel Prize for Belgian Pierre Deligne
[Norwaynews] [21.03.2013, 08:02pm, Thu. GMT]
Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne, who is regarded as one of the most celebrated mathematicians of the 20th century, has been chosen for this year’s prestigious Abel Prize in Mathematics. The 69-year-old professor emeritus of the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, is being awarded for his “seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory and related fields.”
Air Services consultations at ICAN2011
[Norway] [04.10.2011, 01:46pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway, together with Denmark and Sweden, will participate in ICAN2011 which will take place in Mumbai 17 – 23 October 2011.  The ICAN meetings are sponsored by ICAO and is a meeting place for States wishing to conduct Air Services consultations with third parties.
Politician's biography reveals long 'secret' affair
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:46pm, Thu. GMT]
Two new biographies of a former top Labour Party politician, who went on to head Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), shed interesting light not just on the politician's own life, but on how the Norwegian media functions as well. Einar Førde, who died of cancer in 2004 at the age of 61, was a legend of sorts within Norway's Labour Party. He was attached to its radical faction, was a long-time member of Parliament and rose to be both a government minister and, ultimately, the powerful position of kringkastingssjef: boss of Norway's equivalent of the BBC. Førde was also a brash, tough-talking and vastly self-assured man who seemed to enjoy nurturing a reputation for womanizing, while also reportedly worrying that his extra-marital affairs limited his career advancement.
Norway sends aid to Greece
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 10:51pm, Thu. GMT]
The Norwegian government sent a specially equipped helicopter to Greece over the weekend, with crews experienced at battling forest fires. Plans were being laid, meanwhile, to get more than 200 Norwegian tourists out of the area.  The Bell 214 helicopter was expected to reach Greece late Monday afternoon. Its crew and its equipment have long experience in fighting forest and brush fires in Norway.
Public administration to be fully digitalised
[Norway] [12.04.2012, 03:44pm, Thu. GMT]
“Correspondence between the public and the administration will be based on digital mail,” said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the presentation of the Government’s new digitalisation programme today. He announced that the next major Government reform will be full digitalisation of the public sector. Digital communication is to be the main means of contacting the administration. Relevant services will be provided online and members of the public will have to actively select paper-based solutions if they prefer this option.
Hurricane terrified residents
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:10am, Fri. GMT]
Hurricane Dean tore through the eastern Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Martinique, terrifying residents with powerful winds that ripped roofs from buildings, downed trees and knocked out power. The eye of Dean, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, passed between St Lucia and Martinique, two eastern Caribbean islands less than 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) apart, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
Toddler went hiking alone, in the middle of the night
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:20pm, Thu. GMT]
Donning a backpack and going for a hike is deeply engrained in the Norwegian culture. A little girl up north took the national pastime to heart, much to her mother's dismay.  The four-year-old girl apparently woke up in the middle of the night, climbed out of bed and decided it was time for a midnight stroll. She put on her playclothes (pink), slung a backpack over her shoulders and set off into the newly returned darkness of a late summer night in Tromsø, northern Norway.
PV Obeng Escapes
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:23am, Sun. GMT]

The Asker and Baerum District Court in Oslo, Norway, which ruled in an alleged theft and corruption case against Tor Egil Kjelsass, a former employee of Scancem International ANS, last September, has noted that even though it was evident that huge sums of monies were transferred to ostensibly bribe Ghanaian and other African political leaders in the 1990s, it was difficult to lay blame on the accused.
It said Scancem International ANS would have unraveled the mystery surrounding the alleged scandal if it had, for instance, enquired from Mr. Paul Victor Obeng, a former ‘Prime Minister’ of Ghana, if he had received any monies.

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