Brekky Wrap: All Boys Freed From Cave And France Into FIFA World Cup Final
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
It was the news the world was waiting for: all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been freed from the cave in Thailand. With the rescue mission complete, all members of the Wild Boar team are being treated in hospital where they face the next phase of their ordeal -- making a healthy recovery.
All 13 were transported immediately to hospital where they will spend a week in quarantine. Two of the boys have lung infections and the entire team will be tested for illnesses that can be picked up from spending a prolonged period underground. These include 'cave disease' -- a condition that can lead to meningitis and other diseases that can be spread by bat droppings. Parents and other family members have only been allowed to see the boys through a glass window but will have to wait longer to hug their loved ones.
Thai authorities have described the rescue mission as incredibly dangerous and complicated. "It was a world first. It was Mission Possible for Team Thailand," Governor of Chiang Rai province Narongsak Osottanakorn said at a press briefing. All of the rescue personnel were thanked, in particular Australian doctor Richard Harris for his initial assessment of the caves and also for convincing divers to save the weakest boys first. Saman Kunan, the former Thai navy SEAL who lost his life delivering oxygen to the boys, was hailed as the "hero of Tham Luang cave".
U.S. President Donald Trump has said his upcoming NATO summit will be more difficult than meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has been openly critical of the amount NATO spends on national defence, calling for them to increase spending. European Commission president Donald Tusk responded to Trump saying that the EU spends just as much as Russia and China on defence. He also warned the U.S. to appreciate their allies.
British man Charlie Rowley, who was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, has regained consciousness ten days after he came into contact with the substance. The 45-year-old was poisoned along side Dawn Sturgess who died on Sunday as a result of the attack. Police have opened a murder investigation into Sturgess' death. Novichok is the same nerve agent used to attack former Russian sky Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.
A British national has been charged with the violent attack of a young couple in Jindabyne, NSW. A 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were enjoying a night out in the popular tourist town on early Thursday morning when they were set upon. The woman was allegedly sexually and physically assaulted, while the man was allegedly punched in the head. Police believe the man charged with the alleged crime seasonally works for a local ski company.
Cecilia Haddad's ex-boyfriend Mario Marcelo Santoro has been charged with her murder following his arrest in Brazil. Santoro left Australia the same day the Sydney businesswoman's body was discovered in the Lane Cove River. Santoro has repeatedly said he is innocent of the alleged crime. Last month NSW police issued a warrant for his arrest, however a section of the Brazilian constitution says that the nation cannot extradite its people to face charges in a different country. Santoro now faces charges in Brazil and Australian detectives are assisting local police with their investigation.
France have become the first team to secure a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final after defeating Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg. Frenchman Samuel Umtiti found the back of the net sneaking a header past Belgium's goalie Thibaut Courtois in the 51st minute. France will meet the winner of Thursday's game between Croatia and England in Sunday's final.
Game three of the NRL's State of Origin series will be played out tonight, as Queensland attempts to stop the first NSW clean sweep of the competition in 18 years. Through their period of dominance, Queensland won 11 of 12 series, but they achieved a white wash only once -- in 2010. Billy Slater will captain the Maroons for the first time in his final Origin match, where he is expected to be given a hero's farewell.
Actor George Clooney has been injured in a crash involving a motorbike and a car. The collision occurred in Sardinia, where the 57-year-old is filming his latest TV series, Catch-22. Clooney was taken to hospital with minor injuries and was released after receiving treatment.
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