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France, UN agree on need for "reinforced Lebanese state"

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:05am
PARIS, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- France and the United Nations are in agreement on the importance of reinforcing the State of Lebanon and are eager to cooperate to achieve this objective, an official statement said on Thursday.French Foreign Minister ...

Kurdistan gov't welcomes PM Al-Abadi's calls for dialogue

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:25am
IRBIL, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- The government of Kurdistan welcomed Thursday Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi's calls for dialogue over their dispute regarding the secession of the former from Baghdad.A statement by the Kurdistan Regional Government ...

Kuwait supports initiatives for unified Arab environmental approach

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:07am
CAIRO, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- Chairman and Director General of Kuwait's Environment Public Authority (EPA) Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah affirmed on Thursday Kuwait's support for initiatives aimed reaching a joint Arab approach for tackling ...

His Highness the Amir commends Al-Ghanim for IPU pro-Palestinian stance

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:47am
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Thursday praised National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim for his pro-Palestinian stance at the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, Saint Petersburg, Russia. In a ...

UN mission receives reports about pillaging in Kirkuk

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:38am
IRBIL, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- The United Nations in Iraq on Thursday expressed concern at reports about destroying and ransacking houses and stores in the city and region of Kirkuk.The UN mission in Iraq said in a statement that it had received reports ...

May: UK seeks cooperation with EU on key issues

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:12am
BRUSSELS, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that the EU summit later Thursday will be looking at the progress that has been made in our Brexit negotiations and setting an ambitious plan for the weeks ahead."I particularly ...

EU official alarmed at reported crimes in Kirkuk

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:11am
BRUSSELS, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- Chair of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights Antonio Panzeri expressed alarm Thursday over reports about "terrible crimes in Kirkuk.Panzeri expressed deep concern at reports that Kirkuk "has become a ...

Arabs need to reaffirm stance on Paris accord - Kuwaiti official

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:10am
CAIRO, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- Chairman and Director General of Kuwait's Environment Public Authority (EPA) Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah on Thursday stressed the need to reiterate the Arab stance regarding the Paris Agreement on climate ...

MEP slams Israeli raids against Palestinian media outlets

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:08am
BRUSSELS, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- The Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Palestine (DPAL) condemned Thursday an Israeli army raid on a number of Palestinian media outlets across the occupied West Bank yesterday.Two people, ...

Kuwait books section at Expo-2020 ground

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:58am
DUBAI, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait has booked a large section of the ground on which Expo-2020 will be held, said the Kuwaiti Information Ministry Undersecretary Tareq Al-Mezrem on Thursday.Bearing the logo, "Kuwait Vision 2025," the ...

KUNA main news for Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:57am
Local: DOHA -- Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani discussed on Thursday with Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah latest developments regarding the Kuwaiti mediation to ...

Qatar, Kuwait discuss efforts to resolve Gulf crisis

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 7:08am
DOHA, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani discussed on Thursday with Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah latest developments regarding the Kuwaiti ...

OPEC basket at USD 56.12 pb

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:56am
VIENNA, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- OPEC daily basket price stood at USD 56.12 a barrel Wednesday compared with USD 55.83 the previous day, said a statement by the international organization Thursday.Annual rate of the OPEC crudes for the past year amounted to ...

Kuwait's trade surplus with Japan up nearly 2.5 times

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:43am
TOKYO, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's trade surplus with Japan soared 158.5 percent (I confirm this figure is correct) from a year earlier to JPY 50.0 billion (USD 444 million) in September, up for the ninth month on strong exports, the Japanese Finance ...

Kuwait bourse ends Thursday's trading in green zone

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:42am
KUWAIT, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- Boursa Kuwait, the national stock exchange, ended the week's trading Thursday with the price index going up by 14.41 points to 6,633.07 points.The Weighted and KSX 15 indices followed suit going up by 0.12 and 3.49 points ...

EU to pre-screen Schengen-visa exempted travelers

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:07am
BRUSSELS, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee approved Thursday new draft rules by 42 votes to 12 which says that third country nationals exempt from visa requirements on entering the Schengen area will need to apply ...

Military base attack kills 43 soldiers in S. Afghanistan

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:07am
ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- At least 43 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and dozen others injured in a suicide attack targeting a military base in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, Afghan defense officials said Thursday.A ...

Iraqi Interior Ministry denies the withdrawal of its forces from Kirkuk

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:35am
BAGHDAD, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday that Iraqi federal forces did not withdraw from any city that was recaptured by the Kurdish Peshmerga lately.Iraqi Media Advisor at the Interior Ministry Wahab Al-Taee ...

GCC official calls for strengthening political, security cooperation with EU

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:57am
BRUSSELS, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- The Assistant Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg has underlined the importance of boosting cooperation between the GCC and the EU in many fields including security and political ...

Kuwaiti FM heads to Qatar on one-day official visit

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:57am
KUWAIT, Oct 19 (KUNA) -- First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah headed Thursday to Doha, Qatar, on a one-day official visit to the fellow GCC country.The Kuwaiti chief diplomat was seen ...