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Ruling the Arctic

The week's news at a glance.

Ottawa

Canadian Defense Minister Bill Graham staked his country’s claim on the Northwest Passage this week, setting up a showdown with the U.S. over control of the Arctic waters between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The U.S. government says the route is in international waters, which is largely a moot point since it is frozen solid. But Graham says that global warming could melt the Northwest Passage, turning it into a viable shipping lane and a valuable resource for Canada. Graham provoked another diplomatic squabble recently by reasserting Canada’s rights to Hans Island, a barren Arctic rock also claimed by Denmark. “We must exercise our sovereignty,” Graham declared.

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