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Two icebreakers trapped in Antarctica break free

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BEIJING — A Russian research ship at the center of an Antarctic rescue drama has broken free from heavy pack ice, officials confirmed on Wednesday, hours after a Chinese icebreaker that became trapped while trying to help the Akademik Shokalskiy also freed itself and was heading for open waters. The Akademik Shokalskiy had been trapped in ice-clogged Commonwealth Bay since Christmas Eve, while the Chinese ship that came to its rescue, Xue Long, or Snow ...


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