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Thai military chief urges loyalty ahead of expected election

Jan. 18, 2019 10:22 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military held its annual Armed Forces Day parade on Friday as the country prepares for expected elections more than four years after soldiers overthrew an elected government. Army Commander in Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong, who presided over the ceremony, declined last October to...

The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Kenya attack

Jan. 16, 2019 5:25 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 1:20 a.m. The U.N. Security Council condemns the attack in Nairobi "in the strongest possible terms" and calls for the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to be brought to justice....

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

Jan. 14, 2019 5:27 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand's hazy capital Bangkok handing out face masks and preparing to seed clouds for rain to clear the air. A combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants,...

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...

The Latest: Canada says UN found Saudi woman faced danger

Jan. 12, 2019 3:10 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees found that a Saudi woman fleeing alleged family abuse was in a dangerous situation and that...

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...

The Latest: Canada grants asylum to Saudi woman

Jan. 11, 2019 1:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family (all times local): 1:10 a.m. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will grant asylum to a Saudi woman fleeing alleged family abuse. Trudeau said Friday Canada accepted the United Nations request. Earlier...

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...