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Thailand cave rescue: First footage emerges of boys in hospital Thailand cave rescue: First footage emerges of boys in hospital
The first footage has emerged from the hospital where 12 Thai boys and their coach are being treated after their dramatic rescue from a flooded cave. Several boys can be seen in facemasks and hospital gowns, at least one giving a victory sign for the camera. Meanwhile, reports say the boys and the coach were sedated to stop them panicking during the dangerous rescue. The Thai Navy Seals a...
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Japan floods: At least 100 dead after record rainfall Japan floods: At least 100 dead after record rainfall
At least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan, a government spokesman says. Dozens more are reported to be missing and electricity supplies have been hit. Since Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate as rivers burs...
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Trump to visit Windsor and Chequers on UK trip Trump to visit Windsor and Chequers on UK trip
Donald Trump will meet the Queen at Windsor and hold talks with the prime minister at Chequers on his two-day visit to the UK next week. The itinerary for Thursday and Friday confirms the US president will stay at the US Ambassador's House in Regent's Park overnight. But other formal events will be held outside London. Thousands are expected to stage protests in the capital and in Scotlan...
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'Melting road' damages cars in Australia 'Melting road' damages cars in Australia
Melting bitumen has forced drivers in Australia to abandon their vehicles after the tyres became coated with tar. Up to 50 motorists may be entitled to compensation over the incident in Queensland on Tuesday, reports said. "I have never seen anything like it and when the reports started coming through yesterday, it was just incredible," local mayor Joe Paronella told the ABC. The incident...
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China's HNA Group boss dies in Provence China's HNA Group boss dies in Provence
The co-founder and chairman of the giant Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has died in a fall in southern France, his company has confirmed. Wang Jian, 57, "accidentally fell" in Provence, while on a business trip to France, a company statement said. Police said he fell off a wall in the village of Bonnieux on Tuesday as he was having his picture taken. Mr Wang helped turn HNA into one of th...
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Italy Wikipedia shuts down in protest at EU copyright law Italy Wikipedia shuts down in protest at EU copyright law
Italian Wikipedia blocked readers from its own pages on Monday in protest over the future of EU online copyright law. Critics say the rules, due to be voted on this week, could put an end to memes and remixes, and require platforms to pay for linking to news. Instead of an encyclopaedia entry, visitors to any page on the Italian language Wikipedia were greeted with a statement about the upco...
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Mexico election: López Obrador vows profound change after win Mexico election: López Obrador vows profound change after win
Left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has claimed victory in Mexico's presidential election, saying "profound change" is coming. The ex-Mexico City mayor, known by his initials Amlo, is projected to win about 53% and his rivals have conceded. He vowed to tackle the "evil" of corruption, saying it had caused social inequality and violence in the country. He also pledged to double...
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Migrant crisis: EU leaders plan secure migrant centres Migrant crisis: EU leaders plan secure migrant centres
Secure centres for migrants may be set up in EU states to process asylum claims under a deal reached after marathon talks at a summit in Brussels. The controlled centres would be set up by EU states on a voluntary basis and migrants whose claims were rejected would be "returned". Refugees could be resettled in EU states which agreed to take them. The deal follows weeks of diplomatic wrang...
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Syria war: Air strikes knock out hospitals in Deraa Syria war: Air strikes knock out hospitals in Deraa
Air strikes have reportedly put three hospitals out of service in rebel-held south-western Syria, as pro-government forces press on with a major offensive. A medical charity and a monitoring group said the facilities in the towns of Saida, Jizah and Musayfira, east of the city of Deraa, were hit overnight. The strikes came as the army made gains in the region, which borders Jordan and the Is...
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Phillip Hancock: Rare foreign organ donor praised in China Phillip Hancock: Rare foreign organ donor praised in China
Phillip Hancock had been working as an English teacher in China when he unexpectedly fell ill and died last month. The posthumous gift of the Australian's organs has been lauded in China, a nation with few foreign donors, and changed five lives. Mr Hancock, 27, died from complications related to type 1 diabetes in the city of Chongqing on 9 May. According to the Red Cross Society of China, h...
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