Norway PM shakes up cabinet after right-wing party exit

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Friday announced her biggest cabinet reshuffle since taking power in 2013, replacing or repositioning two-thirds of ministers in the hope of reviving the Conservative-led coalition’s prospects.

Solberg this week lost her majority in parliament following the shock exit from government by the right-wing Progress Party over a decision to bring a woman suspected of Islamic State affiliation home to Norway from Syria.

Norway to take 600 Rwandan refugees in Libya

KIGALI/OSLO, Jan 10 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Norway this year will take in 600 people evacuated to Rwanda from Libyan detention centers, the Nordic country said as it sought to discourage the smuggling of refugees across the Mediterranean Sea.

Rwanda, from where more than 2 million people were displaced amid genocide in 1994, signed a deal with the United Nations in September meant to help resettle people detained in Libya while trying to reach Europe.

Norway hopes for China free trade deal in 2020, industry minister says

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway aims to reach a free-trade agreement with China by the end of 2020, more than a decade after initial negotiations began, the Norwegian industry minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

“By the end of last year we had good progress in the talks ... we continue to be optimistic and think it is realistic to get a deal in place during the year,” Torbjoern Roe Isaksen told Reuters on the sidelines of an industry conference in Oslo.

Norway Ambulance Hijacker Whitist Charged With Five Attempted Murders

OSLO, Nov 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) – A 32-year-old Norwegian, who stole and sped in the streets for 15 minutes in Oslo last month, was charged with five attempted murders, newspaper VG reported.

“He is charged with attempted murders and it concerns an elderly married couple and a mother with pram with twins,” Kari Kirkhorn, police attorney, told VG.

Norwegian police arrested the man on Oct 22, the same day when he drove over a woman with the baby pram, and forced an elderly couple to jump away in front of the car he had hijacked.

Nine Filipino Workers On Board Norwegian Cargo Ship Kidnapped In Benin

OSLO, Nov 5 (NNN-XINHUA) – Nine Filipino crew members were kidnapped from a cargo ship, owned by Norwegian shipping company, J.J. Ugland.

The nine people were taken off the bulk vessel, while it was waiting to be unloaded, off the coast in Benin, according to a statement released by Ugland.

While the company did not mention the nationalities of the hostages, Norwegian online newspaper E24, quoted a source of Norwegian Shipowners’ Association as saying that, they were all Filipinos.

China leads the race to exploit deep sea minerals: U.N. body

OSLO (Reuters) - China is likely to become the first country in the world to start mining seabed minerals if the international rules for exploitation are approved next year, the head of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) said.

The quest for exploiting seabed minerals, such as polymetallic nodules containing nickel, copper, cobalt and manganese is driven by demand for smart phones and electric car batteries, and the need to diversify supply.

Norway strongly supports JCPOA

OSLO, Aug 22 (NNN-IRNA) — Chairwoman of the Commission on Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Norwegian Parliament Anniken Huitfeldt said on Thursday that although her country is a close ally of the US, it strongly supports the JCPOA or Iran’s Nuclear deal and promoting trade between Oslo and Tehran.

She added after a meeting with the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, “Direct communications between me and the Iranian side was useful and we discussed various issues.”

Iran ready to work on French nuclear deal proposals, does not want war: foreign minister

OSLO (Reuters) - Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015 but it will not tolerate U.S. interference in the Gulf, its foreign minister said on Thursday.

At a time of heightened friction between Tehran and Washington, Iran also on Thursday displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system.

The United State abandoned the international nuclear deal in May last year and stepped up sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Norway mosque shooting suspect appears in court

12 August 2019; DW: The 21-year old man is suspected of opening fire in a mosque and breaching anti-terror laws. He has plead not guilty and refused to be interrogated by authorities.

A man held by Norwegian authorities as a suspect in the shooting at the al-Noor Islamic Centre, outside of Oslo, appeared in court on Monday. The 21-year-old is also suspected to have murdered his 17-year-old stepsister.

Norway police probe mosque shooting as ‘attempted act of terrorism’

STOCKHOLM, Aug 12 (NNN-AGENCIES ) – A shooting at a mosque in Norway is being treated as an “attempted act of terrorism,” police said on Sunday, but the male suspect has so far declined to answer police questions.

“He still doesn’t wish to give an explanation,” Grete Lien Metlid, assistant chief of the Oslo police district, told dpa late Sunday.

The suspect, a Norwegian in his early 20s, was arrested in connection with Saturday’s incident at the Al-Noor Islamic Centre mosque in Baerum, west of Oslo.

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