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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.
Romanians Condemn Norway over Child Welfare Controversy
[Norwaynews] [13.01.2016, 11:29am, Wed. GMT]
Thousands of Romanians have expressed anger at a decision by the Oslo authorities to take five children away from their Romanian-Norwegian parents over allegations of mistreatment. Over 62,000 people in Romania have signed a petition in recent days asking for a fast and fair solution in a sensitive case involving a Romanian-Norwegian family whose five children were taken into care by the Norwegian authorities because of alleged mistreatment.
For the first time since 1955: Passport required between Norway and Sweden
[Norwaynews] [27.11.2015, 12:25pm, Fri. GMT]
60 years after the Nordic Passport Union was established, Norway again introduces border control between the kingdom and neighboring countries. The Nordic Passport Union, established in 1955, allows citizens of the Nordic countries — Denmark (Faroe Islands included), Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland — to travel and reside in another Nordic country without any travel documentation (e.g. a passport or national identity card) or a residence permit.
The Hague Children’s Conventions moves to Norway
[Norwaynews] [22.04.2015, 02:51pm, Wed. GMT]
The Hague Conference has, for more than a century, concerned itself with the protection under civil law of children at risk in cross-frontier situations. During the last part of the 20th Century, the opening up of national borders, ease of travel and the breaking down of cultural barriers have, with all their advantages, increased those risks considerably. The cross-border trafficking and exploitation of children and their international displacement from war, civil disturbance or natural disaster have become major problems.
Norwegian kids visit al-Khader for friendly soccer match
[Norwaynews] [02.03.2015, 08:41pm, Mon. GMT]
A group of confirmants from the Norwegian church on Wednesday visited Bethlehem and played a friendly football match with juniors of the al-Kahder Sports Club. The group included nine teenage boys and girls from the local community Haegebostad who spent a week in Palestine and Israel escorted with their pastor Bernt Rune Sandrib. Seven parents and youth workers also visited as part of a program of visits to the Holy Land their church organizes.
Child mortality must be further reduced
[Norway] [29.01.2015, 09:35pm, Thu. GMT]
"Since 2000, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi has helped to vaccinate 500 million children and prevent six million deaths. Despite this, 1.5 million children are still dying every year from diseases that could easily be prevented. We must therefore intensify our efforts so that even more children are vaccinated and more children survive preventable diseases," said Prime Minister Erna Solberg at Gavi’s pledging conference in Berlin today.
Norwegian Progress Party consider opposing Oslo 2022 bid at National Congress
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2014, 05:12pm, Thu. GMT]
Prospects of Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics going ahead could depend on the outcome of the National Congress of the Progress Party, the junior coalition partner of the Norwegian Government, this weekend. The Progress Party, a conservative-liberal group on the right of the political spectrum, are currently only the third largest in the Norwegian Parliament behind the Labour and Conservative Parties. But since October 2013 they have also been the junior partner in a governing coalition with the Conservatives, thus giving them vital importance in Government decisions such as whether to endorse the 2022 bid.
Norway's prime minister announces government's resignation
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2013, 05:03pm, Mon. GMT]
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg Monday announced his government‘s formal resignation after it presented its last budget to parliament. Stoltenberg‘s government will stay on as caretakers, pending the formation of a new government led by Erna Solberg, leader of the Conservatives, who won elections last month. The outgoing premier was later Monday to meet King Harald and inform him of the decision to resign and recommend that he task Solberg with forming a government. Solberg was set to form a new right-leaning government with the populist Progress Party.
Norwegian parties conclude coalition government talks
[Norwaynews] [30.09.2013, 08:02pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway‘s Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg concluded exploratory talks Monday with three other parties on forming a coalition government. Solberg, the leaders of the right-wing populist Progress Party, and the smaller centrist Liberals and Christian Democrats were due late Monday to comment on the outcome of the talks after they consult with their party boards and caucuses. The four parties won 96 seats in an election three weeks ago, well clear of the 85 needed for a majority in the 169-seat legislature. Their win unseated a red-green coalition led by Labour Party leader Jens Stoltenberg for the past eight years. The conservatives last led a government in 1990.
Norwegian elections candidate already orders victory cake
[Norwaynews] [09.09.2013, 02:29pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway's Conservative candidate for prime minister is so certain she'll win Monday's election, she already ordered a victory cake, Norwegian daily VG reported. A press conference for candidate Erna Solberg was scheduled for the party Tuesday at which time the cake would be served, the newspaper said. "I am quite sure that there will be a right-wing majority and a right-wing government," Solberg told Aftenposten. A VG poll carried out Friday showed the Labor party had overtaken the Conservative party with 28.6 percent of votes to 27.5 percent.
Well-conducted elections in Albania
[Norwaynews] [02.07.2013, 05:07pm, Tue. GMT]
“Albania’s parliamentary elections on 23 June were considered free and democratic by international observers. This shows that the country has made further progress in living up to international standards,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. The opposition in Albania, a coalition led by Edi Rama (Socialist Party), won an overwhelming victory in the parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Sali Berisha has conceded defeat.
Norway creates immigration ministry to tackle migrant influx
[Norwaynews] [18.12.2015, 04:26am, Fri. GMT]
According to national broadcaster NOS, around 2,000 people joined the protest in a town of 27,000. Two police officers were among those hurt late on Wednesday when demonstrators began throwing stones, bottles and firecrackers to protest against a planned center for 1,500 migrants in the small Dutch village of Geldermalsen.
Oslo becomes a symbolic battleground for tolerance
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2015, 05:47pm, Wed. GMT]
Oslo hangs in the balance. But, the xenophobic right is fairly and squarely defeated. Norway’s local elections on Monday produced “a hung city,” with the right coming first with 28 seats in the 59 member city council and the left 26. The kingmaker is the MDG party, with five seats and of green convictions.
Protection in practice for women human rights defenders and their work
[Norway] [11.03.2015, 02:46pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway’s State Secretary Hans Brattskar at the CSW side event 'Protection in practice for women human rights defenders' in New York 9 March 2015. The protection of women human rights defenders is a subject of great significance and it is an honour for me to be among so many prominent advocates for this cause. The efforts of human rights defenders are invaluable to promote and protect human rights and the rule of law.
Norway calls for release of human rights defender in Bahrain
[Norway] [10.02.2015, 08:18pm, Tue. GMT]
‘The human rights situation in Bahrain has deteriorated steadily since the start of the Arab Spring in 2011. The Norwegian authorities call for the release of the Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab,’ said State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bård Glad Pedersen.

Norwegian Labour Party elects Gahr Store as new leader
[Norwaynews] [15.06.2014, 06:49am, Sun. GMT]
Jonas Gahr Store was Saturday elected leader of Norway‘s opposition Labour Party, succeeding Jens Stoltenberg who later this year takes over as head of NATO. Store, 53, was foreign minister from 2005 to 2012 under Stoltenberg, and then served as minister of health until last year‘s general elections when the Labour Party and its coalition partners were voted out of office. He was the sole candidate for the leadership post.
New Norwegian government takes office
[Norwaynews] [17.10.2013, 10:32am, Thu. GMT]
The new Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, presented Norway new government Wednesday afternoon. The new government consists of 11 representatives from the Conservative Party (Høyre) and seven representatives from the Progress Party (FrP). "This is a government with a very strong mandate. There are 96 mandates for change. We wish to manage the majority that we achieved together with the Liberal Left Party (Venstre) and the Christian Democrats (KrF). I want to thank Knut Arild Hareide and Trine Skei Grande," said Solberg.
Norway plans €12.4 billion infrastructure fund
[Norwaynews] [08.10.2013, 07:39pm, Tue. GMT]
Erna Solberg, the new Prime Minister of Norway, has pledged to establish a NOK100 billion (€12.4 billion), five-year infrastructure fund, paid for by oil revenues. The fund would be used to boost the construction of roads, railways, broadband internet and other infrastructure, including renewable energy and natural gas. Investments would be made through a state-owned company that would be funded by the government, but would also be allowed to borrow abroad with the government backing the loan.
Norway's right wing hails 'historic' win
[Norwaynews] [10.09.2013, 08:03am, Tue. GMT]
Norwegians voted in a Conservative ruling party led by Erna Solberg, ending an eight-year tenure for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg that was marked by economic stability and an unprecedented domestic terror attack. The Scandinavian nation's voters, who were casted their ballots at polling stations from the Arctic north to Oslo 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) further south, Significantly, one of the top election issues has been the proper use of Norway's oil fund, which at $750 billion (570 billion euros) is the world's largest sovereign wealth fund.
Admitting Posting Nude Images, Young Norwegian Politician Resigns
[Norwaynews] [29.07.2013, 05:25pm, Mon. GMT]
A young Norwegian politician who is the son of prominent parliamentarians has resigned from his post and admitted to hacking into several young womens' data and distributing nude pictures of them online. Local police have launched an investigation into the matter. Tor Johannes Helleland, 23, admitted in a statement Monday that he accessed several accounts belonging to young Norwegian women on Apple Inc.'s iCloud service, and then posted pictures of them to a website. He used a pseudonym and a concealed e-mail address, according to Norwegian newspaper VG, which first reported on allegations of hacking activities by a young politician.
New National Museum building approved by Norwegian Parliament
[Norwaynews] [14.06.2013, 11:19pm, Fri. GMT]
The Norwegian Parliament has Thursday 6 June approved the construction of a new building to house the National Museum on the site of the former Railway Station West, or Vestbanen, in Oslo. The museum will be Norway’s biggest cultural centre. The new building will profile the National Museum as an art and culture centre of international repute. “This is a big day for Norway and art,” says National Museum director Audun Eckhoff. “The new museum building will give Oslo and Norway significantly stronger and clearer positioning in the visual arts.
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