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South Africa score morale-boosting victory against Norway

South Africa score morale-boosting victory against Norway Johannesburg  - World Cup hosts South Africa scored a morale-boosting 2-1 victory against under-strength Norway in an international football friendly on Saturday.

Substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala gave Bafana Bafana an injury-time winner in Rustenburg.

The game played as the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge, and marked the re-opening of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, which has been upgraded for this year's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.

Russian-born mathematician wins Abel Prize for mathematics

Russian-born mathematician wins Abel Prize for mathematics Oslo - Russian-born Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov of France was Thursday named winner of the Abel Prize, sometimes known as the "Nobel Prize for mathematics."

Gromov was cited for "his revolutionary contributions to geometry."

The 65-year-old Gromov became a French citizen in 1992 and is a professor at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques at Bures- sur-Yvette, France.

Norwegian central bank lowers lead rate to 2.00 per cent

Norwegian central bank lowers lead rate to 2.00 per cent Oslo  - The Norwegian central bank on Wednesday lowered its lead rate a further 0.50 percentage points to 2.00 per cent, as part of attempts to reduce the impact of the weakened global economy on Norway.

The new cut takes effect Thursday, the central bank said.

Norges Bank deputy governor Jan F Qvigstad said in a statement that "the outlook for the global economy has deteriorated."

Bjoerndalen wins again to increase World Cup lead

Ole Einar BjoerndalenTrondheim, Norway  - Ole Einar Bjoernd

Bjoerndalen wins biathlon pursuit to extend World Cup lead

Bjoerndalen wins biathlon pursuit to extend World Cup lead Trondheim, Norway  - Record winner Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway won the men's 12.5-km pursuit race before home fans in Trondheim Saturday to increase his overall biathlon World Cup lead.

The 35-year-old veteran missed the target twice on his way to victory in 33 minutes 36.3 seconds, finishing 25.1 seconds ahead of Austria's Simon Eder and 25.3 seconds up on Poland's Tomasz Sikora.

With four events left, Bjoerndalen has 864 points, with Sikora on 828 and Russia's Maxim Tchoudov on 709.

Telenor Pays 1,250 Cr To Unitech

Telenor Pays 1,250 Cr To UnitechNorway-based Telenor Group has made the payment of the first installment of Rs 1,250 crore in Unitech Wireless that gave it a stake of 33.5 per cent in the telecom JV.

With this investment, the Norwegian company has made a formal entry into the world’s fastest growing telecom sector.

Speaking on this, Telenor Group President and CEO, Jon Fredrik Baksaas said, “This marks the formal entry of Telenor into the world’s fastest growing mobile market and we are now embarking on an operational phase, and the preparations for the launch of our services.”

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