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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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Cyber-espionage: Norway's intelligence chief accuses China of stealing military secrets
[Norwaynews] [02.03.2016, 08:25pm, Wed. GMT]
General Lieutenant Morten Haga Lunde, chief of Norwegian intelligence service E-tjenesten, has publicly accused hackers affiliated with the Chinese government of conducting cyber-espionage against Norway-based firms to steal sensitive data and military state secrets.
Terror suspect in Jordan spied on Iranian refugees in Norway
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:34am, Thu. GMT]
An Iraqi man with links to the Iranian regime's Quds Force who was recently detained in Jordan as part of a major anti-terrorism operation had previously spied on Iranian refugees in Norway, the Norwegian security services have announced.
Norway police intercepting mobile phones illegally
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2015, 08:07pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s Aftenposten has revealed that police broke the law in order to eavesdrop on mobile phones. The newspaper reports that the countrys’ Police Security Service (PST) established a network of fake mobile phone base stations across Oslo in 2014 without duly informing the country’s telecoms authority. The phone bases allowed authorities to intercept nearby mobile phone calls made nearby.
Former Turkish intelligence chief: Senior PKK member leaked secret Oslo talks to media
[Norwaynews] [02.02.2015, 09:39pm, Mon. GMT]
Omer Altiparmak, the former head of the Turkish intelligence department of the National Police Department, has claimed that Adem Uzun, a senior member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) responsible for the organization’s foreign affairs, leaked audio recordings that revealed secret talks took place between Turkish intelligence officials and members of the PKK in Oslo in 2010.
Illegal surveillance equipment turned off
[Norwaynews] [05.01.2015, 01:27pm, Mon. GMT]
Much of the alleged illegal surveillance equipment in the Oslo area, discovered by the newspaper Aftenposten just before Christmas, has now been turned off, the newspaper reports. Aftenposten reported in mid-December that it had located a number of fake base stations for mobile phones, which were allegedly used to monitor mobile phone traffic in the Oslo area. The newspaper wrote that it had registered a number of so-called IMSI - catchers operating near key official buildings in Oslo, such as the Parliament (Stortinget), the Prime Minister's residence and other key political buildings and financial central.
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 banns education of Iranian students, fears spying
[Norwaynews] [19.04.2014, 07:08pm, Sat. GMT]
Norwegian Police Security Service ( PST ) has decided to send a number of Iranian student back to Iran as they feared that the students may use their education for nuclear program by the Iranian regime. The decision was taken based on the UN resolution that obliges Norway to prevent the Iranians to learn about technology that can be used in nuclear applications. The concern appeared in the threat assessment for 2013 which was published recently, Norwegian media reported.
Norway buys new surveillance ship
[Norwaynews] [18.03.2014, 08:53am, Tue. GMT]
A new vessel, specially designed for intelligence services and surveillance, has arrived in Norway. The hull of the vessel arrived in Ålesund in Møre and Romsdal County this last weekend. High-tech equipment will be installed before the ship is ready for use. "This vessel is built for the northern areas, and its tasks will be to monitor all activity up there, both civil and military, so that the Norwegian government can get as complete a picture as possible of what is going on," says chief of the Intelligence Services, Kjell Grandhagen.
More refugees subject to espionage
[Norwaynews] [07.03.2014, 12:13pm, Fri. GMT]
Refugees that are granted residency in Norway are often subject to threats and espionage from their home country. "We do not know the scope of this due to the high volume of unreported numbers. However, we experience that the scope of refugee espionage has increased along with the number of refugees that come to Norway,"says Head of Communication at the Security Police (PST), Trond Hugubakken, to Vårt Land. In the report that presents the most significant threats against Norway in 2014, the PST reports that intelligence services from foreign states are active in Norway.
‘More Spies eye Norway than during Cold War’
[Norwaynews] [25.10.2012, 08:54am, Thu. GMT]
The head of Norwegian intelligence agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) told to foreign Journalist that foreign countries are “spying more on us now than during the Cold War.”   PST investigations revealed that spying was principally directed at prominent political leaders, Peace negotiations, sensitive NATO information and Oil and gas technology companies.  PST declined to identify which nationalities were involved but “new countries are coming forward.”
Two Iranian students sue Norway over expulsion
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:41am, Thu. GMT]
Two Iranian PhD students have sued the Norwegian government after being expelled from the country on suspicion of gathering information that could aid Iran’s nuclear program. Hamideh Kaffash and Shanin Akbarnejad both enrolled at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in the autumn of 2014.
A look at Norway’s Pakistani gangs
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2015, 06:02pm, Tue. GMT]
Oslo is home to two infamous gangs whose members are mainly Pakistani Norwegians. They are known as the A gang and B gang or A-Gjengen and B-Gjengen. According to an article in Pakistan’s Daily Times, both gangs are run by criminals within Oslo’s immigrant Pakistani community.
Russia and China spy in Norway - PST
[Norwaynews] [05.02.2015, 09:20pm, Thu. GMT]
Police Security Service director Benedicte Bjørnland believes that Russia and China  espionage services pose the greatest danger to Norway. “The two states which Norway has no security policy cooperation with, and that also have the largest intelligence capacity by far, are Russia and China. Of these, we consider Russian intelligence to possess the greatest potential for damaging Norwegian interests.
Wiretapping equipment detected near Russian Embassy in Norway
[Norwaynews] [06.01.2015, 05:04pm, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian journalists and experts in the field of telecommunications security believe that telephones of embassies of Russia and France in the Norwegian capital of Oslo could be tapped. According to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Finland are also located in the area, where wiretapping equipment was used. With the help of special equipment, Norwegian reporters detected numerous signs of so-called IMSI-interceptors near the buildings of the parliament, office and personal residence of the prime minister of Norway, embassies of the USA and Israel, the building of the Central Bank of Norway, as well as near the offices of several large law firms and financial institutions.
Secret Surveillance near Government Buildings: Reports
[Norwaynews] [13.12.2014, 03:04pm, Sat. GMT]
Fake mobile base stations, which can be used for eavesdropping or spying, have been discovered near Norway's parliament and within the executive government quarter in central Oslo, Aftenposten news outlet revealed in its two-month independent investigation. Whoever is behind this suspicious activity, they are able to intercept calls, monitor everything taking place in downtown Oslo and track movements in the vicinity of government offices, Aftenposten stressed.
CIA takes responsibility for 1950s Norway UFO sightings
[Norwaynews] [06.07.2014, 12:25pm, Sun. GMT]
Back in the 1950s, there were reportedly many sightings of UFOs in the skies over Norway. Finally an explanation has been given, over 60 years later. The CIA decided to let Norway know that it was their fault, via Twitter of all things. Their tweet read: "Do you remember the reports of unusual activity in the sky in the 50's? That was us." They apparently then went on to explain that all the sightings of mysterious flying crafts, traveling at high speed with flashing lights, were actually test flights of secret US military planes.
Czech Spy found "Working on something big" in Norway ?
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2014, 09:51am, Tue. GMT]
A Czech suspected of being Counter intelligence service Official suffering from “amnesia”, found in a snowdrift in Oslo last December, has began regaining fragments of memory after speaking with his family over the phone. It has come to light that the man, who has gone under the name of John Smith since his rescue, worked for the Czech Interior Ministry. With every turn, the mystery surrounding a 36-year-old calling himself john Smith has deepened, ago it was not ever clear he was Czech, although he understood the language, along with Slovak, Russian and Polish.
Foreign spies target refugees in Norway
[Norwaynews] [17.03.2014, 09:11am, Mon. GMT]
The head of Norway’s security policy has warned that many asylum-seekers who are granted refuge in the country are under threat by their country’s secret service.  “We do not know the scope of this due to the high volume of unreported numbers. However, we experience that the scope of refugee espionage has increased along with the number of refugees that come to Norway,” Trond Hugubakken was quoted as saying in an interview with Oslo’s daily Vårt Land.
Report: Israeli intelligence recommends release of pre-Oslo prisoners
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2013, 04:48pm, Fri. GMT]
Israeli intelligence services advised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to release dozens of Palestinians detained before the Oslo Accords, Israeli media reported Wednesday. The Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported that security services advised Netanyahu that the prisoners detained before 1993 did not pose a security risk to Israel. Some 123 Palestinians have been detained in Israel for over 20 years. According to the report, US Secretary of State John Kerry unsuccessfully pressured Netanyahu to release some of the detainees during talks earlier this week.
Sudan expels Norwegian diplomat in spy row
[Norwaynews] [10.10.2012, 08:49pm, Wed. GMT]
Sudan on Wednesday expelled a Norwegian diplomat, the foreign ministry said, after Oslo told a Sudanese diplomat to leave the previous day over suspicions he was spying on refugees from the African country. The diplomatic spat risks damaging the two countries' ties - Norway is one of the few Western countries to enjoy normal relations with Sudan, advising Khartoum on how to improve the performance of its oil industry. Sudan's foreign ministry said it had summoned the Norwegian ambassador in Khartoum to inform him of the expulsion. It did not name the diplomat.
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