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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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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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Reed Visits Children with Cancer at North Scituate Summer Camp

NORTH SCITUATE, RI – Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) this week headed to North Scituate to visit children at the MAE Foundation’s Camp Hope, a one-week, free-of-charge camp for children aged 7-17 with cancer and their siblings offering them an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and break up the routine of doctors, hospitals and illness while also providing necessary medical oversight.  Summertime activities at the camp include arts/crafts, canoeing, drawing/painting, field trips, recreational swimming, and team-building initiatives, with a pediatric nurse is on site to administer daily medications and a pediatric oncologist on call at all times. “Camp Hope is a great idea and a…
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USCIS to Celebrate Independence Day by Welcoming 14,000 New Citizens

WASHINGTON—This year, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and our nation’s birthday, by welcoming more than 14,000 new citizens in nearly 175 naturalization ceremonies between June 28 and July 10.   The Independence Day activities will kick off with a naturalization ceremony at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas on June 28. During this event, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna will deliver congratulatory remarks to 37 new Americans.   “The naturalization ceremony marks the end of the journey toward citizenship, just as it marks the start of new lives…
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Immigrant Advocates Turn Down DNA Tests

VOA News/Steve Baragona When kidnappers assaulted a woman on a Guatemala City street and ripped her infant daughter from her arms, DNA testing came to the rescue. A positive match helped reunite mother and child after the baby turned up abandoned at a church with no identification. In addition to identifying kidnap victims, DNA tests have helped connect adoptees with their biological parents and immigrants with their families. Now, DNA technology is being called upon to bring together families separated at the border. Migrants' advocates, however, say using genetic testing in this way raises technical, legal and ethical issues. While…
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Otherwise Banned, LGBT Rights Enjoy Brief Hurrah at World Cup

VOA News/Marissa Melton "I know quite a few people that, if the World Cup wasn't in Russia, would have gone this year," said Joe White, co-founder of Three Lions Pride, an LGBT group cheering for England's team at the World Cup. He and his co-founder, Di Cunningham, have been in Russia for the competition, showing up to games with a rainbow-striped Three Lions Pride flag, despite Russia's five-year-old ban on what has been nicknamed "gay propaganda." Russia's World Cup organizing committee has said in a statement that all visitors, regardless of sexual orientation (or race, gender, religion, ability, or other…
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South Carolina Congressional Candidate Injured

VOA NEWS South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said Saturday. South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington was injured Saturday in a car accident. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state…
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Happy (Founding) Father’s Day

VOA News/Anna Matteo In the United States on the third Sunday of June we celebrate Father’s Day! So, today we celebrate fathers with some expressions that use the word “father” and “dad.” Let’s begin with a great father idiom! Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. An orphan is a child whose parents have died. Without parents, orphans can often feel alone in the world. There is no adult to claim them, so to speak. We can say the same about failures. Often people, do not want to claim them as their own. People may not want to…
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Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage

VOA News Growing up, Timothy “Twix” Ward, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona, thought he was “normal.” But his family recognized there was something “special” about him. “It wasn’t until I got older that I knew who I was, that I was different from everyone else,” he said. Ward identifies not as a man or a woman, but both — and neither: Twix Ward is a Two-Spirit. The term was first devised in Winnipeg, Canada, during a 1990 inter-tribal conference of Native American/First Nations gays and lesbians. Derived from the Ojibwe language, the term was deliberately…
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