The Yuri Ivanov will patrol in the Arctic and keep a close eye on neighbor and NATO member Norway. It has taken Russia 11 years to complete the vessel which will become the Northern Fleet’s new key instrument in monitoring Arctic waters.

Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
After a flurry of wolf attacks that killed dozens of sheep and lambs in Insjön and Sågmyra, in northern Sweden, over the past couple of weeks, the County Administrative Board has decided to authorize a protective hunt in the area. Radio Sweden
2015 is unlikely to set a new low record for Arctic sea ice extent, according to a fresh analysis. But rapid melting in July offset earlier growth in new sea ice in the region. Alaska Dispatch News
The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.Yereth Rosen
Iceland says the recent Arctic fishing moratorium, signed by the five Arctic coastal states without Iceland’s participation, is ‘unacceptable’ and a worrying precedent. Iceland has long argued as it should be included in discussions on Arctic fishing given the island nation’s location, fishing industry and scientific research into sustainable marine environments.Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
COMMENTARY: Does this months signing of a moratorium on Arctic Ocean fishing by the five nations with Arctic coastlines mark the return of the Arctic Five? If so, that's a good thing.Heather Exner-Pirot
With power prices and renewable power subsidies bottoming out, orders for wind turbines in Sweden dropped to zero in the second quarter of the year. Radio Sweden
In an interview with a New Hampshire television station at a primary campaign event, Hillary Clinton expressed reservations about the Obama administration's decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic offshore waters.Alaska Dispatch News
A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters is leaving Portland, Oregon, bound for an Arctic drilling operation.Steven DuBois and Dan Joling | Associated Press
The protesters dangling from Portland's highest bridge early Wednesday have enough water and food to last for days and can hoist themselves out of the way of other vessels, Greenpeace says.Steven DuBois | Associated Press