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Australian prime minister begins 2-day visit to Fiji

Jan. 17, 2019 3:50 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister sidestepped a diplomatic dispute over a suspected extremist's nationality and brushed off criticism that he is burdening Pacific neighbors with unsustainable debt as he began a two-day visit on Thursday to Fiji. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is visiting...

Australian prime minister backs security treaty with Vanuatu

Jan. 16, 2019 12:55 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has brushed off Vanuatu's resistance to a bilateral security treaty after a meeting in the South Pacific island nation that comes amid concerns about growing Chinese influence in the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday became the only...

Woman who fled Saudi Arabia reaches her new home in Canada

Jan. 13, 2019 12:41 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign. "This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian," Foreign...

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada

Jan. 11, 2019 11:19 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said. The fast-moving developments capped an eventful week for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. She fled her...

Australia praises Thai move on Saudi, concerned about player

Jan. 10, 2019 7:44 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand 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...

Australians hold topless protest in support of Saudi runaway

Jan. 9, 2019 9:27 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Four women held a topless protest in Sydney on Thursday to support runaway Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, as Australia began considering her bid to settle in the country as a refugee. Alqunun was on Wednesday deemed a refugee by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, after being...

Australia considering resettlement for fleeing Saudi woman

Jan. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Saudi woman who fled her family, alleging abuse, moved a step closer Wednesday to her goal of gaining asylum in Australia after a U.N. agency granted her refugee status. The Australian government said it was considering Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun for refugee resettlement, in a case that has...

Thai, Saudi officials meet over case of young Saudi woman

Jan. 8, 2019 10:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's immigration police chief met Tuesday with officials from the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, as Saudi Arabia tried to distance itself from accusations that it attempted to block a young woman's effort to flee from her family and seek asylum abroad. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun arrived in...

Activists demand Thailand release refugee soccer player

Dec. 22, 2018 1:46 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Human rights groups along with current and former soccer players on Saturday called on FIFA and the Australian government to intervene to stop a Melbourne-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player being extradited from Thailand to Bahrain. Hakeem al-Araibi, a 25-year-old former...

Australian leader Scott Morrison visits troops in Iraq

Dec. 19, 2018 8:29 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a pre-Christmas visit to hundreds of troops in Iraq, telling them he wanted to say thank you from "one Australian to another." But Morrison canceled a planned visit to Afghanistan on the advice of the defense force chief due to operational...