Turkey and Russia pose ‘complications’

Norway strives to be a peacemaker around the world, but has complicated relations of its own with such countries as China and neighbouring Russia. More “complicated” relations, according to an internal foreign ministry report, have emerged lately with Turkey but Foreign Minister Børge Brende claims they’re being addressed. “Turkey is at a crossroads,” Foreign Minister Børge […]

Russia ‘poses a considerable risk’

Gen Lt Morten Haga Lunde presenting the Norwegian military's latest assessment of "security challenges" for Norway. Russia, he said, presents a "considerable risk." PHOTO: Forsvaret/Torbjørn Kjosvold

The chief of Norway’s military intelligence agency followed up on earlier claims by other Norwegian intelligence officials on Wednesday, reporting that while Russia poses no military threat to Norway today, it can become a “considerable risk” over time. Gen Lt Morten Haga Lunde, who recently took over as head of the intelligence agency known as E-tjenesten, […]

Corruption cloud hangs over Hydro

Another of Norway's large partially state-owned companies is under a corruption cloud. Hydro and the government minister charged with having some control over the company can expect tough questions from the parliament's discplinary committee. PHOTO: Hydro

Last week it was being hailed by the prime minister. This week Norway’s large industrial firm Hydro was confronted with suspicions that it has become the latest state-controlled Norwegian company to ignore numerous warnings and do business in a country known for high levels of corruption. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) detailed in a lengthy published report over the weekend […]

US wants more military in Norway

Norwegian forces have been training in Northern Norway during the past week. US military officials have been along and want to train jointly and more often with their Norwegian allies. PHOTO: Forsvaret/Winnefride Steen

US officials want to boost their military presence in Northern Norway, at a time of rising tensions with bordering Russia. Their Norwegian counterparts appear to be rolling out the welcome mat but opposition politicians want to roll it back up, calling more US military presence in the Norwegian Arctic “an unnecessary provocation.” “Opening up for more American […]

Solberg rejects Russian ‘rhetoric’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, shown here at a security conference in Munich earlier this year, wrote that the attack on Nice this week carried reminders of the attacks in Oslo five years ago next week. PHOTO: MSC/Zwez

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has forcefully rejected what she called “Cold War rhetoric” from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the weekend. Just hours after leaving an international security conference in Munich, she blamed Russia for stirring up rising tensions between Russia and many other countries over the past two years. “It was Russia that […]

Jan Egeland coordinating Syrian aid

Egeland - moving from Human Rights watch to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Veteran Norwegian diplomat Jan Egeland, a former UN special envoy who most recently has been heading the Norwegian Refugee Council, has been tapped to head the group coordinating aid to Syrians in the wake of a stated cease-fire on Thursday. He got to work right away, and told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Friday that he thinks […]

Brother of Krekar’s defense attorney injured in deadly Istanbul explosion

UPDATED: At least one Norwegian, a brother of the defense attorney for a man declared a national security threat in Norway, is among those injured after a mid-morning explosion in Istanbul. Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende, meanwhile, was also in Turkey on Tuesday, for meetings with top government officials and he described the mood as “tense.” […]

Cargo jet crash shocks Posten Norge

Only small fragments remained of a cargo jet that crashed during the night while transporting mail for the Norwegian postal service Posten. Postal officials were expressing shock and sorrow Friday morning after news came that the crash killed the jet’s two cockpit crew members on board, and all its mail was lost. “We are all very upset by this […]

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Gym eyed for mass murderer’s trial

The young, ultra right-wing Norwegian who killed 77 people in and around Oslo during a bomb- and shooting spree four years ago may not get his latest complaint against the authorities heard in a courtroom. Instead, court authorities are considering hearing his complaint in the gymnasium of the high-security prison where he’s being held in Skien. Anders Behring […]