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In brief: Rescued expedition ship reaches Australia

CANBERRA, Australia – An expedition of 52 scientists and tourists have arrived in Australia, setting foot on dry land for the first time since they were rescued from a ship trapped in Antarctic sea ice three weeks ago.

Arguments continue on who will foot the bill for the rescue operation that involved the United States, China, France and Australia.

Expedition leader Chris Turney told reporters in the port city of Hobart where they ended the final leg of their rescue aboard an Australian icebreaker Wednesday that it is still not clear who would pay for their rescue.

Turney’s expedition had been retracing an expedition a century ago by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson and comparing scientific measurements made then and now when their Russian icebreaker became trapped in ice-clogged Commonwealth Bay on Christmas Eve.

Israel says airstrike killed ‘terrorist operative’

JERUSALEM – The Israeli military says its aircraft have killed a key militant in Gaza who was behind recent attacks on Israel.

Gaza ambulance services said two militants were killed in the airstrike.

The military said it targeted a “terrorist operative” early Wednesday morning.

It said the man, Ahmad Zaanim, was behind several recent rocket attacks at southern Israel as well as shooting at soldiers and detonating explosives at soldiers on the border.

In Gaza, relatives and ambulance services identified him as commander in the PFLP. The other was identified as belonging to the Islamic Jihad group.


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North and South Korean leaders hold surprise 2nd summit

new  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for the second time in a month on Saturday, holding a surprise summit at a border truce village to discuss Kim’s potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Moon’s office said.