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    A Chinese icebreaker headed to the Antarctic region to rescue a vessel stalled Friday due to bad weather and icy conditions.
    The ship Xue Long, which means Snow Dragon in English, was just shy of seven miles from the stranded Russian ship when it was forced to stop on Friday, CNN reports. The MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been stuck in ice since Monday and sent a satellite distress signal for help on Christmas. Capt. Wang Jiangzhong said it may be two more days before the Chinese government ship reaches the vessel.

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    Most of the 74 people aboard a Russian research ship stuck in the frozen Antarctic may be airlifted out, Russia said on Monday.

    A Chinese helicopter plans to evacuate 52 passengers and four crew members aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    An Australian icebreaker on Monday suspended efforts to reach the expedition because of bad weather. The Aurora Australis got within 10 nautical miles, but then turned back.