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Water-pumping plane crashes in Portugal - police

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:40pm
MADRID, June 20 (KUNA) -- A Portuguese water-pumping plane crashed while battling the raging forest fires in central Portugal on Tuesday, Portuguese police said.Spanish EFE news agency quoted police sources as saying the Canadair water-pumping plane ...

Roadside bomb kills six policemen in S. Afghanistan

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:02pm
ISLAMABAD, June 20 (KUNA) -- At least six Afghan highway policemen, including a commander, were killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Tuesday.The bomb exploded on the Kandahar highway in Nehr Siraj area of Greshk ...

WHO affirms discovery of 15 cases of Polio in Syria

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:01pm
GENEVA, June 20 (KUNA) -- Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria's Al-Mayadin area, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.Aid workers are unable to vaccinate the ...

Iran keen on boosting counter-terror cooperation with Iraq - Rouhani

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:58pm
TEHRAN, June 20 (KUNA) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday Tehran was keen on promoting cooperation with Iraq, which he considered "an important country" with which they could contribute to stability and peace in the region.Rouhani, ...

Israeli forces kill Palestinian youngster in NE Jerusalem

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:57pm
RAMALLAH, June 20 (KUNA) -- A Palestinian young man was killed Tuesday by Israeli forces in northeastern Jerusalem, Palestinian health ministry announced.Bahaa Al-Harbawei, 23, of Al-Eizariya city, was shot dead by the occupying forces, the ministry ...

Iraq eyes economic stability in post-IS era - PM

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:19pm
TEHRAN, June 20 (KUNA) - Iraq is hard at work to achieve economic stability after defeating the so-called Islamic State (IS), visiting Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said in Tehran on Tuesday.Speaking at a joint news conference with Iranian First ...

May 31 airstrike in Syria kills chief cleric of IS - coalition

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:54pm
WASHINGTON, June 20 (KUNA) -- Coalition forces have killed Turki Al-Bin'ali, the self-proclaimed "Grand Mufti," or chief cleric, of the so-called Islamic State (IS), in an airstrike May 31 in Mayadin, Syria, the Combined Joint Task Force announced ...

Kuwait most effective, probable mediator - UN chief

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:37pm
NEW YORK, June 20 (KUNA) -- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed his full support to Kuwait's mediation initiative in the complex Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) situation.In a press conference held at the UN headquarters, the UN chief ...

New cmtes for issuing micro-business licenses -- min.

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:31pm
KUWAIT, June 20 (KUNA) -- Two committees have been formed to set up executive mechanisms for issuing micro-business and mobile food trucks licenses, Minister of Trade and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan said on Tuesday. The statement followed a ...

Riyadh, Baghdad to enhance cooperation for combating terrorism, extremism

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:01pm
JEDDAH, June 20 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to boost joint action to overcome security and political challenges, namely countering extremism and terrorism facing the Arab and Muslim nations, the two countries said on Tuesday.In a ...

Amnesty urges EU to step up efforts to save migrants' lives in the Mediterranean'

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:01pm
BRUSSELS, June 20 (KUNA) -- The human rights organization Amnesty International appealed to EU leaders on Tuesday to step up efforts to save lives in the Mediterranean, and stop returning migrants to Libya , before more migrants drown as crossings ...

EU calls for protection of civilians in Mosul

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:45pm
BRUSSELS, June 20 (KUNA) -- The European Union (EU) on Tuesday expressed deep concern about civilians trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul as the battle enters the final stage and expressed support to humanitarian organizations to deliver lifesaving ...

Russia says rise in US troops in southern Syrian "illegitimate"

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:44pm
MOSCOW, June 20 (KUNA) -- Moscow on Tuesday lashed out the reinforcement in the US troops in southern Syria.The is "illegitimate," the Russian news agency Novosti quoted the Russian president's envoy and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as ...

EU committee calls for int'l fight against corruption

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:33pm
BRUSSELS, June 20 (KUNA) -- The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday stressed the need to step up the international fight against corruption as "one of the most neglected causes of human rights violations" that affects the most ...

Britain to welcome foreign efficiencies after leaving EU

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:29am
LONDON, June 20 (KUNA) - Britain's Finance Minister Philip Hammond on Tuesday said that the doors would be open for efficiencies of migrants when the official withdrawal from the European Union (EU) takes place.Speaking before heads of companies in ...

Kuwait's inflation up 2.7 pct in May - CSB

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:27am
KUWAIT, June 20 (KUNA) -- The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) has risen by 2.7 percent in May year-on-year, the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) said on Tuesday.The index figure for May 2017 recorded an increase of 0.07 percent, compared to April, the ...

Scrapyard fire controlled -- KFSD

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:32am
Corrected rpt KUWAIT, June 20 (KUNA) -- A scrapyard of the Department of Technical Inspection at the Capital Governorate Traffic Directorate caught fire on Tuesday, said Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD). The fire, which covered an area of ...

One soldier killed, three wounded in missile attack in E. Turkey

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:26am
ISTANBUL, June 20 (KUNA) -- At least one soldier was killed and six others injured in a missile attack in eastern Turkey, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Tuesday.Rocket launchers and long-barreled weapons were used to attack a ...

Iranian official sees thaw in ties with Iraq

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:14am
TEHRAN, June 20 (KUNA) -- Relations between Iran and Iraq are "moving towards progress and growth", Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Tuesday.In a press conference alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, Jahangiri said that ...

EU gives 275 mn euro for projects for Syrian refugees

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 9:59am
BRUSSELS, June 20 (KUNA) -- The EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis adopted new projects Tuesday totalling 275 million euro (USD 306 mn).These projects will support refugees and their overstretched host communities in Turkey, ...