July 6, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Boys tell parents ‘don’t worry’ in letters

Thailand cave rescue: Boys tell parents 'don't worry' in letters Image copyright Facebook/ekatol Image caption A Facebook photo shows the coach with some of the missing children The Thai boys trapped in a cave for two weeks have written letters to their parents, saying "don't worry... we are all strong". The group's handwritten notes include requests for different types of food. "Teacher, don't give us lots of homework!" read one. The team's coach also offered his "apologies" to the parents in a separate letter. The 12 boys and their coach were exploring the cave when they became trapped by flood waters on 23 June. In his letter, the 25-year-old coach Ekkapol Chantawong reassured parents, saying: "Dear all kids' parents, now all of them are fine, the rescue team is treating us well. "I promise to take care of them in the best way and thanks for all the kind words. I also sincerely apologise to the kids' parents," he added. Skip Facebook po..
July 6, 2018

Thai boys ‘can walk but can’t dive yet’

Thai boys 'can walk but can't dive yet' The 12 boys and their football coach trapped in waterlogged caves in Thailand will not be rescued overnight as they "cannot dive", officials say. The boys have been trapped for nearly two weeks in a chamber in the cave. They ventured in while the cave was dry but were caught out by a sudden deluge of rain, which flooded the system. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
July 6, 2018

China and Russia hit back at Trump tariffs

China and Russia hit back at Trump tariffs Image copyright Reuters Image caption US lobsters are among goods subject to Chinese retaliatory tariffs China and Russia have hit back after US tariffs on Chinese goods came into effect and President Donald Trump threatened to impose more. China's commerce ministry said it had lodged a new complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Meanwhile, Russia said it would introduce extra duties on a range of products imported from the US. Beijing has accused the US of starting the "largest trade war in economic history". Charting the US-China trade battle How a US-China trade war could hurt us all Trade row: What has happened so far? What tariffs are now in effect?US tariffs on $34bn (£25.7bn) of Chinese goods came into effect on Friday. China retaliated by imposing a similar 25% tariff on 545 US products - including cars, soya beans and lobsters - also worth a total of $34bn. Russia is introducing extra duties on a range of products im..
July 6, 2018

Hard-hitting gender identify show resonates in Australia

Nanette: Hannah Gadsby's show 'made me feel seen' Image copyright BEN KING/NETFLIX Image caption Hannah Gadsby's comedy show Nanette has received huge acclaim "What I would have done to hear a story like mine," Hannah Gadsby says in her widely acclaimed comedy show Nanette. "To feel less alone, to feel connected." Gadsby's emotional stand-up routine debuted on Netflix in June, and has resonated powerfully with its audience. Over the course of an hour, the 40-year-old Australian riffs on her experience growing up gay in conservative Tasmania, and her struggle for self-acceptance. Her jokes touch on sexuality and gender, and the entrenched misogyny in society. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Picasso are all named. However, it's her honest, searing insights into her personal pain, delivered in the second half of her show, which has won her tremendous acclaim. Critics have called the routine - which won best comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 - grou..
July 6, 2018

Israel recovers hanged spy Eli Cohen’s watch from Syria

Israel recovers hanged spy Eli Cohen's watch from Syria Image copyright Amos Ben Gershom, Israeli Government Press Office Image caption The watch was reportedly worn by Cohen until the day he was captured A watch belonging to one of Israel's most famed spies who was caught and hanged in Syria has been recovered by Israel's Mossad intelligence agency. It was worn by Eli Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew recruited by Mossad in the early 1960s, who infiltrated the highest echelons of the Syrian regime. He provided Israel with Syrian state secrets, before he was found out and publicly hanged in Damascus in 1965. Syria has refused to reveal the whereabouts of his remains. The recovery of Cohen's watch was announced by the Israeli prime minister's office. Details of when or how Israel got hold of the watch were not disclosed, other than it was returned "in a special Mossad operation". Mossad director Yossi Cohen said the watch was worn by Eli Cohen "until the day he was c..
July 6, 2018

Deadly blast in Mexico’s firework capital

Mexico fireworks blast at Tultepec warehouse kills 24 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe blasts hit Tultepec, known as Mexico's fireworks capital A series of explosions at a fireworks depot in Mexico has killed at least 24 people and injured more than 40 others. The biggest blasts took place as emergency responders arrived at the scene in the town of Tultepec. Authorities said four firefighters and five police were casualties in the blast, as well as a minor. The town, about 30km (20 miles) from Mexico City, is known as the country's pyrotechnic capital. 'Terrible blast'A market in the town has twice been badly damaged by explosions. More than 40 people died in blasts there in 2016. At the time there were calls for the market to be closed, but President Enrique Peña Nieto promised to rebuild it and help hundreds of local artisans who had lost their livelihoods. An explosion earlier this year killed seven people. Image copyright Getty..
July 6, 2018

Donald Trump raises stakes as US-China trade war begins

Donald Trump raises stakes as US-China trade war begins Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump has imposed the tariffs in an attempt to protect US jobs Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs worth hundreds of billions of dollars on Chinese imports to the US as a trade war between the world's two largest economies began on Friday. US tariffs on $34bn (£25.7bn) of Chinese goods have come into effect. China retaliated by imposing a similar 25% tariff on 545 US products, also worth a total of $34bn. The US President said America may target Chinese goods worth $500bn - the total value of Chinese imports in 2017. Beijing accused the US of starting the "largest trade war in economic history" and has lodged a case with the World Trade Organization (WTO). "Trade war is never a solution," said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. "China would never start a trade war but if any party resorts to an increase of tariffs then China will take measures in response to protect develo..
July 6, 2018

British backpacker Calvin Hill ‘stuck’ in Cambodia

British backpacker Calvin Hill 'stuck' in Cambodia Image copyright Family photo Image caption Mr Hill's weight has plummeted since he has fallen ill A British backpacker who got sepsis after a mosquito bite has been stuck in a hospital in Cambodia for more than two months, his family has said. Calvin Hill, 27, from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, came out of a coma and has been declared fit to fly by hospital staff, according to relatives. They want him home soon amid concern his condition could deteriorate. But his insurer Flexicover said it did not want to put Mr Hill at any "unnecessary risk". Mr Hill's mother Tracey said he was found "not breathing properly" by roommates at a hostel. Shortly before the collapse, he had complained of "feeling groggy" after being bitten by mosquitoes, she said. He spent two weeks in a coma, with doctors telling his family to expect the worst. "He was on life support," his mother said. "On three different occasions we were told he wo..
July 6, 2018

Pompeo visits North Korea to press Kim on Trump nuclear deal

Pompeo visits North Korea to press Kim on Trump nuclear deal Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mike Pompeo, greeted here by top North Korean officials, is staying overnight US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in North Korea to press leader Kim Jong-un for details on his plans for denuclearisation. It is Mr Pompeo's first visit to the country since Mr Kim's historic summit with Donald Trump in Singapore. Mr Trump has boasted of averting nuclear war, although others say the resulting agreement lacked substance. Mr Pompeo is therefore under pressure to produce evidence Pyongyang is taking steps towards ending its programme. North Korea crisis in 300 words Did the summit rhetoric match reality? Kim is a 'funny guy' - analysing Trump's quotes The document signed in June by the two leaders - who spent much of last year trading insults - saw Mr Kim promise to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. However, it did not outline a timeline or how exa..
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