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From the cave rescue in Thailand to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, here are the top 10 news stories that captivated us in 2018.
Thailand is considering giving citizenship to four stateless members of the Thai soccer team who were trapped in a cave
Four members of the Thai soccer team rescued from a cave are being considered for Thai citizenship, officials said. Three of the boys and their 25-year-old coach are members of different ethnic groups and face travel restrictions, cannot access financial services, get married, or buy property.
Thai cave rescue: Boys who lived furthest away were chosen to leave the cave first so they could ride their bikes and tell everyone to prepare food
The Thai soccer team who had been trapped inside a cave decided to allow the boys that live furthest away to be rescued first. 25-year-old coach Ekapol Chanthawong said the boys were not chosen based on the state of their health, as had previously been reported.
The two Australian divers that helped rescue the 13 members of the Thai soccer team will be recieving civilian honors for their efforts. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said arrangements for honoring Richard Harris and Craig Challen are "already underway."
The rescued Thai soccer team dug a 16-foot-deep hole inside the cave wall, despite not having anything to eat
The soccer team stuck in the Tham Luang cave complex dug a massive hole into the wall of the cave to try to free themselves, despite not having any food to eat, Thai army doctor Pak Loharachun said. All of the boys were freed from the cave on July 10 after a 17-day ordeal.
An Australian diver who was part of the rescue efforts to free 12 Thai soccer players and their coach said the boys themselves chose when to leave the flooded cave. It had been previously reported that the weakest boys were selected to exit the caves first.
New video of the Thai soccer team shows them thanking their rescuers and wishing for their favorite foods, including BBQ pork and KFC
The 13 rescued members of the Thai soccer team delivered thank you messages from their hospital beds and described their favorite foods in a video message on Friday. The boys and their coach gave gratitude to the Thai Navy SEALS and those involved in the rescue mission last week.
International divers that helped the Thai cave rescue were given diplomatic immunity in case something went wrong
International rescuers were given diplomatic immunity ahead of a rescue attempt that saved 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach from a cave in Thailand last week. Two Australian divers were given diplomatic immunity in case anything went wrong during the rescue operation.
Heroes from around the world and across industries gathered in Thailand over the last several weeks to help free 12 Thai boys and their coach who were trapped inside of a cave. Here are just a few of them.
Divers who rescued the Thai soccer team from a cave practiced their techniques on local children in a swimming pool
Divers who rescued the Thai boys trapped in a cave practiced on local children first. Master Sergeant Derek Anderson, a rescue specialist with the US Air Force said rescuers "tightly packaged" each boy in order to easily manoeuvre them through tight passageways.