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Fury in Norway as Facebook blocks ‘Napalm Girl’ pic

Facebook censorship is under fire in Norway after a well-known author and a news editor were banned from the social media behemoth for posting the icon Vietnam War photo of Kim Phuc, best known as the ‘Napalm Girl’. The whole thing began around two weeks ago when author and journalist Tom Egeland says he was banned from Facebook for violating ...

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New security challenge for Nordic countries

Finland is negotiating a bilateral defence agreement with the US this autumn. Jussi Niinisto, Finland’s Defence Minister, said in a telephone interview that the framework agreement between the US and Finland would cover areas including military training, information sharing, and research.  Two months earlier, Sweden has signed a bilateral Statement of Intent with the US to increase cooperation between their ...

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Norway’s women join the draft

OSLO, Norway: They sweat together, they sleep together: in the name of gender equality, Norway has introduced compulsory military service for women, even bunking them in mixed dorms with their brothers-in-arms. The military’s gender balance is not entirely equal yet, but almost a third of the Norwegian army conscripts born in 1997 were women this summer. At the Setermoen army ...

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Norway to build fence on border with Russia

Norway is putting up a steel fence at a remote Arctic border post with Russia after an influx of migrants last year, sparking an outcry from refugees’ rights groups and fears that cross­border ties with the former Cold War adversary will be harmed. The government says a new gate and a fence, about 660 feet long and 11 feet high ...

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Norway moves to bar entry to ‘hate preachers’

Norway’s Ministry of Justice announced on Wednesday that it would take a hard look at rules regulating the entry and residency of so-called ‘hate preachers’. Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug told Aftenposten that ministry officials would review the regulations for residence permits issued to imams, religious leaders and preachers. The move comes after Aftenposten reported on Monday that the Salafist organization ...

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Norway to Muslim Immigrant : We’ll pay you extra to leave

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (Utlendingsdirektoratet – UDI) is offering a 10,000 kroner bonus to asylum seekers to leave voluntarily. UDI will offer an additional 10,000 kroner to the first 500 asylum seekers who apply for a voluntary return to their home countries. Beginning on Monday, the offer will run for six weeks on a first-come, first-served basis. “We need ...

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Norway integration minister’s Mediterranean stunt backfires

Images of Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug floating in the Mediterranean Sea in a survival suit have sparked a social media backlash. Listhaug, a Progress Party member known for her hard-line stance, pulled off the stunt off the coast of Lesbos as a way to familiarize herself with the rescue work carried out by the crew of the Norwegian ship ‘Peter ...

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Norway’s hardline asylum bill heads to parliament

A long-awaited asylum and integration proposal was formally presented to parliament on Tuesday. The final version of the bill saw the Norwegian government scaling back its controversial requirements on family reunification for refugees, saying that it will be enough for them to have been employed or in education for three years before bringing their family to Norway instead of the ...

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Refugees must be taught the Swedish way of doing things

Sweden should be proud of the way it has dealt with the refugee crisis but the hard work has only just begun. The Local’s northern Sweden columnist, Paul Connolly, argues that Sweden must now teach newcomers how to be Swedes. Sweden has now more or less run out of resources with which to cope with more refugees, but for much ...

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Norway officials reject Muslim school in Oslo

A foundation that applied to establish a Muslim primary school in the Oslo district of Grønland was rejected by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training (Utdanningsdirektoratet), Kommunal Rapport reported. The Muslim organization behind the denied request is now considering an appeal to the Education Ministry “We have three weeks to decide what to do. We think it is about ...

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