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Australia police say they didn't know Bahraini was a refugee

Feb. 18, 2019 6:47 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Federal Police did not know a Bahraini soccer player was a refugee who feared persecution in his homeland when the agency alerted Bahrain and Thailand that he was on a flight bound for Bangkok, Australian officials said Monday. Australian Border Force Commissioner...

Refugee footballer thanks Australian leader for freedom

Feb. 13, 2019 10:13 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain shook hands Thursday with Australia's prime minister, whom he credits with securing his freedom. Three days after he was released from a cramped Bangkok cell, Hakeem...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

Feb. 12, 2019 7:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were waiting...

Bahrain refugee soccer player freed by Thailand, heads home

Feb. 11, 2019 1:03 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A refugee soccer player was freed by Thailand and left on a flight to Australia early Tuesday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that has drawn worldwide attention. Thailand had come under great pressure from Australia's government,...

The Latest: Bahrain says it could still pursue refugee

Feb. 11, 2019 5:56 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the release of Bahraini soccer player with refugee status in Australia who was released from Thai detention after extradition request was withdrawn (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Bahrain says that it "reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against" a soccer...

Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234

Feb. 8, 2019 6:31 PM EST

Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans. To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend. Before Whittaker (20-4)...

6 people arrested after largest US-Australian meth seizure

Feb. 8, 2019 3:21 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police arrested six people after what authorities said Friday was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms (3,800 pounds) of the drug were seized...

Australian rallies call for Thais to free Bahraini refugee

Jan. 31, 2019 11:23 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Scores of demonstrators rallied in Australia's two largest cities on Friday to demand that Thailand release a detained Bahraini soccer player who has refugee status in Australia. The demonstrations outside the Sydney Opera House and in Melbourne's Federation Square opposed Hakeem al-Araibi's...

Column: 'Why not?' Djokovic, coach eye Nadal, Federer totals

Jan. 28, 2019 3:31 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic sounds like a man ready to embrace the chase. Already at 15 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is now only two majors behind Rafael Nadal's total of 17, and five shy of Roger Federer's men's record of 20. So a day after winning the Australian Open for his third Slam...

Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia's 1st No. 1 in tennis

Jan. 28, 2019 3:10 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the first player from Asia to top the men's or women's tennis rankings — and the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years. "I feel like I'm literally just still learning," the 21-year-old Osaka said. "Everyone kind of...