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June 28, 2018

US joins search for missing soccer team in Thailand

Linh Pham/Getty Images(CHIANG RAI, Thailand) -- Rising floodwaters are hampering search efforts to find a group of 12 teenage boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand. Around 30 members of the United States Pacific Command as well as several British divers arrived in Thailand Wednesday to join the rescue attempts, now in their fifth day. Thai soldiers prepared Thursday to drill a shaft in order for rescuers to gain better access to pockets of the cave wh..
June 28, 2018

Emmanuel Macron reinstating compulsory national service in France

Michele Tantussi/Getty Images(PARIS) -- During his presidential campaign in 2017, Emmanual Macron promised to bring back compulsory national service. Now, 20 years after the end of the military service system in France, President Macron seems poised to deliver on that promise. The French government has announced that new national service could be put in place as early as next year. In a report published on its website Wednesday, the government said the objective of the service is to "promote eng..
June 28, 2018

Fourteen new cardinals appointed at the Vatican by Pope Francis

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis appointed 14 new cardinals Thursday at a ceremony at the Vatican. The new cardinals hail from 11 countries: Iraq, Poland, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Japan, Mexico, Bolivia, Spain and Italy. Francis said they express "the universality of the church." Cardinals are named by the pope, and those under the age of 80 are eligible to take part in a conclave when the time comes to elect a new pope. Eleven of the 14 who received their d..
June 28, 2018

Trump, Putin to meet in Finland in July

Steffen Kugler/BPA/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. The White House revealed the details of the high-stakes meeting in a statement Thursday morning, saying that "the two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues." The White House national security adviser, John Bolton, met with Putin and other senior Russian officials at the Kremlin..