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Four of the 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a cave in northern Thailand have been rescued. They were taken out of the cave where they've been trapped for more than two weeks on Sunday.

Associated Press correspondent Grant Peck reports.

The first sign that there was a some evacuation was the sight of some ambulances leaving the cave area, which was part of the plan, of course, to take the boys to hospital. But there is no official announcement. At first, Thai media, however, started reporting that two men, four boys had come out of the cave and ??? they are on their way to hospital.

It could take a day or two more before all of the boys are extricated from the cave. Rain from the monsoon season and diminishing oxygen levels have threatened their safety.

One rescue diver died on Thursday.

Rescue workers late Sunday continued searching for victims of mudslides triggered by three days of torrential rainfall that have killed at least 80 people in southwestern Japan. More than 50 people remain missing as heavy downpours pounded western and central Japan.

Officials said more than 26 centimeters of rain fell within three hours in Koch prefecture, the highest since such record keeping began in 1976.

The U.S. embassy has asked all Americans to remain indoors until further notice as violent protests in the capital continued over a government-ordered fuel price increase. The protest continued even after Haiti's president rescinded the increase.

More than 120 Americans are sheltering in a Port-au-Prince hotel where protesters tried to set the building on fire and get passed security.

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Turkey has fired more than 18,000 government workers. About half of them are police officers. More than 5,000 of them are in the military.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is shrugging off North Korea's accusation of "gangster-like" denuclearization demands during follow-up talks to last month's Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Associated Press correspondent Ben Thomas reports.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shrugged off North Korea's accusation of "gangster-like" demands during follow-up talks to last month's summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

"I am counting on Chairman Kim to be determined to follow through on the commitment that he made."

Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham tells Fox News Sunday he has an idea who's behind the North's harsh rhetoric and why.

"I see China's hands all over this. We're in a fight with China." Graham adds, "I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute."

Ben Thomas, Washington.

British police have opened a murder investigation now after a woman poisoned by the same nerve agent that sickened an ex-Russian spy in March died.

Forty-four-year-old Dawn Sturgess died in a hospital in Salisbury in southern England, police said on Sunday.

She fell sick on June 30 along with another victim.

Britain's home secretary has visited the towns in southwestern England, saying the risk to the public is very low.

Associated Press correspondent Charles De Ledesma reports.

Sajid Javid says both towns remain open for business and urges people to visit what he calls one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Javid is the first senior official to visit the area since Dawn Sturgess and Charley Rowley were hospitalized in critical condition last week.

Officials believe the poisoning may have been caused by exposure to the deadly nerve agent Novichok that was disposed of after the March attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Detectives now urgently want to know all the spots where Sturgess and Rowley visited in Amesbury before the poisoning to help police with new leads on where the contamination might have occurred.

Charles De Ledesma, London.

Brazil's Court of Appeals has ordered former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to remain in prison. Earlier on Sunday, a judge of the same court ordered Lula freed.

Judge Sérgio Moro, who sent Lula to prison in April on a bribery conviction, said the court lacked the authority to release Brazil's most popular politician.

Lula remains popular in Brazil despite being sentenced a year ago to 12 years in prison on corruption charges.

You can find more on these and other late breaking and developing stories, from around the world, around the clock, at voanews.com and on the VOA news mobile app. I'm Christopher Cruise, VOA new.

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