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Cargo transit along Russia's Northern Sea Route expected to rise by 50% this year

By ethan / April 27, 2018

The major sea passage in the Russian Arctic, the Northern Sea Route, is seeing significant growth in cargo flow, according to Deputy Head of Maritime and River Transport Yury Kostin. From the current 9.93 million tons, “I would forecast the cargo flow at 12-14 million tons in 2018,” he told TASS, adding that “most likely it would […]

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Australia’s Northern Territory scraps fracking ban

By ethan / April 18, 2018

Australia’s Northern Territory has removed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing introduced two years ago while the state’s government assessed the potential impacts of fracking on the environment. Now, the assessment has been completed and the conclusion is that the Northern Territory can avoid the worst of the environmental effects of fracking by strictly regulating the […]

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US demands shared use of Russia’s Northern Sea Route

By ethan / April 12, 2018

The Northern Sea Route, which lies in Arctic waters and within Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, should be a transport corridor open to the entire world community, Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the US Coast Guard, said. Zukunft told journalists that the US Armed Forces still do not intend to conduct operations in the Arctic to […]

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‘Reckless slurs’: Brexiteers slammed for undermining Northern Ireland peace treaty

By ethan / February 20, 2018

A number of of hardline Brexiteers have been criticized for comments suggesting that the Good Friday Agreement which brought peace to Northern Ireland nearly 20 years ago is no longer “sustainable.” The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) ended 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland when a peace deal between the IRA, loyalist paramilitary groups and […]

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Northern Ireland crisis: What’s going on & why it’s crucial to Brexit negotiations

By ethan / February 15, 2018

Talks to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland collapsed Wednesday, bringing the possibility of London rule closer – a move which could destabilize the delicate balance between Irish nationalists and unionists. The latest failed talks dashed hopes of a breakthrough in the 13 month-long political deadlock which has left the region without a government during crucial […]

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Putin wants to keep foreign shipping out of Russia's Northern Sea Route

By ethan / November 17, 2017

Published time: 17 Nov, 2017 09:57 Ships under the Russian flag could get the exclusive right to transport oil and gas along the Northern Sea Route, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin who proposed the measure to boost the country’s shipbuilding industry. It will increase the volume of shipping, strengthen the position of the domestic […]

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'Hooded Men' torture case 'could harm Northern Ireland power-sharing deal'

By ethan / October 30, 2017

A dispute over UK government-sanctioned torture has harmed hopes of a Northern Ireland political deal, representatives of Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) warn. The High Court in Belfast ordered the 1971 ‘Hooded Men’ torture case re-opened. The High Court said on Friday that the Police Service Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) original investigation, which […]

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