Hakeem al-Araibi: international pressure forced Bahrain to blink

The image of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi – barefoot, shackled, and surrounded by guards – shocked many across the world, and reinvigorated the resolve of his supporters. This contrasts wildly with the moment Araibi’s release was announced on Monday. The feeling of injustice drove the global pressure on Thailand to drop Bahrain’s vendetta against a young man who had escaped […]

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$100,000 Canberra International lures top-100 players

Davis Cup star Jordan Thompson and comeback kid Jason Kubler will headline the men's draw at the $106,000 Canberra International next week. Just 12 months after Kubler was battling at world No. 921 the Queenslander will arrive in the capital a whopping 824 rankings higher. Australia player Jordan Thompson will line up at the Canberra International next week. Credit:Geert Vanden Wijngaert) The 25-year-old has […]

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Astronaut describes plunge back to Earth during failed launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The NASA astronaut who survived last week’s failed launch and emergency landing knew he needed to stay calm. Air Force Col. Nick Hague on Tuesday described the closest call of his career: His space capsule violently ripped from his damaged rocket shortly after liftoff, then with lights flashing and alarms sounding, plunged steeply back to Earth […]

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