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News from the North
Three oil companies with billions invested in Arctic drilling leases are pleading with the Obama administration for extra time to hunt for crude under waters north of Alaska, but so far federal regulators have been skeptical.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
The huge Harding Icefield on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula shed some of its mass over the past year and Exit Glacier, which spills out of that 700-square-mile icefield, retreated more over than in any other single year since annual mapping of the terminus began in 2005, according to National Park Service data.Yereth Rosen
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
The underwater search detected presence of a foreign vessel likely conducting an intelligence operation, but military leaders are not yet releasing details. Radio Sweden
Experts meeting in Tromsø this week say consistent standards across the Arctic will make oil and gas operations safer and, in the long run, more economic. Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer
Tromsø will be a hub in the new international route running across the top of Scandinavia. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer