Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

(BBC) – A Saudi woman who fled her family and became stranded at Bangkok’s main airport is flying to Canada after being granted asylum status.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family was waiting.

She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room, attracting international attention.

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.