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Some laborers in Saudi Arabia, home to 10 million expat workers, complain that they are required by bosses to work while Saudis are permitted paid quarantine leave
The International Air Transport Association says 2020 revenues of Middle Eastern carriers are expected to drop by $19 billion or 39%
The International Monetary Fund says governments across the Middle East must swiftly draw up rescue packages to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic
Bahrain shuts 3 schools after a man who had transported children to the institutions tested positive after returning from Iran
The UN reiterates its support for a solution 'where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders'
This is in response to the UN's list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, including major US firms Airbnb, Expedia, and TripAdvisor
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reports 'notable progress' in negotiations with the Islamist extremists
One Republican who voted yes is Mike Lee, who says a classified session by the Trump administration after the Soleimani killing was the 'worst' defense briefing he ever received
'Who among you would accept such a state?' Abbas asks, as he warns that Israel would create an 'apartheid' situation if it moves ahead with annexation
The Trump administration has put heavy pressure on critics of the Israel-friendly Middle East plan, diplomats say
A manhunt is underway for the driver in the car-ramming, who fled the scene in the heart of west Jerusalem after the attack
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says a total lifting of the ban will 'not be happening any time soon'
The pan-Islamic body represents more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide
Trump's son-in-law says that if Palestinians are unable to meet the conditions of the plan he crafted, Israel should not take 'the risk to recognize them as a state'
The pan-Arab bloc convenes in Cairo days after the US unveils its plan which is seen as favoring Israel
There are approximately 750,000 Filipinos living and working in the UAE
The terms of the plan are roundly rejected by Palestinian leaders, with president Mahmud Abbas vowing the proposal would end up in the dustbin of history
US President Donald Trump's proposals reportedly include no Palestinian input and grants Israel much of what it has sought in decades of international diplomacy
(UPDATED) The disease spreads to more than 15 countries since it emerged out of Wuhan late last year
The plan ignites a furious rebuke from key Muslim countries who denounce it as betrayal of the Palestinians
Here are some of the major points of Trump's plan, which he presented alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and which the Palestinian leadership quickly criticized
One rocket hit an embassy cafeteria at dinner time while two others landed nearby, a security source says
Trump repeatedly boasts that he is the most pro-Israeli US president in history
The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security
The Philippine government says terms in a 2018 labor agreement with Kuwait must be incorporated in every contract with overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State
The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 13 Filipinos are coming from Baghdad and Erbil
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Duterte did not follow through with his request for Congress to hold a special session on the Middle East as tension in the region has so far de-escalted
The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights
Officials in charge of the repatriation effort realize 'it may not be wise to send uniformed servicemen to the Middle East due to the sensitivities of the countries there'
Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country
The Operation Bulig Ilonggo help desk will attend to queries and emergency needs of distressed Ilonggo OFWs and their families in crisis areas in the Middle East
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Repatriation desks will be set up in airports around the country to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers who will go home
The Department of Foreign Affairs says overseas Filipino workers with existing employment contracts and those who are registered under the Balik Manggagawa Program may still return to Lebanon
Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place
'We will do everything to bring out Filipinos there,' says the environment chief who's been appointed special envoy to oversee repatriations from the Middle East
Army and Marine troops will be deployed to secure and assist Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says teams will be deployed to assist in repatriation of Filipino workers in case it is needed
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The Philippine government can also tap the P13-billion contingent fund for the evacuation of Filipinos from the Middle East, should the budget be insufficient
(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs says Alert Level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation has been raised in the country
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(3rd UPDATE) Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, a former special envoy to the Middle East, is set to fly to the region to meet with officials of countries hosting Filipino workers
The military says it is looking out for the security of US and Iranian citizens in the Philippines
In case violence escalates in the region, the Philippine military says it will deploy aircraft and vessels to take Filipinos out of Iran and Iraq
There are 1,600 and 6,000 Filipinos in Iran and Iraq, respectively
'There is no harm in being prepared, identifying contingency measures, and taking due diligence in anticipation of a worst-case scenario in the Middle East,' says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines
US State secretary Mike Pompeo tells reporters, the US has concluded that 'the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law'
The whereabouts of Low Taek Jho, who has been charged over the scandal in the US and Malaysia, are a mystery but his representatives now say he has been offered asylum, without naming a country
At least 306 Palestinians have been killed since March 2018 by Israeli fire