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Canada Grants Asylum To Saudi Woman Who Fled Her Family

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is reportedly en route from Thailand to Canada. The 18-year-old was granted refugee status by the U.N. after she alleged abuse by family members.

Canada has granted asylum to the 18-year-old Saudi woman who barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room after escaping what she called abuse and oppression by family members.

"The UNHCR has made a request of Canada that we accept Ms. Alqunun as a refugee, and we have accepted the U.N.'s request that we grant her asylum," Prime Minister Friday, referring to the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for

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