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Russia ‘to charge Greenpeace group with piracy’

Greenpeace activists detained in Russia for an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling will on Wednesday be formally charged with piracy, the Interfax news agency said, citing an unnamed source. If found guilty, the 30 detained activists could face a maximum punishment of 15 years in jail. “They will be…

Environment group warns of Arctic oil drilling risks

With big oil companies eager to expand offshore exploration in the Arctic, an environmental group on Wednesday warned that the United States is ill-prepared to deal with an oil spill there. Freezing conditions, high seas and fragile ecosystems are among the dangers that could imperil operations to clean up a…