The first eight boys rescued from a cave in northern Thailand are in good mental and physical health. Officials say they hope to bring the rest of the group out on Tuesday. Four of the boys and their football coach are still deep in the Tham Luang cave.
Meanwhile, Kurdistan Region security forces have announced the arrest of four men suspected of narcotics trafficking and seized just under 30 kilograms of heroin in Duhok’s Akre. The forces conducted an operation in the district’s Shahidan neighborhood that led to the discovery of the drugs, hidden inside a Hyundai Tucson. This is the latest arrest in a string of drug busts this summer.
Lastly, leading the charge on fighting the plastic plague destroying our earth, Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores worldwide by 2020 to reduce environmental plastic pollution. The coffee retailer will phase out single-use straws from its more than 28,000 locations, cutting out an estimated 1bn straws each year. Not using a straw is one of the best thing we can do for the environment so we applaud this initiative hoping more will follow.