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Børge Brende and Sergey Lavrov marked the 70th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of Norway’s northernmost county from NaziGerman occupation. See video of the press conference.

Rørbua, Norway’s first free administration building after World War II and the 1944 tunnel, where 3500 people were hiding during the last days of the war, were both declared preserved at a ceremony on Saturday.

On the day where messages of thanks and remembrance are flying fast between the Norwegian and Russian peoples gathered in Kirkenes, the Sami felt excluded.

Head of the Barents Institute Marianne Neerland Soleim on Saturday will receive President Putin’s letter of appreciation for her effort to identify Soviet prisoners of war who died in German camps in Norway.

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The UN International Maritime Organization has drafted the environmental regulations chapter for the Polar Code, a binding set of regulations for shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic. Critics argue that some important environmental pieces are missing.

Thousands lost their lives on the battlefields on the Kola Peninsula before the Red Army in October 1944 liberated Eastern Finnmark. Today, Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun laid down wreaths together with Norway’s Defense Ministry.

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

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announces plans to deploy troops along entire length of the Arctic, while Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is convinced there is no problem requiring NATO presence.

The oil company is taking steps to develop license areas in the Komi Republic.

Global warming could trigger a food crisis in the High North with hunters’ ability to live of the land threatened due to melting ice and migrating species.

Thousands of people in Norway have lived with a secret for almost 70 years. German war children in the High North are an important voice in remembering the liberation of Finnmark and a poignant lesson in history about misdirected anger and the damage it can cause.

Representatives from seven countries have gathered in Tromsø this week to create a new set of standards for sustainable standardized solutions for international petroleum activities in the Arctic.

MINOT / NORTH DAKOTA: This U.S. shale formation produces over a million barrels of oil per day at a break-even price offshore drillers in the Barents Sea never even can dream about.

Industrialists in Finland eye the opening of a major trade and transport route with a projected railway connection to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Former PM Paavo Lipponen has been hired to get the Norwegians onboard.

Norwegian scientists won the Ig Nobel Award for investigating how reindeer react when they see people dressed up as polar bears.

The U.S. Department of Defense has released a “Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap”, detailing plans to combat both “immediate” and future national security risks due to climate change.

In Arkhangelsk Russia has opened its third of ten planned search and rescue centers along the Northern Sea Route.

TROMSØ: With economic support from the regions, Arctic Airlink will be the first east-west route linking Norway, Sweden and Finland in the north.

Environmentalists fear the Defense Ministry’s new military bases can pose problems for polar bears.

The nuclear-powered submarine “Yekaterinburg”, which was severely damaged in a fire in December 2011, will be put back in service in the Northern Fleet in December, Zvezdochka shipyard reports.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense wants to enhance ecological monitoring in the Arctic and plans to establish a regional environmental center operated by the Northern Fleet.

…and 2014 is likely to become the warmest year on record, measurements from NASA show.

After a somewhat disappointing test-drilling season for oil companies in the north, Lundin Petroleum today announces a big finding of both oil and gas.