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Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, and Ministry official Steffen Kongstad, who led the negotiations on the cluster munitions ban, have been voted persons of the year by the prominent disarmament organisation Arms Control Association (ACA).

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Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will host the signing – by states from all over the world – of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The signing will take place in Oslo, from 3 to 4 December 2008.

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The Abel Prize 2008 was presented by His Majesty King Harald to American, John Griggs Thompson and French - Belgian, Jacques Tits, at the Abel Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, 20 May. The prize is awarded by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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Norway is going to recognise Kosovo as an independent state. - There are several reasons why we have arrived at this conclusion, says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

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Fifty thousand researchers from over 60 countries were ready for action when International Polar Year (IPY) opened on 1 March. Norwegians are represented in half the IPY projects, making Norway one of the largest contributors to this global research initiative.

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Six months after the opening of the spectacular Opera House, Oslo’s new landmark has won the WAF Award for Culture for 2008.

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Olje- og energiminister Åslaug Haga deltok onsdag 5. mars i en åpen høring i Europaparlamentet om fangst og lagring av CO2. Temaet viste seg å trekke full sal i Brussel.

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The humanitarian situation in the Palestinian Territory remains extremely serious. The civilian population is suffering, and women, children and young people face particular difficulties. In response to a humanitarian appeal by the UN, Norway has decided to provide NOK 75 million for the UN’s humanitarian effort in the Palestinian Territory.

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The Commission is planning a European Agency on Fundamental Rights, aimed at creating a culture of fundamental rights in Europe. The agency will expand on the mandate of a current anti-racism center, to include all fundamental rights of EU members.

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