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2 Filipinos killed in Qatar blast

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Firemen work at the site of an explosion in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. A apparent gas explosion Thursday at a restaurant near a filling station in the Qatari capital killed a dozen people and wounded several more, emergency services officials in the energy-rich Gulf nation said. (AP Photo)

Two Filipinos were killed and two others were injured in a gas explosion at a Turkish restaurant near a filling station in Qatar’s capital Doha on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Friday.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

No execution date yet set for jailed OFW in Saudi, says DFA

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Joselito Zapanta. Facebook photo

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) clarified Wednesday that negotiations for Joselito Zapanta, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, are still ongoing despite reports his execution order has been signed.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

DFA confirms death of Filipino at UAE airport

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The lifeless body of a Filipino was found hanging from the ceiling of the Fujairah International airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last February 2, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

PH negotiating to bring down Zapanta blood money

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Vice President Binay has met with Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in a courtesy call in the Coconut Palace Wednesday. Among the topics discussed were the case of jailed OFW Joselito Zapanta who is in death row in Saudi Arabia. PHOTO/OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

Vice President Jejomar Binay has gained new optimism for the case of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta in death row in Saudi Arabia after a discussion with a visiting Saudi Prince where Zapanta’s case was among the issues discussed.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

PH spent P70.6M to assist Filipinos in Saudi Arabia in 2013—DFA

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Filipina domestic helper Amor Roxas (C), 46, weeps upon arriving at the Philippines' main international airport on Nov 4, 2013 as she recounts her ordeal after being expelled from Saudi Arabia, where an amnesty for illegal workers expired at the weekend. She is among 30 Filipinos who were deported from Riyadh a day after the amnesty ended, while thousands more without proper working permits remained trapped there, officials say. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) described 2013 as “a crisis period” as the agency spent almost P70.6 million to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia affected by the country’s “Saudization” policy.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Philippines’ Rose Fostanes wins ‘X-Factor Israel’

In this Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 photo, Rose Fostanes sings during a rehearsal of the X-Factor Israel in Tel Aviv. The 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country.  AP

Filipino caregiver Rose Fostanes won the singing competition “X-Factor Israel” on Tuesday, the Times of Israel online newspaper reported.

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

PH gov’t mourns passing of Ariel Sharon

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In this Wednesday Feb. 7, 2001 file photo, Ariel Sharon, then Israel’s Prime Minister-elect, looks up as he touches Judaism holiest site, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem. The son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says his father has died on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The 85-year-old Sharon had been in a coma since a debilitating stroke eight years ago. His son Gilad Sharon said: “He has gone. He went when he decided to go.” AP

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday expressed sympathies on the death of former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Undocumented OFWs in Saudi given 2-month grace period

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Filipina domestic helper Amor Roxas (C), 46, weeps upon arriving at the Philippines' main international airport on Nov 4, 2013 as she recounts her ordeal after being expelled from Saudi Arabia, where an amnesty for illegal workers expired at the weekend. She is among 30 Filipinos who were deported from Riyadh a day after the amnesty ended, while thousands more without proper working permits remained trapped there, officials say. AFP FILE PHOTO

Undocumented migrant workers in Saudi Arabia whose papers are already being processed have been given a two-month grace period by the Ministry of the Interior to correct their status.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

PH embassy in Riyadh issued a record 72,028 passports in 2013

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DFA Passports Processed in Riyadh

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has processed a record 72,028 passport applications for 2013, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Friday.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Egypt: 96 artifacts missing from museum

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 photo, an ancient Egyptian statue is seen on display inside its glass case in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. The 111-year-old museum, a treasure trove of pharaonic antiquities, has long been one of the centerpieces of tourism to Egypt. But the constant instability since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak has dried up tourism to the country, slashing a key source of revenue. Moreover, political backbiting and attempts to stop corruption have had a knock-on effect of bringing a de facto ban on sending antiquities on tours to museums abroad, cutting off what was once a major source of funding for the museum. AP

Nearly a hundred small artifacts, some dating back to the time of the pharaohs, have gone missing from a museum in southern Egypt, officials said Wednesday.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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