Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images(CHIANG RAI, Thailand) -- Decreasing water levels and relatively dry weather over the past few days have created more favorable conditions for evacuating the boys' soccer team trapped inside a partly-flooded cave in northern Thailand, according to the local official in charge of the operation.
But as that could all change if rain returns, rescuers are "racing against the clock," the official, Narongsak Osatanakorn, told reporters at a news conference Saturday.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two U.S. Navy ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait this weekend, the body of water separating China and Taiwan. The transit of American warships through the Strait are always sensitive because of China's claims over Taiwan, which it regards as a breakaway province.
"Two U.S. Navy ships conducted a routine transit through the international waters of the Taiwan Strait on July 7-8 (local time)," said Capt. Charlie Brown, a spokesperson for the U.S. Pacific Flee..
Jack Taylor/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A police officer in southern England is being tested for possible exposure to Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent that's believed to have sickened a couple in the area last weekend.
The officer went to Great Western Hospital in Swindon, a town in Wiltshire county, on Saturday night to seek "medical advice in connection with the ongoing incident in Amesbury," also in Wiltshire. The officer was then transported about 40 miles south to Salisbury District Hosp..
Linh Pham/Getty Images(CHIANG RAI PROVINCE, Thailand) -- The coach of a boys soccer team trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand has apologized to their parents in a handwritten letter and promised to take good care of the youngsters while they wait for rescuers to evacuate them.
"To the parents of all the kids, right now the kids are all fine, the crew are taking good care. I promise I will care for the kids as best as possible. I want to say thanks for all the support and I want to apologiz..