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17 South Korean sailors missing

A South Korean fishing vessel sank Monday off the coast of Antarctica leaving 5 dead and 17 missing.

20 sailors were rescued from the wreck. South Korean and New Zealand ships aided in the search for 17 still missing sailors.

The fishing boat, the In Sung, carried 42 sailors when it sank around 4:30 a.m. South Korean time about 1,000 miles north of a Unites States research center, which received no distress signal, the New York Times reported.

The five dead include two Indonesians, two South Koreans and one Vietnamese according to the Associated Press. The ship's crew included sailors from South Korea, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Russia.

Iran nuclear program self-sufficient

Iran has announced that it is now capable of harvesting uranium, making its nuclear program independent from foreign sources.

Iran made the announcement a day before Iran is to continue stalled nuclear talks with Germany and the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council: the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom CNN reported.

The Associated Press reported that Western officials downplayed the announcement, stating that Iran wouldn't have enough ore to maintain a nuclear program.

Iran moves trial for U.S. hikers

The trial date for two American hikers being held in Iran has been postponed to February 6, their lawyer said Sunday.

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer's original court date was set for early November, but the trial has been postponed because one or more of the Americans did not show up for their court date, according to CNN.

The Associated Press reported that Sarah Shourd, who was freed in September, was apparently summoned to appear in court, according to Iranian authorities. She has not disclosed plans to return to Iran.

The hikers crossed an unmarked border into Iran, where they were arrested. They were later charged with espionage.

British couple freed by pirates

A British couple was released Sunday, after being held captive for over a year by Somali pirates.

Paul and Rachel Chandler were sailing for Tanzania on Oct. 23, 2009, when their yacht was boarded by pirates. According to the Associated Press, a huge ransom was demanded, one that the Chandler's could not pay.

CNN reported that in negotiations for the couple's release, there was trouble conveying that the Chandler's were retirees and not part of big commercial business. Finally, a ransom of about $750,000 was paid.

Obama expected to visit Indonesia

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Obama plans to visit Indonesia as part of his tour of Asia, but may be delayed due to the eruption of an Indonesian volcano.

The Associated Press reported that the eruption of Mount Merapi has killed 138 in the past two weeks, and it's continual spewing of ash has delayed many international flights, including those carrying burn cream and ventilators for victims of the eruption.

CNN reported that Obama's visit to Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, has been met with Muslim protests on Sunday. The protests have been organized by the Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir, and some 20,000 people attended the rallies.

135 people found after tsunami in Indonesia

135 missing people were found by rescue crews after a tsunami hit Indonesia, authorities said Saturday.

CNN reported that the tsunami killed at least 413 people, and over a hundred people are still missing.

MSNBC reported that military officials moved more villagers off the side off the volcano that erupted Tuesday, after it exploded again Saturday.

A woman died during the evacuation bringing the death toll to 36 from the volcanic eruption.

WikiLeaks publishes Iraq documents

The website WikiLeaks published classified military documents from the Iraq war Friday.

According to the Associate Press, this was the second major release of classified U.S. war documents by the website in the past four months. In July, WikiLeaks posted almost 77,000 documents from the Afghan conflict.

Officials believe the release will emphasize the failings of the Iraqi government.

CNN reported the release provides a new picture on how many Iraqi citizens have been killed and Iran's involvement in supporting Iraqi militants, according to the New York Times, just one of the many news organizations the information was released to before it was published on the site.

The Pentagon is not happy with the release, and is worried about the people named in the documents.

"There are 300 names of Iraqis in here that we think would be particularly endangered by their exposure," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said. "We have passed that information on to U.S. Forces Iraq. They are in the process right now of contacting those Iraqis to try to safeguard them."

2 miners missing in Ecuador

Two miners died, and two miners are missing, after a tunnel collapsed in Ecuador Saturday.

According to CNN the four miners were trapped after the cave-in on Friday. The bodies of two miners were found on Saturday, but two more are still missing.

The Star Tribune reported that workers are working to clear rocks to get to the area where the workers were thought to be working. They are only 26 feet from the suspected site.

They hope to rescue the other two miners.

Trapped Chilean Miners FInally Have A Way Out

A rescue plan was offered Saturday to rescue 33 trapped miners in Chile, with rescues planned to start Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported that 66 days after the mine collapsed, a drill was finally able to reach the cavity where the miners were trapped.


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reported that miners started preparing Sunday for the rescue by taking aspirin to preventing blood clotting during the ascent, and they started a special liquid diet to prevent nausea that may occur from the twisting motions of the rescue capsule.

European Travel Alert Issued for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. State Department released a travel alert on Sunday for American travelers in Europe stating that there is a concern of terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda or related groups.

"U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling," the statement from the U.S. State Department said, according to CNN.

The New York Times reported that the attacks are possibly aimed at Britain, France and Germany and that travelers should not cancel travel plans, but should be vigilant, especially on public transportation and at tourist attractions.

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