Thailand

Australia to consider runaway Saudi teen's asylum plea

Canberra says al-Qunun's humanitarian visa application will be 'carefully considered' as UNHCR looks into her case.

Australia to 'consider' Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun's asylum plea

Africa

US deploys troops to Gabon amid fears of unrest in DRC

US troops will assist US citizens, personnel in DRC if violent protests over recent elections threaten their security.

US deploys troops to Gabon amid fears of unrest in DRC

Egypt

Egypt, Israel in close cooperation against Sinai fighters: Sisi

Egyptian president tells CBS the former enemies are in 'wide-ranging' military coordination against armed groups.

Egypt, Israel in close cooperation against Sinai fighters: Sisi

East Jerusalem

Palestinians forced to demolish home, and pay the bill

Facing fines and jail time, East Jerusalem brothers see no other option than to demolish their homes themselves.

Middle East

Saudi guarantees on detained activists 'not good enough': HRW

Riyadh's assurances on well-being of activists not 'good enough' following Jamal Khashoggi killing, says rights group.

Saudi guarantees on detained activists 'not good enough': HRW

Jamal Khashoggi

HRW: Turkey should internationalise Khashoggi case to the UN

Rights group urges formal request to the UN to push for an international probe into Saudi journalist's grisly murder.

HRW: Turkey should internationalise Khashoggi case to the UN

Media

Rappler CEO vows to report on Duterte drug war amid arrest threat

Maria Ressa vows to fight tax evasion charges and calls out Duterte administration for weaponising laws against critics.

Rappler CEO vows to report on Duterte drug war amid arrest threat

Philippines

Philippine court jails police officers for drug-war murder

Ruling is the first conviction for police killings in the Philippines drug crackdown that's claimed thousands of lives.

Philippine court jails police officers for drug-war murder

Bangladesh

Rohingya will not be 'forcibly repatriated' to Myanmar

Planned expulsion may not go ahead as Rohingya go into hiding while aid agencies warn return is too dangerous.

Rohingya in Bangladesh will not be forced back to Myanmar

Asia Pacific

China human rights record in spotlight at UN review

Mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang and crackdown on civil liberties among the issues in Geneva meeting.

China human rights record in spotlight at UN review

North Korea

HRW: Sexual violence part of 'ordinary life' in North Korea

New report finds unwanted sexual contact and violence widespread and perpetrators rarely brought to justice.

HRW: Sexual violence part of 'ordinary life' in North Korea

Poland

How 'banned' Tajik opposition found a home in Poland

Tajiks 'banned' at home form opposition alliance in Poland, where Islamophobia and anti-refugee sentiment is rising.

Tajik dissidents attempt to challenge ruling class from Poland

Opinion

HRW report on abuse by PA, Hamas: A system designed broken

The HRW report demonstrates Palestinian leadership's weakness, inability to lead their people and deliver liberation.

Yara Hawari

by Yara Hawari

Yara Hawari

Human Rights

HRW: Palestinian authorities committed abuses, torture

Palestinian governments, accused of systematic human rights violations, reject HRW report as 'biased' and 'inaccurate'.

HRW: Palestinian authorities committed abuses, torture

Afghanistan

Profile: Who was Afghanistan's General Abdul Raziq?

Kandahar police chief known for being a powerful commander and feared enemy of the Taliban was killed on Thursday.

Profile: Who was Afghanistan's General Abdul Raziq?