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Rescue operations outside of the Tham Luang cave area. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty

All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from the cave in Thailand, after being stuck for almost three weeks, CNN reports.

The big picture: The operation to get them out started on Sunday, as divers took the boys out one-by-one in assisted dives. Per CNN, 19 divers "entered the cave at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday... with the aim of bringing everyone inside the cave out." The previous two operations took 11 and nine hours, CNN reports, and Tuesday's was expected to take a longer amount of time.

  • The eight boys rescued earlier this week are "healthy, fever-free, mentally fit, and 'seem to be in high spirits,'" CNN reports. They're being treated in isolation, and while family has been able to see the boys through a glass window, they'll be able to go into the room once the boys are cleared of having possible infection.
  • They're expected to be in the hospital "for seven days due to their weakened immune systems."

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

American officials and authorities in Haiti are working to try and free 12 adults and five children from a U.S.-based missionary group kidnapped in Port-au-Prince over the weekend, AP reported Monday.

The latest: Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement Sunday, "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children." The Ohio-based group said they were on a trip to visit an orphanage when they were kidnapped Saturday.

China's economic growth slows

A worker assembles heavy truck engines in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, on Monday. Photo: Long We/Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

China's economy grew 4.9% in the third quarter of 2021 compared with a year earlier, the country's National Bureau of Statistics announced Monday.

Why it matters: The gross domestic product growth in the July-September quarter in the world’s second-largest economy marked the "weakest pace since the third quarter of 2020 and slowing from 7.9% in the second quarter," Reuters notes.

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Former spy Steele defends controversial Trump Russia dossier

Former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele arrives at the High Court in London in July 2020. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The author of the "Steele Dossier," containing unverified claims about former President Trump told ABC News he stands by his controversial report, according to excerpts from an upcoming documentary released Sunday.

Why it matters: Former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele's dossier was used as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged links to Russia's government.

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