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Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman ends airport hotel standoff

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, pictured at Bangkok airport, says she "wants to be free" away from Saudi Arabia




An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend has left Bangkok airport "under the care" of the UN refugee agency, the head of Thailand's immigration police says.

Thai immigration officials had tried to return Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, to Kuwait, where her family is.

Read more: Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman ends airport hotel standoff

Malaysia king: Sultan Muhammad V abdicates in historic first

Malaysia is the only country in the world to have a rotational monarchy



Malaysia's king, Sultan Muhammad V, has unexpectedly abdicated in an historic first.

No Malaysian monarch has stepped away from the throne since the country gained independence from the UK more than 60 years ago.

Read more: Malaysia king: Sultan Muhammad V abdicates in historic first

Saudi Arabia demotes foreign minister in wake of Khashoggi case

Demoted: Adel al-Jubeir was the foreign minister



Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has been demoted in a government reshuffle by the country's leader, King Salman.

Mr Jubeir will become minister of state for foreign affairs, with Ibrahim al-Assaf taking over as foreign minister.

Read more: Saudi Arabia demotes foreign minister in wake of Khashoggi case

Taiwan: 152 Vietnam tourists 'disappear' during holiday

The visitors arrived in Kaohsiung, population 2.7 million, over the weekend



The Taiwanese authorities are searching for 152 Vietnamese people who arrived on tourist visas last week and have since gone missing.

The tourists arrived in the southern city of Kaohsiung on 21 and 23 December, but all but one appear to have absconded, officials say.

Read more: Taiwan: 152 Vietnam tourists 'disappear' during holiday


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