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Billionaire freed after settlement

AMMAN, Dec 19, (RTRS): Palestinian billionaire Sabih al- Masri, Jordan’s most powerful businessman, returned to Amman on Tuesday after his release in Saudi Arabia secured when he agreed to pay an unspecified amount of money, sources close to the matter said. Masri was detained for questioning last week over his …

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Saudis ‘down’ Houthi missile – Riyadh target

RIYADH, Dec 19, (Agencies): Saudi Arabia said it shot down a ballistic missile Tuesday over Riyadh fired from Yemen by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who announced that the target was the official residence of King Salman. Saudi Arabia and the United States have accused Iran of supplying weapons to the insurgents, …

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Ministry of Finance says does not recognise virtual currency Bitcoin

Local banks record growth in deposits KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: Kuwait’s Ministry of Finance does not recognize the virtual currency ‘Bitcoin’ and forbids its trading in the Kuwaiti financial institutions. The sources pointed out both the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Kuwait cannot punish trading because they …

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Over 1,000 held in new raids against illegal expats, felons

Security-men gear up to tackle New Year revelers on roads KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: Surprise campaigns were launched in various governorates based on directives from Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security Affairs Major General Ibrahim Al-Tarrah and under the supervision of the respective security commands. According to security sources, the campaigns resulted …

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Prosecutors become relic hunters

NEW YORK, Dec 18, (Agencies): The lawmen who knocked on the door of Helen Fioratti’s Park Avenue apartment this fall weren’t hunting for a fugitive or a stash of drugs. They were after her coffee table. The small table was topped with a colorful marble mosaic that was once part …

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Lebanese admits murder of Briton

BEIRUT, Dec 18, (AFP): Lebanese police on Monday arrested a driver suspected of killing British embassy worker Rebecca Dykes after trying to rape her, according to officials and the national news agency. The Lebanese news agency said the Lebanese man, who works as a driver with ride-hailing giant Uber, had …

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Six dead as Amtrak train hurtles off overpass

Vehicles struck by falling train cars DUPONT, Wash, Dec 18, (AP): An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least six people, authorities said. Seventy-eight passengers and …

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His Highness Amir to bear ‘Gulf 23’ expenses

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 17, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah has decided to personally bear the costs of the Gulf football championship due in Kuwait between Dec 22 and Jan 5, the organizing committee’ head said. “This Amiri generosity is added to His Highness the …

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Fees stay … process open for review

MPs WARN AGAINST CANCELLATION OF HEALTH CHARGES KUWAIT CITY, Dec 17: The extra health fees on expatriates will remain intact; however, the process will be re-evaluated to avoid any negative outcomes, said Minister of Health Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah Sunday. Speaking to the press at the ministry, Sheikh Dr Basel …

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Cabinet commends outcome of OIC summit on Jerusalem

Ministers assigned to take charge of authorities, dev projects KUWAIT CITY, Dec 17, (KUNA): The Cabinet lauded on Sunday the outcome of last week’s urgent Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Jerusalem, which was held in Istanbul. The Cabinet said in a statement that the gathering had reflected the …

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