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Aquino rebukes UN: Mission impossible

Philippine troops, who were deployed in the Golan Heights as U.N. Peacekeepers and recently battled Syrian rebels, arrive late Sunday, Sept 21, 2014 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future. A group of 244 Philippine peacekeepers flew back to Manila on Friday after being recalled, while 84 more arrived home Sunday, ending a five-year presence in the increasingly volatile Golan.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticized the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission “impossible.”

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Troops deploy after Abu Sayyaf threatens German hostages

Abu Sayyaf group. AFP FILE PHOTO

The government dispatched an estimated 1,000-plus extra soldiers to its troubled south on Sunday to strengthen security after Islamic militants threatened to kill one of two German hostages, the military said.

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

Immigration tightens screening of visitors from Mideast, Africa

Al-Qaida-linked Syrian militants gather around vehicles carrying UN peacekeepers from Fiji before releasing them, as they arrive near the Syrian village of Al Rafeed in Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, seen from the border of the Israeli side Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Hundreds of UN troops withdrew from the Syrian to the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan on Monday, an AFP correspondent said, two weeks after Al-Qaeda-linked rebels kidnapped dozens of peacekeepers.  AP PHOTO/GIL ELIYAHU

Immigration authorities have begun tightening the protocols for the entry of foreigners coming from the Middle East and Africa, following reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was recruiting followers in the country.

Posted: September 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos joining extremists in Syria, Iraq possible–military exec


A ranking Philippine military official on Friday said the possibility of Filipinos fighting alongside Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq could not be discounted.

Posted: September 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Gazmin on Sayyaf threat to behead German: We don’t negotiate with terrorists

Abu Sayyaf group. AFP FILE PHOTO

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday said they will not bow to the demands of the Abu Sayyaf group, which has threatened to behead a German hostage.

Posted: September 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »