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Philippines brings home hundreds more workers from Libya MANILA: More than 400 Filipino workers who fled conflict in Libya arrived in the Philippines late on Saturday following a three-day mass evacuation by air and sea. The group, including 10 children, were picked up from the Libyan ports of Benghazi and taken to Malta by ship on Thursday, where they caught a chartered flight to Manila."Our mission is to ensure the safety of Filipinos who are caught in dangerous situations abroad," Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement following the largest single evacuation of Filipinos in Libya's latest bout of conflict."I saw a plane drop four rockets near where I worked," Darrell Boncentron, a wooden rosary and cross draped on his neck, told AFP as he and 418 others stepped out of Manila airport.The 26-year-old information technology worker said his workplace was transferred from Benghazi to the desert to shield the staff from harm just before the ...

Two held in Malaysia for 'stealing from MH370 victims' KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police have arrested a bank officer and her husband over allegations they stole more than $30,000 from the accounts of four passengers aboard missing flight MH370, an official said Friday.The couple have been held in police custody since Thursday on suspicion of withdrawing 110,643 ringgit ($34,850) from the accounts of two Malaysian and two Chinese MH370 victims, said Zainuddin Ahmad, a district police chief in Kuala Lumpur.Police are also looking for another ...
Pope, in improvised remarks, urges Koreans to pray for unity SOLMOE: Pope Francis on Friday urged Koreans to pray and work for the re-unification of their divided peninsula, saying they should aim to reunite as one family "with no victors or vanquished". The pope, in his most specific comments on the division of Korea since he started his five-day trip to the South on Thursday, made the impromptu comments in response to a question by a girl at a youth rally. "Let us pray for ...
South Korea slams Japan war shrine visits SEOUL: South Korea on Friday denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for offering donations to a controversial war shrine that Seoul sees as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past."Our government deplores that the Japanese prime minister gave offerings again to the Yasukuni shrine, the symbol of Japan's colonial atrocity," a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.The statement also slammed two Japanese cabinet ministers who visited the shrine, which honours some 2.5 million citizens who ...
Malaysia to begin repatriating remains of MH17 victims KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said Thursday that the remains of 16 victims aboard downed Flight MH17 will repatriated on August 22, declaring it a day of national mourning.Coffins bearing the remains will arrive on a special flight and be received by the country's king, prime minister and other dignitaries to a minute of silence at Kuala Lumpur's main international airport, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement.The remains will then be brought to the ...
Pope sends rare goodwill message to China SEOUL: Pope Francis sent an unprecedented goodwill message to China's leadership on Thursday, offering his blessings to a nation mired in a long-running battle with the Vatican for control of its Catholic community.The pontiff, who was flying to South Korea on his first papal visit to Asia, took advantage of protocol that sees him send messages to the leaders of any countries he flies over."Upon entering Chinese airspace, I extend best wishes to your excellency ...
Thai Airways jet makes emergency landing in Bali DENPASAR: A Thai Airways plane en route from Sydney to Bangkok made an emergency landing on the Indonesian island of Bali after a crack was discovered in the cockpit window, officials said Wednesday.The Boeing 747, carrying 273 passengers and 21 crew, was six hours into the journey Tuesday when the captain found the defect and decided to land on Bali, the airline said in a statement.A spokesman for the island's airport described the landing at ...

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