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Convicted Norwegian woman can leave Dubai after rape row

The Norwegian woman sentenced to jail after reporting being raped by a co-worker in the United Arab Emirates is free to leave the country, Norway's foreign minister said Monday. "Marte (Dalelv) is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help," Espen Barth Eide wrote on Twitter. A spokeswoman for the Norwegian foreign ministry told AFP that Dalelv had been pardoned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

Taliban held secret talks in Norway to broker Doha deal

OSLO (Reuters) - The Taliban held secret negotiations in Norway over the past few months, helping yield a deal that allowed the radical Afghan rebels to open an office in Qatar, Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Tuesday. "We have played a key role in this process," Barth Eide told state broadcaster NRK. "It has been a strictly confidential process but we can now reveal it."

John Kerry speaks some Norwegian too!

US Secretary of State John Kerry showed off more of his hidden language skills on Tuesday, revealing he still knew some Norwegian picked up as a boy when he spent a couple of years in Oslo. And he won praise from his Norwegian counterpart Espen Barth Eide, who said after talks at the State Department that Kerry "can even speak quite impressively Norwegian phrases." America's new top diplomat had tried out some phrases "and we were quite impressed by his memory," Eide told journalists.
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