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Canada takes in Saudi teen asylum seeker

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Canada was taking in an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family and harnessed the power of Twitter to stave off deportation from Thailand. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was already en route to Toronto late Friday when the prime minister made the surprise announcement, after officials had previously given heavy hints she was bound for Australia. Canada has been unequivocal that we ll stand up for human rights and women s rights around the world, Trudeau said. When the United Nations made a request of us that we grant al-Qunun s asylum, we accepted. The move is sure to further strain Canadian relations with the kingdom that went sideways last August over Ottawa s rights criticism of Saudi Arabia, prompting Riyadh to expel the Canadian ambassador and sever all trade and investment ties in protest. Canada also sparked fury in Riyadh by demanding the immediate release of jailed rights campaigners, including Samar Badawi, the ..

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