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Thai cave reopens for visitors after Wild Boars rescue

Nov 02, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Guests are not allowed beyond the entrance for now, where they can peer into the cave opening

REOPENED. This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and released by Chiang Rai Provincial Public Relations Office shows people visiting Tham Luang cave in the Mae Sai district of Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province. Photo handout / AFP / Chiang Rai Provincial Public Relations Office

Dutch tourist killed in Malaysia cave floods, guide missing

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Eight other tourists in the same group are safe after fleeing to higher ground

ACCIDENT. Flash floods kill a Dutch tourist in a popular cave located in the rugged Mulu National Park on Malaysia's Borneo island, an official said on July 13, 2019, as a search continues for a missing guide. Photo courtesy of Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department / AFP

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

'Wild Boars' deal with fame one year after Thai cave rescue

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Their newfound fame has also forced silence on them, as the boys and their families can no longer talk freely about their ordeal – the result of exclusivity contracts that ban them from speaking to the press

A YEAR AFTER. This picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows visitors posing for photos in front of a statue of Saman Gunan, the Thai diver who died during the efforts to rescue the 12 boys from the '€œWild Boars'€ football team and their coach who were trapped in the Tham Luang cave last year, at the cave's visitor centre in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Netflix, makers of 'Crazy Rich Asians', team up for Thai cave rescue production

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Netflix strikes a deal with the producers of 'Crazy Rich Asians' to tell the real-life story of 2018's gripping Thai cave rescue

Cagayan pushes for stricter conservation measures in Callao Cave

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The goal of the province's Tourism Masterplan for Callao Cave is to develop it as a premier ecotourism destination and conservation area

CALLAO CAVE. In 2007, Professor Armand Mijares and his team excavated Callao Man foot bone fossil in this site – the same site where Homo luzonensis was also found. Photo by Rommel Taruc of CPTO

Diggings in Philippine cave find new early human species

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The new species is dubbed Homo luzonensis after the island of Luzon where its remains were found

A handout image made available by Florent Detroit and taken on August 9, 2011 shows a view of the excavation in the Callao Cave in the north of Luzon Island, in the Philippines, where an international multidisciplinary team discovered a new hominin species, Homo Luzonensis. An international multidisciplinary team, co-led by a MNHN senior lecturer of the H & E department, Florent Détroit, discovered a new hominin species, Homo Luzonensis, during the excavation of Callao Cave, situated on Luzon island, Northern Philippines. Published in the journal Nature, the study of the fossils dated to 50 to 67 000 years highlights a singular mosaic of morphological characteristics that differentiates Homo luzonensis from other species of the genus Homo and underlines the major role played by Island Southeast Asia in the evolutionary history of hominines. Florent DETROIT / AFP

Thai cave rescue film to be released on mission anniversary

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The first film on the dramatic cave rescue will be a genuine retelling of the gripping mission, directed by Thai-born director Tom Waller

British divers in Thai cave rescue make UK honors list

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The 7 underwater specialists receive awards for bravery and excellence, with two members – Richard Stanton and John Volanthen – given the George Medal, the country's second highest civilian gallantry award

THAI RESCUE. British cave-diver Robert Charles Harper explores an opening in the mountain during rescue operation for a missing children's football team and their coach in Tham Luang cave, Chiang Rai province on June 29, 2018.Photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/ / AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / 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.

South Africa's Blombos cave home to earliest drawing by a human

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'It’s also evidence of early humans' ability to store information outside of the human brain,' says Professor Christopher Henshilwood

'EARLIEST DRAWING'. The drawing found on silcrete stone in Blombos Cave. Craig Foster

Ancient teenager 1st known person with parents of two different species

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Found in Denisova Cave, the child – known as 'Denisova 11' – was at least 13 years old at the time of her death more than 50,000 years ago

DISCOVERY. We don’t have the full skeleton of a Denisovan so we don’t really know what they looked like. from www.shutterstock.com

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

Thai boys rescued from cave to be ordained in Buddhist ceremony

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The boys will spend time living in a monastery before returning to normal life – a common practice in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Thai cave boys speak of 'miracle' rescue after hospital discharge

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The "Wild Boars" team members look healthy and happy as they answer questions about the 9 days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team

WILD BOARS. Rescued Thai football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (L) together with 12 children pays tribute during a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18, 2018 following their discharge from the hospital to volunteer and former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died during the rescue operation. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai cave boys to leave hospital, speak to media

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The Wild Boars football team are being discharged 'so media can ask them questions and after that they can go back to live their normal lives without media bothering them,' says a spokesman

THAI CAVE BOYS. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued 'Wild Boars' football team at hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack rattles Tesla investors: ‘This thing is unraveling’

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Musk's Tesla has never earned an annual profit. His tweets, the latest of which involves pedophile accusations against a key figure in the rescue of the Thai boys trapped in a cave, are proving to be a big distraction

TWEET TROUBLES. The rescue saga involving young Thai footballers trapped in a cave may be over, but a controversial 'pedo' tweet by Elon Musk, in reference to one of the rescuers, has caused some trouble for him and his company. Photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP


British caver considering legal action after Elon Musk 'pedo' tweet

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk launches a tirade against Vernon Unsworth without providing any justification or explanation, after the cave expert slams his offer of a miniature submarine to extract the footballers from the Tham Luang cave as a 'PR stunt'

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 boys rescued from cave mourn diver who died

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:03 PM

'All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant Commander Saman and observed one minute of silence for him,' says Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary at the health ministry

HONORED. This handout photo released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 15, 2018 and taken on July 14 shows members of the rescued "Wild Boars" football team at hospital in Chiang Rai province bowing their heads after writing messages on a drawing of former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died on July 6 during the rescue mission. Handout photo/Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP

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Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

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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

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Jul 12, 2018 - 1:30 PM

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Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Pure Flix is in talks actors, writers and potential investors for the movie

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. Four boys among the group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than a fortnight were rescued on July 8 after surviving a treacherous escape, raising hopes elite divers would also save the others soon. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Thai boys were sedated, stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Video of the rescue is released by authorities who had until late Wednesday closely guarded the details of the seemingly unprecedented operation

RESCUE. This undated handout photo released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 11, 2018 shows one of the members of the "Wild Boars" team being moved on a stretcher during the rescue operation at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district. Handout photo by Royal Thai Navy/AFP

Coach Ek, the unlikely stateless hero of Thai cave drama

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Coach Ekkapol Chantawong, the 25-year-old who was among the last to emerge from the cave on Tuesday, is lauded for keeping the the young footballers - aged 11-16 - calm as starvation loomed in the dark

A COACH AND HIS PLAYERS. Thanaporn Promthep, mother of one of the 12 missing boys, displays an image believed to have been taken in 2017 of her son Duangpetch Promthep, nicknamed "Dom" (pictured 2nd R-with light) and his football coach Ekkapol Chantawong (R), on July 2, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/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

Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The French midfielder says the young Thai football players rescued from a flooded cave are the 'heroes of the day'

CELEBRATION. French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates as France wins over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

FIFA says rescued Thai boys won't attend World Cup final

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a FIFA event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration,' a spokesman says

RESCUE EFFORTS. This handout video grab taken from footage released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 4, 2018 and taken on July 3 shows Adul Sam-on (R), a member of a Thai youth football team who is trapped with 11 other children and their coach, gesturing as he sits inside the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province. Handout image by the Royal Thai Navy/AFP

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All 12 boys and coach rescued from Thai cave

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

(7th UPDATE) The Thai SEALs and elite foreign divers extract the final batch of 4 boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, on Tuesday afternoon via a perilous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels

RESCUE OPERATIONS. Police and military personnel use umbrellas to cover around a stretcher near a helicopter and an ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai on July 9, 2018, as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/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

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8 rescued from Thai cave, but 5 remain trapped

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'Hooyah,' the Thai Navy SEALs say in a Facebook post as they announce a total of 8 members of the 'Wild Boars' football team have been rescued on July 8 and 9

SOLDIERS. Thai soldiers arrive at the Tham Luang cave area as the 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 9, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

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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

4 boys rescued from flooded Thai cave

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:27 PM

(UPDATED)The rescued boys emerged as night fell from the Tham Luang cave complex after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways

T-Junction 'crisis' point looms near end of Thai cave rescue

Jul 08, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Authorities have highlighted the tiny passageway near T-Junction, or Sam Yak in Thai, as the most dangerous element of the journey for the 'Wild Boars' team

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. / AFP PHOTO / ROYAL THAI NAVY / Handout / XGTY - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ROYAL THAI NAVY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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

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Jul 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

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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

'Race against water' as rain threatens Thai boys in the cave

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:57 PM

'Our biggest concern is the weather. We are calculating how much time we have if it rains, how many hours and days,' Narongsak Osottanakorn tells reporters, without providing further details

PUMPING OUT WATER. In this picture taken on July 4, 2018, Thai rescue personnel pump water from Tham Luang cave during rescue operations for the trapped 12 boys and their coach, at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

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Jul 05, 2018 - 8:33 AM

On the northern coasts of Iloilo lies Islas de Gigantes, an untouched paradise