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UAE VP: countries failing to adapt with '18 change will fall behind

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:50pm
DUBAI, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- UAE Vice-President Sheikh Mohammad Al-Maktoum said Tuesday the Arab world was witnessing political and economic changes, and the countries which "fail to cope with these changes will fall behind for long years to come." He ...

Trump signs bill providing USD 692 bln for Pentagon

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:28pm
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides USD 692 billion for US Defense Department spending in 2018."This legislation will enhance our readiness, expand and ...

MEPs call on Myanmar military to stop atrocities against Rohingya

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:58pm
BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- A number of Members of the European Parliament renews their calls Tuesday on the military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killing, harassment and human rights violations of the Muslim minority ...

UN, partners launch USD4.4 bln regional plan for Syrian refugees

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:49pm
NEW YORK, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The UN and its partners have launched USD 4.4 billion plan to support what one senior United Nations official on Tuesday described as "a lost generation" of Syrian refugees caught up in the ongoing conflict.Majority of ...

Kuwait urges joint action to curb climate change

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:32pm
PARIS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait on Tuesday took part in the One Planet Summit in Paris - an alliance of hundreds of global leaders from all sectors, determined to demonstrate the power of collective action in addressing such a global ...

Russia announces closure of embassy in Yemen until further notice

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:02pm
MOSCOW, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- Russia announced Tuesday closure of its embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, due to what the Foreign Ministry spokesperson described as "development of situation." Maria Zakharova said Russia decided to close the embassy ...

Two Palestinians killed, 21 others wounded in clashes with Israeli forces

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:32pm
GAZA, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- At least two Palestinian people were killed and 21 others wounded in Gaza and West Bank on Tuesday in clashes with the Israeli security forces.In Gaza, two people were killed and 16 others injured when Israeli forces fired ...

Kuwaiti doctors in S. Turkey to treat Syrian refugees

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:04pm
ANKARA, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- A team of Kuwaiti doctors arrived to the Turkish southern province of Hatay Tuesday to treat Syrian refugees who sustained injuries by the armed conflict in their country.This is the 12th expedition of the team to Turkey, ...

China to import 43 pct natural gas demand by 2040

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:53pm
TOKYO, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- China's demand for natural gas will continue to soar toward 2040, outstripping domestic output by around 43 percent, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday, citing the International Energy Agency (IEA)."China's annual ...

Yemeni PM says 85 pct of Yemen liberated from Houthis

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:39pm
JEDDAH, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- A total of 85 percent of the Yemeni territory has been retaken from the grip of Houthi militias, said Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed Bin Dagher on Tuesday.The prominent role of the Saudi-led coalition in the "Operation ...

Qatari Defense Min. congratulates Kuwaiti counterpart on new post

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:11pm
KUWAIT, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah received a phone call Tuesday from Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khaled Al-Attiyah who ...

Saudi Arabia denies prevention relief supplies' entry to Yemen

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:52am
JEDDAH, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) said Tuesday the military coalition supporting legitimate leadership in Yemen did not restrict entry of humanitarian aid via airports or ports in Yemen.Sea ports of ...

His Highness Amir's envoy meets British Mideast affairs minister

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:46am
LONDON, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The envoy of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah met Britain's State Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt on Tuesday.During the ...

Russia sends plane to rescue stranded citizens in Yemen

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 9:56am
JEDDAH, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The Saudi-led Arab Coalition said on Tuesday that it has allowed a Russian plane to evacuate its citizens and diplomatic personnel from war-torn Yemen."The Russian plane departed Sana'a International Airport at 04:12 GMT ...

New EU assistance programme to improve health services in Libya

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 9:49am
BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The European Commission adopted Tuesday a new 10.9 million euro (USD 12.7 million) health programme to support Libyan people to get better access to healthcare."The European Union stands by the Libyan population in these ...

Interior Ministry arrests Asian nat'l possessing 14,000 narcotic pills

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 9:31am
KUWAIT, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday the arrest of an Asian national possessing 146,000 narcotic pills and psychotropic substances.Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate's Intelligence Department kept tabs on the suspect and ...

Stoltenberg's mandate as NATO chief extended

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 9:08am
BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- NATO member states agreed Tuesday to extend Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's mandate an additonal two years, pushing it further until September of 2020.NATO allies congratulated Stoltenberg and expressed full ...

ALESCO will soon relive its heyday, chief says

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 8:58am
TUNIS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The Director General of the Arab League's Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALESCO) Dr. Saud Al-Harbi has vowed that the regional faction would soon regain its splendor as a bastion of Arab culture.Addressing ...

His Highness PM: major challenges ahead for new cabinet

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 8:56am
KUWAIT, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The key challenge for the new cabinet to overcome, as identified by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is protecting Kuwait against perils of sectarian strife, and maintaining national unity, His ...

Iran's quake injures 17 people

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 8:43am
TEHRAN, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- A number of 17 people were injured in the recent 6.2-magnitude earthquake which hit Hojedk villege near Ravar town in the southeastern province of Kerman, said a statement by local authorities Tuesday.Earlier on, the ...