Helicopter Rescue Begins for Stranded Antarctic Ship
Dozens of passengers aboard a Russian research ship stuck for over a week in Antarctic ice are being evacuated Thursday, after a rescue helicopter finally was able to land nearby.
Video posted on Twitter by Chris Turney, one of the scientists on the ship, showed a Chinese helicopter carrying passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stranded since Christmas Eve.
Fifty-two passengers - including scientists, tourists, and journalists - are waiting to board the helicopter, 12 at a time. They will be carried to an Australian icebreaker ship, which they will then take on a weeks-long journey to land.
Blizzard conditions hampered previous attempts to evacuate the passengers by helicopter. Icebreaker ships from China, Australia, and France had also failed to reach the Russian vessel.
Musharraf, En Route to Trial, Rushed to Hospital
Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has been rushed to the hospital on his way to court, the third time he has missed a court appearance in his treason trial.
Police official Jan Mohammad told the court Thursday that Mr. Musharraf suffered a heart problem while being transported to his trial. He was taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in nearby Rawalpindi.
Mr. Musharraf has previously missed court dates -- on Wednesday and on December 24 -- because of explosives found on his route from home to the court in Islamabad.
Earlier Thursday, one of Mr. Musharraf's lawyers walked out of court, complaining of harassment by the government. Attorney Anwar Mansoor said he had been unable to sleep because of disturbances outside his home. Another Musharraf lawyer complained that he had been threatened.