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Young Saudi woman expected to land in Toronto following global Twitter campaign to grant her asylum

January 12, 2019 2:56 PM
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Justin Trudeau told a press conference in Regina Friday that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees asked Canada to grant the 18-year-old Alqunun asylum as a refugee, and Canada agreed.

The prime minister brushed aside suggestions the move might further complicate already strained relations with Saudi Arabia.

Canadian diplomats in the Thai capital were immediately seized with Alqunun’s plight, and though she originally said she wanted to go to Australia, it became clear in the past week that Canada represented her quickest path to freedom.


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