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The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week
The problem is rooted in the 'kafala' sponsorship system, described by critics as a modern form of slavery that binds workers to their Saudi employers
Without specifying a new date, the Department of Labor and Employment says they will bring home the bodies 'early next week' or the week of July 5
'Yung mga para sa mga lakad nila gusto nilang mag-inuman ganun, gusto nila, may lakad sila, ang ginagawa nila nagbebenta na lang sila ng dugo' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
Retailers in Saudi Arabia report a sharp uptick in sales this week of everything from gold and electronics to cars and building materials, as shoppers sought to stock up before VAT is raised to 15%
The International Monetary Fund's 2020 projection for the 6-nation Gulf Cooperation Council dramatically worsens
The suspects are charged with 'deliberately and monstrously killing, causing torment'
The coronavirus batters pilgrimage-reliant businesses that support hundreds of thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca
After delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the bodies of hundreds of OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia are finally set to be repatriated
The International Monetary Fund predicts Saudi Arabia's economy will contract by 6.8% in 2020
(UPDATED) The pilgrimage, scheduled for the end of July, will be limited to those below 65 years of age and with no chronic illnesses
With Saudi Arabia's economy reeling from low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic, observers say it no longer appears willing – or able – to pour billions into Yemen
Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto says limited flights largely caused delays in bringing Filipinos' remains home
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippine government is arranging a cargo flight 'as we speak' to bring home the bodies of 282 deceased Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia
The decision to lift restrictions comes amid the kingdom's worst economic crisis in decades as it grapples with the twin blow of low oil prices and the impact of the virus
Of the 282 Filipino fatalities in Saudi Arabia, 50 died due to the coronavirus, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
Amid Saudi Arabia's worst economic crisis in decades, the seemingly contradictory state policy to splurge billions on overseas assets is raising eyebrows
'If what we heard and saw in the video are true, that constitutes employer neglect. Gusto natin panagutin ang employer niya sa nangyari sa kanya,' says Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Adnan Alonto
'This was a very bitter and difficult decision,' religious affairs minister Fachrul Razi says of Indonesia's pulling out of the Mecca pilgrimage. 'But we have a responsibility to protect our pilgrims and hajj workers.'
The video containing the claim is from a 2015 report about the beheading of an OFW convicted for murder
'This is daylight kidnapping. This is a forced disappearance,' says an associate of the prince.
(3rd UPDATE) UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard slams the move as 'the final act in [Saudi Arabia's] well-rehearsed parody of justice in front of an international community far too ready to be deceived'
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia decide to shut down the offshore Khafji oil field for one month starting June 1
The FBI and Justice Department reveal their findings after a months-long effort to crack the encryption on Alshamrani's iPhone, which they say Apple refused to help with
Saudi Arabia further erodes a once generous welfare system, leaving the mostly young population to cope with a new reality of reduced incomes, fewer jobs, and a lifestyle downgrade
(UPDATED) Saudi Aramco – the world's largest listed firm – posts a net profit of $16.66 billion in the 1st quarter of 2020, lower than $22.2 billion a year ago
The move will reduce Saudi Arabia's oil production to 7.5 million barrels per day starting June 2020, in a bid to stabilize the global oil market
(UPDATED) The Saudi Arabian government announces that the cost of living allowance given to citizens will be halted beginning June, and value-added tax will be raised from 5% to 15% starting July
Saudi Arabia's $500-billion NEOM project is billed as a futuristic cityscape evocative of a sci-fi blockbuster, but it is opposed by members of a tribe who refuse to be displaced
Princess Basmah bint Saud, a 56-year-old royal family member long seen as a proponent of women's rights and a constitutional monarchy, mysteriously disappears from public life in March last year
Storage for excess crude is running out, but 'producers remain reluctant to cut production in the short term as there are costs and consequences'
Change came for Saudi women in mid-2016 when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveils his 'Vision 2030' plan, aiming at diversifying the kingdom's economy and ending its addiction to oil
'The coalition demands an end to any escalatory actions and calls for return to the agreement by the participating parties,' says the Saudi-led military coalition in war-torn Yemen
'Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,' the statement says
Saudi Arabia, which has reported the highest number of infections in the Arab world, is scrambling to limit the spread of the disease at home
'This decision guarantees that convicts who would previously have been sentenced to the lash will from now on receive fines or prison terms instead,' says the chairman of the state human rights commission
The extension comes after Yemen's Iran-aligned Huthi rebels rejected a two-week ceasefire declared by the military coalition that ended on Thursday, April 23
Most Arab countries including Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, and Bahrain announce Friday as the first day of Ramadan
OFWs are among the migrants who die alone in the Middle East because of the coronavirus
'Riyadh may have unleashed something it is unable to control,' says an analyst
Here's how the value of a barrel of oil plunged into negative territory for the first time
Here is a look back at a tumultuous 6-week period for oil, which saw United States prices plummeting to below zero
Oil giant Aramco does not clarify whether or how this would be split between exports and domestic supply
Princess Basmah bint Saud, an outspoken royal family member, writes on her verified Twitter account: 'As you may be aware (?) I am currently being arbitrarily held at Al-Ha'ir prison without criminal, or otherwise any charges'
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are cutting output to arrest the slump in oil prices
The Saudi Arabian government is spending millions of dollars as overseas travelers and those exposed to coronavirus patients are quarantined in hotels
(UPDATED) In a compromise, major oil-producing countries agree to slash output by 9.7 million barrels per day starting May 1, down slightly from 10 million barrels per day envisioned earlier
Oil output will be cut by 10 million barrels per day in May and June, though Mexico rejects its share of cuts, which would have been 400,000 barrels per day
On a single day, Saudi Aramco says it is 'breaking records to supply 15 tankers loading more than 18.8 million barrels of oil'
Saudi Arabia authorities are yet to announce whether they will proceed with this year's hajj, scheduled for the end of July