Asia Pacific

Australia scraps game in Thailand over Hakeem al-Araibi detention

Supporters call for release of refugee footballer, who is held in a Bangkok jail and fighting extradition to Bahrain.

Australia scraps game in Thailand over Hakeem al-Araibi detention

Inside Story

Will Thailand deport a refugee footballer to Bahrain?

Hakeem al-Araibi's case sparked an international campaign involving governments, activists and the football world.

Thailand

'Don't send me to Bahrain!': Hakeem al-Araibi fights extradition

Former Bahrain national team player denies allegations as he appears in Bangkok court to oppose extradition request.

'Don't send me to Bahrain!': Hakeem al-Araibi fights extradition

Middle East

Six Arab foreign ministers meet in Jordan 'to align policy'

Egypt, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain send ministers to Jordan seeking agreement on regional crises.

Six Arab foreign ministers meet in Jordan 'to align policy'

Thailand

Wife of Bahraini footballer pleads for his release

In open letter to Thai PM, Hakeem al-Araibi's wife says he will face torture and possible death if deported to Bahrain.

Bahraini footballer's wife calls on Thailand to release him

Bahrain

Thailand receives Bahrain request for detained football player

Hakeem al-Araibi says he fled his home country because of political repression and claims he was beaten in custody.

Thailand receives Bahrain request for detained football player

Bahrain

Bahrain top court upholds opposition leader's life term

Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman loses appeal against his sentence on charges including spying for Qatar.

Bahrain's Supreme Court upholds Ali Salman's life sentence

Football

FIFA urges Thailand to release Bahraini footballer

FIFA secretary-general calls for 'humane outcome' as concern grows over extradition of detained refugee player.

FIFA urges Thai PM to free Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

Qatar

Pompeo: Gulf dispute has gone on too long

US secretary of state on Qatar visit urges an end to a diplomatic rift between Washington's Gulf allies.

Bahrain

UN group urges release of Bahraini activist's family

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says three relatives of UK-based activist were detained without warrant in 2017.

UN watchdog slams detention of Bahraini activist's family

Thailand

Saudi woman's case boosts campaigners' hopes for held footballer

Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne arrives in Bangkok to push for footballer Hakeem al-Araibi's return.

Saudi woman's case boosts campaigners' hopes for held footballer

Opinion

Why did the UAE and Bahrain re-open their embassies in Syria?

The official justification that the embassies were opened to counter Iranian influence is hardly believable.

Ali Bakeer

by Ali Bakeer

Ali Bakeer

Middle East

UAE, Bahrain send activists to jail for speaking up

The European Union has called for the release of a prominent rights activist in Bahrain.

Bahrain

Bahrain rejects activist's final appeal in insult case

Prominent activist loses appeal against 5-year term for criticising alleged prison torture and Saudi air raids in Yemen.

Bahrain's Nabeel Rajab loses final appeal in 'insult' case

Bahrain

Bahrain says work in Syria embassy 'continuing' after UAE move

Bahrain says it wants to 'strengthen the Arab role' in Syria in order to combat 'regional interference' in its affairs.

Bahrain says work in Syria embassy 'continuing' after UAE move