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Asian Muslims start Ramadan, World Cup fever undiminished

Indonesia muslims perform an evening prayer called 'tarawih' marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, June 28, 2014. AP

Muslims in much of Asia began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan Sunday, but in Indonesia even threats by hardliners to raid “sinful” bars could not stop football fans heading to nightspots to watch the World Cup.

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

4 OFW survivors, 4 fatalities in Algeria siege to arrive Tuesday–DFA

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The Japanese government plane which carries the bodies of nine Japanese victims and seven Japanese survivors in last week's hostage taking at a remote Algerian gas plant, arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said that four Filipinos who survived the siege of a remote natural gas plant by Islamic militants in Algeria was scheduled to arrive Tuesday.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

The ubiquitous Pinoy

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It was troubling to see the photograph on the front page of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on Jan. 19 of a patient lying apparently unconscious, his head heavily bandaged and in a neck-brace, with Algerian Minister Youcef Yousfi and a doctor looking anxiously down at him. The photo caption only said it was a “freed Filipino hostage” and the accompanying AFP (Agence France Presse) report did not identify him.

Posted: January 27th, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Japan’s Algeria survivors, dead arrive in Tokyo

The Japanese government plane which carries the bodies of nine Japanese victims and seven Japanese survivors in last week's hostage taking at a remote Algerian gas plant, arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

The seven Japanese survivors of the Algerian hostage crisis, and nine of the 10 dead, arrived back in a shell-shocked Japan Friday as the prime minister spoke of the nation’s “deepest grief”.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino death toll in Algeria crisis rises to eight

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs said that another Filipino has been confirmed killed in last week’s siege by Islamic militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria, bringing to eight the total number of Filipino fatalities.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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