While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 3

An undated handout photo released by Royal Thai Army shows the missing 13 young members of a youth soccer team and their coach inside the cave complex at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on July 3, 2018
An undated handout photo released by Royal Thai Army shows the missing 13 young members of a youth soccer team and their coach inside the cave complex at Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand, on July 3, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Dramatic footage released of emaciated Thai boys in cave

Dramatic footage was released early Tuesday (July 3) of an emaciated and bedraggled Thai youth football team crammed onto a wedge of dry ground surrounded by water deep inside a cave that has held them captive for nine days.

The group, mostly seated and with baggy football shirts pulled over their knees and illuminated by torchlight, asked for food and to leave the cave immediately, according to the video taken late Monday and shared on the official Facebook page of the Thai Navy SEALS.

In the video an unidentified diver, speaking with a British accent, urges the group to stay calm and says "many, many people are coming... we are the first".

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Trump, Lopez Obrador discuss immigration, trade during first call

US President Donald Trump and Mexico's next leader, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador discussed immigration, trade and security issues in a phone call on Monday (July 2), the two mavericks beginning a dialogue amid strained relations between the neighbours.

Lopez Obrador, a 64-year-old former mayor of Mexico City, won a landslide election victory on Sunday (July 1), dealing a crushing blow to establishment parties and becoming the first leftist to win the Mexican presidency since one-party rule ended in 2000.

Relations between Trump and Lopez Obrador will be closely watched because Trump has regularly criticised Mexico.

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Sheryl Crow plans final album with A-list guests

Sheryl Crow says she is finished with recording albums and will put out one final full-length record next year with an all-star list of collaborators.

In an interview broadcast Monday (July 2), the nine-time Grammy winner said that her 2019 album will feature Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Don Henley and the late Johnny Cash.

The country rocker, who is best known for her 1994 smash hit All I Wanna Do, said that she will still put out individual songs.

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World Cup: We have to learn to suffer, says Brazil's Neymar

Neymar said Brazil need to "learn to suffer" after their 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday (July 2) booked a World Cup quarter-final place.

The five-time champions overcame a tricky start to the last-16 tie, as second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino sealed a deserved victory and a last-eight clash with either Belgium or Japan, who play later in the day.

"We have to learn to suffer," said Neymar. "It was a very difficult match, we knew the quality of our opponents."

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World Cup: Belgium snatch 3-2 win over Japan to set up Brazil clash


Belgium threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals when substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds as they beat spirited Japan 3-2 on Monday (July 2) to set up a mouthwatering clash with five-time champions Brazil. 

The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Thomas Meunier’s cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena. 

Much-fancied Belgium, who had taken a conservative approach to the game, got back into contention with late goals by Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini before Chadli struck in a demonstration of coach Robert Martinez’s tactical nous. 

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