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Saudia plane isolated in Manila after false distress call

A pilot of a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane mistakenly pressed a hijack warning button as it approached Manila’s airport on Tuesday, causing airport officials to mobilize commando forces and isolate the jet after it landed, Philippine officials said. Manila airport manager Eddie Monreal said Flight SV872 from Jeddah made the …

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Muslims crowd Makkah ahead of Hajj – Male guardianship should apply only to marriage: Saudi cleric

MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept 8, (Agencies): Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world had descended Thursday on Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, undeterred by last year’s stampede disaster but with Iranians absent. As temperatures exceeded 40C (105F), pilgrims crowded into Makkah’s sprawling, air-conditioned Grand Mosque complex …

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US arms offers to Saudi top $115bn – Rights groups slam Obama administration

WASHINGTON, Sept 8, (RTRS): US President Barack Obama’s administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any US administration in the 71-year US-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found. The report, authored by William Hartung of the …

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Six Filipinos dead in Saudi house fire

RIYADH, Aug 22, (AFP): A pregnant woman, her husband and infant daughter were among six Filipinos killed in a weekend fire at their Saudi Arabian residence, the Philippines embassy said on Monday. The blaze, blamed on an electrical overload, broke out just after 6:00 am (0300 GMT) Saturday at the …

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US cuts military advisors to Saudi coalition – Rocket fire from Yemen kills Saudi

RIYADH, Aug 20, (Agencies): The US military has slashed the number of intelligence advisers directly supporting the Saudi-led coalition’s air war in Yemen, the US Navy said Saturday, following concerns over civilian casualties. The reassignment of personnel, around June, came because “there was not the same sort of requests coming …

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Saudis vow to pursue wage claims – Migrant workers wait for pay

QADISIYA LABOUR CAMP, Saudi Arabia, Aug 18, (RTRS): Migrant construction workers, abandoned in their thousands by Saudi employers in filthy desert camps during the kingdom’s economic slump, say they will not accept a government offer of free flights home unless they receive months of unpaid wages. The plight of the …

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Clueless women face stress, fear – ‘Life meaningless’

KALPAKKAM, India, Aug 8, (RTRS): Inside her blue-walled house, E. Bhagyam sits with a faded wedding album and talks about how much she misses her husband, who works as a welder in the Gulf. Unaware of the recent problem of Indian migrant workers stranded in Saudi Arabia with no wages …

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Filipinos plead bring us home

JAKARTA, Aug 8, (RTRS): Thousands of Filipino workers stranded in Saudi Arabia due to a massive layoff triggered by a slump in oil prices have pleaded to the Philippine government to expedite their repatriation. Some have not been paid for months and have been forced to scavenge in bins for …

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Saudis move to help stranded workers

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug 3, (AFP): Saudi Arabia took steps on Wednesday to help around 2,500 Indian workers stranded without money in the kingdom after a plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs. India’s minister of state for external affairs, V.K. Singh, said he had a “very good meeting” with …

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THOUSANDS OF JOBLESS ASIANS STRANDED IN SAUDI – Rights guaranteed in Kuwait’ – Private sector employs 549,196 Indians

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2, (Agencies): The State of Kuwait is keen on safeguarding foreign communities namely the Indian expatriates, who constitute the largest non-Kuwaiti community in the country, affirmed the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor. Dr Hind Al-Sabeeh, also the Minister of State for Planning Affairs and Development, said …

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