Last week (11-14 January), parliamentarians from Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway visited Ankara to discuss the Free Trade Agreement between EFTA and Turkey.

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Photo: Pride movie.

Starting in Ankara on January 16-22 and continuing in Istanbul from January 23-25, the festival will be screening nationally and internationally acclaimed LGBTI-themed films.

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Photo: Valentina Cala.

‘I condemn the appalling terrorist attack in Paris in the strongest possible terms. We stand together with the people of France in their grief,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Photo: Norgesskolen.no.

From July 12-31 2015, children from all over the world can enjoy the Norwegian summer while receiving instruction in the Norwegian language, history and social life at Norgesskolen – “Norway School”.

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Workers at Ambassa Enterprises, a coffee buyer and exporter based in Addis Ababa, sort the beans for export. 
Photo: Pete Lewis/Department for International Development.

‘Job opportunities and a good framework for the private sector are vital for sustainable development. Norway is now providing NOK 70 million to a new trust fund under the World Bank to promote job creation in developing countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Foreign minister Børge Brende meets Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. 
Photo: Utenriksdepartementet.

“Turkey is an important friend and ally for Norway. The visit was a good opportunity to meet Mr. Davutoğlu, Mr. Çavuşoğlu and Mr. Bozkir again, and to discuss Norway and Turkey’s future relations”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende.

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Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Vidar Helgesen. 
Photo: NTNU.

On 16 December, the Council of the European Union agreed to establish an internal dialogue to follow up EU member states’ compliance with their commitments to the rule of law under EU treaties. The dialogue will be held on a yearly basis.

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Maslakh Camp for Displaced, Afghanistan.

‘Seldom has the world witnessed so many major humanitarian crises as it did in 2014, and the UN estimates that the need for humanitarian relief will continue to increase next year,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Norway will increase its support to humanitarian crises through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.

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