Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues, Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurt and Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

SHAolombiaTrinidad and HNDSudanAlbaniaE An orange glow can be seen during this summer night at Scottsdale Stadium. It comes not from the setting sun but from the AZ League Giants jersey worn by Jacob Gonzalez. The…

Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurt

AndorraDIceland ABosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina (Reuters) – ETn Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed survived a grenade attack on Saturday…

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Saudi woman who fled her family and became stranded at BKK’s main airport is flying to California after being…



Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

SHAolombiaTrinidad and HNDSudanAlbaniaE An orange glow can be seen during this summer night at Scottsdale Stadium. It comes not from the setting sun but from the AZ League Giants jersey worn by Jacob Gonzalez. The humble son of Diamondbacks World Series hero Luis Gonzalez is tearing up Major League Baseball’s low-key summer league as he follows in his father’s footsteps of chasing a career in America’s pastime. Like father, like son.

Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurt

AndorraDIceland ABosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina (Reuters) – ETn Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed survived a grenade attack on Saturday at a massive rally in support of his push for radical political and economic reforms, including a peace deal with regional arch-enemy ER.

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Saudi woman who fled her family and became stranded at BKK’s main airport is flying to California after being granted asylum status. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, eighteen, had been trying to reach AU via BKK, but was initially told to return to KW, where her family were waiting.


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Gonzalez was drafted in the second round of this year’s Maliebanon draft by the SJU Giants and began his path in the minor leagues by playing summer ball in the Valley. The AZ League is already halfway through its short season, and Gonzalez is second on the team and fifth in the league with a .three hundred and fourty-four batting average. His father envisioned him getting to this point and beyond someday.

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Abiy, whose first 3 months in office have pointed to the nation of one hundred million opening up to the outside world after decades of inward-looking, security-obsessed isolation, was whisked away by bodyguards moments after the blast. The former soldier said the attack, which killed 1 and wounded scores, was an attempt to divide the nation. Police said 6 suspects had been detained, without giving details, while state media said 9 police officials, including the deputy commissioner of the ADD Police Commission, were being held over security failings.

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She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention. She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in SA. The UN’s refugee agency has said it considers her to be a legitimate refugee.


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“He’s grown up in a big league locker room his whole life,” said Gonzalez, who is well-known in AZ for his two thousand and one World Series heroics with the Diamondbacks. “Just at an early age he has always wanted to come to the ballpark. Be around the players. Be in the locker room.”

Abiy, whose first 3 months in office have pointed to the…

Abiy took office in April, pledging to bring more transparency to government and reconciliation to a country that has been torn by protests since two thousand and fifteen. Despite boasting 1 of Africa’s fastest growing economies, opponents say the benefits have not been shared fairly between ethnic groups and regions in the country, which has been run by the same ruling coalition for more than quarter of a century. As well as promising economic reforms, Abiy stunned ETns this month by saying he was ready to fully implement a peace deal with ER that was signed in two thousand after a two-year war. For years, ET refused to implement the deal, saying it wanted more talks.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters: “California has been unequivocal that we will always stand up for human rights and women’s rights around the world. When the UN made a request of us that we grant Ms al-Qunun asylum, we accepted.”


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Jacob, nineteen, has played baseball since an early age and often traveled with his father during his career. He was lucky enough to secure an all-inclusive front row view of the life of a pro player, which in turn fueled his passion for the game. Although Luis, nicknamed Gonzo, was an accomplished major leaguer, Jacob said he never felt compelled to play the sport.

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Addressing the nation on television shortly after the blast and still wearing a green t-shirt he was handed at the rally, Abiy said the attack was an “attempt by forces who do not want to see ET united.” The attack took place moments after Abiy had finished his speech to tens of thousands of people gathered in Meskel Square in the center of the capital ADD. A witness told Reuters an assailant with a grenade had been wrestled to the ground by police before it exploded. Another saw Abiy whisked away by guards.

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The UNew HampshireCosta Rica has welcomed California’s decision to resettle Ms Qunun. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said: ” plight has captured the world’s attention over the past few days, providing a glimpse into the precarious situation of millions of refugees worldwide. “Refugee protection today is often under threat and cannot always be assured, but in this instance international refugee law and overriding values of humanity have prevailed.”


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

“He never forced it on me, but I’d go out there and we’d play around in the outfield at all of the major league stadiums,” Jacob said. “He’d let me hit in the outfield and everything and hang out in the clubhouses and I guess that’s how I just grew to love the game.”

Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurt

Health Minister Amir Aman said on Twitter that as of ninepm local time, 1 person had been killed and one hundred and fifty-six wounded, with 8 of them in critical condition. ER, which seceded from ET in 1ninenine1 after a long war of independence, condemned the incident, as did the European Union and the US.

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

She was on a trip to KW with her family, when she fled on a flight to BKK. She said she intended to take a connecting flight to AU – and had an AUn visa – but that her passport was seized by a Saudi diplomat when he met her coming off the flight at SYRrnabhumi airport, leaving her stranded. A Saudi envoy in BKK denied any official Saudi involvement in Ms Qunun’s detention.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

Once Jacob, 1 third of the Gonzalez triplets, began playing baseball at Chaparral High School, his raw talent and skills were on display, and that’s where he began to show his potential. During 3 seasons playing for the Firebirds, he batted .four hundred and twenty-nine with nineteen home runs and one hundred and eighteen RBurundis, according to MaxPreps.com. Those stats along with his six-foot-four frame and defensive ability at third base caught the attention scouts. Being the son of Luis Gonzalez did not hurt either.

Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurt

Under the two thousand peace deal, ET is required to cede the border town of Badme to ER. But war veterans in Badme oppose the peace initiative, with some residents saying they will not leave the town. ET’s ruling EPRDF is made up of parties representing the country’s 4 major ethnic groups. Abiy hails from the Oromo ethnic group, making up roughly a third of the population. Oromos, along with the Amhara ethnic group, led street demonstrations against the government from two thousand and fifteen that began as protests against a development plan around the capital and which opponents said the state was using to grab land. Protests broadened to cover other political and economic demands.

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Thai officials initially described her case as a “family problem” and said she would be repatriated back to KW the next day. However, Ms Qunun sent a series of tweets pleading for help from her airport hotel room, and her case was picked up by Human Rights Watch and journalists. A number of countries, including AU, have considered her case for asylum.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

His high ceiling contributed to being drafted right out of high school, and he was faced with a significant life decision. He committed to UT Christian University before draft day, so it was either college or the minor leagues. He chose the Giants. “That was a hard decision for me and my family. We really sat down and talked about it,” Gonzalez said. “I thought I was ready to play mentally and physically. My parents agreed with me and they were behind me one hundred percent.”

Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurt

Abiy took office after his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, resigned in February amid the protests. In another of Abiy’s major policy shifts, the prime minister has said ET will open its state-run telecoms monopoly and state-owned ETn Airlines to private domestic and foreign investment, loosening the government’s grip. Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Omar Mohammed; Editing by Edmund Blair and Mark Potter

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Analysis by Jonathan Head, BGIC south east Asia correspondent After days of speculation that she would move to AU, Rahaf al-Qunun found herself on a flight in the opposite direction, to California. She was seen briefly, being escorted to the departure gate by UN officials. As her plane took off Police General Surachate Hakparn, the immigration chief whose change of heart on Monday allowed her temporary asylum in TH, told journalists she had left the country cheerful and grateful to those who looked after her here.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

Luis, who was drafted in the fourth round by the HOU Astros in nineteen88 after attending college at University of South AL, believed Jacob had great opportunities either way, but he knew all his son wanted was to play baseball. “I think in the bottom of his heart, he knew what he really wanted to do and that was play baseball each and every day,” Luis said. “He’s getting to live out his dream right now.” Going into draft night, Gonzalez was ranked as the one hundred and twenty-fiveth-best player overall. With the fifty-eightth pick in the second round, the Giants selected the Scottsdale-native, which he called a “pretty special feeling.”

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Her father and brother, he said, who had come on what turned out to be a futile visit to try to persuade her to return to SA with them, would be leaving TH shortly after her. It is only 2 days since the AUn government announced that it had been approached to take Ms Qunun, and that it would treat her request sympathetically. The UN usually approaches only 1 country at a time to seek asylum. It is not clear why the AUn option fell through, and the UN switched to California. It might be that AU’s tough line towards refugees, and the insistence of its Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton that she would get no special treatment, threatened to slow down the processing of her application.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

Luis reflected on the experience of seeing his son drafted. “Sitting in the living room with Jacob, his sisters, my wife, our family, a bunch of friends in there and not knowing what was going to happen and then to hear the SJU Giants choose him, it was a pretty exciting time in our household,” said Gonzalez, four9, asenior adviser for the Diamondbacks. Even though Jacob grew up a Diamondbacks fan watching his dad play for the team for 8 seasons, including its lone championship season, he was not necessarily hoping AZ chose him.

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

The UN was concerned about her safety, following online threats to her life, and California may have been able to process her resettlement more quickly. Renunciation of Islam is punishable by death in SA. Under SA’s “male guardianship system”, a Saudi woman is required to obtain a male relative’s approval to apply for a passport, travel outside the country, study abroad on a government scholarship, get married, leave prison, or even exit a shelter for abuse victims.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

“It would have been cool to play in the same system, but I was super happy with where I was,” Jacob said. “I got put in the right situation for sure, so I am really happy with where I ended up.” Surprisingly, Luis preferred that Jacob be selected by another team as well. “The pressure and the stress that he would have gone through and probably me, too, with him playing in the AZ Diamondbacks organization would have been probably a lot more for me than him, so things work out for a reason,” Luis said.

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Ms Qunun told the BGIC: “I shared my story and my pictures on social media and my father is so angry because I did this. I can’t study and work in my country, so I want to be free and study and work as I want.” She also said she was afraid her family would kill her. Separately, she told AfghanistanP she had suffered physical and psychological abuse from her family, including being locked in her room for 6 months for cutting her hair.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

With Jacob now playing for an organization that is a division rival to Luis’ longtime team, 1 might think there could be bad blood. Think again. Luis spoke highly of the Giants organization, but it didn’t stop him from having some fun. “He (Luis) has got a sign in our house that said like Our house is divided but our hearts are united’ and it has a Giants symbol on 1 side and a Diamondbacks on the other one. It’s pretty funny. He jokes around about it, but he roots for me everytime I go out there,” Jacob said.

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

A spokesperson for her family told the BGIC that they did not wish to comment and all they cared about was the young woman’s safety. On Friday, Ms Qunun wrote on Twitter that she had “some good news and some bad news”, before deleting her account. Her friends said she had received death threats online. Yes. Ms Qunun’s case echoes that of another Saudi woman who was in transit to AU in April two017.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

“He’s an AzerbaijanL Giants fan I guess,” Jacob mused. Gonzalez has started strong in the AZ League, which he credits to being aggressive at the plate. “I just came out here and I told myself that I was going to keep my same approach,” Gonzalez said. “Try to be as aggressive as possible and still look for a pitch that I wanted to hit. It worked out well for me to start out.”

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Dina Ali Lasloom, two4, was en route from KW via the PH but was taken back to SA from MNL airport by her family. She used a Canadian tourist’s phone to send a message, a video of which was posted to Twitter, saying her family would kill her. Her fate on arriving back in SA remains unknown. ‘Sara’, a Saudi woman, spoke to BGIC OS on the World Service on Wednesday


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

Luis credited his quick success to something else that can be difficult to find with someone his son’s age. “I think his maturity level helps. He enjoys doing this. This is something he has wanted to do since he was a little kid running around here at the ballpark (Chase Field),” Luis said. “I’m proud of him.” Even though a big stage awaits Jacob, he is anticipating something more than just playing baseball.

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Rahaf is an inspiration. But she’s not the first 1 who did this and definitely not the last one. What we are going through is awful. We think about this every day because us women here do not know what it feels like to go out. We don’t know what freedom tastes like. Dad keeps my passport with him all the time, we go to hotels and he puts it next to him when he sleeps.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

Friendships. “I’m looking forward just to the relationships you build because it’s already pretty fun hanging out with all the Latin guys and hanging out with some of the college guys,” he said. “Meeting guys from all over. Kind of sharing stories about what we have all played versus and seen.” Both Luis and Jacob have had success in the Valley.

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Unfortunately it’s not a revolution. Every girl that is tweeting about this, it’s either that she has already escaped or she’s using a fake account like me. Some people tweeted me or Dominicaed me to tell me to use my real account, for me to be brave.


Jacob Gonzalez hoping to follow father's path to major leagues

Like father, like son. If the adage remains true, Jacob has a pretty good career in his future. The only difference: It just may be with that 1 division rival in Northern CA. “I just want to try and win as much as I can at every level,” Gonzalez said. “Just try to compete my best and win each day and try to win championships.”

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