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8 boys rescued from Thai cave

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BANGKOK — The high-risk rescue operation is ongoing for the four boys and their coach who remain trapped in the cave in Thailand. Eight boys have been rescued so far — four boys were rescued Sunday and an additional four emerged Monday.

The first four boys were taken out of the cave Sunday, all of them whisked quickly away by ambulance and helicopter to the closest regional hospital.

The boys are being led out one at a time, each with two divers from an international team of 18, through winding, narrow passageways filled with murky water.

The head of the rescue mission says their plan is based on bringing four people out each day. That’s partly because it takes about 20 hours to re-set all of the oxygen tanks they use inside the cave during the rescues. So it is not clear if all five of those remaining inside will get out on Tuesday.

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Rescuers have been taking the strongest boys out first. It may seem counterintuitive, but the reasoning for that was that officials want the boys who have the best chance of surviving to get through the escape route first.

The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded when they went exploring inside after a practice game. Monsoon flooding blocked off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.

Two divers were assigned to each child to help them navigate the dangerous, narrow passageways.

The 12 boys of youth soccer team and their 25-year-old coach disappeared after they went into the cave complex on June 23 and were trapped by rising waters.

They were found more than a week later, stuck on a small, muddy patch deep in the cave’s network of chambers.

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6 men including hostel owner arrested over alleged rape of Russian tourist in Southern India

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NEW DELHI — Indian police have arrested six men including a hostel owner and a tourist guide on Thursday over the alleged gang rape of a 21-year-old Russian tourist in southern India, just a week after India’s tourism ministry launched a campaign aimed at persuading tourists that India was a safe place for women to visit.

The 21-year-old woman was found naked and unconscious on the floor of her hostel room early on Monday with bite marks on her face and arms earlier this week, media reports said. She is now being treated in hospital.

“Six men have been detained over the rape and drugging of the woman,” investigating officer Mangayar Karasi said.

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The woman, who was travelling on her own, had arrived in the town of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu state, 190 kilometres from Chennai, on last Thursday.

Those in custody included the hostel manger and her tourist guide, who told police he found her on the floor hours after they had consensual sex, another investigator said.

Local and foreign tourists flock to Tiruvannamalai for its 9th-century Annamalaiyar Temple, one of the largest Hindu temple complexes spread over 25 acres.

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