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Under mounting pressure from foreign sanctions, Rosneft has asked the Russian government for renegotiated terms in all its offshore oil licenses.

Russian Minister of Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy confirms that the oil giant has requested new terms in a total of 60 licenses, newspaper Vedomosti reports. "This is a rather long list," the minister admits, adding that it includes onshore as well as offshore projects. Donskoy says that it is foreign sanctions which has put the state company in trouble.

The third round of sanctions from the European Union and United States bans western oil companies from providing services necessary for deep water oil exploration and production in Russian waters. That includes drilling, well testing or logging services.

The sanctions hits hard on both Rosneft and Gazprom, which have 47 and 65 offshore licenses respectively...

Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

In the wake of a naval hunt for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters, the government’s proposed budget called for a greater-than-expected defense allocation totaling $573.4 million for the next four years.

The 2015 budget, proposed by the newly elected red-green government Thursday, calls for defense investments of $93.7 million in additional spending for next year.

The government also wants to allocate $124 million in a one-time sum to finance the development of the new Jas 39 Gripen fighter jet. The extra cost was created by Switzerland bowing out as a partner in the development of the plane.

Finance Minister and Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, who presented the budget, had said that the red-green budget’s defense spending took into account a recommendation from May that the military should expand its operational capabilities.

The proposed allocations rise successively each year: $110 million for 2016, $170.8 million for 2017, and $198.5 million for 2018, according to figures from Swedish Radio news...

Radio Sweden
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AUTO RACING Channel 8 a.m. Sprint Cup: Goody’s 500, practice FS1 41 9:30 a.m. NASCAR Truck Series: Martinsville, practice FS1 41 11 a.m. NASCAR Truck Series: Martinsville, practice FS1 41 12:30 p.m. Sprint Cup: Goody’s 500, qualifying FS1 41 SOCCER Channel 3 p.m. Women’s College: Florida St. at N. Carolina* Root 36 3:30 p.m. Women’s W.C. Qualifier: Mexico at U.S. FS1 41 4 p.m. MLS: Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire NBCS 39 5 p.m. Men’s College: Wake Forest at Virginia* Root 36 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Channel 3 p.m. S. Florida at Cincinnati ESP2 35 5 p.m. BYU at Boise State ESPN 34 6 p.m. Oregon vs. California FS1 41 11 p.m. BYU at Boise State* ESPN 34 WORLD SERIES Channel 4 p.m. Kansas City at San Francisco, Game 3 Fox 4 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Channel 6:30 p.m. World Series of Fighting 14* NBCS 39 WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL Channel 10 p.m. Syracuse at Georgia Tech* Root 36 BOXING Channel 2 a.m. Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Raul Hidalgo* Root 36...

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PREP RIFLERY: Dimond at West, South at Service, Chugiak at East, Bartlett at Eagle River, all at noon PREP VOLLEYBALL: Service-Dimond Tournament, 3 p.m. at Dimond, 4 p.m. at Service PREP GYMNASTICS: West at Dimond; Eagle River, East at Chugiak, all at 4:30 p.m. PREP FOOTBALL: Large schools state championship at Anchorage Football Stadium, West vs. South, 6:15 p.m.

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL : Northwest Nazarene at UAA, Alaska Airlines Center, 7 p.m. PREP GYMNASTICS: South and Bartlett vs. Service at Dimond, 10 a.m. PREP VOLLEYBALL : Service-Dimond tournament, 9 a.m.

An interfaith event that included the launching of paper lanterns in support of victims of domestic violence led officials at Merrill Field to briefly reroute airplane traffic Thursday night when the lanterns appeared in the flight path, according to Anchorage police.

Scores of lanterns were released at about 8 p.m. after the “Shed the Light” event at St. Anthony Catholic Church in East Anchorage. The lanterns -- lit by small candles -- streamed into the night sky above the church and were easily visible from the Russian Jack neighborhood just east of Bragaw Street between the Glenn Highway and DeBarr Road.

However, the lantern release came as a surprise to the Anchorage Police Department.

APD Sgt. Shaun Henry arrived at the church after police received calls about rerouted planes and a lantern landing on a vehicle.

“We had a car on the Glenn Highway going about 70 mph that almost crashed,” Henry said outside the church...

Matt Tunseth

On the second point of Thursday's volleyball match between UAA and 24th-ranked Central Washington, Katelynn Zanders slammed a cross-court kill for the Seawolves that ended a long rally filled with defensive saves.

That set the tone for UAA's seventh straight victory, a 25-13, 26-24, 25-20 win over the Wildcats in which most of the long rallies went UAA's way.

Whether it was digs that denied Central Washington's hitters or hustle that sent the Seawolves scrambling all over the place to keep the ball in play, defense helped UAA maintain a share of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Powered by hard work and a first-set victory in which it played textbook volleyball, UAA improved to 17-3 overall and 11-1 in the GNAC heading into a pivotal match Saturday against 16th-ranked Northwest Nazarene.

"Tonight was a big one, a big GNAC win for us against a very good opponent," UAA coach Chris Green said. "That first game we maybe played some of our best volleyball of the year."...

Beth Bragg

The Alaska Aces solved a couple of their early season shortcomings Thursday night, when they scored the first goal of the hockey game for the first time this season and managed more than one goal for the first time in those four games.

But they did not remedy their most fatal flaw – their zero in the win column of the ECHL standings.

Alaska’s 6-3 loss at Bakersfield in its first road game extended the franchise’s worst start in 12 seasons on the circuit and also continued to illuminate myriad weaknesses.

The second period continued to ail the Aces (0-4-0) – the Condors outscored them 3-1 in those 20 minutes and the Aces have been outscored 10-1 in second periods.

The Aces’ power play again came up small when it mattered – Alaska failed on its first six chances before center Chris Francis’ late man-advantage marker snapped Alaska’s 0 for 18 start this season on the power play.

And goaltending continues to underwhelm – starter Niklas Lundstrom got the hook from coach Rob Murray deep into the third period after surrendering four goals on 11 shots...

Doyle Woody

It some ways, the Bear Tooth Theatrepub was the most likely of venues for a debate on legalizing marijuana.

The popular concert venue is no stranger to marijuana use. Depending on the performer, fans can be seen lighting up and the distinctive, pungent smoke floats through the air.

But on Thursday night, the room was filled with debate from teams arguing for and against Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational marijuana sales and use in Alaska.

“I was asked to remind that this is a nonsmoking venue,” said moderator Steve Johnson before the debate. “This seems particularly relevant.”

Someone in the nearly full theater of about 400 people yelled, “Boo.”

Instead of lighting up, attendees snacked on pizza and beer. While debaters suggested comparisons to alcohol regulations time and again, none of them mentioned the drinks sitting on people’s tables.

The debate was sponsored by the UAA Seawolf Debate Team and Alaska Dispatch News...

Suzanna Caldwell

It some ways, the Bear Tooth Theaterpub was the most likely of venues for a debate on legalizing marijuana.

The popular concert venue is no stranger to marijuana use. Depending on the performer, fans can be seen lighting up and the distinctive, pungent smoke floats through the air.

But on Thursday night the room was filled with debate from teams arguing for and against Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational marijuana sales and use in Alaska.

“I was asked to remind that this is a nonsmoking venue,” said moderator Steve Johnson before the debate. “This seems particularly relevant.”

Someone in the nearly full theater of about 400 people yelled, “Boo.”

Read more: Beers in hand, welcoming crowd hears both sides in marijuana debate
Marc Lester

Inevitable fragility is, in a way, what “Groundwork,” a solo exhibit by Anchorage artist Keren Lowell, is all about.

“These worn-out, abraded, unwanted things are beautiful to me,” she writes in the exhibit catalog. “They reveal an accumulation of use, of work, of neglect and time. They speak to me about my own vulnerability, my own aging, the slow and eventual breaking down of my physical body.

“I know this work is not permanent,” she said. “No art is. Not even marble statues. People say, ‘It’s so beautiful! You should cast it in bronze.’

“I’m like, ‘Sorry.’”

Read more: In Keren Lowell's solo exhibit 'Groundwork,' meditations on use, neglect and time
Mike Dunham

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