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An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life left Thailand on Friday en route to Canada, the Thai immigration chief said, although Canadian officials have not confirmed she has been granted asylum.


The saga of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse.

A Korean Air flight carrying Qunun left Bangkok for Seoul on Friday night at 11:37 p.m. Bangkok time, an airport official told Reuters. Qunun will board a connecting flight to Toronto from Seoul’s Incheon airport. “It was her wish to go to Canada,” Thailand’s immigration chief Surachate Hakparn told reporters.  Read More

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