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A Chinese icebreaker that went to the aid of a Russian ship stuck in heavy floes in Antarctica has now itself become trapped by ice, officials said Saturday, amid anger about the impact of the rescue on research.

The Chinese icebreaker that came to the rescue of a Russian ship stranded in Antarctica, helping evacuate dozens of passengers, has signaled it may now be trapped in heavy ice, Australian authorities said Friday.
Antarctic rescue ship may now itself be trapped


All 52 passengers who spent Christmas and New Year trapped on an icebound Russian research vessel in Antarctica were airlifted from the ice Thursday in a dramatic rescue mission.
Stranded Antarctic passengers rescued by Chinese chopper


A long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally got under way on Thursday, with a helicopter that is expected to fly passengers to a nearby vessel managing to land next to the ship, expedition leaders said.
Rescue begins for icebound ship in Antarctica


Exploding fireworks sprayed from Sydney's iconic opera house and harbor bridge at midnight Tuesday as the world began to usher in a new year.
Revelers start ringing in 2014 with fireworks


An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach a Russian ship trapped for a week with 74 people onboard, rescuers said on Monday.
Antarctic blizzard halts icebreaker's bid to rescue stranded expedition


Passengers onboard a ship stuck in ice off Antarctica were Saturday placing their hopes in the Australian icebreaker hurrying to their remote location, after a Chinese icebreaker failed to free them.

Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia has asked for political asylum just days before her term ends saying she fears for her safety if she goes home, media reported on Saturday.

The Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD, 經建會) estimated that free economic pilot zones would increase private investment and GDP by NT$21 billion and NT$30 billion in 2014, respectively, Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍), vice minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, said.
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Economic pilot zone regulations get approval


Asylum-seekers living in Australia face having their welfare payments cut, visas cancelled or being placed in detention if they breach a new code of conduct forbidding anti-social behavior that sparked condemnation Tuesday.
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