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ARCTIC BAY---Some 20 tourists
and their guides stuck on an ice floe
off Baffin Island in the Canadian
Arctic have all made it to shore and
are waiting to be rescued by air.
The tourists are travelling with
Arctic Kingdom Expeditions and
company president Graham Dickson
said yesterday all of them got off
the floe when it floated close to
shore. Dickson said there were
plans to pick them up by helicopter
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Cpl Yvonne Niego says the weather
has been difficult.
The tour group---made up of
Canadians, Americans, an Aus-
tralian and a Jordanian---was
stranded when a 30-mile long slab
of ice broke away from shore late
Monday and floated out to sea.
The tourists were properly outfit-
ted for the conditions. (AP)
Tourists stranded on ice floe make it to shore
MOSCOW---Russian President Vladimir Putin says
that fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward
Snowden has been in the transit zone of Moscow s
Sheremetyevo airport since flying in from Hong
Kong---meaning that he has not officially entered
the country. If true, it s effectively a life of airport
limbo for Snowden, whose American passport has
been revoked by US authorities.
Putin insisted Tuesday that Snowden has stayed
in the transit zone without passing Russian immi-
gration and is free to travel wherever he likes. Snow-
den, who arrived Sunday on a flight from Hong Kong,
registered for a Havana-bound flight Monday en
route to Venezuela, but didn t board the plane. His
ultimate destination was believed to be asylum in
Ecuador. Dozens of Russian and foreign journalists
boarded the Havana flight only to photograph Snow-
den s empty seat 17A during the 12-hour journey.
The US move to annul Snowden s passport might
have further complicated his travel plans.
Hordes of journalists armed with laptops and photo
and video cameras have camped in and around the
airport, looking for Snowden or anyone who may
have seen or talked to him. But after talking to pas-
sengers, airport personnel, waiters and shop clerks,
the press corps has discovered no trace of the elusive
The departure and transit area is huge and has
dozens of small rooms, some labeled "authorised
personnel only," where one could potentially seek
refuge with support from airport staff or security
personnel. And security forces or police patrolling
the area can easily whisk a person out of this area
though back doors or corridors. (AP)
in 'airport hideout'
CANBERRA---Australian Prime Minister
Julia Gillard was ousted as Labor Party
leader yesterday by her predecessor, Kevin
Rudd, in a vote of party lawmakers hoping
to avoid a huge defeat in upcoming elec-
The ballot took place three years and two
days after Gillard ousted Rudd in a similar
internal government showdown to become
the country s first female prime minister.
She lacked Rudd s charisma, and although
many Labor lawmakers preferred her style,
her deepening unpopularity among voters
compelled a majority to seek a change ahead
of elections that are set for September 14
but could be held in August.
Yesterday s 57-to-45 vote makes Rudd
leader of the party. Governor-General
Quentin Bryce could make him prime min-
ister as early as today, but Rudd likely will
have to demonstrate that he can command
a majority of lawmakers in the House of
Labor depends on independents and a
minor party for its fragile ruling coalition,
but Rudd appeared capable of retaining it
after two independent lawmakers who did
not back Gillard s government said they
would support his.
Rudd gave no indication of new policy
directions or when he expected Australians
would go to the polls.
"In 2007, the Australian people elected
me to be their prime minister and that is
a task I resume today with humility, with
honour and with an important sense of
energy and purpose," he said in a state-
He paid tribute to Gillard.
"She is a woman of extraordinary intel-
ligence, of great strength and great energy,"
Rudd said. "She has been a remarkable
The party ballot ends a bitter rivalry
between Gillard and Rudd that helped create
an atmosphere of chaos and disunity. Gillard
had survived two previous attempts by Rudd
to take over.
Gillard had vowed to quit Parliament at
the next election if she lost, and said after
the vote that she would fulfil that pledge.
After speaking to the media, Gillard went
to the governor-general to tender her res-
Even with Rudd in control, polls suggest
that Labor would still be defeated by the
conservative opposition. But if that happens,
Labor lawmakers hope their losses will be
smaller under Rudd than they would have
been under Gillard.
Rudd had been a popular prime minister
who had started sliding in the polls when
Gillard, then his deputy, challenged him to
a leadership ballot in 2010. He did not con-
test the ballot when he became aware of
the level of Gillard s support and she became
prime minister unopposed. (AP)
...Rudd takes back party leadership from Aussie PM Gillard
Kevin Rudd speaks to the
media following a leadership
ballot for the Labor Party at
parliament in Canberra,
A man shows a photo of his family members who
went missing during monsoon flooding near the
airport gate in Jollygrant, in northern Indian state
of Uttarakhand, India, yesterday. Flooding and
landslides have killed more than 1,000 people and
washed away thousands of homes, roads and
bridges since mid-June. AP PHOTO
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