Families of Filipino Maids Killed in Kuwait Mourning

The bodies of a Filipina housekeeper found in a refrigerator in an empty apartment in Kuwait were flown to her bereaved family home on Friday, while attention focused on the fate of millions of poor Filipinos working abroad. 19659002] When Joanna Daniela Demafelis's body was taken down from the plane and taken to a cargo building in Manila, her sister cried and hugged the coffin before she was withdrawn and comforted. An older brother also wept quietly, silent and burdened by emotion.

The Demafelis corpse was found recently in an apartment in Kuwait City that is said to have been abandoned for more than a year. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says that his body shows signs of torture and there are indications that he was strangled.

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The death of the Demafelis was the last foreign tragedy that struck a worker from the Philippines, the main labor exporting country with about a tenth of its 100 million people working abroad.

The migrant workers have been dubbed the heroes of the country because of the revenue they send coming home has sustained the Philippine economy for decades, accounting for about 10 percent of annual gross domestic product. [lt]

Afghanistan Says Sunday as the National Day of Mourning

Afghanistan held a national day of mourning Sunday, a day after rebels used an explosive-filled ambulance to conduct a powerful blast outside a government building in Kabul.

Officials said Sunday the number of fatalities has risen to 103 people, while 235 others were injured in attacks in the capital. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Home Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak, while issuing the latest casualty figures at a press conference in Kabul, said many police were among the dead. But he gave no figures and said 30 policemen were also among the wounded.

Massom Stanekzai, head of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, told reporters authorities had arrested five people in connection with Saturday's bombing and an ongoing investigation. 19659002] He denies criticism of his National Security Directorate or NDS and other security agencies for their failure to prevent militant attacks repeatedly in Kabul and elsewhere in the country

"We have prevented many such incidents but some such incidents may pass , "Stanekzai said. He blamed again the neighboring country of Pakistan where he accused the big cities of being rebel bases. [gp]