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Thailand's 'Wild Boars' pay respects to hero diver who died in rescue

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan died during the operation, the only fatality of the three-week ordeal at the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand

A member of the "Wild Boars" football team places flowers in front of a statue of Saman Gunan, the Thai navy diver who died during the rescue of the team from the Tham Luang cave, during the first anniversary of their rescue in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on June 24, 2019. Thailand's "Wild Boars" footballers, who captivated the world one year ago after floods trapped them underground for nearly three weeks, paid respects on June 24 to the diver who died during the rescue efforts. Jittrapon KAICOME / AFP

British caver sues Elon Musk over 'pedo' comments

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:47 AM

The defamation suit is filed in Los Angeles by Vernon Unsworth, who is seeking unspecified damages 'for the worldwide damage he has suffered to his reputation'

ELON MUSK. Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP.

Thai cave boys leave Buddhist monastery after honoring dead rescuer

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:37 PM

11 of the boys, together with their coach, were ordained to 'make merit' for late rescue diver Saman Kunan

Members of the "Wild Boars" football team hand flower garlands to Buddhist monks during a ceremony to mark the end of their retreat as novice monks at the Wat Phra That Doi Tung temple in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on August 4, 2018. The Thai boys freed from a flooded cave in a rescue bid that gripped the world left the Buddhist monastery 11 days after ordaining as novice monks to honour a diver who died in the mission to save them. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

Rescued Thai cave boys to leave hospital July 19

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'All 13 Wild Boars are in good physical health... all are in good spirits,' Thailand's public health minister tells reporters

IN GOOD SPIRITS. This video grab taken from undated handout footage released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 14, 2018 shows rescued "Wild Boars" football team coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) with two members of the team recovering at the hospital in Chiang Rai province. Photo handout by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Thai 'Wild Boars' return to training after teammates' rescue

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:26 PM

'I want to tell the guys that I miss them and that I want to hug them,' says Wild Boars teammate Supaghid Pragaihong

WAITING FOR TEAMMATES. Members of the 'Wild Boars' football team take part in a training session in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 12, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai cave rescue site to become a museum

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn tells reporters the site will ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue

RESCUE OPS. Bicycles belonging to members of a children's football team, who are trapped in a cave chamber along with their coach, are seen as Thai rescue personnel (background) conduct operations under floodlights at the entrance to Tham Luang cave. File photo by Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thais rejoice at success of dramatic cave rescue

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) A few hundred school children gather opposite the Chiang Rai hospital. Their teacher leads them in a chant thanking 'everyone who came to help make the mission succeed.'

SAVED AT LAST. Thai students cheers at a school in front of hospital where the boys rescued after being trapped in a nearby cave for 18 harrowing days have been brought for observation in Chiang Rai on July 11, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Final 5 trapped in Thai cave to be extracted on July 10 – rescue chief

Jul 10, 2018 - 2:06 PM

(UPDATED) '(They) will be extracted today,' rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn tells reporters, adding the journey out should be faster than on previous days

RESCUE. An ambulance leaves the Tham Luang cave area as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 10, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Treacherous Thai cave rescue bid enters second day

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Looming rain is one of the main enemies of the operation, threatening to flood the cave complex in mountainous northern Thailand, although a bewildering array of other dangers could also doom their safe return

RESCUERS. Thai soldiers walk out from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 8 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thiu/AFP

Rescue efforts for boys trapped in Thai cave begin

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) However another operation commander says the operation would take two to 3 days to complete, with the boys and their coach being brought out one-by-one, and that the weather conditions would play a role

RESCUE. Thai police stand guard at the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 12 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 8, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 2-8, 2018

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

A string of dead local officials, the bench-clearing Gilas-Boomers brawl, updates on the boys trapped in a Thai cave

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

Letters of hope from boys trapped deep in a Thai cave

Jul 08, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Players from the 'Wild Boar' football team write short notes in the gloom, reassuring parents and relatives and expressing hopes of being reunited in the near future

LETTER. This undated handout photo released by the Royal Thai Navy SEAL on July 7, 2018 shows a letter written by one of the trapped boys and handed to a diver on July 6 stating "don't worry, we're all strong" as rescue operations continue for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in Tham Luang cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 7, 2018. Photo by Royal Thai Navy Seal/AFP

Conditions 'perfect' for evacuation of Thai boys in cave

Jul 07, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Water levels inside the cave are currently managed to their lowest point by constant drainage

CAVE. This undated handout photo taken recently and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 7, 2018 shows a group of Thai Navy divers in Tham Long cave during rescue operations for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in the cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo by Handout/Royal Thai Navy/AFP

TIMELINE: Thai cave rescue

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Here is how the rescue attempt has unfolded so far

RESCUE OPS. This file photo taken and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 1, 2018 shows Thai Navy Seals navigating a flooded section of Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. File photo by Royal Thai Navy

Coach of Thai boys trapped in cave offers apology to parents

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Ekkapol Chantawong's message is the first from the coach, whose role in the football team's predicament has split Thai social media

RESCUE OPERATIONS. Thai rescue personnel are seen at the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue for the 12 boys and their coach trapped at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 6, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai military diver dies as window for cave rescue narrows

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The diver's death raises serious doubts over the safety of attempting to bring the 12 boys and their football coach out through cramped, waterlogged passageways of the Tham Luang cave

RESCUE OPS. This photo taken and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 1, 2018 shows Thai Navy Seals navigating a flooded section of Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo by Royal Thai Navy