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Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy’s content and staying power in the region this week.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare

Philippine Health Secretary Enrique Ona gestures as he talks with officials at the Department of Health in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, April 19, 2014. A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Ona said. AP

The Philippines said Saturday it was stepping up its defenses against the deadly MERS virus, with the large numbers of Filipino workers in the Middle East seen as potential carriers.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus

Passengers walk past the medical quarantine area showing information sheets for the Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country’s first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS

Passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP

The government on Thursday asked more than 400 passengers who shared an airline flight with a man infected with the MERS virus to check in with the health department immediately.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog

This photo released by Hezbollah-owned Al-Manar TV Facebook page, shows a combo picture of three Al-Manar TV journalists, cameraman Mohammed Mantash, left, reporter Hamza al-Haj Hassan, center, and technician Halim Allaw, right, who were killed while covering the battle between the Syrian government forces and rebels, in the Syrian town of Maaloula, Syria, Monday, April 14, 2014.  AP/Al-Manar TV

Syria is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists a US-based watchdog said Wednesday as it published its annual impunity index tracking unsolved killings of reporters.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

Presidential peace adviser Secretary Teresita Deles   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead.

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

Disease threatens world’s bananas—UN

Cavendish bananas from Mindanao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The United Nations warned on Monday of the potential “massive destruction” of the world’s $5.0-billion (3.6-billion euro) a year banana crop as a plant disease spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Manila using ‘moral suasion’ vs China–DFA

DFA spokesman Charles Jose. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Philippines is using “moral suasion” in its conflict with Asian giant China over their claims to parts of the South China Sea, a government spokesperson said on Thursday.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Italian diplomat held for alleged child abuse in Philippines

AMBASSADOR Daniele Bosio in a photo taken from the official
website of the Italian Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

An Italian diplomat detained in the Philippines is being investigated for alleged child abuse after he was found in the company of three boys, the government said Monday.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Emirati woman gets jail in maids’ death, torture

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A Dubai court has upheld a 15-year jail term for an Emirati woman who tortured her Ethiopian maid to death by forcing her to drink pesticide, media reported on Monday.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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