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Calabasas campground murder: Family of Tristan Beaudette file $90M claim over his death

Calabasas campground murder: Family of Tristan Beaudette file $  90M claim over his deathThe family of the man shot and killed while camping with his daughters at Malibu Creek State Park has filed a $ 90 million claim over his death.



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Father of Jake Patterson has a letter for Jayme Closs' family

Father of Jake Patterson has a letter for Jayme Closs' familyThe father of Jake Patterson says he has a letter for Jayme Closs' family. Patterson is accused of kidnapping Jayme, 13, and killing her parents.



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'I did it': Saudi teen fleeing alleged family abuse arrives in Canada as an asylum refugee

'I did it': Saudi teen fleeing alleged family abuse arrives in Canada as an asylum refugeeThe 18-year-old barricaded herself in an airport hotel in Bangkok and took to Twitter when Thai authorities threatened to deport her.



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Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in Canada

Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in CanadaTrudeau said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had asked Canada to take in Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse. “Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women’s rights around the world, and I can confirm that we have accepted the U.N.’s request,” he told reporters. The decision is likely to exacerbate Canada’s already poor relations with Saudi Arabia, which last year barred the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh after Ottawa criticized Saudi authorities for detaining women’s’ activists.



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Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun: Saudi teenager fleeing family arrives in Canada after being granted asylum

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun: Saudi teenager fleeing family arrives in Canada after being granted asylumAn 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family this week saying she feared for her life arrived in Toronto on Saturday after Canada granted her asylum. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse. Qunun refused to meet her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to try take her back to Saudi Arabia. Qunun arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday morning and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to address the media shortly. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun (C) accompanied by Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chryistia Freeland (R), arrives at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto Credit: Reuters Her case has drawn global attention to Saudi Arabia's strict social rules, including a requirement that women have the permission of a male "guardian" to travel, which rights groups say can trap women and girls as prisoners of abusive families. Qunun took a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday and then a connecting flight to Toronto. Qunun arrived in Bangkok a week ago and was initially denied entry. But she soon started posting messages on Twitter from the transit area of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport saying she had "escaped Kuwait" and her life would be in danger if forced to return to Saudi Arabia. Within hours, a campaign sprang up dubbed #SaveRahaf, spread on Twitter by a loose network of activists. Following a 48-hour stand-off at Bangkok airport, some of it barricaded in a transit lounge hotel room, she was allowed to enter the country and has been processed as a refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).



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Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in Canada

Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in CanadaTrudeau said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had asked Canada to take in Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse. “Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women’s rights around the world, and I can confirm that we have accepted the U.N.’s request,” he told reporters. The decision is likely to exacerbate Canada’s already poor relations with Saudi Arabia, which last year barred the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh after Ottawa criticized Saudi authorities for detaining women’s’ activists.



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Australia to consider taking in Saudi teen who fled family 'abuse'

Australia to consider taking in Saudi teen who fled family 'abuse'SYDNEY/BANGKOK (Reuters) – Australia said on Wednesday it would consider taking in a 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family, which she accused of abuse, would kill her. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived in Bangkok on Saturday appealing for asylum. Australia said on Tuesday it would consider resettling her if the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) deemed her a refugee.



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Australia considers asylum for Saudi woman as her family arrive in Bangkok

Australia considers asylum for Saudi woman as her family arrive in BangkokAustralia on Tuesday said it would consider a humanitarian visa for a young Saudi woman who had barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room and launched a dramatic bid for asylum via social media.   Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, took to Twitter in protest after she was stopped by immigration officials during a transit through Bangkok airport while en route to Australia. She claimed she was fleeing her family who had subjected her to physical and psychological abuse and that she feared she would be killed if she was sent home to Saudi Arabia. Her family have not commented on the allegations, although her father is believed to have now arrived in Thailand. Ms al-Qunun managed to avoid being deported on a flight to Kuwait in a seemingly coordinated effort by the Thai and Saudi authorities after her cries for help sparked a global media frenzy and frantic efforts from human rights workers and diplomats to assist her. Late on Monday she was taken into the protection of the United Nations office for refugees (UNHCR) to process her asylum request. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun walks by Chief of Immigration Police Surachate Hakparn in an image released by the immigration bureau “We are very grateful that the Thai authorities did not send back Ms. Al-qunun against her will and are extending protection for her,” said Giuseppe de Vicentiis, the UNHCR’s representative in Thailand, in a statement on Tuesday.   “It could take several days to process the case and determine next steps”, he added. “For reasons of protection and confidentiality we are not in a position to comment on the details of individual cases". Ms al-Qunun had been in possession of a valid tourist visa for Australia when she was detained at the aiport, as she had been planning to seek asylum there. After fears were raised by her supporters that the visa had been cancelled, the Australian government responded that it was “pleased” that the UNHCR was now handling her case. “The government has made representations to the Thai government and the Bangkok office of the UNHCR about its serious concerns on this matter and the need for Ms al-Qunun’s claim to be assessed expeditiously,” a Department of Home Affairs official told The Telegraph. Rahaf just send me this, she just want you to make sure she is on the hotel and she still needs help and protection. pic.twitter.com/xxs61JIfhP— Rahaf Mohammed رهف محمد القنون (@rahaf84427714) January 7, 2019 “Any application by Ms al-Qunun for a humanitarian visa will be carefully considered once the UNHCR process has concluded,” the official added. The teenager was being held in a secure location in Bangkok on Tuesday. It is not known if she met with her father Mohammed al-Qunun, a Saudi government official from Ha’il province, whose arrival, she told her growing Twitter following, “worried and scared me a lot.” After a day of high drama on social media on Monday, where she used livestreaming videos to transmit her increasingly panicked requests to meet the UN and for help from Western governments, her account remained relatively quiet as she processed her asylum paperwork. However, Ms al-Qunun and her friends increasingly urged Canada to open its doors to her. “I want Canada to give me asylum!” she tweeted. But she also added: “I seek protection in particular from the following country Canada/United States/ Australia /United kingdom, I ask any if it [sic] Representatives to contact me.” #UNHCR & #Thailand govt should say NO to request by father & brother to meet with #Rahaf@rahaf84427714. Only she can make that choice, she's an adult woman who can make her own decisions! t.co/JlbTkTYNknpic.twitter.com/PRBgcyhQ46— Phil Robertson (@Reaproy) January 8, 2019 Stefano Maron, a spokesperson for Canada's foreign office, said: "Canada is very concerned by and watching closely the situation of Ms. Rahaf al-Qunun. We are in close contact with partners about her situation. Canada will always stand up for human rights, very much including women’s rights." Canadian diplomats have been praised by human rights workers for their commitment to her case behind-the-scenes. Phil Robertson, deputy director at Human Rights Watch in Asia, who was closely involved in the case as it unfolded, lauded the Canadian embassy for being “steadfast & superb at every step of the way” to help save Rahaf. Germany also spoke out in support of the young woman. Georg Schmidt, the German ambassador to Thailand, had been one of the first foreign officials to publicly express “grave concern” over her situation. The UK’s foreign and commonwealth office has remained silent on the matter. In one of many apparently desperate tweets as she tried to stave off repatriation, Ms al-Qunun had appealed directly to Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, to help organise an emergency UK travel document.  Ms al-Qunun’s relentless use of social media to highlight her plight sparked a turnaround by the Thai authorities, who had initially claimed she had been running away from her family to avoid marriage and appeared at first to be reluctant to allow the UN access to her. By Monday evening, the Thai authorities had instead assured her safety. "If deporting her would result in her death, we definitely wouldn’t want to do that,” said Surachate Hakparn, Thailand’s immigration chief. The outcome was hailed as a “good day for the cause of human rights around the world,” by Human Rights Watch, which said in a statement that “Rahaf’s tremendous courage and resilience” had been “met with a global surge of sympathy for her” to persuade Thailand to do the right thing.



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Saudi woman to seek asylum after fleeing family to Thailand

Saudi woman to seek asylum after fleeing family to ThailandAn 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent being expelled by Thai authorities has left the airport after talks with the United Nations refugee agency. Emily Wither reports.



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The Latest: Michigan family devastated by fatal crash

The Latest: Michigan family devastated by fatal crashLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a Michigan family in a Kentucky vehicle crash (all times local):



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