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Filipino death toll in Algeria rises to 7

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said that the number of Filipinos who died in the hostage crisis in Algeria have risen to seven.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

4 Filipinos from Algeria hostage crisis come home, complain about embassy response

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Four more overseas Filipino workers from the Algerian gas facility that was attacked by Islamic militants last week arrived in Manila on Wednesday.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Hostages were ‘human shields’ in Algeria – Filipino survivor

Joseph Balmaceda, one of the four Filipino oil field workers who was wounded but survived the terrorist attacks of an oil field in Algeria, talks about his ordeal shortly upon arrival at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Manila, Philippines Monday Jan. 21, 2013. In a separate briefing by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Spokesman Raul Hernandez said six Filipino workers were killed and four more are still unaccounted for. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Islamic militants used foreign hostages as human shields to stop Algerian troops aboard helicopters from strafing them with gunfire, a Filipino survivor of the four-day bloodbath recounted Monday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA: 6 Filipinos confirmed dead in Algeria siege

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The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday confirmed that 6 Filipinos died in the hostage crisis in Algeria and four others are still unaccounted for.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Fate of Algeria gas plant hostages, country by country

The Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria. AP FIL E PHOTO

Algerian forces found 25 bodies of hostages on Sunday, Ennahar TV said, after a crisis that began when Islamists attacked a gas plant on Wednesday and ended with a bloody final military assault on Saturday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFWs flown home from Algeria – government

Two British hostages, Peter, right, and Alan, carrying his luggage, center, no family name available, gather their belongings after being released, in Ain Amenas, near the gas plant where they were kidnapped by Islamic militants, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Algeria's special forces stormed the natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert in a final assault Saturday, killing 11 militants, but not before they, in turn, killed seven hostages, the state news agency reported. AP/Anis Belghoul

The Philippines said Sunday that 52 of its nationals caught up in the Algerian hostage crisis had been accounted for, but it was still not known whether any Filipinos were among the dead.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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