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Fiji: Syrian rebels issue demands for captives

Philippine Military Spokesman Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan, left, answers questions about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan heights during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.  AP

Fiji’s military commander says Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they’ve held captive for five days.

Posted: September 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino troops pull ‘greatest escape’ in Golan

BORDER CROSSING  A Filipino member of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force waves as his armored vehicle passes the Israel-annexed Golan Heights near Quneitra, the only border crossing between Israel and Syria (inset: map). UN peacekeepers caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights were evacuated as the fate of 44 of their Fijian colleagues captured by Syrian rebels remained uncertain.  AFP

Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops.

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

Fiji says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights

Philippine Military Spokesman Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan, left, answers questions about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan heights during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The United Nations said Friday that as well as the 43 detained Fijian soldiers, another 81 Philippine peacekeepers had been effectively trapped after being restricted to their positions by militants in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah. At right is Col. Roberto Ancan, Commanding Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Peacekeeping Operations Center. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippine man sentenced to death in Vietnam

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State media say a court in Hanoi has sentenced a Philippine man to death for cocaine trafficking.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Thailand ranks No. 1 in beachfront hotels

This picture taken on February 14, 2013 shows tourists on Patong beach in Phuket, southern Thailand. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI

Experiencing a dramatic surge in tourism, Thailand has surpassed the United States in the number of hotels truly set on its beaches, according to a survey of more than 11,000 hotels in 109 countries released Friday.

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

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