Amy Yang, Minjee Lee share 3rd-round lead in Thailand

Golf 02/23/19, 11:07

Two-time champion Amy Yang of South Korea and Australian Minjee Lee shared a two-shot lead on 15-under 201 after the third round of the LPGA Thailand on Saturday.Yang, who won twice on this course in 2015 and 2017, shot six birdies for a 6-under 66, and Lee also had six ...

Shin birdies last hole to lead LPGA Thailand after 2 rounds

Sports 02/22/19, 06:46

South Korean golfer Jenny Shin snatched the lead at the LPGA Thailand with a birdie on the last hole of the second round at Siam Country Club Pattaya on Friday.Shin bogeyed the sixth hole but sunk five birdies in the rest of the round, including the par-5 18th. Her round ...

Australia police say they didn’t know Bahraini was refugee

Soccer 02/18/19, 03:41

Australian Federal Police did not know a Bahraini soccer player was a refugee who feared persecution in his homeland when the agency alerted Bahrain and Thailand that he was on a flight bound for Bangkok, a top police official said Monday.Police Deputy Commissioner Ramzi Jabbour told a Senate committee the ...

Thai party fields transgender candidate for prime minister

World 02/15/19, 00:17

As Pinit Ngarmpring, he was a CEO and sports promoter, well known in the world of Thai soccer. Now, under her preferred new name of Pauline Ngarmpring, she's pursuing a bid to become the country's first transgender prime minister. The 52-year-old is one of three candidates put forward by a political ...

Refugee footballer thanks Australian leader for freedom

Soccer 02/13/19, 19:33

A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain came to the Australian capital on Thursday to thank the prime minister for his freedom.Hakeem al-Araibi flew to Canberra on Wednesday, only a day after arriving home in Melbourne on a flight ...

Thailand and US launch annual Cobra Gold military exercise

World 02/12/19, 04:44

Thailand and the United States have hosted the opening ceremony for the annual Cobra Gold military exercise, the biggest activity of its type in the Asia-Pacific region with 29 nations taking part as participants or observers.Seven nations in addition to Thailand and the United States are active participants: Singapore, Japan, ...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

Soccer 02/11/19, 21:42

A refugee soccer player has returned home to a celebrity welcome in Australia hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted three months after he was detained in Thailand.Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs were waiting at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday when Hakeem al-Araibi arrived on a commercial ...

Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess’ candidacy

World 02/11/19, 11:53

Thailand's Election Commission has disqualified the sister of the country's king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in the March general election.The commission's decision came after her brother issued an order describing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol's political plans as inappropriate and unconstitutional.The Thai Raksa Chart Party last Friday registered Princess ...

Thai court orders release of Bahrain refugee soccer player

Soccer 02/11/19, 03:44

A Thai court ordered the release of a refugee soccer player on Monday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that had drawn worldwide attention.Court spokesman Suriyan Hongvilai said that Hakeem al-Araibi, who lives and plays professional soccer in Australia, was being ...

Column: A sad, shocking week that tested football’s heart

Soccer 02/09/19, 03:18

It was a week of sad and shocking images for football.From the murky depths of the cold sea that separates France and England came a chilling photograph, shot remotely, of the crumpled plane that crashed Jan. 21 as it was flying Emiliano Sala to a new career in the English ...

Thailand puzzles over political surprises from royals

World 02/09/19, 02:34

The Thai political party whose stunning decision to nominate the king's sister as its candidate for prime minister backfired when the monarch forbade her to do so has sworn loyalty to the king and thanked his sister for her effort.Thailand woke up Saturday with a political hangover, pondering why Princess ...

Update: Thai king vetoes sister’s election candidacy

World 02/08/19, 12:18

The Latest on Thai princess's decision to run for prime minister (all times local):11 p.m.Thailand's king has issued an order stating that no member of the royal family should be involved in politics, quashing a bid by his older sister to run for prime minister in next month's elections.An order ...

Princess PM nomination shocks Thai politics

World 02/08/19, 09:27

Observers say the surprising announcement has completely upended the prospects for incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to retain power — which he seized in a military coup in 2014

Life of Thai princess entering politics wasn’t always smooth

World 02/08/19, 08:00

Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, the first child of Thailand's beloved late king, has always been a bit of a rebel, and on Friday she shook Thai society by becoming the first member of the royal family to enter party politics.It wasn't the first unexpected turn in a somewhat turbulent life. Ubolratana, ...

Royals’ roles in politics vary, but few join electoral fray

Europe 02/08/19, 03:04

The selection of the elder sister of Thailand's king as a political party nominee for prime minister has upended a tradition of the palace playing no public role in politics. Most but not all modern monarchies steer clear of direct involvement in electoral politics or governing. Here is a look ...

Historic candidacy of princess upends tradition in Thailand

World 02/07/19, 22:58

A Thai political party on Friday named a princess as its nominee to be the next prime minister, upending tradition that the royal palace plays no public role in politics and upsetting all predictions about what may happen in next month's election.The selection of 67-year-old Princess Ubolratana Mahidol by the ...

Thailand: Soccer player must go through extradition hearings

Sports 02/06/19, 06:27

Thailand's government insisted Monday it cannot free a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia until hearings on Bahrain's request for his extradition are completed.Thailand has come under great pressure from Australia's government, sporting bodies and human rights groups to send Hakeem al-Araibi back to Australia. He was ...

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