Saudi teen granted asy­lum in Canada

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BANGKOK – A Saudi woman who fled her fam­ily and be­came stranded at Bangkok’s main air­port is fly­ing to Canada af­ter be­ing granted asy­lum sta­tus.

Ra­haf Mo­hammed alQu­nun, 18, had been try­ing to reach Aus­tralia via Bangkok, but was ini­tially told to re­turn to Kuwait, where her fam­ily were wait­ing.

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 Saudi Ara­bia.

The United Na­tions’ (UN) refugee agency has said it con­sid­ers her to be a le­git­i­mate refugee.

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