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Philippine military chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. answers questions from reporters about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in Quezon city, Philippines on Sunday. Pic: AP

All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

By Sun, Aug 31, 2014 4:05PM UTC Comments Off Philippine military chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. answers questions from reporters about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in Quezon city, Philippines on Sunday. Pic: AP

The Philippine military chief says more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels....

Australia: Anti-war activists raid Israeli drone factory

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 1:37PM UTC Comments Off Anti-war activists occupy the rooftop of Elbit Systems (Photo: WACA)

Anti-war activists stormed a factory in Port Melbourne this morning  to protest against the Australian government’s support for Israeli’s war in Gaza. They raided the manufacturing compound which, they said, supplies arms and drones for Israel. Named the Melbourne Palestine Action Coalition (MPAC), it consists of activists from Whistleblowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA)  and renegade activists. The protesters occupied the roof of Elbit Systems and blockaded the front gate....

Israel: Official’s Japan comments ‘unacceptable’

By Fri, Aug 23, 2013 10:58AM UTC Comments Off

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has distanced itself from a government official who made crude comments about the World War II nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Responding to a Japanese request for clarification, a top Israeli envoy told Japan that the comments were “unacceptable” and that the official had been suspended. Danny Seaman was a...

Film highlights Filipino workers’ woes in Israel

By Fri, Aug 09, 2013 5:19PM UTC Comments Off Filipino independent film director Hannah Espia, who directed and co-wrote the film "Transit" poses at the Cultural Center of the Philippines where her film is being shown in the country's Cinemalaya film festival in Manila. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A film about Filipino migrant workers in Israel who hide a 4-year-old boy to try to stop his deportation has hit close to home in the Philippines, where such emotional dramas are all too familiar to millions of overseas laborers and their siblings. “Transit,” directed and co-written by Filipino Hannah Espia,...

China urges Israel to hold talks with Palestinians

By Thu, May 09, 2013 11:05AM UTC Comments Off Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas pictured in China this week, but not at the same time. Images from AP.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s premier has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove obstacles to restarting talks with the Palestinians, as Beijing seeks to bring its growing international influence to bear on the Middle East peace process. Greeting the Israeli leader at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday, Chinese Premier...

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