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Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice field
Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice field

A complex international operation to free a Russian ship trapped in Antarctica ended Wednesday when the vessel cleared the ice field, as officials released a United States icebreaker from the rescue.

Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice field
Relief at Antarctic rescue turns to fear for Chinese ship
Relief at Antarctic rescue turns to fear for Chinese ship

Australian authorities expressed relief Friday after 52 passengers were safely evacuated by helicopter from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctica, but then raised concern for a Chinese rescue vessel caught in heavy ice.

Relief at Antarctic rescue turns to fear for Chinese ship
New Year on ice as weather stalls Antarctic air-sea rescue
New Year on ice as weather stalls Antarctic air-sea rescue

An icebound Russian research vessel prepared to ring in the New Year in remote Antarctica Tuesday as blizzards hampered a helicopter rescue planned after several icebreaking attempts failed.

New Year on ice as weather stalls Antarctic air-sea rescue
Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls
Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls

A Chinese icebreaker has failed to break through thick ice to free a ship carrying scientists and tourists stranded off Antarctica, forcing Australian authorities to look at other rescue options Saturday.

Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls
©Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader
Rescue underway for Russian ship trapped by Antarctic ice

Three icebreaking ships were Thursday hurrying to reach a Russian vessel carrying 74 people on a scientific expedition which is trapped by ice off Antarctica, with Australian authorities coordinating the rescue mission.

Rescue underway for Russian ship trapped by Antarctic ice
©Reuters/Chris Wattie
China to build two new Antarctic bases: state media

Chinese workers are on their way to build the country's fourth Antarctic research base and a fifth is being planned, state-run media said Thursday as the country expands its imprint on the icy continent.

China to build two new Antarctic bases: state media

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