UN secretary-general defends leadership style amid Norwegian criticism

OSLO — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon defended his leadership style Monday after stinging criticism by a Norwegian diplomat, saying different cultures and traditions in the world body must be respected.

Report: Norwegian UN Ambassador criticizes UN secretary-general in leaked letter

OSLO — Norway’s ambassador to the United Nations has accused Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a confidential letter of weak leadership, lack of charisma and angry outbursts, the Oslo newspaper Aftenposten newspaper reported Wednesday.

PPP will not comprise with India on Kashmir issue: Pak Minister

OSLO - Pakistan’s Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Qamar Zaman Kaira, today said that neither his country nor the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party would compromise with India on the Kashmir issue.

Museum opens for Norwegian Nobel laureate writer and Nazi sympathizer

OSLO — Crown Princess Mette-Marit has opened Norway’s first museum dedicated to Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun, whose literary talent was overshadowed by his later Nazi sympathies.

Norway’s StatoilHydro posts zero profit in 2Q, blames lower crude, gas prices

OSLO — Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro ASA on Tuesday saw its profits vanish in the second quarter and blamed lower crude and gas prices.

Norway’s StatoilHydro posts zero profit in 2Q, cites lower crude and gas prices

OSLO — Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro ASA on Tuesday saw its profits vanish in the second quarter and cited lower crude and gas prices.

Norway and Morocco in row over former Olympic track champion’s children

OSLO — The Norwegian ambassador to Morocco denied on Tuesday that he breached his diplomatic duties by helping the children of a Moroccan Olympic cross-country champion return with their mother to Norway.

Chechen government, separatist leaders hold talks in Oslo; first in 8 years

OSLO — A Chechen separatist leader and a senior representative of the regional government said Friday they have met for talks to bring stability to the war-scarred Russian region. It was the first such contacts between the two sides in eight years.

Chechen government, separatist leaders meet for talks in Oslo

OSLO — A Chechen separatist leader and a senior representative of the regional government say they have met for secret talks in Oslo.

Norwegian telecom group Telenor posts 61 percent Q2 profit drop despite strong cash flow

OSLO — Norwegian telecommunications group Telenor ASA on Thursday reported a 61 percent slump in second-quarter profit, due to sliding revenues and losses in its stake in Russian mobile operator VimpelCom.

Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro posts 73 percent tumble in Q2 profit

OSLO — Norwegian aluminum supplier Norsk Hydro ASA on Wednesday reported a 73 percent plunge in second quarter profits, citing “historically” weak demand amid the economic crisis.

Norwegian aluminum concern Hydro posts 73 percent tumble in 2Q profit

OSLO — Norwegian aluminum supplier Norsk Hydro ASA on Wednesday reported a 73 percent plunge in second quarter profits, citing “historically” weak demand amid the economic crisis.

Kenyan banker, Malawian farmers’ group win Norwegian prize for African green revolution

OSLO — Norway’s Yara Foundation says a Kenyan banker and a Malawian farmers’ group have won its annual prize promoting former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for a green revolution in Africa.

Cruise ship spills oil in Norwegian, UNESCO-listed fjord

OSLO — Norwegian police say a large amount of oil has leaked from a cruise ship in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geiranger fjord.

Norwegian fertilizers group Yara halts Belgian plant after explosion injures 2

OSLO — Fertilizers group Yara International ASA announced Monday that it was shutting down its plant in Belgium after an explosion injured two employees and caused serious damage to the facility.

Norwegian papermaker Norske Skog to slash 9 percent of work force due to sliding demand

OSLO — Norwegian papermaker Norske Skog will cut 9 percent of its work force because of falling demand for newsprint and magazine paper, the company said Friday.

Champions League referee who faced death threats after Chelsea game ready for next match

OSLO — The Norwegian referee who faced death threats after a Champions league semifinal between Chelsea and Barcelona said he is eager to get back on the pitch.

Norwegian court fines businessman nearly $109,000 for drunk driving

OSLO — A rich Norwegian has been ordered to pay a 700,000 kroner ($109,000) fine after driving his car 400 yards while drunk. Police stopped the 49-year-old man in October near the airport for southern Norway’s Kristiansand. Tests showed he had a blood alcohol content of .188 percent. Norway’s maximum is .02 percent.

Norwegian court fines businessman nearly $109,000 for drunk driving

OSLO — A rich Norwegian has been ordered to pay a 700,000 kroner ($109,000) fine after driving his car 400 yards (meters) while drunk.

Nobel laureate Al Gore says unchecked global ice melt could push planet toward “tipping point

OSLO — Al Gore said Tuesday the world must act quickly to slow the melting of the world’s polar ice packs and glaciers before it reaches a critical rate for global warming.

Norwegian lawyers file complaint accusing 10 Israelis of Gaza war crimes under new law

OSLO — A group of Norwegian lawyers filed a complaint Wednesday accusing 10 Israelis of war crimes in Gaza under the country’s new universal jurisdiction law, officials said.

High-speed sex, high-speed chase: Norwegian loses driver’s licence

OSLO - A Norwegian man lost his driver’s licence after police had to pursue him at speeds of over 120 km per hour while he was driving and engaged in sex with a female companion at the same time, reports said Monday.

Climate change replaces hunting as biggest threat to polar bears

OSLO - Climate change poses the main threat to the world’s polar bear population, the world’s five biggest polar bear nations have said.

Record 205 nominees for 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO - A record number of nominations, in all 205, have been made for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Institute said Friday.

UN envoy disappointed over EU role in Afghanistan

OSLO - The UN special envoy to Afghanistan expressed disappointment Thursday over the European Union’s (EU) efforts to train more police officers in Afghanistan and improve Afghanistan’s justice system.

Norwegian police stage 90-minute strike

OSLO - Norwegian police officers Thursday staged a nationwide strike in protest against changes in regulations for working hours.

Norway condemns war in Sri Lanka

OSLO - Norway Tuesday condemned the war in Sri Lanka and said it was deeply concerned over the plight of civilians following the government offensive against the Tamil Tigers.

Norwegian diplomat compares Gaza offensive with World War II

OSLO - The Norwegian Foreign Ministry distanced itself Wednesday from an e-mail sent by a Norwegian diplomat comparing Israel’s offensive in Gaza with events in World War II and the persecution of Jews.

Grave of man buried over 60 years back to be exhumed

OSLO - Exhuming the grave of a man who died in 1945 may offer clues to his then claims that he was a missing Austrian archduke, a news report said.

Norway, Sweden urge end to Gaza violence

OSLO/STOCKHOLM - Norway and Sweden Saturday joined international calls for an end to the violence in the Gaza Strip and urged both Israel and Hamas to show restraint.

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