Philippines lifts ban on workers heading to Kuwait May 17, 2018 0 52 12345 AFPMANILATHE Philippines on Wednesday lifted its ban on migrant workers heading to jobs in Kuwait, capping a diplomatic row sparked when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her employer's freezer.The news comes days after Kuwait and the Philippines inked a deal to regulate and protect the hundreds of thousands of Filipino workers who seek higher-paid jobs in the wealthy Gulf state.The spat, simmering for months, reached its lowest point last month when Kuwaiti authorities expelled Manila's envoy over videos showing embassy staff helping Filipino workers flee allegedly abusive bosses in Kuwait."President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday instructed Secretary Silvestre Bello to totally lift the ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait,"presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.Around 262,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, nearly 60 percent of them domestic workers, according to the Philippine foreign ministry.They are among the millions of its citizens the Philippines has sent to work abroad, seeking salaries they cannot get in their relatively impoverished nation.The money they send back home accounts for about 10 percent of the Philippine economy.Duterte in February prohibited workers from heading to Kuwait when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis's corpse was discovered in a freezer in her employer's home.Duterte lashed out at Kuwait, alleging Arab employers routinely rape Filipina workers, force them to work 21 hours a day and feed them scraps.Relations appeared to recover after a Kuwaiti court sentenced to death in absentia a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife for Demafelis'killing.Following the verdict, Duterte announced plans to visit Kuwait to seal an agreement on workplace safety guarantees for the Filipinos working in the Gulf nation.But after the rescue videos were released by the Philippine foreign ministry, relations plunged again. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Korean spy film screens at Cannes while real-world plot thickens May 17, 2018 0 407 North Korea threatens to cancel summit over US 'provocations' May 17, 2018 0 60 Philippine senators ask Supreme Court to invalidate Duterte's ICC withdrawal May 17, 2018 0 49 Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ JAKARTA Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. The men had driven their car into .. United Nations extends African peace mission in Somalia NEW YORK: A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al Qaeda affiliate, received unanimous Security Council backing on Tuesday until July 31. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), .. Kenyan president signs controversial cyber-crimes law AFP NAIROBI KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law a sweeping cyber-crimes act criminalising fake news and online bullying, with clauses that critics argue could stifle press freedom. The bill .. Suspected militants free abducted police officers in Philippines MANILA Suspected Muslim militants on Wednesday freed two female police officers abducted more than two weeks ago in the southern Philippines police said. The officers were turned over to aides of the provincial .. Malaysian police 'raid' former PM Najib's home REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said. State news .. Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak REUTERS KINSHASA THE first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat an outbreak suspected to have killed 20 people arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, said a Reuters witness at the ..