Philippines Releases More Than 2,200 Filipinos in Kuwait

More than 2,200 Filipinos in Kuwait are ready to accept a repatriation offer from President Rodrigo Duterte following reports of persecution, the Philippine Labor Secretary said on Sunday.

President Duterte has asked Philippine Airlines airlines and Cebu Airlines, Friday (9/2), to fly Filipinos who want to leave Kuwait, after the remains of a Filipino worker were found stored in a refrigerator, in an empty apartment.

"We have received information that until Friday, there were 2,200 more Filipino citizens who are willing to go home, "Labor Minister Silvestre Bello III told Reuters. He said some people have stayed beyond the time limit stated on the visa and have applied for an amnesty.

Both airlines have provided free charter flights. Bello says nearly 500 Filipino workers will be arriving in the near future.

The Philippine government stopped sending workers to Kuwait in January, after reports of several suicide workers for not enduring the persecution by employers. Duterte said on Friday that the cessation of labor shipments was valid for an undetermined time.

Kuwaiti's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah expressed "surprise and regret" over Duterte's statement, saying it had taken legal action in four killings the self called by President Duterte.

Over 250,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, according to Philippine Foreign Ministry estimates, mostly working as domestic servants. A large number of Filipinos also work in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The government will help returning workers to find work, Bello said. Government plans include seeking labor markets in other countries, including China and Russia. [fw/au]

Reuters Releases Journalist Investigative Reports Arrested in Myanmar

Reuters on Thursday released a report of ethnic killings in Myanmar detailing an investigation by two journalists who are currently imprisoned in the Southeast Asian country.

The news agency revealed the massacre of 10 Rohingyas at the village Inn Din, where Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo talked to neighbors of Buddhists who reportedly claimed to kill and bury their corpses in a mass grave.

The report included photos of 10 men kneeling with hands tied behind their backs they were reported the same day they were killed. One more shows the bodies of the men in a mass grave. Witnesses said the photos were authentic, Reuters said.

"The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre sparked Myanmar police to arrest two reporters of the news agency," the report said.

In a rare confession, the military of Myanmar a month after the arrest of the journalist said that his security forces were responsible for the deaths of 10 Rohingyas found in the mass grave of Din Inn.

The military continues to deny the systematic killings of the Rohingya Muslim minority, which the UN considers to be an ethnic cleansing. [as]

Releases List of 210 People Near the Kremlin, Putin Takes US Take 'Hostile Step'

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States has taken a 'hostile step' by releasing a list detailing the wealth and political relations of 210 people who have a close relationship with the Kremlin. But he said Russia would not take revenge.

The US Treasury published the list on Monday, as enacted by a law passed by Congress in August aimed at punishing Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election in America .

American President Donald Trump reluctantly signed the law, and government officials said Monday that there is currently no plan to impose new sanctions on the Kremlin.

In a written statement, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said that it had beaten Russian companies.

"Now we have told Congress that this law and its implementation prevent Russia from selling weapons," Nauert wrote. "Since the enactment of … the law, we estimate that foreign governments have canceled the purchase of weapons worth several billion dollars from Russia."

Some Kremlin officials react angrily to the list. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it would "poison the relationship for a long time".

But Putin is more restrained. Speaking at a campaign event Tuesday in Moscow, he said that although he was disappointed over the list, he would delay the retaliation, which seems to be because the list is not accompanied by American sanctions. [sp/ii]

Sony Releases Popular Dog Robot "Aibo"

"Aibo" is a robot dog that does not cause allergies, does not make the house a mess or needs to be fed and will not bite sandals.

Sony launches again "Aibo", robot dog today, January 11, 2018, to the Japanese market .

Initial production of Aibo was discontinued in 2006 due to Sony's restructuring even though the robot is popular.

This robot cost about $ 2,000, programmed with friendly "personality, attracts many loyal fans and creatively combines two areas of Sony's expertise: entertainment and gadgets.

Although only 150,000 of these toy dogs are sold, Aibo elevates Sony's image as an innovator beyond just making a profit. Today in the showroom of Tokyo shopping area, visitors can enjoy the interaction with the robot. [my/ii]