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Pirates kidnap three on Japanese tanker off Malaysia, says report


Armed pirates boarded a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the vessel’s shipment of diesel fuel, Malaysian media said Wednesday.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Secretariat set up to protect Pacific Coral Triangle

Graphic on Asia's Coral Triangle, which contains nearly 30 percent of the world's reefs and more than 3,000 species of fish. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines has entered into a regional agreement establishing a permanent secretariat responsible for the technical and administrative management of the Coral Triangle, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, of which the country is part.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

KL couple meted death for starved maid’s death

Domestic helpers and their supporters attend a protest to support 23-year-old Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. A few weeks later, a Malaysian couple was sentenced to hang for starving their Indonesian maid, Isti Komariyah, to death. AP FILE PHOTO

A Malaysian couple was sentenced to hang for starving their Indonesian maid to death, a defense lawyer said Friday, in the latest shocking case to spotlight abuse of domestic helpers in the region.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DSWD studies how Aceh rose after tsunami

This combination of photos shows areas affected by the earthquake-triggered tsunami which hit Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, Indonesia, on Dec 25, 2004. The top photo shows a devastated area on Dec 31, 2004, six days after the tsunami. The bottom photo shows an area with rebuilt housing on Nov. 19, 2013. Aceh’s reconstruction didn’t always run smoothly, especially during the first year, but it is now almost universally regarded as successful. Around 130,000 houses were built in less than three years, along with scores of airports, roads and schools. It was the biggest construction project in the developing world. The man who steered Indonesia to recovery after the 2004 tsunami has some cautionary words for the Philippines as it begins planning reconstruction after Typhoon Haiyan. Hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors will get angry about living in tents well before houses will be ready for them, and inflation will soon make those houses much more expensive to build. AP

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently held online exchanges on disaster response with Indonesians who were involved in the recovery efforts in Aceh, Indonesia, after the devastating tsunami there in 2004.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Charges filed against HK employer for attack on Indonesian maid

A 44-year-old woman, surnamed Law, with covered head, is escorted by police officers for an investigation at her home in Hong Kong, on Jan. 21, 2014, for alleged maid abuse. Hong Kong has vowed to strengthen legal oversight over maid employment agencies following a spate of abuse cases that have caused widespread shock and anger.  AP

A Hong Kong mother-of-two was charged Wednesday with a serious assault on her Indonesian domestic helper, in a case which sparked a march by thousands and expressions of concern from Indonesia’s President.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Hong Kong arrests woman in Indonesian maid abuse case

Domestic helpers and their supporters attend a protest to support 23-year-old Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. A few weeks later, a Malaysian couple was sentenced to hang for starving their Indonesian maid, Isti Komariyah, to death. AP FILE PHOTO

Hong Kong police said they have arrested a woman accused of beating her Indonesian maid in a case that has triggered outrage over its alleged brutality.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hong Kong domestic helpers demand justice for ‘tortured maid’


Domestic workers took to the streets of Hong Kong Thursday, demanding justice for an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her employers and better protection for the city’s hundreds of thousands of foreign maids.

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

PH team tops int’l math contest in Indonesia

RP math team photo taken during the awarding ceremonies of the 2013 Asian Intercities Teenagers' Mathematics Olympiad (AITMO), held on Dec. 29 in Sentul City, Bogor province in West Java, Indonesia.(Photo courtesy of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines)

A group of mostly high school students from Metro Manila topped the just-ended 2013 Asian Intercities Teenagers’ Mathematics Olympiad held in West Java, Indonesia, the Inquirer learned Monday.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Asean-China groups keep friendship hopes alive

ASEAN leaders hold hands for a photo session of Japan-ASEAN Commemorative Summit at Akasaka State Guesthouse in Tokyo on December 13, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

Despite the constant bickering of Southeast Asian and Chinese leaders over territorial issues, China-Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) friendship organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to promote, deepen and strengthen “mutual exchanges and cooperation.”

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos to protest WTO meet


A Filipino activist group has expressed support for anti-free trade protest actions to coincide with the 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Bali, Indonesia, on Dec. 3-6.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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