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A Chinese businessman with deep pockets is looking to buy land in Norway, stirring speculation about moves by China to gain a permanent foothold in the Arctic.Andrew Higgins
Researchers are deflating accounts of the large animals stumbling around while tipsy on fermented fruit.Radio Sweden
Indigenous leaders trying to participate in events outside Russia are facing new obstacles placed by hostile government officials. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
Russian warplanes flew into Swedish airspace earlier this month, an incident that is even making the pacifist-rooted Greens reconsider their opposition to defense spending.Radio Sweden
Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby or block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up spills.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle

Whaling crews of Barrow have brought in at least three bowhead whales this week. Men of all ages and a few women gathered to butcher them.

Ash Adams

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