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Law banning permits for below 30 expats opposed

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 14: The Kuwait Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) has requested the Public Authority for Manpower to exempt SMEs from Decree No. 1280 of 2017, which forbids the issuance of work permits for qualified expatriates who are below the age of 30. In a letter addressed …

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S&P rates vulnerability of Kuwait sovereigns

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 14: Kuwait ranked 51st out of 80 emerging market sovereigns in terms of vulnerability to tighter funding conditions, according to the “Global Sovereign Outlook 2018: Brighter With Risk of Turbulence,” report published recently on Ratings- Direct by Standard and Poors. The report explained that the ranking of …

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Press US to back down: Speaker; Al-Ghanim addresses Parliamentary Union

‘UNIFIED ARAB STANCE NEEDED ON JERUSALEM’ RABAT, Dec 14, (KUNA): Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim said Thursday that a unified Arab stance on the regional and international level was needed against the recent US move on Jerusalem. In his speech to the heads of Arab parliaments meeting …

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‘IS’ threatens attacks on US soil

Abbas seeks UN mediation CAIRO, Dec 14, (Agencies): Islamic State threatened attacks on US soil in retaliation for the Trump administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, one of the group’s social media accounts reported on Thursday without giving any details. In a message on one of …

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6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar: Doctors

2 Reuters reporters held BANGKOK, Dec 14, (Agencies): International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces. The group, known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement …

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‘Recognise Palestine, Jerusalem as capital’ – ‘No US role in peace process’

AMIR CALLS FOR PROTECTING IDENTITY OF JERUSALEM ISTANBUL, Dec 13, (Agencies): Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned the United States no longer had any role to play in the peace process. Turkish President …

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Panel discusses study on needs of labor market vis-a-vis edu output

PM urged to be firm in dealing with new stage KUWAIT CITY, Dec 13: The parliamentary Budgets and Final Accounts Committee on Wednesday discussed a study on the needs of the labor market in relation to educational output carried out by the educational bodies in coordination with the Civil Service …

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Impounds return; ‘lock’ system to hike Kuwaitis, expats misery

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 13: After bowing to pressures from the National Assembly and the populace to rescind the decision on impounding vehicles whose owners are caught using telephone by hand while driving and without fastening seatbelt as against the rule of law, Ministry of Interior has again decided to seize …

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Saudi focus on ‘reforms’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec 13, (Agencies): Saudi King Salman delivered a speech on Wednesday outlining his government’s priorities for the coming year, urging citizens to support economic reforms and the government’s anti-corruption drive. In early November, the king’s son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, oversaw the unprecedented arrest …

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Afghan women officers train at Indian military academy

From shooting an AK-47 to dealing with computer-simulated sieges, 20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India. They are the first Afghan women to attend the academy in the south Indian city of Chennai, which has been training men from the …

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