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Refugee Bahraini footballer, freed from Thai jail, says ‘I love Australia’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state’s request arrived in his adoptive home Australia on Tuesday, television pictures showed, to cheers and the great relief of his wife. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was released from prison in Bangkok on Monday. Authorities in Bahrain accused Araibi of crimes committed during the Arab Spring protests of 2011, charges which he denied. “Australia is my country.…

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Hakeem al-Araibi returns home to Australia after Thai detention

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hakeem al-Araibi was detained for over two months in Thailand Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has returned home to Australia following his release from a Thai jail. The Bahraini national was detained for over two months in a Bangkok prison after he was arrested on an Interpol notice issued by Bahrain. The Arab kingdom ended extradition attempts on Monday, following an international human rights campaign. Hundreds of supporters cheered the arrival of the 25-year-old footballer at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday. “I would like to say…

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Princess Ubolratana: Thai royal to stand as PM candidate

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The princess, 67, is breaking with decades of royal tradition The eldest sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has joined the race to be the country’s next prime minister. Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, 67, will stand for a party allied to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, according to registration papers. Traditionally the Thai royal family stays out of politics, so this is an unprecedented move. Thailand’s election is scheduled to take place on 24 March. The princess, who relinquished her royal title in the 1970s, has…

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Wife of jailed Bahraini footballer begs Thai PM for his release

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The wife of jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi pleaded with Thailand’s prime minister on Wednesday to ensure he is not extradited to his native country, saying he faces torture there and should be sent back to asylum in Australia. FILE PHOTO: Hakeem Al Araibi, a former member of Bahrain’s national soccer team who holds a refugee status in Australia arrives at court after he was arrested last month on arrival at a Bangkok airport based on an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain’s request, in Bangkok, Thailand…

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Hakeem Al-Araibi: Fifa contacts Thai authorities over detention of Bahraini footballer

Supporters of Hakeen Al-Araibi in Australia have campaigned for his safe return Fifa has contacted the Thailand government over the case of Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi. The 25-year-old, who holds refugee status in Australia, is being held in a Bangkok prison on an Interpol warrant issued by Bahrain. He was sentenced in Bahrain for vandalism but denies the charges. In a letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Fifa says the former Bahrain player is “at serious risk of mistreatment in his home country”. The footballer fled to Australia in…

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New Year Honours 2019: Divers honoured for Thai cave rescue

Image copyright Steve Parsons/PA Wire Image caption Richard Stanton (left) and John Volanthen (right) were both awarded the George Medal A team of British divers have been decorated for their role in rescuing a boys’ football team from a Thai cave. Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, who were the first divers to reach the children, have been awarded the George Medal, the second highest civilian gallantry award. Three divers were made MBEs and two others receive the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. The dramatic rescue operation gripped the world’s attention in the…

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The Thai cave rescue: What happened next?

Throughout this week, we will be looking back at some of the BBC website’s most-read stories of the year and asking: what happened after the news moved on? Today, the BBC’s South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head returns to Mae Sai in northern Thailand, where members of the Wild Boars football team were rescued from a cave in July. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow the Thai cave boys were rescued For three weeks in June and July, the fate of 12 young footballers and their coach,…

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Who was the ‘Thai bride’ dumped in the hills?

Image copyright Richard Hill Image caption When Richard Hill posed for this picture, he did not realise a body was wrapped around the rocks behind him Moments after Richard Hill posed for this picture, he and his friends discovered a corpse lying in the mountain stream. More than 14 years later, police remain baffled as to the identity of the woman dumped in the Yorkshire Dales. But forensic advances have at last offered a clue, giving weight to a new theory about the final years of her life. Stormy weather…

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Alexander Albon: Toro Rosso deal for 2019 for British-born Thai driver

Albon said it was an “incredible opportunity” to race for Toro Rosso Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso have signed Alexander Albon to compete their line-up for 2019. It means there will be four drivers of British origin on the grid next year. Albon, 22, was born in London but races under a Thai flag. He joins rookies Lando Norris at McLaren and George Russell at Williams and five-time champion Lewis Hamilton. Albon has been given a second chance by Red Bull after being dropped from their driver programme in…

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Thai labourers in Israel tell of harrowing conditions

A year-long BBC investigation has discovered widespread abuse of Thai nationals living and working in Israel – under a scheme organised by the two governments. Many are subjected to unsafe working practices and squalid, unsanitary living conditions. Some are overworked, others underpaid and there are dozens of unexplained deaths. Source link

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