Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

World 01/30/19, 03:58

More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have been shut as several weeks of dangerously unhealthy air pollution causes increasing concern.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha directed Bangkok's governor to order the closure of 437 schools from noon Wednesday through the end of the week after officials said the pollution would ...

Thailand receives Bahrain request for detained soccer player

Soccer 01/29/19, 02:26

Thailand officially received a request from Bahrain to extradite a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia.Bahrain's request for the extradition of Hakeem al-Araibi was received Monday and forwarded to prosecutors for deliberation, foreign ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks said Tuesday.The Bahraini national team player says he fled his ...

Ex-player seeks FIFA help for jailed Bahrain refugee athlete

Sports 01/25/19, 04:58

A former Australian soccer player campaigning to free a Bahraini refugee athlete detained in Thailand wants FIFA, the sport's governing body, to sanction the soccer associations of Thailand and Bahrain if they fail to help.Craig Foster submitted an open letter Friday to FIFA President Gianni Infantino calling for the organization ...

Thailand sets March election date after 5-year military rule

World 01/23/19, 20:27

Thailand's Election Commission on Wednesday announced that the nation's first general election since the military seized power in a 2014 coup will be held on March 24.The long-awaited announcement came just hours after Thailand's royal palace issued a decree authorizing the polls.The decree published Wednesday in the Royal Gazette put ...

Australia soccer player says detained refugee is losing hope

Sports 01/22/19, 03:49

A former Australian soccer player has urged the sport's governing bodies to push for the release of a Bahraini refugee athlete detained in Thailand while it weighs his extradition.Former national team member Craig Foster visited Hakeem al-Araibi at a Bangkok prison on Tuesday and said the detainee was losing hope ...

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

World 01/14/19, 04:22

Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand's hazy capital Bangkok opting to hand out face masks and step up enforcement of pollution controls.A combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants, lingering over Bangkok due to prevailing weather ...

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse arrives in Canada

World 01/12/19, 10:54

An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home arrived in Canada Saturday arm-in-arm with the country's foreign minister.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun smiled broadly as she exited an arrival door at Toronto's airport sporting a Canada zipper hoodie, capping a dramatic week that saw ...

Update: Thai police: Saudi asylum seeker going to Canada

World 01/11/19, 10:48

The Latest on Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family (all times local):10:15 p.m.Thailand's immigration police chief says a Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse by her family will leave Bangkok for Canada.Police Chief Surachate Hakparn says the 18-year-old woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, is leaving on a ...

Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman

World 01/11/19, 04:05

Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the U.N. refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family, Thai police said Friday.Thailand's immigration police chief, Surachate Hakparn, told reporters the U.N. was accelerating the case, though he gave no indication of ...

Australia praises Thai action on Saudi woman seeking asylum

Soccer 01/10/19, 05:41

Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand on Thursday for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention.Marise Payne met with senior Thai ...

Australians hold topless protest in support of Saudi runaway

World 01/09/19, 20:30

Four Australian women have held a topless protest in Sydney to support a runaway Saudi woman as Australia considers her bid to settle in the country as a refugee.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun was on Wednesday deemed a refugee by the U.N. after being detained in Bangkok en route to Australia. The ...

Update: Australia considering resettlement for Saudi

World 01/09/19, 01:39

The Latest on the Saudi woman in Thailand seeking asylum abroad (all times local):1:25 p.m.Australia says it is considering granting a Saudi who fled from her family refugee resettlement based on referral by the U.N.The Department of Home Affairs confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the U.N. High Commissioner ...

Saudi asylum-seeker refuses to meet father, Thai police say

World 01/09/19, 01:09

Thai police say a Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum abroad has refused to meet with her father in Thailand.Thailand's immigration police chief says Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's father and brother arrived together in Bangkok on Tuesday but Alqunun has refused to meet them.Alqunun arrived in Bangkok from ...

Activists call on Australia to accept fleeing Saudi woman

World 01/08/19, 01:40

Human Rights Watch has called on the Australian government to allow entry to a Saudi Arabian woman who's being processed by UN refugee authorities in Thailand after fleeing her homeland.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun was detained after arriving in Bangkok on Saturday, but has come under the protection of the UN's refugee ...

Update: Thai police say they won’t deport Saudi woman

World 01/07/19, 04:40

The Latest on a Saudi woman who says she is fleeing abuse by her family (all times local):4:35 p.m.Thailand's Immigration Police chief says the young Saudi woman who was stopped in Bangkok as she was trying to travel to Australia for asylum to escape alleged abuse by her family will ...

Saudi woman seeking asylum barricades herself in Thailand

World 01/07/19, 02:02

A Saudi woman who says she is fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia barricaded herself in an airport hotel in the Thai capital on Monday and was sending out desperate pleas for help over social media.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun began posting on Twitter late Saturday after her ...

Thailand to honor beautiful, violent Siamese fighting fish

World 12/21/18, 07:36

The Siamese fighting fish, a popular beauty in home aquariums and a popular bet for gamblers for their violent territoriality, is set to become Thailand's national aquatic animal.The often brightly-hued fish is also called a betta, but government minister Suwapan Tanyuvardhana noted the species is clearly identifiable as Thai by ...

Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain

Soccer 12/11/18, 06:47

A Thai court ruled Tuesday that a soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution and torture.Hakeem al-Araibi, who was detained Nov. ...

FIFA supports case of detained Bahraini soccer player

Soccer 12/06/18, 17:58

FIFA says it wants a soccer player who has refugee status in Australia to return to the country "at the earliest possible moment" rather than be extradited from Thailand to Bahrain.Former Bahrain international Hakeem Al-Araibi was detained at Bangkok airport last week. An Interpol warrant for his arrest was issued ...

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