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All 12 Boys and Coach Rescued from Thai Cave

VOA News All 12 boys and their coach have been pulled out of a flooded Thai cave where they and they had been trapped for more than two weeks, according to the Thai Navy SEALs. "All 12 'Wild Boars' and coach have been extracted from the cave," a post on their Facebook page said, referring to the boys' soccer team, the Wild Boars. The post added that all were safe and signing off with a "hooyah." A later post on Facebook said the last four Thai Navy SEALs had exited the cave safely, including a photo of the four —…
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Proposed Rule May Affect US Legal Immigration

VOA News/Victoria Macchi, Aline Barros By the end of July, the Trump administration is expected to take a step closer to another sweeping policy shift that could block millions of foreigners from coming to the United States or from staying in the country if they have had access to certain public benefits, like children's health care. One team of analysts says the revamped “public charge” policy could lead to citizens in mixed-status families not getting crucial services they need and are entitled to out of fear that it could jeopardize a relative’s immigration status. It all comes down to how the…
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Trump Arrives in Brussels Amid Tension with NATO, EU

VOA News/Steve Herman BRUSSELS —  President Donald Trump has arrived in Brussels — home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union — two steadfast allies with whom the American leader has increasingly put himself at odds. Trump on Tuesday tossed barbs at both organizations. On Twitter, he again bluntly demanded NATO members contribute more money to the defense alliance that has been the linchpin of the West's post-World War II military cooperation. European leaders, since Trump's election 17 months ago, have fretted and fumed about the president's bashing but have hesitated to lash back publicly. That changed…
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Abortion Issue Likely to Dominate Top Court Pick Hearings

VOA News/Masood Farivar WASHINGTON — If recent history is any indication, the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court pick, is likely to be dominated by questions about his views of Roe v. Wade. The landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling, which held that the Constitution protects a woman's right to a have an abortion, stands as one of the high court's most controversial and divisive decisions of the past century. While polls show a majority of Americans support legal abortion, Roe v. Wade continues to divide broad swaths of society, pitting advocates, who see the decision as…
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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Woos Senators Amid Partisan Storm

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL — One day after President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, federal judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence. "The president really could not have done a better job of picking an extraordinarily well-qualified nominee," McConnell, who represents Kentucky, said after the encounter. "We believe it's possible to handle this nomination fully by the fall." Kavanaugh, 53, took part in investigations of former President Bill Clinton, helped former President George W. Bush prevail in the 2000 Florida vote recount…
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Cave rescue: Four more boys rescued by Thai Navy divers

Divers have rescued four more boys from a vast flooded cave system in northern Thailand on the second day of a complex operation. The Thai Navy Seals leading the rescue operation have confirmed that eight boys in total have been extracted. Four boys and their football coach remain inside the caves. The group was trapped in the cave on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding, and was found alive last week by divers. Four boys were brought out safely on Sunday, but the mission was paused overnight for air tanks to be replaced. Before the confirmation that four more…
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More Boys Rescued from Flooded Thai Cave

VOA News At least five boys out of a group of 12 and their soccer coach have been rescued after being trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks. The first four boys, rescued by divers Sunday, were airlifted to a hospital in Chiang Rai, and the fifth, brought out of the cave Monday, is expected to join them after initial treatment in a field hospital near the Tham Luang caves. Unconfirmed reports say three more boys were rescued Monday. The children's families have not been told which boys have been rescued Interior Minister Anupong Paojina said…
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Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices

VOA News The privilege of naming justices to the Supreme Court — judges whose decisions could affect the lives of Americans for decades — is one of the most consequential choices a president can make. President Donald Trump has already placed one justice on the court, Neil Gorsuch, and says he wants to choose a “great one” to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump says the new justice should have a great intellect and the right temperament. Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing…
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Divers Rescue 4 of 13-Member Soccer Team Trapped in Thai Cave

VOA News Divers in Thailand rescued four boys out of a group of 12 and their soccer coach who had been trapped by flood waters deep inside a mountain cave for more than two weeks. Loud cheers and euphoria broke out when the acting governor of Thailand's Chaing Rai state, Narongsak Osatanakorn, announced Sunday that the boys had been brought out of the cave. The complicated and extremely dangerous operation to bring the other nine to safety has been suspended while rescuers replenish air tanks along the exit tunnel. The group is stranded about 4 kilometers inside the cave. A…
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Charlottesville Hate Crime Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

VOA News The man alleged of killing one and injuring many others last year by plowing his car through a group of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, pled not guilty Thursday to multiple federal hate crime charges. James Fields Jr., the man suspected, was charged in June with 28 counts of "hate crime acts" for injuring dozens, and one count of "racially motivated violent interference with a federally protected activity" for driving into the crowd. He also faces a murder charge, and several lesser felony charges, in the state of Virginia. Heather Heyer, 32, was counterprotesting…
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