Category: General news

Norway’s special envoy announces 26 days ceasefire in Philippine

Christmas peace was secured in Philippine when Maoist gorillas and the Philippine government agreed on a 26 days ceasefire from the 20th December to 15th January 2013 at a meeting in Hague. Norway was mediating the meeting, the first in 13 months. According to a statement issued and signed by Norway’s special envoy Ture Lundh…

Cambodia, Thailand launch single visa for Nordic visitors

Cambodia and Thailand on Thursday commenced implementing a single visa scheme in a move to encourage more foreign tourists and business people to these Southeast Asian nations, according to a press release from Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visa costs 20 U.S. dollars for a single entry and is valid for 90 days from…

Denmark’s Miss Tourism International ‘looks forward to experience Malaysia’

Despite having to endure the ill effects of jet lag due to a 12-hour flight from her hometown in Denmark to Kuala Lumpur, Sofie Mai Schmidt Dyrby remains on cloud nine. The 17-year-old Danish lass, who will be representing her country in the coming 16th Miss Tourism International 2012 pageant, is looking forward to experiencing…

Gov’t savings shrink Finland’s global embassy network

More Finnish embassies are being eliminated as part of the government’s ongoing savings drive, reports YLE. Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee wanted, but was not granted, additional funding for the country’s network of missions abroad. In addition, Finland’s failed bid for a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council has released any previous fetters on…

Swedish town eyes future as Europe’s gateway to space

Sweden’s small Arctic town of Kiruna has a surprisingly international airport with regular flights to London and Tokyo, but it has even bigger plans: to offer commercial space flights. This handout picture shows an artist’s impression of an international space airport in Kiruna. ©AFP PHOTO / Jan-Erik Stalnacke/Spacesport Sweden Spaceport Sweden, a company founded in…

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine to marry next June

Sweden’s royal family says Princess Madeleine’s wedding will take place on Saturday, June 8, at the Royal Palace chapel in downtown Stockholm. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s youngest daughter was engaged to U.S.-British boyfriend Christopher O’Neill, a 38-year-old New York banker, in late October. The 30-year-old Madeleine is fourth in line to the…

Danish national killed in Agusan, the Philippines

A Danish national was killed while his live-in Filipina partner was wounded when unidentified perpetrators attacked them in their house in Agusan del Sur, police said Friday, December 21. Police Superintendent Martin Gamba, Caraga Regional Public Information officer, identified the victims as Egon Jansoe, 53, and Marivic Plaza. According to SunStar, initial investigation revealed that…