There’s a new country claiming sole ownership of the North Pole


Originally posted on Quartz:

The race for ownership of the North Pole is hotting up.

After 12 years and $50 million of research, Denmark has surveyed the 2,000-kilometer-long underwater mountain range that runs north of Siberia and concluded that it is geologically attached to Greenland, the huge autonomous territory that, along with the Faroe Islands, is controlled by Denmark. (Denmark’s broader strategy on the Arctic can be found here. (pdf))

As a result, the kingdom is claiming 895,541 square kilometers (556,463 square miles) of the North Pole—an area about 20 times the size of Denmark. “This is a historical milestone for Denmark… [and now] comes a political process,” the Danish foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, said. “I expect this to take some time. An answer will come in a few decades.”

In 2008, the five nations with claims to the area—the US, Russia, Norway, Canada and Denmark—all pledged to resolve their differences under the framework…

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Indonesia: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Indonesia.

For more visit:
http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/world-watch-list-challenge-47-indonesia/

Djibouti: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Djibouti.

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http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/world-watch-list-challenge-45-djibouti/

Tajikistan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Tajikistan.

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http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/world-watch-list-challenge-45-tajikistan/

A hostage crisis is unfolding in Sydney, with a possible Islamist militant connection


Originally posted on Quartz:

This is a breaking story. We’ll update this post as new information comes in.

Two men have taken a group of as many as 40 people hostage in a Lindt chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia, and have been holding them for several hours. Several hostages may have escaped.

The shop is in Martin Place, less than a mile from the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney’s financial district. The siege began at about 9:45am Monday local time (10:45pm Sunday GMT). At one point, the hostages were apparently forced to display a black flag with what looks like Arabic script on it:

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