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Dec 9, 2010

Nobel peace prize chief has global vision

OSLO (Reuters) – When Thorbjoern Jagland became Norway’s Nobel panel chairman he had a mission: to give the Peace Prize a more global heft, after an era in which laureates included a tree campaigner and a micro-loan pioneer.

Since the former prime minister took over in 2009, the five-member committee has made controversial choices — Barack Obama, months after he became U.S. president, and Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident whose selection angered Beijing.

Dec 9, 2010

Newsmaker – Nobel peace prize chief has global vision

OSLO (Reuters) – When Thorbjoern Jagland became Norway’s Nobel panel chairman he had a mission: to give the Peace Prize a more global heft, after an era in which laureates included a tree campaigner and a micro-loan pioneer.

Since the former prime minister took over in 2009, the five-member committee has made controversial choices — Barack Obama, months after he became U.S. president, and Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident whose selection angered Beijing.

Dec 7, 2010

Economic carrot helps China in Nobel boycott drive

OSLO (Reuters) – Most of the 18 states joining China in shunning Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo have strong commercial interests at stake or share its hostility to Western human rights pressure.

The secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which awards the prize says China has mounted an unprecedented campaign to persuade other countries to boycott Friday’s award gala, but two-thirds of invited nations will attend.

Dec 5, 2010

Rights abuses show China no leader – Havel,Tutu

OSLO (Reuters) – China will not be a true world leader until it stops human rights abuses at home and support for ‘brutal’ regimes, former Czech President Vaclav Havel and Nobel Peace prize winner Desmond Tutu wrote in an editorial.

The veteran pro-democracy activists also urged Beijing to free Peace Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo from jail and his wife from house arrest before next Friday’s Nobel awards ceremony in Oslo.

Dec 5, 2010

Rights abuses show China will not be a true leader: sources

OSLO (Reuters) – China will not be a true world leader until it stops human rights abuses at home and support for ‘brutal’ regimes, former Czech President Vaclav Havel and Nobel Peace prize winner Desmond Tutu wrote in an editorial.

The veteran pro-democracy activists also urged Beijing to free Peace Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo from jail and his wife from house arrest before next Friday’s Nobel awards ceremony in Oslo.

Nov 30, 2010

Seadrill’s Q3 results disappoint, shares dip

OSLO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Seadrill Ltd (SDRL.OL: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), one of the
world’s largest deep-water drillers, reported a lower than
expected rise third-quarter profit on Tuesday due to a narrowing
in margins and cautioned on rig downtime during the fourth
quarter, hitting its share price.

Seadrill said it remained upbeat on demand for its oilfield
services amidst strong oil prices and raised its quarterly
dividend payout to $0.65 from $0.61 the previous quarter.

Nov 29, 2010

Oil-rich Norway may lend direct to Ireland

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway on Monday offered to join Britain, Sweden and Denmark in lending money directly to Ireland to help Dublin solve its debt crisis and stabilize the euro zone.

“If there should be a request from the Irish government we would certainly consider it very thoroughly,” Norwegian Finance Minister Sigbjoern Johnsen said at a press conference after meeting finance ministers from Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

Nov 19, 2010

Telenor commits to India as telco scandal grows

OSLO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Norway’s Telenor (TEL.OL: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) confirmed
its commitment to India on Friday, even as a scandal over the
awarding of licences roiled India’s government and telecoms
sector and armed critics of its presence on the subcontinent.

“We are in India to compete and do business. We’re
definitely part of the mobile game in India,” Telenor spokesman
Esben Tuman said.

Nov 16, 2010

PGS issues $275 mln shares to expand seismic fleet

OSLO, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Norwegian oil services provider
Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS.OL: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) issued on Tuesday $275 million
in shares to expand its fleet, betting on a strong recovery in
the market for seismic scans in search of oil and gas.

PGS shares were down 4.2 percent to 82.95 crowns at 0951 GMT
after dipping as much as 5 percent. In a sign of confidence in
the company, they hovered around the issue price of 83 crowns
despite a 1 percent fall on Oslo’s index.

Nov 5, 2010

EU envoys to attend Nobel rite despite Chinese ire

OSLO (Reuters) – European Union envoys in Oslo are likely to rebuff growing Chinese pressure to shun next month’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honouring Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, diplomats said on Friday.

Leaning harder on Western states to ignore Liu’s Nobel, Beijing warned European nations on Friday that supporting the jailed Chinese democracy activist would be seen as an affront to China’s legal system.