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Ice-bound ships reported freed off Antarctica

The Russian research ship stranded for two weeks in Antarctic ice has broken free and is headed for open water to the north, its captain told Russian media Tuesday.

John Kerry defies the odds with intense drive for Middle East peace

No-one can fault U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for lack of effort. He has just wrapped up his 10th visit to the Middle East in pursuit of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority -- the most elusive prize in international diplomacy.

Turkey purges police force

In what appears to be a broader government purge of Turkey's police force, 350 police officers were removed from their positions in the capital of Ankara on Tuesday.

Capturing the Northern Lights

Ralitsa Vassileva interviews Norwegian photographer Ole C. Salomonsen. Check it out here:

10-year-old Afghan girl says she was sent on a suicide mission

A 10-year-old girl was brought into a border police station in Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province on Monday when she told Afghan police she had been instructed by her brother to carry out a suicide mission.

Angry Rodman defends N. Korea game

Eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman Tuesday defended his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players, saying it was a "great idea for the world."

U.S. in Lebanon warning

U.S. citizens in Lebanon should "exercise extreme caution" in high-profile public places, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut warned Sunday.

Japan is aging fast

Japan has concerns about a dwindling workforce supporting a growing number of pensioners. CNN's Monita Rajpal reports.

Dozens held in Chinese meth raids

More than 3,000 paramilitary forces and police descended on a small coastal village in China's Guangdong province -- many of them in helicopters and speedboats.

14 dead in China stampede

A stampede at a religious gathering in northwestern China left 14 dead and 10 others injured on Sunday, China's state-run news agency Xinhua has reported, citing local government.