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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
Online commercialization of "country food" like caribou meat and whale muktuk puts some species at risk for overhunting, wildlife experts told Nunavut residents.Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower inked the declaration under which the 49th state joined the union, no one thought that 55 years later, the state and federal governments would still be arguing about the map of Alaska. Dermot Cole
As Swedes hunt for a Russian submarine suspected to be in the Stockholm archipelago, Finland's president expresses concerns about the rise in military traffic in the Baltic. Radio Sweden and YLE News
Environmentalists fear the new Russian military operations on Wrangel Island will harm the polar bears that use the area for denning and raising their cubs. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
The explosion in production from North Dakota and other Lower 48 areas has made oil prospects in the far north less economically attractive.Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer
The TERRA -- Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska -- project is an ongoing, multiyear endeavor to put better Internet, phone and television service in the hands of rural Alaskans, who have relied on spotty satellite connections until now. Jillian Rogers
After nearly two years of meetings and conferences in which members of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission heard from Arctic stakeholders, the group made another stop in Barrow to hear from delegates again before submitting their final report.Jillian Rogers
Illegal crab harvests in the Russian Far East are threatening stocks and flooding markets, according to a new report issued by the World Wildlife Fund.Yereth Rosen

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