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U.S. Supreme Court tosses one travel ban ruling

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump’s previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that have now expired.

“This is the protection of the nation from foreign terrorists entering the United States. We all know what that means,” said Trump.

The court acted in one of two cases pending involving a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had sued to stop the ban contained in a March executive order.

The court did not act on a separate challenge brought by the state of Hawaii, which the court had also agreed to hear. That case also features a challenge to a separate 120-day refugee ban, which has not yet expired.

The expired ban had targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan.

The new open-ended ban, scheduled to take effect on Oct. 18, removed Sudan from the list while blocking people from Chad and North Korea and certain government officials from Venezuela from entering the United States. — Reuters

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DFA: Filipino seafarers unharmed after attack in Gulf of Oman

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that all Filipino seafarers of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 are “unharmed and in good condition.”

According to the DFA, Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hjayceelyn Quintana has already met with the 11 seafarers of the MT Front Altair and the 21 Filipino seafarers of the MT Kokuka Courageous in two separate meetings through the kind assistance of UAE authorities to check on their condition and offer the needed assistance.

“The seafarers are appreciative of the concern extended to them by the Philippine government and all those involved in their rescue. The manning agencies are now looking after the crews’ well being and are dealing with their repatriation,” the DFA said in its bulletin.

Japan’s Kokuka Courageous, carrying a large shipment of methanol and Norwegian-owned oil tanker MT Front Altair, were attacked in the Gulf of Oman about 18 meters apart, according to reports.

Both tankers were heading for Asia.

MT Front Altair has safely landed in Dubai on Saturday (June 15) while MT Kokuka Courageous has also docked at the designated anchorage at Sharjah, according to the vessel’s ship management based in Singapore.

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PH lifts travel ban to Canada

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday (June 4) said President Rodrigo Duterte recalled a memorandum banning government officials from traveling to Canada.

This, after the Canadian government finally shipped back to its domain all 69 tons of trash illegally dumped in the Philippines sometime between 2013 and 2014.

With the trash reshipment, the Philippines is expected to restore diplomatic ties with the North American country.

Last May, Malacañang issued a memorandum directing all heads of government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations and government financial institutions to refrain from issuing travel authorities for official trips to Canada.

It was in response for the latters’ failure to take back the trash shipment on the May 15 deadlines set by the President.

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At least two dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes off Libya

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

At least two migrants died and around 25 others were missing after their inflatable boat capsized off the western Libyan coast, the coastguard said on Sunday (June 2).

A total of 73 migrants were picked up by a coastguard patrol about 14 miles off Qarabulli town, some 49 km (30.5 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, including 40 men, 25 women and eight children from Sudan, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

The bodies of a woman and a child were recovered.

“A fisherman called in the incident of a rubber dinghy with migrants having capsized, they had rescued them, and were on their way to the port,” said Eissa, spokesperson for Garabulli Coastguard.

Earlier, the coastguard spokesman said there were eight missing people but that number was later upgraded to 25.

Libya’s western coast has become a main departure point for migrants as smugglers exploit the county’s chaos since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (REUTERS)

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