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Arctic nations meet as tensions and temperatures run high

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Reykjavik (AFP) – The eight countries bordering the Arctic meet Thursday in Iceland to discuss peaceful cooperation in the region amid rising temperatures and tensions, in particular between Russia and the US. Accelerated global warming, untapped resources and new maritime routes opened up by retreating sea ice, as well as the future of local populations top the agenda for the foreign ministers gathered in Reykjavik. Canada, Denmark (through its autonomous territory Greenland), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US meet every two years in the Arctic Council. With the departure of…

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