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Rain, health problems threaten cave rescue

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/05/18, 10:53 am

Rescuers said Thursday that a group of boys in Thailand were not yet healthy enough to attempt a dangerous underwater dive out of the cave where they have been trapped since June 23, CNN reported. Some of the 12 boys, members of a soccer team stranded with their 25-year-old coach, don’t know how to swim, and all of them have suffered from the mental and physical toll of being stuck so long.

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Globe Trot: Concerns over Obama’s Iran prisoner swap

International | The early 2016 deal raises questions about national security threats
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/24/17, 06:53 pm

IRAN: In a prisoner swap under the Iran deal that returned to the United States civilians like Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, the Obama administration handed off high-level Iranian operatives under investigation for national security concerns. Politico’s Josh Meyer reports:

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Globe Trot: Iraqi forces move on Mosul, liberating 12 Nineveh villages

International | The battle to retake Nineveh Plains from ISIS could ‘go fast and easy’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/17/16, 09:12 am

IRAQ: Overnight, Iraqi army forces began an operation to liberate Mosul from ISIS, which has held the country’s second largest city since June 2014. According to Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, an Assyrian church cleric and head of the Iraqi relief group CAPNI, the battle by Kurdish peshmerga and other Iraqi contingents to retake surrounding Nineveh Plains “may go fast and easy,” as those forces advanced 6 miles in a few hours, liberating 12 villages east of Mosul.

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