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Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe .AP FILE PHOTO

Visa-free travel could do wonders for Japan’s tourism, the Philippine envoy to the Land of the Rising Sun said Wednesday. Manolo Lopez, Philippine ambassador to Japan, said in a television interview that once Japan lifts the visa requirements of Filipinos, Indonesians, and Vietnamese, the tourism industry of Japan could spike up, especially in the advent of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Measures set against entry of MERS-CoV

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President Benigno Aquino III.  AP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III has ordered government agencies to put up measures to prevent the spread of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to the country.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

OFWs in Middle East warned on spread of MERS

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AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warned Tuesday all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Middle East on the breakout of the deadly disease in the region that has claimed the life of a Filipino and affected five others.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

Basilan boy is now US city mayor

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ANTONIO Cartagena , Basilan born and an alumnus of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University,  is now the mayor of Walnut, an affluent city in Los Angeles County, California. AJPRESS PHOTO

Filipinos are slowly making their mark in the political realm in the United States. In California alone, a number of Fil-Ams have secured positions in the corridors of power, where they can create positive change for the Filipino community in the Golden State.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Americas,Featured Gallery,Features,Global Pinoy,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DFA back to regular passport processing next week

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OLD Passports and new e-Passport. PHOTO FROM DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs is to revert to its normal passport processing schedule on Tuesday following the completion of maintenance work on the e-passport system, which had extended the waiting time for passport applicants from April 1.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Palace says there’s no rush to increase US military presence

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Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

There’s no rush to arrive at an agreement allowing increased US military presence in the Philippines in time for US President Barack Obama’s visit in Manila later this month, a Malacañang spokesperson said Saturday.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UAE: Filipino paramedic dies from MERS, others infected

Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014. The health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE

A Filipino paramedic in the United Arab Emirates has died after contracting Middle East respiratory syndrome and five others have tested positive for the virus, the Gulf nation’s interior ministry said Friday.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Photos & Videos | Read More »

It’s a ‘test of sanity,’ says Ayungin soldier

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Members of the Ayungin Marines pay a courtesy call to Vice President Jejomar Binay at Coconut Palace. FRANCES MANGOSING/INQUIRER.net

“Don’t lose hope,” a soldier previously assigned at BRP Sierra Madre tells future men who will be assigned there.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Can’t force China to comply–Palace

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Even if a United Nations arbitration tribunal were to rule in its favor on the West Philippine Sea dispute, the Philippines cannot compel China to comply with the ruling, Malacañang said on Thursday.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH, US renew defense talks

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Pio Lorenzo Batino, Defense Undersecretary and Chair of the Philippine negotiating panel. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines and the United States (US) resumed talks Thursday on the enhanced defense cooperation agreement, part of which involves the increased rotational presence of US troops in the country.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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