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MILAN FASHION PHOTOS: Feben, Rave Review promote looks for women of all shapes, ages and sizes

London-based designer Feben opened the last day of Milan Fashion Week with a refreshingly diverse runway in every way, both in size and race. “I think why you are not seeing that around is because you are not seeing a lot of Black women in creative roles,” said the designer, who is originally from Ethiopia and grew up in Sweden. Her latest collection was sponsored by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana as part of their ongoing program to support young talent. “Obviously because I want to feel seen, and I think everyone should feel seen no matter what body type or what skin color they have. And I think it is really important to have more people on board who are from different parts of the world. And I think that makes a huge difference," Feben said, adding that the fashion world shouldn't shy away from conversations around such issues. “There is nothing wrong with issues. We just have to find a solution.” Highlights from the last day Sunday of Milan Fashion Week of mostly...
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A model wears a creation of the Rave Review women's Fall-Winter 2024-25 collection presented in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Algeria inaugurates Africa's largest mosque that was commissioned by ousted former president

Algeria has inaugurated a gigantic mosque on its Mediterranean coastline after years of political upheaval transformed the project from a symbol of state-sponsored strength and religiosity to one of delays and cost overruns
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A worker paints the road outside the Djamaa El-Djazair, or Algiers Great Mosque, Wednesday, Feb.21, 2024 in Algiers. Begun in 2012, the Great Mosque of Algiers boasts a giant 265 meter (290 yard) minaret and a capacity for 120,000 faithful.(AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)
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At least 15 Catholic worshippers killed in attack during a service in Burkina Faso

Catholic church officials in Burkina Faso say that at least 15 worshippers have been killed in a village when gunmen attacked a community as they gathered for prayers in the country’s conflict-hit northern region
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Taliban release an 84-year-old Austrian man who was detained in Afghanistan last year

The Austrian government says ans 84-year-old Austrian man who traveled to Afghanistan last year and was arrested there has been released by the country’s Taliban rulers
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This is a locator map for Afghanistan with its capital, Kabul. (AP Photo)
February 25

Namibian President Hage Geingob laid to rest at Heroes' Acre cemetery after state funeral

Namibian President Hage Geingob has been laid to rest in the country’s Heroes’ Acre cemetery following a state funeral attended by African leaders, the German president and Princess Anne, the sister of Britain’s King Charles III
February 25
Chief of Protocol Ambassador Leonard Iipmbu, left, welcomes Britain's Princess Anne, representing King Charles III at the funeral of the late Namibian President Hage Geingob in Windhoek, Namibia, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. Geingob died earlier in February at the age of 82 while receiving treatment for cancer. (AP Photo/Esther Mbathera)
February 25

31,000 Ukrainian troops killed since the start of Russia's invasion, Zelenskyy says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in action in the two years since Russia launched its full-scale invasion
February 25
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy answers media questions during his press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday Feb. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
February 25

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia began its full-scale invasion

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia began its full-scale invasion
February 25
February 25

Armani offers hope for a better season with winter flowers as he closes Milan Fashion Week

Giorgio Armani’s collection for the next cold weather season previewed on the last day of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday embraces the designer's love of nature and admiration of Asian cultures expressed in his trademark flowing and flattering tailoring
February 25
Liu Shishi attends the Giorgio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2024-25 collection presented in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
February 25

9 dead in road crash in South Africa after attending a ruling party election rally

Nine people have been killed in a road crash in South Africa after attending an election rally by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ruling African National Congress party
February 25
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his speech at the Mose Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, for the African National Congress national manifesto launch in anticipation of the 2024 general elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
February 25

An earthquake with a preliminary 5.6 magnitude shakes Indonesia's capital. No reports of casualties

A moderately strong earthquake has shaken parts of Indonesia’s main island of Java and the country’s capital
February 25
February 25

Serbia protests after Croatia's foreign minister calls Vučić a Russian 'satellite' in the Balkans

Serbia has sent a protest note after the Croatian foreign minister called President Aleksandar Vučić a Russian “satellite” in the Balkans
February 25
FILE - Croatia's foreign minister Gordan Grlic-Radman speaks during a press conference after a EU foreign affairs council in Zagreb, Croatia, Friday, March 6, 2020. Serbia on Sunday Feb. 25, 2024, sent a protest note to Croatia over a statement made by Croatia's foreign minister that Serbia's populist president Aleksandar Vucic is a Russian "satellite" in the Balkans. It was the latest spate between the two neighboring states that have been at odds for most of the time since the bloody breakup of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
February 25

In water-stressed Singapore, a search for new solutions to keep the taps flowing

Water has long been a vulnerability for the tropical island nation of Singapore, which gained freedom from neighboring Malaysia in the 1960s
February 25
A worker walks through a pumping station at the Changi Water Reclamation Plant in Singapore, Thursday, July 20, 2023. The 50 meter- (164 foot-) deep pumping station receives used water from a sewage tunnel before its treated at the plant into purified NEWater, Singapore's own brand of reclaimed water. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
February 25

Delays in promised Western military aid are costing lives: Ukraine defense minister

Ukraine's defense minister says half of all promised Western military support fails to arrive on time
February 25
Firefighters put out the fire a railway station after Russians hit in Kostiantynivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. A woman was wounded and a railway station, shops and residential houses were badly damaged amid heavy bombing. (AP Photo/Alex Babenko)
February 25

Pope delivers Sunday prayers from the Vatican window a day after suffering a mild flu

Pope Francis was well enough to celebrate his weekly Angelus prayer from the Vatican window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, a day after cancelling his engagements because of a mild flu
February 25
Pope Francis appears at the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at The Vatican for the traditional Sunday noon blessing of faithful and pilgrims gathered in the Square for the Angelus prayer, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024. Pope Francis had canceled an audience scheduled for Saturday as a precaution after coming down with mild flu, the Vatican press office said in a short statement, without adding further details. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
February 25

The Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors after a six-day closure due to an employee strike

The Eiffel Tower has reopened to visitors after a six-day closure because of striking employees demanding better maintenance of the historic landmark, showing traces of rust, and salary hikes
February 25
Visitors stand at the closed gates leading to the Eiffel Tower, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 in Paris. Visitors to the Eiffel Tower were turned away for the second consecutive day because of a strike over poor financial management at one of the world's most-visited sites. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
February 25

Netanyahu says a cease-fire deal would only delay 'somewhat' an Israeli military offensive in Rafah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says an Israeli military offensive in the southernmost city of Rafah could be “delayed somewhat” if a deal for a weekslong cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is reached
February 25
A Palestinian child wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip is brought to Al Najjar hospital in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
February 25

Corruption scandals cast a shadow over Portugal’s early general election and may favor populists

The official two-week campaign period before Portugal’s early general election has begun
February 25
A supporter, center, of Andre Ventura, right, leader of populist and nationalist party Chega! (in English, Enough!) turns to journalists to utter insults at members of Portugal's two main political parties, during a Chega campaign action in Almada, Portugal, south of Lisbon, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Ventura has been riding in third place in opinion polls and could be cast in the role of kingmaker after Portugal's March 10 general election, if his political influence grows. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
February 25

Tractor protests threaten to drive the EU's green farming policies into a ditch

Across the EU, those battling climate change and defending the environment feel they are ever more on the defensive
February 25
Biological engineer and environmentalist Ineke Maes stands in a field in West Flanders, Belgium, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. The tire tracks of massive tractors, that left impenetrable puddles filled with green sludge, drew Maes to western Belgium's industrial farmlands. There she had hoped the EU's burgeoning environmental awareness would start to make a fundamental difference by improving exhausted soil. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
February 24

Belarusians vote in a tightly controlled election as the opposition calls for its boycott

Belarus is voting in tightly controlled parliamentary and local elections that are set to cement the authoritarian leader’s rule despite opposition calls for a boycott
February 24
FILE - A woman holds a placard during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 25, 2020. Belarusians will cast ballots Sunday in tightly controlled parliamentary and local elections that are set to cement an authoritarian leader's rule, despite calls for a boycott by an opposition leader who described the balloting as a "senseless farce." (AP Photo, File)
February 24

At least 10 people killed in road crash in north-central Mexico, officials say

Authorities in Mexico say at least 10 people have died from a crash between a tractor-trailer and a pick-up truck carrying passengers
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Mexico president's son, presidential candidate denounce leak of phone numbers, say threats received

The eldest son of Mexico’s president and the governing party’s presidential candidate say their telephone number have been published on social media and they have received threats and insults
February 24
FILE - Mexican President Andres Manuel Obrador delivers a speech on economic figures, in Mexico City, April 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
February 24

Famed Cuban diva Juana Bacallao, who ruled the island's cabaret scene, dies at 98

Cuban singer and cabaret diva Juana Bacallao has died
February 24
FILE - Cuban singer-entertainer Juana Bacallao, or "Juana La Cubana", performs at the "One-Eyed Cat" cafe in Havana, Cuba, May 22, 2010. Bacallao, who until recently continued performing and making presentations on Cuban stages, died on Saturday, Feb. 24,2024, reported the island's Ministry of Culture. She was 98 years old. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)
February 24

2 Lebanese men ordered detained for bringing 146 Syrian refugees to Cyprus by boat

A court in Cyprus has ordered two men to remain in police custody for six days on suspicion of people smuggling
February 24
FILE - Cyprus' President Nikos Christodoulides and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talk to the media during a press conference at the Presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Feb. 12, 2024. A court in Cyprus on Saturday Feb. 24, 2024 ordered that two men remain in police custody for six days on suspicion of people smuggling after being identified as the drivers of two boats which brought 146 Syrian refugees and one Lebanese migrant to the east Mediterranean island nation. Christodoulides said earlier this month that the EU won’t serve its own best interests if it doesn’t consider designating some parts of Syria as safe zones so refugees and migrants can return there. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, Pool, File)
February 24

Iraq has captured 2 wanted Islamic State group members from abroad and brought them home

Iraq's intelligence department says it has captured two members of the Islamic State group in an operation outside the country and brought them home
February 24
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Why South Africa is facing a turning point in May's national election and who the major players are

Polls suggest South Africa faces a historic turning point in a national election in May
February 24
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, centre left, is greeted by African National Congress supporters as he arrives at the Mose Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, for the ANC national manifesto launch in anticipation of the 2024 general elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
February 24

Police rescue sloth from road

A sloth that was in danger of being run over on a highway in Campoverde, Peru, was rescued by police and brought back to the bushes and trees nearby.
February 24
VIDEO: Police rescue sloth from road
February 24

MILAN FASHION PHOTOS: Ferragamo, Dolce&Gabbana conceal and reveal, balance transparency with cover

While the fashion industry discusses size diversity from time to time, there was little evidence of real evolution on the Milan runway this season. On Saturday, Paloma Elsesser walked Ferragamo in a satin plunge-neck cocktail dress, and Dolce&Gabbana included models of normal size. But the thinness of some models was a topic of pre-show chatter. Ashley Graham, who sat in the front row of Dolce&Gabbana, as recently as the September shows, lamented how often she is the only larger model on runways. Some highlights from the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week, mostly womenswear previews for fall-winter 2024-25. FERRAGAMO’S FREE SPIRIT Maximilian Davis’ Ferragamo collection both conceals and reveals, with oversized masculine woolen overcoats covering wispy, transparent embroidered dresses. It is the freedom to choose who sees what. The designer, in his third winter seasons at the Florence-based family-run fashion house, took inspiration from the 1920s Prohibition era, when a U.S....
February 24
A model wears a creation as part of the Dolce & Gabbana women's Fall-Winter 2024-25 collection presented in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
February 24

Tunisia's ex-president Moncef Marzouki sentenced to 8 years in absentia

A court in Tunisia has sentenced former president Moncef Marzouki to eight years in prison in absentia as part of the country’s crackdown on opponents of President Kais Saied
February 24
FILE - Former Tunisian President and head of el-Harak party Moncef Marzouki speaks to The Associated Press in Tunis, on Aug.28, 2019. A court in Tunisia this week handed down former President Moncef Marzouki an eight-year prison sentence in abstentia in the latest reflection of the country's ongoing crackdown against opponents of President Kais Saied. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)
February 24

South Africa's ANC launches election manifesto as president highlights party's achievements

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the achievements of his ruling African National Congress, which has ruled the country for all of its 30 years of democracy, as it heads into a tight race in May’s election
February 24
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, centre left, is greeted by African National Congress supporters as he arrives at the Mose Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, for the ANC national manifesto launch in anticipation of the 2024 general elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
February 24

UK Conservatives suspend a lawmaker after he accused London's mayor of being controlled by Islamists

The U.K.’s governing Conservative Party suspended ties with one if its lawmakers
February 24
FILE - London Mayor Sadiq Khan stands in front of a mural as he attends a live screening of the Women's Euro 2022 semifinal soccer match between England and Sweden at the fan area in Trafalgar Square in London, England, Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The U.K.’s governing Conservative Party has suspended ties with one if its lawmakers after he accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of being controlled by Islamists, as tensions over the Israel-Hamas war continue to roil British politics. (AP Photo/Albert Pezzali, File)
February 24

A teacher and 6 members of a religious congregation have been kidnapped in Haiti, officials say

They were taken while gathered in front of a school in the capital.
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Canadian federal police targeted in 'alarming' cyberattack

The RCMP has launched a criminal investigation into the breach.
February 24
In this Aug. 8, 2023, file photo, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) vehicle appears in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada.
February 24

Russian authorities hand over Alexei Navalny's body to his mother: Spokeswoman

Navalny spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh writes that a funeral is to come.
February 24
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a rally in Moscow, Russia, Feb.24, 2019.
February 24

Caribbean officials search for 2 people who were on yacht allegedly hijacked by 3 escaped prisoners

Authorities in the eastern Caribbean say they are trying to locate two people believed to be U.S. citizens who were aboard a yacht hijacked by three escaped prisoners from Grenada
February 24
The yacht "Simplicity", that officials say was hijacked by three escaped prisoners with two people aboard, is docked at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coastguard Service Calliaqua Base, in Calliaqua, St. Vincent, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Authorities in the eastern Caribbean said they were trying to locate two people believed to be U.S. citizens who were aboard the yacht that was hijacked by the three escaped prisoners from Grenada. (AP Photo/Kenton X. Chance)
February 24

West Africa's ECOWAS bloc says it's lifting sanctions imposed on Niger over last year’s coup in a new push for dialogue

West Africa's ECOWAS bloc says it's lifting sanctions imposed on Niger over last year’s coup in a new push for dialogue
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February 24

The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother, Navalny's aide says

The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother, Navalny's aide says
February 24
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Macron booed by French farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support agriculture

Farmers have been protesting for months all across France, including Paris.
February 24
Farmers scuffle with security at the International Agriculture Fair as French President Emmanuel Macron tours the exhibition on the opening day in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Farmers across Europe have been protesting for weeks over what they say are excessively restrictive environmental rules. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via AP)
February 24

3 women have been found dead in a Vienna brothel. A suspect has been arrested

Police in Vienna say they have launched a criminal investigation after three women were found dead in a brothel
February 24
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West Africa bloc lifts coup sanctions on Niger in a new push for dialogue to resolve tensions

West Africa’s regional bloc known as ECOWAS has lifted travel, commercial and economic sanctions imposed on Niger which were aimed at reversing the coup staged in the country last year
February 24
FILE - The defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries excluding Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea and Niger, gather for their extraordinary meeting in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, to discuss the situation in Niger. Heads of state across West Africa will meet on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 to discuss the region’s existential challenges particularly the withdrawal of three junta-led nations from the top regional bloc as well as sanctions imposed to reverse the coup in Niger. The West Africa bloc of ECOWAS summit to hold in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, comes at a critical time when the 49-year-old bloc’s future is threatened. (AP Photo/Richard Eshun Nanaresh, File)
February 24

10th body found in the charred remnants of a Spanish apartment building

The death toll in a fire that engulfed an apartment block in the Spanish city of Valencia has risen to 10 after forensic police found one more body inside the charred building Saturday
February 24
Firefighters work at a burned block building in Valencia, Spain, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. A fire has engulfed two residential buildings in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia, killing at least four people and injuring at least 13 others. Emergency services reported that at least 19 people were still missing several hours after the fire started. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
February 24

2 years after Russians took her father, a Ukrainian woman seeks answers

Yulia Khrypun hasn't heard her father since days after the invasion began.
February 24
Yulia Khrypun, 22, holds a poster with a photo of her father, Serhiy, who was taken into Russian captivity while working as a security officer at a farm in a village in Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia region.
February 24

Israeli officials to meet on a proposed pause in Gaza while the Cabinet is set to OK a Rafah plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says officials will meet on the next steps after the latest talks with the United States, Egypt and Qatar in search of a deal on pausing the fighting in Gaza
February 24
Palestinians rescue survivors after an Israelikm strike on Shaheen family house in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
February 24

An Australian tourist has gone missing in Zimbabwe's famous Victoria Falls park, officials say

An Australian tourist has gone missing in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park, home to one of the world’s natural wonders, the country’s parks spokesman said
February 24
FILE - Tourists wear face masks at the entrance of the Victoria Falls in Victoria Falls on Aug, 6, 2021. An Australian tourist has gone missing in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park, home to one of the world’s natural wonders, the country’s parks spokesman said. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told The Associated Press that the tourist went missing in the vast rainforest on Friday Feb. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tichaona Muketiwa, File)
February 24

Russia strikes hit Ukraine overnight as it marks 2nd anniversary of invasion

A barrage of Russian drones and missiles targeted Odesa overnight.
February 24
A local resident inspects a damaged residential building following a drone attack in Odesa on February 24, 2024, on the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
February 24

WWII-era bomb safely detonated at sea after one of the largest peacetime evacuations in UK history

Britain's Ministry of Defense says a World War II-era bomb whose discovery prompted one of the largest peacetime evacuations in British history has been detonated at sea
February 24
Police and bomb disposal experts stand at the scene near St Michael Avenue, where residents have been evacuated and a cordon put in place following the discovery of a suspected Second World War explosive device, in Plymouth, England, Friday Feb. 23, 2024. (Matt Keeble/PA via AP)
February 24

23 Hindu devotees die in northern India after a farm tractor overturns and falls into a pond

Around 40 devotees were on their way to take a ritual bath in the Ganges.
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February 24

An attack on a cargo ship in the Red Sea has caused a miles-long oil slick. Things could get worse

The slick is already miles long and things could get worse.
February 24
This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows an aircraft launching from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during flight operations in the Red Sea, Jan. 22, 2024. The U.S. and Britain have struck more than a dozen Houthi targets in Yemen. The strikes on Saturday, Feb. 24, answer a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The U.S. fighter jets launched from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, which is currently in the Red Sea. (Kaitlin Watt/U.S. Navy via AP)
February 24

Pope Francis cancels a meeting with Rome deacons because of mild flu, the Vatican says

The Vatican says that Pope Francis has canceled an audience as a precaution after coming down with mild flu
February 24
Pope Francis leaves after presiding over the liturgy of the ashes in the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
February 24

The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother, aide says

An aide to Alexei Navalny says the body of the Russian opposition leader has been handed over to his mother
February 24
A woman lays flowers paying respect to Alexei Navalny at the Memorial to Victims of Political Repression in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Navalny, 47, Russia's most well-known opposition politician, unexpectedly died on Feb. 16 in the penal colony, prompting hundreds of Russians across the country to stream to impromptu memorials with flowers and candles. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
February 24

Many in Myanmar consider fleeing to Thailand to escape conscription into an army they despise

Ever since Myanmar's military announced it is implementing conscription to fill its ranks, Thwel sees very few options
February 24
People wait in line to enter into the Thai Embassy for visa appointments in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Crowds of people have thronged to get passports and visas to neighboring Thailand in the two weeks since the government activated a law making at least 14 million young people subject to conscription.(AP Photo)