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U.S. and Greenland partner to map Greenland’s resources

LONDON The U.S. military has conducted an aerial survey of Greenland to assess the vast arctic island's mineral potential as part of an agreement between the two governments, a top U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday.

Alaska seal die-off spurs government investigation

ANCHORAGE, Alaska U.S. government biologists are investigating the deaths of nearly 300 Arctic ice seals found on Alaska beaches since last summer, federal officials said on Thursday.

U.S., Environment Sep 13 2019

U.S. takes major step toward oil drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES The Trump administration on Thursday took a major step toward opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, drawing criticism from environmentalists and an effort by Democratic lawmakers to put the pristine wilderness area off limits to development.

Sep 12 2019

Europe orders urgent Airbus helicopter checks after Norway crash

OSLO European regulators have ordered immediate checks on recently delivered versions of some Airbus helicopters after a crash in Arctic Norway last month killed five Norwegians and their Swedish pilot.

Russia open to private companies developing energy-rich Arctic shelf: minister

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia Russia's natural resources and environment minister said on Wednesday he supported allowing private oil and gas companies to work on the Arctic shelf.

Environment, Russia Sep 03 2019

Jailed Ukrainian filmmaker brought to Moscow amid prisoner swap talks: Russian media

MOSCOW Russia has transferred jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov from a remote Arctic prison to custody in Moscow amid talks with Kiev on a possible prisoner swap, news agencies TASS and Interfax cited unnamed sources as saying on Thursday.

World, Russia Aug 29 2019

In spotlight after Trump offer, Greenland sees chance for an economic win

COPENHAGEN Greenland's leaders want to use global interest in the Arctic island aroused by President Donald Trump's eye-catching offer of a sale to stimulate investment and earn more from U.S. military activity there.

Aug 27 2019

Russia's first seaborne nuclear power plant sets sail across Arctic

MURMANSK, Russia Russia's first floating nuclear power plant set sail on Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country's most remote regions, sparking environmental concerns. | Video

'Punch in the gut' as scientists find micro plastic in Arctic ice

LONDON Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in ice cores drilled in the Arctic by a U.S.-led team of scientists, underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet. | Video

An Arctic 'miracle': Icebreaker salvages lost recordings of Beluga whales

KIRUNA, Sweden A year-long recording of the songs of Beluga whales has been salvaged from the Arctic after the crew of a Swedish icebreaker chanced upon a research buoy adrift in hazardous pack ice. | Video

Aug 02 2019
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Hong Kong extradition bill officially killed, but move unlikely to end unrest

HONG KONG Hong Kong's legislature on Wednesday formally withdrew planned legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but the move was unlikely to end months of unrest as it met just one of five demands of pro-democracy protesters.