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A summary of all the main world events from the past 7 days.
On Saturday, 23 June, 12 members of the Moo Pa (Wild Boar) soccer team, aged 11–16, and one coach were trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand.
A search was immediately commenced when a ranger of the National Park in Chiang Rai province alerted authorities of the missing boys after seeing their unclaimed belongings at the entrance to the cave.
Volunteers and the Thai Navy Seal worked to remove water from the cave, which has hampered attempts at reaching the group. The team was located, alive, on 2 July 2018, 10pm local time. More than 1,000 people have been involved in the rescue operation, including teams from China, Myanmar, Laos, Australia and the United States.
The cave system in which the team went missing is a sprawling complex, beneath the Doi Nang Non mountain on the border between Thailand and Myanmar. The system is 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long, and one of the most difficult cave systems to navigate due to narrow passages and winding tunnels.
Hayabusa2 arrived at the target asteroid 162173 Ryugu (formerly designated 1999 JU3) on 27 June.
Hayabusa2 is an asteroid sample-return mission operated by the Japanese space agency, JAXA. It follows on from Hayabusa and addresses weak points identified in that mission. Hayabusa2 was launched on 3 December 2014 and arrived at near-Earth asteroid 162173 Ryugu on 27 June 2018. It is intended to survey the asteroid for a year and a half, depart in December 2019, and return to Earth in December 2020.
Compared to the previous Hayabusa mission, the spacecraft features improved ion engines, guidance and navigation technology, antennas, and attitude control systems.
German Government Crisis
Since before the present government coalition was formed, immigration policy has been an issue that prevented a larger majority coalition from forming, with the Free Democratic Party declining to join the coalition, and all of the potential coalition partners calling for stricter migration controls.
In June 2018, the coalition government, especially the CDU and CSU sister parties, quarreled over the specifics of asylum policies. Differences arose on the question of the rejection of asylum seekers already registered in other EU countries.
After an EU summit, German chancellor Angela Merkel faced resistance by the Bavarian CSU party over the result of the summit, and interior minister Horst Seehofer announced a "declaration" for Sunday 1 July. Seehofer threatened to order "national measures" and reject migrants who are registered in other EU countries. He also rejected a proposal by Merkel to accomodate asylum seekers who are already registered in EU countries in so-called "anchor centers" (Ankerzentren), which would allow quicker deportations.
General elections were held in Mexico on 1 July 2018. Voters elected a new president to serve a term of five years and ten months (reduced by two months from the constitutional mandate due to a change in the inauguration date as of 2014), 128 members of the Senate for a period of six years and 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies for a period of three years.
It has been the most violent campaign Mexico has experienced in recent history, with 130 political figures killed since September 2017. Over 3,400 positions were up for election.
Around 30 minutes after polls closed in the country's north-west, José Antonio Meade, speaking at a news conference from PRI headquarters, conceded defeat and wished Andrés Manuel López Obrador "every success". In the end, the results were: López Obrador, 53%; Anaya, 22%; Meade, 16%; and Rodríguez Calderón, 5%.
Starting on 24 June 2018, a record-breaking series of wildfires have been burning across the United Kingdom. The largest fire broke out on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester, burning over 4,500 acres (1,821 ha) and forcing the evacuation of 50 properties. Other large fires are burning concurrently on Winter Hill in Lancashire (~1,000 acres); in Glenshane Pass in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland (~600 acres); and in the Vale of Rheidol in Ceredigion, Wales. The Saddleworth Moor fire has been described as the largest wildfire in the United Kingdom in living memory,
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Erithaca has resigned from the WA after over 70 days as delegate. The delegacy is now free and unelected. There is a free-for-all endorsement competition. Dus osts has recently become delegate, but it is unknown how long they will hold the position.
The elections for election officer were due to start on Saturday, but there are still no candidates. A regional telegram has been sent out and several announcements made on the RMB. If nobody runs, the election will be cancelled.
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