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9th boy rescued from Thailand cave as final push begins for those remaining inside

9th boy rescued from Thailand cave as final push begins for those remaining inside

World
The final push to bring home four boys and their soccer coach by a crew of international and Thai divers began in earnest on Tuesday. Eight boys have already been brought out of the cave after over two weeks in the darkness. The ninth boy was brought out of the cave at about 4 p.m. local time, according to the Thai navy SEALs. Officials confirmed they had restarted the rescue effort for the third day at 10 a.m. local time, or 11 p.m. Eastern time the prior night. As with the previous rescue efforts, 19 divers have gone into the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the cave with tethers. "If everything goes to plan, all will come out today," an official said at a Tuesday midday press conference. "We are ready to operate completely today," Chiang Rai Province ...
US-China trade war begins as tariffs worth $34bn take effect

US-China trade war begins as tariffs worth $34bn take effect

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device US tariffs on $ 34bn (£25.7bn) of Chinese goods have come into effect, signalling the start of a trade war between the world's two largest economies.The 25% levy came into effect at midnight Washington time.China has retaliated by imposing a similar 25% tariff on 545 US products, also worth a total of $ 34bn.Beijing accused the US of starting the "largest trade war in economic history". "After the US activated its tariff measures against China, China's measures against the US took effect immediately," said Lu Kang, a foreign ministry spokesman. Two companies in Shanghai told the BBC that customs authorities were delaying clearance processes for US imports on Friday.The American tariffs are the...
NASA spacecraft begins search for new planets

NASA spacecraft begins search for new planets

Technology
NASA's Tess spacecraft has blasted off from Earth in a search for new planets that could support life.Tess lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Wednesday evening local time, riding a SpaceX Falcon rocket.The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will spend two years scouring 85% of the sky and hundreds of thousands of its brightest stars.The satellite, about the size of a washing machine, will scan the stars for signs of periodic dimming, which may mean that planets are orbiting around them.It is hoped that Tess will find around 20,000 exoplanets - planets outside our solar system - with more than 50 expected to be Earth-sized.There are already 3,700 exoplanets that we know of, with another 4,500 on the not-yet-verified list.Tess is looking for the ones that are Earth-like and clos...
Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Technology
On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play video with sound. And it's using a big hammer: Chrome will start blocking all ads — including Google's own — on offending sites if they don't reform themselves. There's some irony here, given that Google's aim is partly to convince people to turn off their own ad-blocking software. These popular browser add-ons deprive publishers (and Google) of revenue by preventing ads from displaying.
First trial linked to 2015 Paris attacks begins

First trial linked to 2015 Paris attacks begins

World
Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The first trial related to the November 2015 Paris terror attack began Wednesday for a man accused of harboring two militants who alleged carried out the shootings.Jawad Bendaoud appeared in a Paris criminal court for the first day of a trial that's expected to last three weeks. He was charged with providing shelter to Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Chakib Akrouh by renting them an apartment in Saint-Denis.Abaaoud was a senior Islamic State militant suspected of coordinating the Paris attacks, in which 130 victims and seven militants died.Dubbed the "landlord of Daesh," by the French media using an alternative name for the Islamic State, Bendaoud, 31, said he didn't realize the two men were involved in the attack when he offered them the place to stay.Five days after the Nov. 13, ...