Ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait stays as talks fail

A woman passes help wanted signs outside a recruitment agency for jobs abroad in Manila, Philippines, Friday, Mar. 2, 2018. (AP)
Updated 16 March 2018

Ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait stays as talks fail

MANILA: A Filipino official says the Philippines and Kuwait have failed to conclude a migrant labor protection pact after two days of talks sparked by last month’s discovery of a dead Filipino housemaid in an apartment freezer there.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told reporters Friday that a ban on Filipino workers going to Kuwait will continue indefinitely after negotiators failed to conclude a labor pact after the talks in Manila. They agreed to hold more talks later.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the ban won’t be lifted until Filipino workers are given better protection in Kuwait and justice is served for the death of the woman, Joana Demafelis.


Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

Updated 23 October 2019

Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

  • The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea
THESSALONIKI, Greece: Greek authorities say a coast guard patrol boat collided with a dinghy carrying migrants to the island of Kos from Turkey on Wednesday, leaving a child dead and another person missing.

Officials on Kos say that 31 people have been rescued following the collision, in an effort assisted by private boats and the European Union border protection agency Frontex. The circumstances of the collision aren't immediately clear.

The crash occurred before sunrise Wednesday in the heavily patrolled waters of the east Aegean Sea.