The Thai soccer team cave rescue may also be a big political win for the country’s military junta

The Thai cave rescue mission may help boost the popularity of Thailand’s military junta. The military took power in 2014 and has since cracked down on human rights, banned public gatherings, censored media, and jailed critics. But the cave rescue mission helped show what the military, and thus the government, can accomplish ahead of potential elections next year. The successful mission may help the military if elections go ahead next year and, in the meantime, likely served as a “soft power” victory for all countries involved. The cave rescue mission in Thailand saved 12 soccer players and their coach, but it may also go some way in saving something else:… Read More

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Instagram’s new status dots tell you if your contacts are online – but you can turn them off

Back in January, Instagram began revealing when your contacts were last active on the platform. It’s now building on that functionality to enhance its messaging tool with status indicators that tell you if your friends are online. The next time you pop into the Direct messaging section of the app, you’ll see green dots next to your contacts’ names if they’re presently online. The company says this is meant to make it easier to connect with people. That’s good for folks who extensively use Instagram’s DMs for chatting with their mates – but if it’s not your bag and you’d… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Without Marvel and HBO, others get a chance to pop

Comic-Con fans know one thing to be true: Where there is fun, there’s usually a line that precedes it. Watch video SAN DIEGO (AP) — Comic-Con fans know one thing to be true: Where there is fun, there’s usually a line that precedes it. And hours before the annual pop culture convention officially kicked off Wednesday night in San Diego, there were lines everywhere — to get onto the convention floor to buy merchandise at the stroke of 6 p.m., to have the life scared out of them at the DC Universe Swamp Thing “experience,” to gaze at pretty Laika characters, to get into a Hall H panel Thursday morning… Read More

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NFL and players union working on anthem resolution

The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution. The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week. “The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s… Read More

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NFL and players union working on anthem resolution

The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution. The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week. “The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s… Read More

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Sheriff: 8 people dead after Missouri ‘Ride The Ducks’ tourist boat accident

A tourist boat apparently capsized on a lake Thursday night in Missouri, leaving at least eight people dead and several others hospitalized, a sheriff said. A tourist boat apparently capsized on a lake Thursday night in Missouri, leaving at least eight people dead and several others hospitalized, a sheriff said. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said a Ride the Ducks tourist boat reportedly sank on Table Rock Lake with more than 30 people on board. He said weather was believed to have caused the boat to capsize. High winds had hit the area, according to weather reports. He said an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working security… Read More

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