The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Monday July 9)

July 9, 2018

A look at the biggest stories in the world today.

Thai cave rescue: Divers enter cave to free boys — Live updates

Updated less than 1 min ago 6:10 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018 What we’re covering here 1:45 a.m. ET, July 8, 2018 The rescue: 13 international divers and 5 Thai Navy SEALs have entered the cave to start the difficult process of freeing 12 boys and their soccer coach.

Thai cave rescue: First of the trapped boys emerge

Four boys who have been trapped inside a Thai cave for 15 days have been rescued, as authorities race against time to free the remaining members of the group.

Trump: US ‘working very closely’ with Thailand to rescue children

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the US is working with the Thai government to rescue children trapped in a flooded cave.

Flooding and landslides in Japan leave at least 85 dead

Dozens of people have been killed and 2 million forced to flee their homes after record rains pounded southwest Japan, triggering widespread flooding and deadly landslides.

Diplomatic disconnect with NK spells trouble for Trump

Less than a month after President Donald Trump talked about opening “a new chapter” between the US and North Korea, the relationship between the two nations has taken a tense and hostile, but predictable turn.

Common heart drug recalled in 22 countries for possible cancer link

The heart medicine valsartan is being recalled in 22 countries due to a potential cancer risk.

Scientists cautiously optimistic about HIV vaccine

There may be a glimmer of hope in the fight to protect people from getting HIV-1, the most widespread form of the virus and the one that causes the most infections.

Airbus unveils new Beluga XL flying ‘whale’

(CNN) – Airbus is making a splash with the design for the latest version of its Beluga transport airplane. The brand new BelugaXL (Airbus A330-700L) was unveiled in Toulouse, France, earlier this week with a very special paint job. Its livery includes a whale-style nose cone, sparkling blue eyes and a smiling mouth.

‘D-Day’ for Thai boys cave rescue

At least two of a group of boys trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks have been been successfully brought out, reports say. Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation on Sunday because of fears of rising waters.

Ethiopia-Eritrea summit aims to end feud

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has begun a visit to Eritrea, days after the two countries agreed to end a two-decade-old border dispute. He was welcomed in the Eritrean capital Asmara by President Isaias Afewerki. The trip follows a visit to Addis Ababa by an Eritrean delegation.

Japan faces unprecedented flood emergency

Parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods and landslides are facing unprecedented danger as more downpours are expected, officials warn. “We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before,” a weather official said. More than 60 people are dead and dozens missing after record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks in Hiroshima and other areas.

Judge orders Brazil’s Lula freed on appeal

Judge orders release of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva pending appeal on corruption conviction

‘Idiots’ put dampener on celebrations

After England made it through to a first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, inevitably there were wild celebrations from long-suffering fans. However, some supporters have been called “mindless” after cars and property were damaged in the wake of the 2-0 win over Sweden in Samara.

Rescue mission for Thai boys begins

Rescuers have begun a mission to evacuate 12 boys and their coach from the cave where they have been trapped for two weeks. Teams entered the cave at 10:00 local time (03:00 GMT), operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters. All non-essential staff have been cleared from the site near the entrance, leaving only diving teams, medics and security forces.

How Drew Gooden rebuilt his online identity after Vine died

This post is part of Me, online , Mashable’s ongoing series digging into online identities. If you’ve ever found yourself mourning the downfall of Vine by binging compilations late at night – because really, who hasn’t? – you’ve probably seen Drew Gooden’s iconic “Road work ahead? I sure hope it does!”

All the best apps of 2018. (So far.)

If you can’t remember the last time you downloaded a new app you loved, you’re long overdue for a home screen refresh. Luckily, we’re halfway through 2018, and the last six months have been filled with plenty of new apps and games worth your attention.

England fans storm London IKEA after World Cup win over Sweden

English sportsmanship: Assembly will definitely be required. Rowdy (translation: terrible) fans celebrated England’s 2-0 win over Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday by invading an IKEA in London. What in the name of a reasonably priced Billy bookcase is going on here?! Well, England’s World Cup fans are notoriously …

British wedding guests forced to get real, real creative to watch World Cup

Historically, weddings and world soccer championships haven’t exactly blended together. The wedding guests of Britain are doing what they can. All around the country, attendees are patiently checking their phones and scrambling for scores as the country proceeds to the World Cup semifinals. These fans are resilient. Let’s show them some respect.

Elon Musk is building a ‘kid-size submarine’ to rescue Thai kids trapped in cave

Elon Musk is coming to the rescue. The tech leader, along with SpaceX and Boring Company engineers, have been working with cave experts in Thailand to rescue the boys’ soccer team of 12 that’s been stuck in a cave system since June 23.

Oprah just Googled herself for the first time ever and learned so much

Oprah is so humble it took her until 2018 to Google herself. For comparison, I first “Googled” myself with WebCrawler in 1997. Either way, it’s disarming. Oprah revealed the results of her very first Google in an interview with British Vogue this week. “I am so impressed with myself,” Oprah told Vogue editor Edward Enninful.

Beyoncé laughing at Jay-Z in the middle of a performance will give you life

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about the only nice thing that happened on the internet this week. It’s been a long, hot week for many of us. The constant presence of sweat, on top of continuous political chaos and the confusing nature of a mid-week holiday break, can be a lot to deal with.

Maisie Williams says goodbye to ‘Game of Thrones’ on Instagram

Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark, has officially said goodbye to Game of Thrones . On Saturday morning, the actress announced she’d finished filming the show’s eighth and final season by sharing a photograph of blood-stained white sneakers. “Goodbye belfast. goodbye arya. goodbye game of thrones. what a joy i’ve had.

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