Colourfully painted elephants spray people with water to kick off this year's Songkran festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province. Revelers line the streets armed with water guns and plastic bowls and douse anyone in sight.
Expert divers have pulled four more boys from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, officials say. Authorities are working to extract five other members of their group who are still trapped underground.
In the first phase of the rescue operation, four members of a Thai soccer team have been brought out from a flooded cave where they have been for two weeks. Rescue teams are preparing for the next phase of the mission.
Astronaut Matthias Maurer has gone through ESA cave training. He told DW how extraordinary he finds it that 12 boys and their coach, who didn't have any caving or diving experience, were rescued from a Thai cave.
The whole world appears to be following the rescue of 12 boys from a cave in Thailand. This says a lot about the human condition at a time when we risk sinking into cynicism, writes DW Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl.
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