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Revealed: Thai cave boys tried to dig their way out

The Thai cave boys and their football coach who became trapped deep in a flooded cave complex tried to dig their way out, it has been revealed.



The Thai cave boys and their football coach who became trapped deep in a flooded cave complex tried to dig their way out, it has been revealed. In a Wednesday press conference, they also said that they survived on rainwater for nine days before being found and later rescued.

“We tried to dig out as we thought we cannot only wait for authorities to get us,” coach Ekkapol Chantawong said as the Wild Boars team made their first public appearance since being saved.

One of the team members said they “drank water that fell from the rocks” before being found by two British divers nine days after going inside the cave on June 23.

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The “Wild Boars” team members looked healthy and happy as they answered questions about the nine days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team.

“It is a miracle,” Wild Boars footballer Adul Sam-on, 14, said of the rescue, as the boys were gently quizzed about their terrifying experience.

Interest in the saga has been intense, with film production houses already eyeing a Hollywood treatment of the drama.

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Biden, Kenya’s Ruto vow to protect democracy in Africa



During a state visit to the White House on Thursday, US President, Joe Biden, welcomed Kenyan President, William Ruto, and promised to establish new collaborations with him in technology, security, and debt relief. Ruto leads one of the most powerful democracies in Africa.

Ruto’s journey to the White House marks the first state visit by an African president since 2008. It is a sign of the importance of a continent that supports strong commercial relations with China, is home to one billion people, but is ranked lower on Washington’s agenda than the conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine.

Ruto was the special guest of honor at a sumptuous state dinner on Thursday night, which was attended by a diverse group of people, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, singer-songwriter Don McLean, CEOs of Pfizer (PFE.N) and Walmart (WMT.N), former President Bill Clinton, and others. Before the dinner, former President Barack Obama, whose father was from Kenya, gave a quick speech.

“We may be divided by distance, but the same democratic values unite us,” Biden said as he greeted Ruto on the South Lawn of the White House. Biden reminisced about his own visits to Kenya as a young man, hailing 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries after Kenya’s independence.

“My visit takes place at a time when democracy is perceived to be retreating worldwide,” Ruto said, standing with Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other cabinet officials. Earlier, he had met privately with Biden in the Oval Office.

“We agreed on the significant opportunity for the U.S. to recalibrate its strategy and strengthen its support for Africa radically,” Ruto said. Biden said he would designate Kenya as the first sub-Saharan African country to be a major non-NATO ally. Qatar, Israel and 16 other countries share that designation.


Nairobi and Washington work together to combat terrorism in Africa, maintain security in Haiti, and aid the Ukrainian people. The president of Kenya arrived in the US on Monday, travelled to Atlanta, and on Wednesday, had a meeting with business leaders at the White House. At a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event on Friday, he will talk with Vice President Kamala Harris about digital inclusion in Africa.

Although Washington has struggled to forge strong relationships, successive U.S. administrations have stated that they wish to provide African nations with a more democratic and durable option to relations with China and Russia.

A slew of military takeovers, conflicts, and unreliable elections have altered the political landscape of the continent in the last year, giving China and Russia more clout. Seen as a democratic bastion, Biden believes closer ties with Kenya will help stabilize the continent and further American interests.

In a joint statement, the two presidents requested the warring parties in Sudan to grant humanitarian access to aid and consent to a truce, and they pledged to cooperate with the Somali government in its battle against terrorism.

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South Africa might drag EU to WTO over carbon border charge



South Africa’s Trade Minister, Ebrahim Patel, says his country is considering filing a formal protest at the World Trade Organization over the European Union’s “protectionist” carbon border charge on his country.

The steel industry in China and other developing countries have criticized the EU’s proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) which would charge imports of carbon-intensive goods entering Europe, including steel and cement.

The world’s first carbon border charge was introduced by the EU in October, and starting in 2026, imports of steel, cement, aluminium, fertilizer, power, and hydrogen will be subject to fees.

“We believe that the first prize always is to reach an agreement through engagement and negotiation and our door remains open to finding a settlement with the European Union on this matter,” Patel told Reuters.

“Failing everything else, we would be obliged to take the next step which would be to lodge a formal complaint (at the WTO), but we are still continuing discussions to find an amicable solution,” he added.

According to a spokesman for the European Commission, the border fee would allow deductions for any carbon pricing already paid overseas and was created to conform with WTO regulations.

“EU domestic industry pays a carbon price. We need to make sure importers pay an equivalent price, based on the carbon content of their goods, to prevent carbon leakage and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the spokesperson said.

“Carbon leakage” refers to the risk that rather than reducing emissions, European industries would simply move abroad to avoid paying the EU’s domestic carbon price.

Nevertheless, some governments, like South Africa, claim that CBAM will penalize developing countries that find it difficult to obtain the significant sums of money required to lower the CO2 emissions from their sectors. “Instead of recognising differential levels of development, it imposes a one-size fits on all firms across the world,” Patel said.

He stated that South Africa had brought up trade-related climate change measures before the WTO in February and that the country might suffer a great deal economically if CBAM were implemented.

The EU is South Africa’s biggest trade partner, and according to research released in April by the South African Reserve Bank, the present version of CBAM might result in a 4% decline in overall exports to the EU in 2030 (or a 0.02% decline in GDP) when compared to a baseline without CBAM.

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