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Mindanao nun tags US military use of drones ‘killer program’

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A Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas in this 2011 file photo. AP

Washington’s drone program was branded “killer program” by a Mindanao-based nuns’ association as it called on the government to reject attempts by the Americans to put up a base in the country.

Posted: August 17th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Ex-EU envoy to PH to head int’l team helping in PH peace process

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Ambassador Alistair McDonald AFP FILE PHOTO

The former head of the European Union (EU) mission to the Philippines, Ambassador Alistair McDonald, will head the five-member Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) created by the peace panels of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to oversee the implementation of an eventual comprehensive agreement.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

UN Council backs machine guns for Golan peacekeepers

An Israeli army Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) maneuvers during a military exercise near the northern border with Syria on June 25, 2013 in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. INQUIRER file photo

The UN Security Council on Thursday backed UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights carrying machine guns, as fallout from the Syria war increases in the ceasefire zone.

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Fiji offers more than 500 troops to Golan force—diplomats

Austrian defence minister Gerald Klug and chancellor Werner Faymann, from left, talk to journalists after arriving the Austrian UNO soldiers at Vienna International Airport in Schwechat, Austria on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Austria announced it is withdrawing 377 U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan Heights after Syrian rebels briefly overran a crossing point near the border with Israel on Thursday, a development that has deepened concerns the civil war is spreading to neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

Fiji has offered more than 500 troops to the UN Golan Heights peacekeeping force after several countries withdrew because of the spillover from the Syria conflict, diplomats said Tuesday.

Posted: June 19th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino reviews deployment of Filipino peacekeepers in Middle East conflicts

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President Benigno Aquino III AP FILE PHOTO

The fate of Filipino peacekeepers — holed up in Golan Heights on the Israel-Syrian border—was up in the air as President Aquino convened on Tuesday a meeting with the security cluster of his Cabinet.

Posted: June 11th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

UN in record Syria aid appeal as conflict deepens

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The United Nations has launched a record aid appeal for Syria, warning of a regional “explosion” if the fighting does not stop, as regime forces sought to capitalize on recent victories over the rebels.

Posted: June 8th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

AFP: No decision yet to pullout Filipino troops from Golan Heights

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AP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine troops will continue serving as peacekeepers in the Golan Heights unless Manila decides to withdraw them amid intense fighting in the region, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista said on Friday.

Posted: June 7th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Kiram ready to face charges over Sabah incursion

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Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III: Defiant. AP FILE PHOTO

A defiant Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III maintained on Wednesday that he did not violate the country’s laws when his brother Agbimuddin Kiram and 235 of their followers occupied the coastal town of Lahad Datu in Sabah, Malaysia.

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Negotiations continue for release of Filipino peacekeepers

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Brigadier General Domingo Tutaan. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is still in “continuous talks” with the Syrian rebels who abducted four Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights.   Brigadier General Domingo Tutaan, spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told reporters in a press briefing on Friday that the Philippine Battalion is closely coordinating with the UNDOF, but declined [...]

Posted: May 10th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines mulls pullout of Syria peacekeepers

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Friday that he has recommended to President Benigno Aquino III the pull out all Filipino UN peacekeepers from the Golan Heights following the abduction of four by Syrian rebels, the second such incident in two months.

Posted: May 10th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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