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(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec. – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on January 8, 2019 took issue with Japan’s plan to resume commercial whaling in a telephone call with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. According to a statement from his office, Trudeau said he “raised the important issue of whale conservation and committed to working with international partners to protect whale species.” (Photo by Lars Hagberg / AFP)

Premier Justin Trudeau notches a win as Canada accepts Saudi refugee

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau notched himself a political win ahead of Canadian legislative elections by granting asylum to the teenage Saudi girl fleeing her parents, experts here say.
A visitor wearing a mask rides a bicycle along the Han river at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia. (AP Photo-Lee Jin-man)

Thailand deploys rainmaking planes as pollution chokes Bangkok

Thailand is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the pall of pollution that has shrouded the capital in recent weeks.
Rahaf Alqunun, left, says she's fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia [Thai immigration police via AP]

Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun due to arrive in Canada for asylum

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life, was due to arrive in Canada on Saturday, after being granted asylum in the North American country.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials while in transit at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. AFP-Getty Images

Saudi asylum seeker in Thailand deletes Twitter account over ‘death threats’

The 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family to Thailand and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation on Friday abruptly suspended her account, with friends saying she had received death threats.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun

Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun who fled ‘abusive’ family given UN refugee status

A Saudi teenager who fled from her "abusive" family has been declared a legitimate refugee by the United Nations, the Australian government has said.
Rahaf Alqunun, left, says she's fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia [Thai immigration police via AP]

UNHCR investigates Rahaf Alqanun’s case for asylum

The UN's refugee agency said on Tuesday it was investigating the case of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun who fled from her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent Thailand expelling her.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun

Thailand admits Saudi woman Rahaf Alqunun seeking asylum

Thailand's immigration police chief has announced that the young Saudi woman seeking passage to asylum in Australia will be temporarily admitted to the country for evaluation by the UN refugee agency.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials while in transit at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. AFP-Getty Images

Court rejects bid to block deportation of Saudi woman

A Thai court Monday rejected an attempt to block the deportation of a Saudi woman who made a desperate plea for asylum, saying she feared for her life after escaping an abusive family.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials while in transit at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. AFP-Getty Images

Injunction filed with Thai court to stop deportation of ‘fleeing’ Saudi woman

Eighteen-year-old Saudi Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun said she was fleeing her “abusive” family while travelling in Kuwait, and had flown to Thailand in the hopes of reaching Australia to seek asylum.
More women in Saudi Arabia are getting divorced than ever before. Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia to notify women of divorce by text message

Saudi courts will notify women by text message when they get divorced, in a new regulation that took effect on Sunday, officials said.
A Saudi woman was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials when she landed in Bangkok's airport and her travel document was forcibly taken from her [Romeo Gacad-AFP-Getty Images]

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport fears death if repatriated

A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she is repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who have confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country.
A member of a Thai civilian volunteer team looks at a burnt out structure following a bomb attack at a civilian volunteer base by suspected separatists the night before, in the Rangae district in the southern province of Narathiwat on December 29, 2018. Thailand’s Muslim-majority “deep south” region saw a spike in coordinated bomb and grenade attacks by suspected insurgents against the military and police in the lead-up to the new year, an official said on December 29.Madaree TOHLALA / AFP

Spike in bomb and grenade attacks in Thailand’s restive south

Junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha decried “opportunists” on Saturday after a wave of coordinated bomb attacks by suspected insurgents hit Thailand’s Muslim-majority “deep south” in the lead-up to the New Year holidays.
Miss Philippines Catriona Gray reacts after being crowned Miss Universe during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. Reuters

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray crowned 2018 Miss Universe

Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants.
Claude Puel

Claude Puel: Leicester injury concerns are understandable

Claude Puel says he is not surprised fitness has been an issue for his Leicester players during a difficult period for the club.
A lawyer says there was no doctor on hand when Anucha Tasako was fighting in a Bangkok suburb.

Outrage as 13-year-old Thai boxer die in ring

Thais have reacted with shock and anger after a 13-year-old boxer died during a charity bout, reviving calls for a ban on fights between children in the brutal Muay Thai martial art.
Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys left voiceless at Thai mall launch

A three day, $30 million launch party for Bangkok's biggest and flashiest mall got off to a rocky start on Friday night when its star guest Alicia Keys was briefly left voiceless by a dodgy sound system.
An Italian boxer, Christian Daghio, has died after he was knocked unconscious during a fight in Thailand. Channel 7 Thailand

Boxer dies after knockout in WBC title match

An Italian boxer, Christian Daghio, has died after he was knocked unconscious during a fight in Thailand.
Leicester City players wore T-shirts commemorating the club's owner before yesterday's match

Leicester City footballers pay last respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok

Players and staff from Leicester City were set to arrive in Bangkok Sunday to attend a mourning rite for the club’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose death last week in a helicopter crash stunned the Premier League club.

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Ethiopia deploys military against armed opposition faction

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AGF orders freezing of Justice Onnoghen’s accounts

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to freeze the bank accounts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Atiku Abubakar, PDP have always opposed restructuring

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in February 16 presidential election, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku have always opposed restructuring of the country.
Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili: APC, PDP playing politics with Nigerians’ plight

The presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has again taken a swipe at both the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), of playing politics with the plight of the Nigerian people, lamenting that Nigeria was now known as “the world capital of poverty.”