Tears and laughter at Nobel ceremony

The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s carefully orchestrated Peace Prize ceremony dissolved into laughter on Tuesday when the committee’s leader almost forgot to award this year’s prize. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali received it in end, though, as some members of the audience wiped away tears and created a bit of a mob scene on his […]

Cameras met the Peace Prize winner

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali arrived in Oslo late in the day on Monday, and faced an immediate glare of camera lights and questions he couldn’t avoid. The smiling winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize answered a few but then had to be whisked away for the delayed beginning to his visit that […]

Peace Prize winner avoids questions

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is grappling with some awkward challenges just days before the man they selected to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize arrives in Oslo. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has made it clear he won’t attend any event where he could publicly be asked questions, either by the press or even […]

Another Nobel Peace Prize for Africa

The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee made it clear on Friday that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize isn’t just aimed at recognizing and encouraging Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to secure peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea. It’s also meant to help resolve conflicts in the region, and is the latest […]

China meets some new opposition

NEWS ANALYSIS: Nine years after the Norwegian Nobel Committee infuriated Chinese officials by awarding the Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabao, the conciliatory tone that other Norwegian officials felt forced to adopt may finally get tougher. Telia Norge’s decision this week to dump Huawei as a supplier for the mobile operator’s 5G network […]

Nobel Committee ready for spotlight

The five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee have once again been huddling for months over who should win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Speculation was flying around 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, but experts were skeptical and think other candidates including journalist- and arms control organizations were more worthy and likely to win on […]

MP accuses China of ‘manipulation’

UPDATED: “It’s clear China has manipulated us,” declared a Member of Parliament to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday afternoon. MP Petter Eide was responding to NRK’s report about how the Chinese Embassy in Oslo managed to prevent Amnesty International from mounting a protest when China’s third most-powerful man visits the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday. Eide […]

Standing ovations for Nobel Laureates

The applause seemed to go on forever at Monday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were honoured with lengthy standing ovations, for drawing international attention to sexual violence as war crimes that must be punished. “We thank you for seeing the suffering, and devoting your life to the battle […]

Nobel winners seek justice for women

Security was tight around the Norwegian Nobel Institute on Sunday, after a week in which news broke about threats against Norway’s justice minister and politicians in Oslo’s City Hall. Inside the institute, this year’s highly acclaimed Nobel Peace Prize winners were calling for far more security and justice for victims of arguably the worst sort […]

Norway joins criticism of China

Norway has joined some international criticism of China, after reports of how Chinese authorities have rounded up as many as 1 million ethnic minorities and forced them into internment camps in Xinjiang. Newspaper Aftenposten reported during the weekend how Norway’s ambassador in Beijing is among 15 stationed in the Chinese capital who have sent a […]