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Thursday, January 2, 2014

New fears halt ship that rescued 52 in Antarctic

In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, the first group of passengers who were aboard the trapped Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy disembark the helicopter that rescued them Thursday. The helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from the research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice, 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia, since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation Thursday.