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Saudi asylum case prods Thais towards reform of tough refugee policy

Bangkok - On a television set in a grim, overcrowded Bangkok detention centre refugees closely followed Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun's quest for resettlement, as the 18-year-old asylum-seeker's case spurred hopes of a major policy turn from Thailand -- a ...

Two monks shot dead as violence flares in Thailand's deep south

Bangkok - Gunmen in Thailand's deep south shot dead two Buddhist monks and wounded two others inside a temple, police said Saturday, capping a week of deadly violence as the prime minister vowed to "punish" those responsible.

Model claiming Trump secrets 'dragged' into Russian detention: lawyer

Moscow - A Belarusian model who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with the Trump election campaign was in custody Friday after police "dragged" her from a transit zone in Moscow's airport, her lawyer told AFP.

First Thai cave rescue film due out on mission anniversary

Bangkok - A Thai-born director who took just weeks to shoot the first film about the dramatic cave rescue of the "Wild Boars" football team says his focus is on authenticity and the mission's "unsung" heroes, with book publishers and Hollywood studios jostling t...

Model claiming Trump secrets deported from Thailand

Bangkok - A Belarusian model who claimed she had evidence of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office was deported from Thailand on Thursday after being convicted of participating in a "sex training course".

Model claiming Trump secrets deported from Thailand

Bangkok - A Belarusian model who claimed she had evidence of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office was deported from Thailand on Thursday after being convicted of participating in a "sex training course".

Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy after Saudi case

Bangkok - Thailand's immigration chief vowed Wednesday not to force refugees to return home "involuntarily", after a Saudi woman's desperate plea for resettlement drew global attention to a country that does not recognise asylum seekers.

Chinese dissidents in Taiwan airport limbo for over 100 days

Taipei - Chinese dissident Liu Xinglian marked his 64th birthday on Wednesday at Taiwan's Taoyuan airport, one of two refugees who have been trapped in limbo there for more than 100 days, hoping for asylum overseas.

Thai trial of model claiming Trump secrets set to begin

Pattaya - A Belarusian model who sensationally claimed she had proof of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office appeared in court Tuesday for the expected start of her trial over running a "sex training course" in Thailand.

Canada takes in Saudi teen asylum seeker

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Canada was taking in an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation from Thailand.

Saudi teen's asylum case being judged at lightning speed

Sydney - Australian authorities are weighing a young Saudi woman's asylum claim at unusual speed, several lawyers and legal experts have told AFP, contrasting her high-profile plight with a normally excruciatingly slow system.

Australia FM says country assessing resettlement push for Saudi woman in Thailand

Bangkok - Australia's foreign minister Thursday declined to say how long it will take to consider a UN request to resettle a young Saudi woman who fled her family, as the 18-year-old's plight sparked a topless protest in Sydney and debate among Saudis over their...

Australia FM visits Thailand amid Saudi asylum seeker saga

Bangkok - Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne met her Thai counterpart Thursday, as her country appeared poised to offer to asylum to a young Saudi woman who fled her family to Thailand in a drama relayed in real-time over Twitter.

UN asks Australia to consider Saudi teen for 'refugee resettlement'

Bangkok - The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said Wednesday, as the Twitter-led campaign to grant her asylum edged towards resolution.

Australian minister hints Saudi teen likely to get asylum

Sydney - Australia gave its strongest hint yet on Wednesday that an 18-year-old Saudi woman in Bangkok would be granted humanitarian asylum, despite efforts by Riyadh and her family to force her return home.

Australia to 'consider' Saudi woman's asylum plea

Bangkok - Australia said Tuesday it will "carefully consider" the asylum claim of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family and is now in the care of the UN in Bangkok, after she fended off deportation in a gripping, live-tweeted ordeal.

With phone and hashtag, Saudi asylum seeker outflanks Thai authorities

Bangkok - When an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker arrived in Bangkok she faced immediate deportation -- but instead she is in the hands of the UN refugee agency, her social media savvy galvanising a global campaign that caught the Thai government flat-footed.

UNHCR examining Saudi woman's asylum bid as family due in Bangkok

Bangkok - The asylum claim of a Saudi woman who resisted deportation from Thailand will take several days to assess, the UN said Tuesday, as the 18-year-old's family, who she accuses of abusing her, was due to arrive in Bangkok.

Saudi woman 'under the care' of UN agency: Thai official

Bangkok - The Saudi woman who made a desperate plea for asylum after landing at Bangkok airport has been placed "under the care" of the United Nations refugee agency, a Thai official said late Monday.

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylum

Bangkok - A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport on Monday appealed for asylum and for other passengers to help protest her looming deportation, in desperate tweets from the hotel room where she barricaded herself.

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport says fears death if repatriated

Bangkok - A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country Sunday.

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport says fears death if repatriated

Bangkok - A Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials, who confirmed the 18-year-old was denied entry to the country Sunday.

Floods, blackouts after Thai storm, but tourist islands spared

Nakhon Si Thammarat - Floods and blackouts caused by Tropical Storm Pabuk left nearly 30,000 people in evacuation shelters across southern Thailand Saturday, as relieved tourists stranded on islands further north were spared the worst and began to plot routes home.

Tourists hunker down as Storm Pabuk lashes Thailand

Nakhon Si Thammarat - Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk struck the kingdom, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing power blackouts, heavy rains and massive sea swells.

Tourists hunker down as Storm Pabuk has Thailand in its sights

Surat Thani - Tourists marooned on Thai islands hunkered down Friday as Tropical Storm Pabuk edged closer, forcing airports and ferries to close and bringing downpours and massive sea swells hours before its expected landfall.

Tourists flee Thai islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk closes in

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of tourists have fled some of Thailand's most popular islands and resort areas as Tropical Storm Pabuk closes in and threatens to batter the southern part of the kingdom with heavy rains, winds and seven-metre (22-foot) waves.

Tourists flee Thai islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk closes in

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of tourists have fled some of Thailand's most popular islands as Tropical Storm Pabuk closes in and threatens to batter the southern part of the kingdom with heavy rains, winds and seven-metre (22-foot) waves.

Coronation of Thai King Vajiralongkorn set for May

Bangkok - An elaborate three-day coronation ceremony for Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be held in early May, more than two and half years after the death of his revered father Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thai man guns down six family members, including kids at New Year party

Bangkok - A Thai 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, police said Tuesday.

S. Korean tourists found drowned after golf-buggy collision

Bangkok - The bodies of two South Korean men who drowned while golfing in northern Thailand have been found, police said Thursday, after their wives' buggy collided with their own, knocking them into a river.
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