July 10, 2018

Cave rescue: Elation as Thai boys and coach freed by divers

Cave rescue: Elation as Thai boys and coach freed by divers Image copyright EPA Image caption Three Thai navy divers and a medic, who stayed with the group while the rescue took place, were the last to emerge Joy and relief have greeted the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves in northern Thailand after divers completed a daring operation to bring them out. Seventeen days after they got trapped underground, the last five members of the group emerged on Tuesday. Their plight and the complex three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world's attention. Celebrations have swept the South East Asian nation and further afield. Cave rescue as it happened Rescue story in pictures Who are the Thai boys? How risky was the rescue? There were cheers around the Tham Luang cave system in the country's Chiang Rai province as a rescue operation involving dozens of divers and hundreds of other rescue workers came to an end on Tuesday evening. At the house jus..
July 10, 2018

Cave rescue: The divers who got the Thai boys out

Cave rescue: The divers who got the Thai boys out Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Foreign divers, including Ivan Karadzic (2nd left) and Erik Brown (3rd right), were part of the extensive rescue operations The rescuers who worked to save the group trapped in a Thai cave were a mix of international divers collaborating with Thai navy Seals. The 12 boys and their football coach were first found by British divers but the effort to get them out was a truly global operation. Several Thai navy divers took part in the rescue. One ex-navy diver, Saman Gunan, died in the cave last Friday. Little information has been released about exactly who was involved and how, largely because most participants have been reluctant to talk. It is thought that dozens of divers - Thai and foreign - were part of the efforts. Here are just some of them: John Volanthen and Richard StantonBriton John Volanthen's voice was the first the boys and their coach heard after nine days trapped underground. ..
July 10, 2018

Cave rescue: Celebrations as final ambulances arrive at hospital

July 10, 2018

Cave rescue: All 13 out after 17-day ordeal in Thailand

Cave rescue: All 13 out after 17-day ordeal in Thailand Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRescue diver in Thai cave: "I was very scared" Divers in northern Thailand have rescued all 13 people trapped in a flooded cave, 17 days after they got trapped underground. The plight of the 12 boys and their football coach, and the work to free them, gripped the world's attention. The first eight boys to be rescued, on Sunday and Monday, are said to be in good mental and physical health. The group, a football team, had got stuck deep inside the cave on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding. Latest on the cave rescue Who are the Thai boys trapped in a cave? How risky is the Thai boys rescue? After they were found by divers last week, huddled in darkness on a ledge and cut off from the outside world for nine days, the race began to get them out before the weather deteriorated even further. The boys evacuated so far have undergone X-rays and blood tests. They wil..
July 10, 2018

India policemen told to slim down or lose job

India policemen told to slim down or lose job Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It's not uncommon to see Indian policemen struggling with weight issues An Indian police force has told its officers to lose weight or face suspension from service. The chief of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) told the BBC that he was worried about the increasing number of obese personnel in the force. Bhaskar Rao added that he took the decision after more than 100 officers died in the last 18 months because of lifestyle-related illnesses. The officers will be provided help to change their lifestyle and diet. The KSRP, which has 14,000 personnel, is often called to provide security for big events, and also to control situations like riots and violent agitations. Senior officers of the KSRP have been told to identify obese policemen, and put them on an exercise routine to help them lose weight. India transgender officer rejoins duty after rare show of support India's moonwalking tr..
July 10, 2018

World’s ‘oldest coloured molecules’ are bright pink

World's 'oldest coloured molecules' are bright pink Image copyright LANNON HARLEY Image caption The pink pigments are the fossilised molecules of ancient sea organisms Scientists in Australia have discovered what they say are the world's oldest biological colours, from ancient rocks beneath the Sahara desert. The 1.1 billion-year-old pigments have a bright pink hue, but range from blood red to deep purple in their concentrated form. The pigments are fossilised molecules of chlorophyll produced by ancient sea organisms, scientists said. Researchers ground shale rocks into powder to extract the pigment. "Imagine you could find a fossilised dinosaur skin that still has its original colour, green or blue... that is exactly the type of discovery that we've made," Associate Prof Jochen Brocks from the Australian National University (ANU) told the BBC. "These are actual molecules, the oldest coloured molecules in the world. "When held against the sunlight, they are a..
July 10, 2018

Dissident Liu Xiaobo’s widow ‘allowed to leave China’

Dissident Liu Xiaobo's widow 'allowed to leave China' Image copyright Handout/AFP Image caption Liu Xia (right) with Liu Xiaobo in 2002 The widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been allowed to leave the country, boarding a flight for Germany, reports say. Liu Xia, who had been under house arrest since her husband won the prize in 2010, took a plane to Berlin, family friends told the BBC. Her husband, a university professor turned human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 for inciting subversion. He died of liver cancer last year and his body was buried at sea. Liu Xia has never been charged with any crime but said in May she was ready to die in protest at her continued detention. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLiu Xiaobo: China's most influential dissident
July 9, 2018

Australia and NZ recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Australia and NZ recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears Image copyright FOOD STANDARDS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND Image caption A range of frozen vegetable products have been recalled from Australian shops Australia has become caught up in a European food scare, with supermarkets across the country recalling bags of frozen vegetables over fears they may contain a deadly bacteria. It follows similar moves in Britain last week over vegetable products from supplier Greenyard Frozen. Food authorities said the vegetables could carry listeria monocytogenes which can cause listeriosis. Listeria in tainted melon killed seven people in Australia earlier this year. UK supermarkets recall frozen vegetables Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have recalled nine products - a mix of corn, carrot, pea and broccoli ranges - that originated from Britain, Belgium and Hungary. They were sold in supermarket chains Woolworths, Aldi and IGA. "The products affected contain a particularly dangerous..
July 9, 2018

Japan floods: 126 killed after torrential rain and landslides

Japan floods: 126 killed after torrential rain and landslides Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This is the worst death toll triggered by rains Japan has seen since 1982, when nearly 300 people died At least 126 people are now known to have died in floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in western Japan, says the government. It is the highest death toll caused by rainfall that Japan has seen in more than three decades. Rescuers are now digging through mud and rubble in a race to find survivors, as dozens are still missing. About two million people have evacuated the region after rivers burst their banks. "I have asked my family to prepare for the worst," 38-year-old Kosuke Kiyohara, who has not heard from his sister and her two sons, told AFP. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also cancelled an overseas trip to deal with the flood crisis. Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 70,000 emergency workers have been deployed across western Japan Image copyright G..
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