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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 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.
The vast majority of all the accidents involved motorcycles, the most popular vehicle in Thailand [Charles Dharapak-The Associated Press]

Almost 500 people killed on Thai roads during New Year holidays

A total of 463 people died and nearly 4,000 others were injured in road accidents in Thailand between December 27 and January 2, according to officials.
Pabuk is expected to dump heavy rain across the south, including tourist hotspots in the Andaman Sea such as Krabi [File- Sakchai Lalit-The Associated Press]

Thailand braces for tropical storm Pabuk as tourists flee islands

Thailand is bracing for potentially devastating Tropical Storm Pabuk, which is set to bring heavy rains and high seas to the country's southern provinces and famed beach resorts popular with domestic and foreign tourists.

Man guns down six family members at new year party

A man who felt slighted by his in-laws shot dead six family members including his two young children at a New Year’s Eve party before turning the gun on himself, the police said Tuesday.
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.
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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.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 22, 2016 Leicester City's Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha watches during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Leicester City and Club Brugge at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on November 22, 2016. A helicopter belonging to Thai tycoon Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed on October 27, 2018 near the stadium of his UK football club Leicester City. The identities of the pilot and any passengers on board have not yet been confirmed. It is also not yet known if anyone on the ground was injured. Paul ELLIS / AFP

Fears for Leicester City’s Thai chairman after helicopter crash

Leicester City's charismatic Thai chairman was the subject of growing concerns on Sunday after a helicopter belonging to the billionaire crashed and burst into flames in the stadium carpark shortly after taking off from the club's pitch.
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Thai police seize 22 million methamphetamine pills

Over 22 million methamphetamine pills and 100 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine were seized in two separate raids over the weekend in Northern Thailand, Police said on Monday.

Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysia freed Uighur Muslims because they did nothing wrong

Malaysia freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the Southeast Asian nation after a Thai jailbreak because they did nothing wrong, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.
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Google celebrates 20 years of Search

The Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, says the social and economic tool known as Google Search has attained 20 years.
Charnchai Issarasenarak, anti-graft official and plaintiff in the corruption case against Thai duty-free giant King Power leaves the central corruption court in Bangkok on September 18, 2018. The court dismissed a lawsuit on September 18 accusing King Power, a duty-free giant that owns Leicester City Football Club, for hundreds of millions of dollars over the alleged underpayment of taxes. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

Thai court rejects lawsuit against company of Leicester City owner

A Thai court Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing duty-free giant King Power, the firm that owns Leicester City Football Club, of owing the state more than $430 million in unpaid revenues.
Some of the twelve boys, dramatically rescued from deep inside a Thai cave, after being trapped for more than a fortnight, arrive for a press conference in Chiang Rai on July 18, 2018, following their discharge from the hospital. The young footballers and their coach who became trapped deep in a flooded cave complex tried to dig their way out and survived on rainwater for nine days before being found and later rescued. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

Thai film company plans ‘cave boys’ movie

A Thai-based film company has joined the scramble to retell the dramatic story of the 12 young footballers and their coach who were freed from a flooded cave, one of the producers said Tuesday.
Residents negotiate a flooded road after rampaging waters from Swar Chaung dam submerged villages in Bago region, central Myanmar on August 29, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Thet AUNG

Myanmar dam overflow displaces thousands

A major effort was under way to reach thousands of people trapped in their homes after a dam swollen by monsoon rain overflowed early Wednesday in central Myanmar, officials said.
In this handout photo released by Thai Navy on Saturday, July 7, 2018, Thai rescue teams arranging water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

61,000 people invited to celebrate rescue of Thai Boys

No fewer than 61,000 people, who rescued the 12 Thai schoolboys and their coach from a flooded cave in Northern Thailand in July, have been invited to celebrate in Bangkok on Sept. 6.

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Ondo governor appoints two new aides

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the appointment of Mr Oluwole Moneyin and Mrs Charity Thiti, as Special Assistants on special duties and women mobilisation respectively.