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Thailand’s cave boys to be discharged from hospital on Thursday
CHIANG RAI: Twelve Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are recovering well from the ordeal and will be discharged from hospital next week, health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Saturday. The last of the 12-member “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a perilous rescue and
 
 
China detains suspects after blast at chemical plant
BEIJING: Authorities have detained “several” suspects in wake of an explosion at a chemical plant in southwest China that left 19 dead and injured 12 others, state media said. The blast occurred at 6:30pm on Thursday at an industrial park in Sichuan province’s Yibin city, according to a statement on the website of the local work safety administration. Photos on a local news website showed what appeared to be the burned out
   
Insurgents attack checkpoint, kill 11 soldiers in Afghanistan
KABUL: At least 11 soldiers were killed when their checkpoint came under an attack by Insurgents in western Afghanistan, a provincial official said on Saturday. Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the Farah provincial governor, said four other soldiers were wounded in the gun battle in Bala Buluk district. Mehri said nine insurgents were killed and 13 others wounded. Mehri said a “large number” of insurgents launched an attack
 
 
South Korea summons Russian officials over air zone incursion
SEOUL: South Korea summoned a Russian embassy official on Saturday to express “regrets” about the incursion of two Russian military aircraft into South Korea’s air defence identification zone and to urge that it not be repeated. South Korea said on Friday it had scrambled military aircraft to intercept two Russian bomber jets that flew into its air defence identification zone (KADIZ) four times that day. The South Korean foreign
   
Filipino lawmakers iron out differences in BBL
MANILA: A bicameral conference committee, composed of members of the Senate and House of Representatives, have ironed out their differences in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) aimed at bringing just and lasting peace to restive Mindanao and brought it nearer to passage by Congress. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas of Ilocos Norte province in Northern Luzon disclosed the panel succeeded in resolving one of the most
 
 
Manila police arrest four colleagues for kidnap-ransom
MANILA: Policemen raided the police station in suburban Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila and arrested four of their colleagues who allegedly demanded a ransom of $8,000 from a construction foreman in exchange for the release of his wife and seven-year-old son they had earlier arrested on “trumped-up” drug charges. Their arrest rendered yet another major “blackeye” to the “internal cleansing” programme of the Philippine National
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