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Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada

BANGKOK (AP) " An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said.The fast-moving developments capped an eventful week for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. She...

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Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman

BANGKOK (AP) " Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the U.N. refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family, Thai police said Friday.Thailand's immigration police chief, Surachate Hakparn, told reporters the U.N. was accelerating...

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Australia praises Thai move on Saudi, concerned about player

BANGKOK (AP) " Australia's foreign minister praised Thailand for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention.Marise Payne met...

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Members of Congress honor Saudi writer killed in Turkey

WASHINGTON (AP) " Members of Congress called for the protection of press freedom around the world Thursday as they honored a U.S.-based Saudi columnist who was killed inside his country's consulate in Turkey in October.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Sen. Mark Warner...

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