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DFA lowers alert levels for Israel, Palestine

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, U.N. peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF, observe Syria's Quneitra province at an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria. For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights — providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria. But as Syria has plunged into civil war and the peacekeepers themselves have become targets of al-Qaida-linked rebels, the U.N. observer force has begun to fall apart, leaving its future — and the prospects for ever establishing peace in this rugged area of the Middle East — in doubt.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Citing that the security situation in Israel and Palestine has improved, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) lowered its alert levels.

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino peacekeepers: Should they stay or go?

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte: No awkwardness. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Saturday said President Benigno Aquino III had yet to decide whether or not to pull out the Filipino peacekeeping forces from the Golan Heights and Liberia, even as the Department of National Defense (DND) had recommended it.

Posted: August 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH Muslims appeal for end to violence in Gaza

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Muslims in Mindanao said the Eidl Fitr celebrations, which could start Monday in some areas, would not be as meaningful because of violence affecting Palestine.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Israel releases 26 prisoners as Kerry heads back to region

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. AP FILE PHOTO

Israel on Tuesday freed 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who returns to the region this week to boost the faltering negotiations.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

PH defends vote for Palestinian statehood

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday defended its vote in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution upgrading Palestine’s observer status at the world body.

Posted: December 4th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »