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Duterte tells Filipino workers in Kuwait to 'come home'

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Duterte tells Filipino workers in Kuwait to 'come home'

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to lay out his country's stance on its row with Kuwait on Sunday, after reiterating a call for Filipino workers to return home.

Lebanon's global diaspora votes for the first time

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Lebanon's global diaspora votes for the first time

Expatriates kick off Lebanon's parliamentary polls by voting abroad on Friday, a first for the small country's huge global diaspora.

Kuwait arrests 2 Filipinos over maid escapes

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Kuwait arrests 2 Filipinos over maid escapes

Kuwaiti authorities arrest two Filipino nationals amid renewed tensions between the Gulf state and the Philippines.

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Iranian lawmakers slam Tehran's crackdown on environmentalists

Iran's parliamentary environmental and transparency committees have convened to discus the arrests of several NGO workers earlier this year.

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Iranian environmental official, symbol of expat return, quits post

Iran's poster child of expat return quits his government role just seven months into the job, following pressure from conservative ...

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Saudi businesses hit hard by foreign labour shortage

The oil-rich kingdom has long relied on foreign labour for jobs in sales and services, both for skills and cost, but these positions are ...

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Philippines and Kuwait agree on expat protection pact

The Philippines and Kuwait agreed on a draft migrant labour protection pact on Friday evening, but the ban on sending Filipinos to work in ...

Kuwait, region's fattest country, blacklists foreign workers with diabetes

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Kuwait, region's fattest country, blacklists foreign workers with diabetes

Kuwait will stop granting residency permits to "unfit" foreigners who suffer from a range of non-infectious diseases, local media has reported.

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Kuwait-Philippines labour negotiations 'going well' following worker safety row

Labour negotiations between Kuwait and the Philippines are reportedly on track, as the Philippines hopes to secure guarantees for its workers in ...

Kuwait reinstates ban on Bangladesh workers over 'swelling numbers'

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Kuwait reinstates ban on Bangladesh workers over 'swelling numbers'

Kuwait has reportedly reintroduced a ban on hiring Bangladeshis after authorities eased previous restrictions on workers from the South Asian ...

Kuwait arrests 'gang' tampering with <em>expat</em> blood samples

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Kuwait arrests 'gang' tampering with expat blood samples

A 'gang' in Kuwait's Ministry of Health who were tampering with the blood test results of expats have been arrested after being monitored for ...

Anti-<em>expat</em> Kuwait MP wants to revoke naturalised widows' citizenships

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Anti-expat Kuwait MP wants to revoke naturalised widows' citizenships

Controversial Kuwaiti MP Safaa al-Hashem has called for naturalised wives of Kuwaiti men to have their citizenship revoked once their husbands ...

Kuwait MP claims 300,000 'rats' have fake citizenship

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Kuwait MP claims 300,000 'rats' have fake citizenship

A Kuwaiti lawmaker known for her anti-migrant rhetoric, claims 300,000 people, whom she refers to as "rats", have forged their citizenship.

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Turkey's Erdogan seeks to fix strained ties with Europe

Erdogan described the leaders of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium as 'old friends,' and called recent contacts with them 'quite good.'

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Lebanon minister calls Uber unsafe after Briton's murder

Lebanon's interior minister urged residents to use 'traditional' taxis, saying Uber is a 'virtual entity that has no physical representation.'

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Suspected murderer of British diplomat 'was Beirut Uber driver'

The suspect apprehended on Monday morning in connection to the murder of a UK embassy staffer in Beirut was reportedly an Uber driver with a ...

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Lebanon arrests suspected killer of British diplomat Rebecca Dykes

A murder that has shocked Lebanon's expat community may have been solved as police say they have a suspect in custody who has confessed ...

Saudi women 'will be allowed to drive lorries'

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Saudi women 'will be allowed to drive lorries'

Saudi women will be able to take to the roads on motorbikes and lorries once next year's driving ban is lifted, the General Department of ...

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Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental ...

MENA films centre stage at Vancouver International Film Festival

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MENA films centre stage at Vancouver International Film Festival

Society: With significant Iranian and Arab communities, Vancouver's film festival has now become a hot-ticket event for new documentaries and ...

Morocco's minorities demand clarity on religious freedom law

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Morocco's minorities demand clarity on religious freedom law

Representatives of Morocco's religious minorities gathered in an unprecedented meeting in Rabat to demand protection from repression and ...

Champions of Africa: This week in Middle East football

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Champions of Africa: This week in Middle East football

Moroccans celebrated late into the night as Wydad Casablanca defied naysayers and thumped Egypt's al-Ahly in Africa's premier continental ...

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