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FILE - In this July 22, 2020 file photo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in the garden of Marienborg Castle north of Copenhagen. The Trump administration has appointed a new special envoy for the Arctic. The appointment of career diplomat Jim DeHart to the job of U.S. coordinator for the Arctic fills a post that was vacant for more than three years as the administration seeks a greater role in the region and tries to blunt growing Russian and Chinese influence there. The State Department announced the move Wednesday, a week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed enhanced U.S. engagement in the Arctic on a visit to Denmark. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Pool Photo via AP)

US names new Arctic envoy in push to expand reach in region

Jul. 29, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday named a special envoy for the Arctic, filling a post that had been vacant for more than three years as the administration seeks a greater role in the region and tries to blunt growing Russian and Chinese influence there. The State Department's...

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, right and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo give a joint press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Pompeo arrived in Denmark on Wednesday for meetings with the country's leaders that are likely to address the construction of a disputed gas pipeline which Washington opposes. (Thibault Savary/Pool Photo via AP)

Pompeo says US to expand Arctic role to deter Russia, China

Jul. 22, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the United States will become more active in the Arctic to counter growing Russian influence and thwart attempts by China to insert itself into the region. During a brief visit to Denmark, Pompeo hailed the reopening of the U.S....

In this May 22, 2020, photo, a window is cracked open in Associated Press journalist Sheila Norman-Culp home in Belsize Park, a neighborhood in north London. For those with family on one side and work obligations on the other, the Atlantic Ocean is becoming an enormous barrier once again in the coronavirus era. (AP Photo/Sheila Norman-Culp)

VIRUS DIARY: `Across the pond' becomes an Atlantic chasm

Jun. 24, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — “Across the pond …” The arch phrase describing the Atlantic Ocean has long been an inside joke for those who regularly hopscotched over its untamed expanse. It implied that an ocean known for dashing helpless schooners upon jagged shores for centuries, swallowing the...

The vandalised statue of noted coloniser Hans Egede in Nuuk, Greenland, Sunday June 21, 2020, daubed with red paint early Sunday morning. Hans Egede was a Dano-Norwegian Lutheran missionary who launched mission efforts to Greenland. (Christian Klindt Soelbeck/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Greenland: Police arrest suspects in statue vandalism case

Jun. 23, 2020 6:19 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Greenland have detained a man in his early 30s in connection with the vandalism of a statue of a Danish colonizer that was doused with red paint and the word “decolonize.” Police told Greenland broadcaster KNR Monday that investigations of the defacement...