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Princess Hoped to Be Next Thai PM. Then Her Brother Spoke

Country's Election Commission nixes Ubolratana Mahidol's bid after king voices disapproval

(Newser) - Thailand's Election Commission on Monday disqualified the sister of the country's king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in next month's general election, saying all royals have to be above politics and the monarchy must remain politically neutral. The commission's decision came after her brother... More »

As Thai Elections Approach, a Princess and a 'Game Changer'

Royals aren't supposed to run for prime minister, but Ubolratana Mahidol is changing that

(Newser) - A Thai political party on Friday named a princess as its nominee to be the next prime minister, upending a tradition of the palace eschewing politics and upsetting all predictions about what might happen in next month's elections. The selection of Princess Ubolratana Mahidol by the Thai Raksa Chart... More »

Saudi Teen Leaves Twitter After Death Threats

Australia and Canada talking with Thai officials about resettling Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun

(Newser) - Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family. Thailand's immigration police chief, Surachate Hakparn, told reporters the UN was accelerating the case, though he gave no indication of when the process would be... More »

Saudi Teen Who Fled Family Granted Refugee Status

Next stop, Australia?

(Newser) - A Saudi Arabian teenager who barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and pleaded for the world's help has won her fight to be treated as a refugee. The United Nations high commissioner for refugees assessed Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, on Wednesday and determined that she is a legitimate... More »

Saudi Teen Barricaded in Hotel Room Wins Reprieve

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun begs Thai officials not to send her home, saying she'll be killed

(Newser) - A young Saudi Arabian woman who barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Bangkok, saying that her life will be in danger if authorities send her back to her family, has won a reprieve. Thailand authorities will allow her to stay, at least temporarily, while they investigate her case,... More »

She Was Teaching in Thailand. Suddenly, She Couldn't Move

Family of 22-year-old Caroline Bradner trying to get her home after Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosis

(Newser) - Caroline Bradner traveled nearly 9,000 miles to "teach English, to travel, and make a difference in this world." Now the family of the 22-year-old Virginian is trying to get her home after she was suddenly stricken by a rare disorder that left her paralyzed from the neck... More »

Men in a Golf Cart Tried to Cross a River. Their Wives Hit Them

Tragic drowning of tourists in Thailand

(Newser) - A Christmas Day outing at a Thai golf course ended in tragedy for two South Korean tourists who were visiting with their wives. The BBC reports that 76-year-old Jaseoong Ha and 68-year-old Jun Yong Sung drowned in a freak accident Tuesday as they tried to cross the Nan River in... More »

Elephants Join Search for Missing 2-Year-Old

He vanished in Thailand a week ago

(Newser) - Four elephants mounted by their mahouts have joined the search for a 2-year-old boy from Myanmar who has been missing in Thailand for a week, as hundreds of rescuers comb through a sugarcane field for traces of the missing child. Sului Piew, a son of migrant workers from Myanmar, went... More »

Elon Musk: Thailand Diver Is a 'Child Rapist'

He doubles down on Vernon Unsworth accusations

(Newser) - Elon Musk has doubled down on his apparently baseless claims that Vernon Unsworth, the British cave diver who helped rescue a trapped youth soccer team in Thailand, is a pedophile. In an angry email to BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac, the Tesla CEO called the 63-year-old Unsworth a "child rapist"... More »

Cave Boys Tried to Dig Their Way Out

'We didn't realize how far the water could rise'

(Newser) - Before help finally arrived, the 12 boys and soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave system in Thailand tried to dig their way out. Speaking publicly for the first time at a press conference in Chiang Rai shortly after leaving a hospital Wednesday, the team described moving backward through the... More »

Elon Musk Sorry for 'Pedo' Insult

'My words were spoken in anger'

(Newser) - Elon Musk has apparently decided to cut his losses and withdraw from the Thailand cave dispute with whatever dignity he has left. In a tweet , the Tesla CEO apologized for describing British cave diver Vern Unsworth, who played a key role in rescuing 12 trapped boys and their coach, as... More »

Elon Musk's 'Pedo' Insult Might Get Him Sued

'It's not finished,' says rescuer who was target of CEO's slam

(Newser) - A nasty coda to the Thailand cave rescue might not be going away anytime soon. A British diver instrumental in the rescue is now threatening to sue Elon Musk after the entrepreneur called him "pedo guy" on Twitter. "Yes, yes, it's not finished," 63-year-old Vern Unsworth... More »

Elon Musk Calls Key Player in Thai Cave Rescue a 'Pedo'

The billionaire reportedly went on Twitter rant against British diver Vernon Unsworth

(Newser) - Elon Musk reportedly went on a Twitter rant Sunday against a key player in the recent rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand. According to Vox.com , the billionaire investor called British cave diver Vernon Unsworth "pedo guy" as part of a series... More »

Widow of Thai Cave Diver Describes Her Heartbreak

'We promised each other we would use the same breath'

(Newser) - The widow of the cave diver who died in the rescue operation to save 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded Thailand cave has been posting heartbreaking tributes to her late husband on her Instagram account . The Straits Times offers translations of some of Valeepoan Kunan's posts... More »

Father of Diving Doctor Who Helped Boys Dies After Mission

'This is clearly a time of grief for the Harris family'

(Newser) - Shortly after the joy of all 12 boys and their coach being rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand, personal tragedy struck the Australian doctor who helped the boys when his father died. Dr. Richard Harris was on holiday in Thailand when the boys got trapped in the cave and... More »

In Thailand, a Tearful Reunion Through Glass

'Everybody started to cry,' says father of rescued boy

(Newser) - "It's like a rebirth." That's how a father is viewing his 11-year-old son's rescue as part of a soccer team pulled by divers from a flooded cave in Thailand. "Everybody started to cry," he adds of the moment Wednesday when family members were... More »

Musk: Unused Rescue Sub Could 'Do Entire Journey'

Spokesman for diver disagrees, says it was too big

(Newser) - An 18-day mission to save 12 boys and a soccer coach trapped in a Thai cave succeeded without Elon Musk's mini-submersible, which was deemed unsuitable and left behind in the Tham Luang cave complex. It's "a reminder that sometimes this tech superhero doesn't quite match up... More »

First, the Cave Rescue. Now Comes the Movie

US producers are already at the site in Thailand

(Newser) - If you found yourself thinking that the daring rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave would make a terrific movie, the sentiment might be closer to reality than you think. Two US producers already are at the site, reports news.com.au . “I see... More »

Thai Boys, Coach Are All Out of the Cave

Thai Navy SEALs confirm the rescue is complete

(Newser) - With the "rain god" apparently on the side of Thai rescuers, the nation's most infamous flooded cave is now empty after a two-week ordeal that gripped the world, reports Reuters . "The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," Thai... More »

For 4 Boys and Coach Still Trapped in Cave, 'Rain God' Needs to Help

It's not clear when next rescues will take place in Thailand

(Newser) - Four boys and their coach remain trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, after divers rescued eight boys Sunday and Monday . The four boys rescued most recently have all been hospitalized and all are safe, the head of the rescue mission announced Monday; they are quarantined due to a concern... More »

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