Australia scraps game in Thailand, campaigns to free refugee

Soccer 02/05/19, 19:36

Australian soccer authorities have canceled a game in Thailand to protest the continued detention in Bangkok of a refugee player who is fighting extradition to Bahrain.Football Federation Australia announced Wednesday it had scrapped the game against China, a scheduled warmup ahead of next month's qualifiers for the Asian under-23 championships.Former ...

Asia shares mixed, most markets closed for Lunar New Year

Business 02/05/19, 01:51

Shares were lower in most of the markets open in Asia on Tuesday, though much of the region took a break for the Lunar New Year.Australia's benchmark surged 2.1 percent to 6,017.20 following a report on a probe into banking malpractices that was less severe than anticipated.The lackluster trading followed ...

Candidates register for 1st Thai general election since coup

World 02/04/19, 06:29

Candidates in Thailand's first general election since the military seized power in 2014 began registering Monday, as supporters waved banners and chanted slogans in political activity that until recently was illegal.Hundreds of candidates from dozens of parties crammed into an indoor stadium to officially enter the race and draw lots ...

Update: Soccer union urges IOC, FIFA to mull sanctions

Sports 02/04/19, 02:39

The Latest on a detained soccer player's extradition case in Thailand (all times local):1:30 p.m.The soccer players' union in Australia has called on the International Olympic Committee and soccer's governing body to consider sporting sanctions against Thailand and Bahrain following the continued detention of refugee footballer Hakeen al-Araibi in Bangkok.Professional ...

Update: Thai court sets April hearing for soccer player

Soccer 02/04/19, 00:59

The Latest on a detained soccer player's extradition case in Thailand (all times local):12:30 p.m.A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia has told a Thai court that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain.His home country has asked for his return to serve a prison sentence for ...

Soccer player pleads for Thailand to not send him to Bahrain

Soccer 02/03/19, 21:27

A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia has pleaded for Thailand to not send him home to Bahrain, which is seeking his extradition to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies.Hakeem al-Araibi spoke as he arrived Monday at the Bangkok court hearing his case. He said, ...

Request made in Thai court to send soccer player to Bahrain

Sports 02/01/19, 03:17

Thai prosecutors submitted a request in court Friday for Thailand to extradite to Bahrain a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia.Hakeem al-Araibi, a former player on Bahrain's national team, has said he fled his home country due to political repression and human rights groups and activists fear ...

Trump to say when, where he’ll hold 2nd North Korean summit

World 01/31/19, 13:37

President Donald Trump says he'll announce next week the site and date for the second summit he's planning to hold with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) around the end of February. Vietnam has been considered as a venue, along with Thailand, Hawaii and Singapore. Trump tells reporters in ...

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 ...

Soccer activists, FIFA meet over Bahrain refugee emergency

Soccer 01/28/19, 10:57

Soccer activists campaigning for the release of a Bahraini refugee player detained in Thailand say his plight has become an emergency.Former Australia captain Craig Foster said Monday at FIFA headquarters that Bahrain had formally submitted an extradition request to Thailand for the return of Hakeem al-Araibi. The former Bahrain national ...

Singer in Thai girl band apologizes for swastika shirt

Entertainment 01/27/19, 19:30

A popular Thai music act has apologized after one of its members wore a shirt showing the swastika flag of Nazi Germany during a performance.The incident involving the girl group BNK48 occurred just two days ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marked Sunday with somber ceremonies in other parts of ...

UN envoy: No prospect Rohingya refugees can go home soon

World 01/25/19, 15:51

A U.N. human rights envoy said Friday that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees won't be able to return to Myanmar soon because of threats to their safety in the Buddhist-majority nation.Myanmar has been criticized by global rights groups and many nations for state-sponsored violence against ethnic minorities.Yanghee Lee, ...

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 ...

2 divers win Australian award for Thai cave rescue

Soccer 01/25/19, 04:49

Two amateur divers who canceled their vacation plans to join what they thought was a hopeless mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand on Friday received one of Australia's most prestigious awards.Prime Minister Scott Morrison presented Australian of the Year Award 2019 ...

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 ...

Asian Cup: Lippi’s China comes from behind to beat Thailand

Soccer 01/20/19, 11:19

China fought back from a goal down to beat Thailand 2-1 in the round of 16 of the Asian Cup on Sunday and avoid a potentially embarrassing upset.Supachai Jaided put Thailand ahead in the 31st minute, turning and shooting despite being surrounded by three defenders, before Chinese striker Wu Lei ...

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