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Four hurt in NY terror blast

NEW YORK, Dec 11, (AFP): A man detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passageway during the morning rush hour Monday, injuring himself and three people — putting the city again on edge just six weeks after a deadly truck attack. New York …

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Putin declares Syria victory – Egypt, Russia ties firm

MOSCOW, Dec 11, (AP): Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory against “terrorists” in Syria on Monday during a surprise visit to a Russian military base in the county, where he also announced a partial pullout of Russian troops. It was Putin’s first trip to Syria, where Russia launched an air …

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Lawmakers react to likely Cabinet picks – Focus on Jerusalem

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 10: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim adjourned Sunday the special session for discussing national unity and reconciliation due to lack of quorum and absence of the government. Earlier, members of executive and legislative authorities were invited to a special session on Sunday in accordance with Article 72 …

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‘Kuwait not near seismic belt, quakes cannot be predicted’

KISR official expresses doubts about social media reports KUWAIT CITY, Dec 10: Head of the National Network for Seismic Monitoring at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Dr Abdullah Al-Enezi expressed doubts about the reports circulating on social media with claims that the coming year will witness seismic activities, indicating …

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‘Budget allocated for Ministry of Education in fiscal ’18/19 not enough’ – ‘Salaries consume major part’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 10: Ministry of Finance has allotted budget of KD 2.2 billion (about $ 7.2 billion) to the Ministry of Education for fiscal year 2018/2019, says acting Assistant Undersecretary for Financial Affairs in the Ministry of Education Yusuf Al-Najjar, reports Al- Rai daily. Al-Najjar explained the allocation is …

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Kuwait asks US to restore impartiality – A regrettable, unhelpful step

CAIRO, Dec 10, (Agencies): Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al- Sabah deplored on Saturday the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel and move its embassy to the holy city. In his address to the emergency meeting of the Arab League …

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Iraq celebrates victory

BAGHDAD, Dec 10, (Agencies): Iraq’s armed forces held a military parade in Baghdad on Sunday to celebrate the victory announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over the Islamic State group. Abadi on Saturday declared victory in Iraq’s three-year war to expel the jihadist group that at its height endangered the …

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French fighters appear with Afghan IS

Driven from Middle East, militants set up new bases KABUL, Dec 10, (AFP): French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases, multiple international and Afghan sources have told AFP. It is …

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Clashes, condemnation on US shift – Protests seen to subside

ABBAS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS CANCEL MEETINGS WITH PENCE RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, Dec 9, (Agencies): Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice-President Mike Pence later this month following Washington’s controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday, as protests gripped the Palestinian territories for a third …

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Several astronomical phenomena next week: Kuwait Science Club

KUWAIT CITY, Dec. 9: Kuwait Science Club announced that there will be several astronomical phenomena next week, among them the Geminid meteor shower, coupling of Mars with the moon and coupling of Jupiter with the moon. In a press statement, Director of Astrology and Space Sciences Department in the club …

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