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·      Four of the 13 boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have been freed in a dramatic eight-hour operation overnight. The members of the youth soccer team had trapped underground on a muddy ledge for more than a fortnight. Officials say it could take two to four more days to complete the perilous mission of extracting the team from the flooded cave system.

·      A woman in the UK who was exposed to the nerve agent novichok in Wiltshire has died in hospital. Dawn Sturgess, 44, from Durrington, died on Sunday after handling an item contaminated with the nerve agent on 30 June. Her partner Charlie Rowley remains in a critical condition in hospital. Investigators are still trying to determine how the couple were exposed to the nerve agent after emergency services were called to a residential address in Amesbury after Sturgess collapsed.

·      New Zealand’s government says it’s prepared to force private businesses to appoint more women directors if they don’t make enough progress toward gender equality. Last week the government said that it will ensure half of all directors on state sector boards and committees are women by 2021. Woman hold less than 20% of directorships across the 159 companies listed on the main board of the New Zealand stock exchange.

·      A second person in four months has died after jumping from Sydney Tower’s Skywalk attraction. Emergency services rushed to Sydney’s tallest building at about 7pm Sunday night, after reports that a man had fallen off the popular tourist attraction — plummeting 286 metres to his death. There are now calls for the Skywalk to be shut down.

·      The Australian dollar is rallying back above the 7400 level. A rebound in Chinese financial markets and mixed US jobs report for June were the main catalysts behind the Aussie’s rally on Friday. At 7.35am AEST, the AUD/USD was up 0.04% to 0.7431.



Published on: Monday, July 09, 2018

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