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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Alaska's oil-producing North Slope

ANCHORAGE, Alaska A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on Sunday near the native Alaskan village of Kaktovik and part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where the Trump administration plans to allow oil drilling, but no injuries or damage were reported.

As Arctic warms, reindeer herders tangle with new industries

FINNMARK PLATEAU, Norway/OSLO When he's not out on the Arctic tundra with his 2,000 reindeer, his dog and Whitney Houston blasting through his headphones, Nils Mathis Sara is often busy explaining to people how a planned copper mine threatens his livelihood. | Video

Trump says Norway lacks 'credible' defense spending plan: paper

OSLO Norway, which shares an Arctic border with Russia, lacks a "credible plan" how to meet NATO's spending target, U.S. President Donald Trump said in a letter to the country's prime minister, the Norwegian daily VG reported on Tuesday.

World, Russia, Norway Jun 26 2018

Thaw of Antarctic ice lifts up land, might slow sea level rise

OSLO, June 21 Antarctica's bedrock is rising surprisingly fast as a vast mass of ice melts into the oceans, a trend that might slow an ascent in sea levels caused by global warming, scientists said on Thursday.

Jun 21 2018

Antarctic thaw quickens, trillions of tonnes of ice raise sea levels

OSLO An accelerating thaw of Antarctica has pushed up world sea levels by almost a centimeter since the early 1990s in a risk for coasts from Pacific islands to Florida, an international team of scientists said on Thursday. | Video

Norway to invite more U.S. Marines, for longer and closer to Russia

OSLO Norway will ask the United States to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed in the country in a move that could raise tensions with its eastern neighbor Russia.

World, Norway, Russia Jun 12 2018

Construction planned to prepare Alaska's Arctic refuge for oil drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska The Trump administration said on Thursday it would spend $4 million on construction projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in preparation for oil drilling in the nation's biggest wildlife park.

U.S., Environment Jun 07 2018

South African fossils rewrite early history of life on land

WASHINGTON Fossils of two amphibians that lived within the Antarctic circle 360 million years ago are forcing scientists to rethink the origins of land vertebrates, including where these pioneers first appeared and the climatic conditions that spawned them.

Jun 07 2018

Plastic waste in Antarctica reveals scale of global pollution: Greenpeace

OSLO Plastic waste and toxic chemicals found in remote parts of the Antarctic this year add to evidence that pollution is spreading to the ends of the Earth, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday. | Video

Environment, Science Jun 07 2018

Norway worried by intensified Russian naval activity

LONDON Russia has increased its naval activity in international waters close to Norway and its military capabilities are a growing concern, Norway's navy chief said on Thursday.

World, Russia, Norway May 24 2018
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Promises, promises, Imran Khan raises Pakistani hopes sky high

ISLAMABAD From creating 10 million jobs to building an Islamic welfare state and restoring Pakistan's tattered image abroad, new premier Imran Khan is facing a problem of his own making: runaway expectations raised by his lofty rhetoric.