Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most gender-segregated nations, ranks 138 of 144 states in the 2017 Global Gender Gap index, a gauge of how women fare in economic and political participation, health and education.
The Thai Raksa Chart Party is now fighting for its survival after nominating Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as a prime ministerial candidate for the March 24 general elections. Thailand's king had called her move "highly inappropriate."
Hakeem al Araibi returned to Australia two months after he was detained in Thailand where he was under threat of extradition to his native country over alleged political crimes.
Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November at a Bangkok airport while on a honeymoon trip following an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.
Thai Princess Ubolratana Mahidol accepted her nomination by the Thai Raksa Chart Party in an Instagram post. Hours later, Thailand's King called her candidacy "inappropriate and unconstitutional" and vetoed the move.
Thailand is between a rock and a hard place trying to pick who it is more willing to upset; Bahrain and the GCC or Australia, human rights organisations, and football's governing bodies.
Footballer Hakeem al Araibi, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and was later granted asylum in Australia, faces extradition to his homeland Bahrain, where he thinks he will face torture and even death.
Hakeem al Araibi's rejection of extradition means a trial will be held to determine whether Thai authorities will send him to Bahrain, where he fears he is at risk or torture.
The United Nations' Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee said that for the Rohingya to return to their land "the perpetrators must be held to account."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison presented Australian of the Year Award 2019 trophies to anesthetist Richard Harris and his dive buddy Craig Challen for their efforts to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year.
A former Australian football player campaigning to free a Bahraini refugee athlete detained in Thailand wants FIFA, the sport's governing body, to sanction the football associations of Thailand and Bahrain if they fail to help.
Rahaf Mohammed al Qunun was already en route to Toronto late on Friday when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the surprise announcement after officials had previously given heavy hints she was bound for Australia.
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