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An unmanned barge that broke from its tow during a severe storm has been drifting in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska's Arctic Slope since Tuesday. 

Laurel Andrews
Russia says the new shipping rules for the Arctic and Antarctic, expected to go into effect in 2017, are too strict; critics say they still lack some important protections.  James Thomson, Barents Observer
The newly elected governing coalition is planning increased military spending for each year through 2018.Radio Sweden
U.S. and European sanctions have taken a toll on the company's oil projects, and it is seeking sweeter terms and direct financial payments from the government.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
A barge that broke from tow cables during a severe storm Tuesday is adrift in the Beaufort Sea with about 950 gallons of diesel fuel on board. Tegan Hanlon
Authorities are already tracking people considered to pose high risks, and entry to parliamentary chambers is more restricted than in Canada, the chief of security says.YLE News
The Anglo-Dutch company is taking steps to develop license areas in Russia's Komi Republic, where it has been warmly received by local officials.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
The men are accused of stealing from a shipwreck that has been lying on the seafloor for centuries.  YLE News
As Russia expands its military across the Arctic, Norway is calling for more NATO presence in the area. Despite the tensions, officials from both nations will meet this weekend to mark the World War II liberation of Kirkenes. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
Sterilization programs are targeting the abandoned pets and feral dogs that pose health and safety risks in hundreds of small communities. Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International