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Moment we were found was a 'miracle', says boy rescued from Thai cave

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (The Straits Times/Reuters/AFP): One of the 12 boys dramatically rescued from deep inside a Thai cave said Wednesday (July 18) that the moment they were found by British divers was a "miracle".

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China crowdfunding platform closes down driver who asked for money to help bury his accident victims

Easy Raising said the project did not meet its application requirements.

Easy Raising deleted Yang's project, saying it didn’t meet [crowdfunding] application requirements. — SCMP

Beijing’s new Zaha Hadid-designed airport to showcase latest facial recognition technology

Facial recognition technology developed by Chinese startups will be used in Beijing’s new airport for security screening

Chinese artificial intelligence startup Yitu is preparing a bid to provide its facial recognition technology to the airport, while its close rival SenseTime Group is also expected to compete for the contract. — SCMP

A Chinese company makes an ultra-thin, bendable TV screen that works like a sticker

The flexible displays are attached to a small external power supply than can be recharged

The Chinese company arranged for several spectators at the 2018 final between France and Croatia on Sunday to wear top hats equipped with its flexible display broadcasting the soccer final live. — SCMP

Thai cave boys to leave hospital, speak to media

CHIANG RAI: Twelve boys and their football coach rescued from a cave in Thailand will leave hospital Wednesday and speak to the media for the first time, a government spokesman said.

This frame grab from handout video footage taken on July 13, 2018 and released by the Ministry of Health, Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 14 shows rescued "Wild Boars" football team members recovering at the hospital in Chiang Rai province. Twelve boys and their football coach rescued from a cave in Thailand after 18 days will leave hospital on July 18, 2018 and speak to the media for the first time, a government spokesman said. -AFP / Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital and Ministry of Health

Diplomatic immunity for Aussies in cave rescue

BANGKOK: Thailand gave diplomatic immunity to three Australians who helped a boys’ soccer team escape from a flooded cave, in case ”something went wrong”, its foreign minister have announced.

Statelessness a big hurdle for three boys rescued from Thai cave

MAE SAI (Thailand): The 12 boys and coach of the Wild Boars football team who were rescued from a cave in Thailand last week share a characteristic with many of the professional European clubs its youthful members idolise: They are a multiethnic, cross-border crew.

Hoping for a better future: A file picture showing the Wild Boars football team (in black) playing against a local club during a Mae Sai league match in Chiang Rai province. — AP

Kim blasts officials during ‘field guidance’ visits

Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un berated officials during inspections of a factory, power station and holiday camp, state media reported, with analysts saying the reports show nuclear-armed Pyongyang’s desire to focus on economic development.

Advice on the spot: Kim berating offiicals of the Ranam Coal-mining Machine Complex during an inspection of the plant in North Hamgyong province. — AFP

Japan-US renew nuke pact as Tokyo pledges to cut plutonium stockpile

TOKYO: Japan and the United States have extended their nuclear pact as Tokyo pledged to work to reduce its plutonium stockpile to address Washington’s concern.

Myanmar urged to make amends for seized land

YANGON: An international human rights group is calling on Myanmar’s government to expedite restitution for past illegal confiscations of land, detailing how land seizures are still hurting farmers in Myanmar even under the civilian-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi.