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King Harald V of Norway concluded his state visit to Washington and Alaska on Wednesday in Anchorage by stressing his message of concern over warming in the Arctic. Mike Dunham
OPINION: Arctic sea ice is low, carbon-dioxide concentrations are high, and prospects for adequate emissions cuts appear dim.Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
The new governing coalition might merge the ministries to save money. Critics fear the result would be weaker environmental protection. YLE News
Non-governmental organizations are targeted by the law, which Amnesty International, the European Union and others says chills press freedom of expression and association. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
Four Alaska Army National Guard helicopters took King Harald V of Norway and an entourage of about 30 from Anchorage’s Merrill Field to Homer on Tuesday morning. The party traveled across Kachemak Bay on the Rainbow Connection charter boat to the Tutka Bay Lodge.Mike Dunham

King Harald V of Norway spends Wednesday, May 27, 2015, making a series of appearances in Anchorage. On Tuesday, about 100 Alaskans cheered King Harald V of Norway in Homer as he stepped out of a limousine at the small-boat harbor there and Mayor Mary Wythe formally welcomed him to town.

Mike Dunham
With floodwaters falling sharply, roadwork to some 25 miles of damaged Dalton Highway has begun. State transportation officials don't know when the road to Deadhorse and some of the nation's largest oil fields will be reopened. Alex DeMarban
The United States has an ambitious agenda as leader of the Arctic Council and needs continued cooperation with Russia to carry it out, says the top U.S. Arctic official.Yereth Rosen
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