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|Rahaf al-Qunun flying to Canada in asylum bid
||Rahaf al-Qunun flying to Canada in asylum bid
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A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel is now flying to Canada where she is seeking asylum, Thai officials say.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room.
|She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.||She said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.|
|The UN's refugee agency has said it considers her to be a legitimate refugee.||The UN's refugee agency has said it considers her to be a legitimate refugee.|
Thai immigration officials had initially said she should return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting.
She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting international attention.