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Denmark Grants $20Mn More for Syria Refugees

Denmark is providing an additional $20 million (15.3 million euros) to organizations aiding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees across the region, an official from the Danish foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

"I am proud to announce an additional contribution from Denmark of $20 million for the Syrian refugees," Jens Harloov told Agence France Presse on the sidelines of a conference on combating torture and limiting pre-trial detention held on the shores of the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.

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Denmark's PM in Afghanistan on Surprise Visit

Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Sunday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan where she met Danish soldiers in the troubled southwestern Helmand province, her office said.

"The prime minister visited the special forces in Lashkar Gah as well as Danish troops and envoys at Camp Price... and Camp Bastion," it said in a statement.

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Denmark, Finland to Upgrade Palestinian Diplomatic Status

Denmark and Finland plan to upgrade the status of their respective Palestinian representative offices in Copenhagen and Helsinki to that of an embassy, the Danish foreign ministry said Saturday.

"It is with satisfaction that we announce our joint intention to work with the Palestinians to be able to upgrade the status of the Palestinian missions in Copenhagen and Helsinki," the foreign ministers of Finland and Denmark, Villy Soevndal and Erkki Tuomioja, said in a joint statement.

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30,000 Protest in Copenhagen over Teacher Reform

Traffic in Denmark's capital Copenhagen was in chaos Thursday as some 30,000 demonstrators marched on parliament from four different points to complain about a teacher lockout by schools that has left 800,000 pupils without classes.

"What is going on is just not reasonable," 27-year-old Kamille Soerensen told Agence France Presse.

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Jews Warned not to Wear Religious Symbols in Copenhagen

Israeli and Jewish officials in Denmark on Wednesday warned Jews to avoid openly wearing religious symbols and dress when moving about Copenhagen amid rising anti-Israeli sentiment.

"We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street, irrespective of whether the areas they are visiting are seen as being safe," Israel's ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon, told AFP.

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Amy Winehouse's Father Blocks Copenhagen Play

A Copenhagen play on the life of late British singer Amy Winehouse has been blocked by the singer's father, the Danish copyright collecting society said Monday.

The show, titled "Amy", was due to open at the Royal Danish Theater in January but was canceled because KODA, a society that administers music copyrights in Denmark, withdrew its permission to use Winehouse's songs in the play.

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Report: Denmark to Give 2 Million Euros for Syria Refugees

Denmark will free up another two million euros to help provide aid to Syrian refugees and displaced people as a civil war rages in their homeland, Danish public television DR reported Saturday.

Out of the 15 million kroner (two million euros), 13 million will go to the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) and two million to the Danish crisis agency, which sends personnel and equipment to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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Denmark's Aarhus Picked For European Capital of Culture 2017

The Danish city of Aarhus was recommended on Friday by an EU selection panel as one of two European Capitals of Culture to be chosen for 2017.

The panel picked Aarhus to represent Denmark, with either Nicosia or Paphos in Cyprus also to be nominated by European Union governments when a final decision is made in May next year, the European Commission said in a statement.

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Far-Right Group Shows Prophet Mohammed Cartoon at Berlin Mosque

A far-right group displayed a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed outside a Berlin mosque Saturday amid a heavy police presence, while far-leftists and anti-Nazis staged a counter-demonstration.

The protest by some 50 militants of the Pro Deutschland group aimed at Islamist extremists went ahead after a court allowed them to brandish copies of cartoons whose original appearance in Denmark sparked violent reactions across the globe.

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Norway Marks Anniversary of Breivik's Massacre

Norwegians on Sunday marked a year since Anders Behring Breivik's massacre claimed 77 lives, many heading to the island of Utoeya where most of the right-wing extremist's mainly teenage victims fell.

"Let us honor the dead by savoring life," Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the atrocity that stunned the usually tranquil nation.

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