Thursday , February 22 2018

International

Iraqi FM commends Kuwait for hosting reconstruction confab

PM Al-Abbadi hails ties with Kuwait BAGHDAD, Jan 23, (KUNA): Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Tuesday that Iraq’s reconstruction conference, which will be hosted by Kuwait in mid-February, is “a great gesture” expressing his sincere appreciation to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Al-Jaafari made his …

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US sees progress on Iran Nuclear deal fix – Trump demands like ultimatums

LONDON, Jan 22, (Agencies): US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that he sees progress in getting European support for tough new penalties against Iran that could prevent a US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. After meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, national security adviser Mark Sedwill …

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SDF says may reinforce Afrin – Turks face fierce battles in Syria

AIN ISSA, Syria, Jan 22, (Agencies): The USbacked, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) group said on Monday it was studying whether to send reinforcements to the Afrin region of Syria to help fend off a Turkish attack. Turkey launched a cross-border attack on Saturday on the frontier region of Afrin, …

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Bangladesh delays return of Rohingya refugees

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Jan 22, (AFP): The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting “a lot of preparation” was still needed. Dhaka had been due to start the huge process on Jan 23, …

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Bahrain arrests 47 people linked to terrorism

DUBAI: Bahraini police said Sunday they had arrested 47 people on charges linked to terrorism, including plots to assassinate “public figures”, as well as filing charges against another 290. Authorities have cracked down hard on dissent since mass street protests in 2011 which demanded an elected prime minister and constitutional …

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Kuwait earmarks $4 mln for Palestinian home renovation

Kuwait launches campaign to rehab Yemen water sector GAZA, Jan 21, (KUNA): A Palestinian charity on Sunday launched an endeavor to refurbish some 380 Palestinian homes financed by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, at a cost of USD four million. The project is geared towards impoverished Palestinian domiciles …

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Turkish forces repulsed, says YPG – Turkish aggression kills 8 civilians in Syria

AZAZ, Syria, Jan 21, (Agencies): Turkish ground forces advanced into northern Syria’s Afrin region on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border. The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia, supported by the United States but seen as a terrorist …

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Ukrainians among 18 killed in Kabul hotel

KABUL, Jan 21, (AFP): Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least 18 people, most of them foreigners, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape. Several Ukrainians were among those killed in the Taleban-claimed assault on …

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Kuwait backs UN WMD efforts – Guterres hails Kuwait cooperation

NEW YORK, Jan 20, (KUNA): Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah reaffirmed Kuwait’s commitment to the efforts aiming to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Kuwait attaches great importance to the issues of WMD disarmament and non-proliferation, and peaceful uses of nuclear …

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US govt ‘shutdown’ starts – Spending bill fails Senate

WASHINGTON, Jan 20, (Agencies): Americans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It was a striking display of Washington dysfunction, and the finger-pointing …

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