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8 new MERS deaths take Saudi toll to 102—health ministry

In this April 16, 2014, file photo, passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport. The Saudi health ministry announced eight new deaths from the MERS virus on Sunday, April 28, taking the kingdom's death toll from the disease to 102.  AP/AARON FAVILA

The Saudi health ministry announced eight new deaths from the MERS virus on Sunday taking the kingdom’s death toll from the disease to 102.

Posted: April 28th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH negotiating to bring down Zapanta blood money

Vice President Binay has met with Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in a courtesy call in the Coconut Palace Wednesday. Among the topics discussed were the case of jailed OFW Joselito Zapanta who is in death row in Saudi Arabia. PHOTO/OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

Vice President Jejomar Binay has gained new optimism for the case of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta in death row in Saudi Arabia after a discussion with a visiting Saudi Prince where Zapanta’s case was among the issues discussed.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Illegal migrants in Saudi surrender after deadly riots

Foreign workers wait for a taxi as they leave the Manfuhah neighborhood of the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after two people were killed in clashes between Saudi and other foreign residents the previous day, according to the Saudi police. On November 4, the authorities began rounding up thousands of illegal foreign workers following the expiry of a final amnesty for them to formalize their status.  AFP

Hundreds of illegal migrants targeted in a Saudi nationwide crackdown turned themselves in on Sunday after security forces besieged a Riyadh neighborhood where riots had killed two people.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DFA helps undocumented Filipinos in Saudi as deadline nears

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

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday it would continue to assist undocumented Filipinos in either legalizing their stay in Saudi Arabia or coming home even past the November 3 deadline given by Saudi authorities for undocumented foreign nationals to correct their status there.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Deadline looms for illegal foreign workers in Saudi

Asian labourers work at a flyover  construction site in eastern Riyadh on April 7, 2013. Saudi Arabia has given illegal foreign workers a three-month grace period to legalise their status, after panic over reported mass deportations, an official statement said.   AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE

Illegal foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, mostly Asians, are in a race against time to take advantage of an amnesty ending Wednesday that would allow them to stay or return home without prosecution.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »