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By Jan M. Olsen The Associated Press

World’s biggest shipping firm to test Russian Arctic route

COPENHAGEN — Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said Thursday it will send a cargo vessel through the Russian Arctic for the first time as a result of melting sea ice.

Janina von Spalding, spokeswoman for the world’s biggest shipping company, said the new ice class container vessel, Venta Maersk, would embark on trial journey in the Arctic route over Russia next month.

Bread made of insects to be sold in Finnish supermarkets

COPENHAGEN — One of Finland’s largest food companies is selling what it claims to be a first: insect bread.

Markus Hellstrom, head of the Fazer group’s bakery division, said Thursday that one loaf contains about 70 dried house crickets, ground into powder and added to the flour. The crickets represent 3 per cent of the bread’s weight, Hellstrom said.

Norway to build world’s first ship tunnel through coast

COPENHAGEN — Norway plans to build the world’s first tunnel for ships, a 1,700-meter (5,610-feet) passageway burrowed through a piece of rocky peninsula that will allow vessels to avoid a treacherous part of sea.

Construction of the Stad Ship Tunnel, which would be able to accommodate cruise and freight ships weighing up to 16,000 tons, is expected to open in 2023.

Sweden reintroduces military draft for first time in 7 years

COPENHAGEN — Sweden’s left-leaning government on Thursday reintroduced a military draft for both men and women because of what Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.

Sweden abolished compulsory military service for men in 2010 because there were enough volunteers to meet the region’s military needs.