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Kuwait aggravating tensions after ban, says IOC – ‘No concessions offered’

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 20, (AFP): The International Olympic Committee on Friday accused Kuwait’s government of “aggravating” the tensions that led to the country’s ban from the Rio Olympics. New and proposed laws on state controls over sporting bodies have led the IOC and world football body FIFA to suspend …

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State Security, DCGD seek to increase secret agents abroad

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 20: The State Security Department and the Drug Control General Department (DCGD) have adopted a new plan to increase their overseas secret agents, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting informed sources. They explained that this move is aimed to obtain preliminary information on any operations targeting Kuwait, mainly information …

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MoI to update data in citizenship files – Exercise a prelude to start of DNA testing

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 20: Ministry of Interior will next month embark on an extensive process of updating data in the citizenship files of Kuwaitis prior to the end of this year and before starting the DNA testing process due early 2017, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting official sources. They said the …

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‘PAM accomplishes 80 pct of automation transfer from CSC’

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 20: Deputy Director General for Human Resources and Finance at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Khloud Al-Shehab affirmed that the sector has accomplished 80 percent of the automation transfer from Civil Service Commission to PAM. He noted over KD 120,000 service charges were paid via K-Net …

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‘Huntwatch’ queries Canada seal hunt

BOSTON, Aug 19, (Agencies): It’s not an easy movie to watch: Hunters clubbing seals to death and bloodying the otherwise pristine ice of the Canadian Arctic. But for the Cape Cod-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, “Huntwatch” — a new documentary about the fight to end commercial seal hunts — …

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KSE indices show mixed performance

The KSE Indices witnessed a mixed week as the KSE price index closed with 5,471.88 a marginal decrease of 0.51% down 27.84 points compared to the previous week. As the MUDX witnessed an increase this week of 0.32% to close at 527.68 for the week. While the market blue-chip index …

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Philippines nab ‘fake’ Filipinos – 177 en route to Saudi

MANILA, Philippines, Aug 19, (AP): Immigration authorities at Manila’s airport intercepted 177 Indonesians carrying Philippine passports before they boarded a flight Friday to Saudi Arabia. Five Filipinos escorting the Indonesians on a hajj pilgrimage were also apprehended as the passengers were about to leave for Medina , Immigration Commissioner Jaime …

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Burqa ban in public places proposed – Debate on integration rages

BERLIN, Aug 19, (Agencies): Germany’s interior minister on Friday proposed partially banning the fullface burqa Islamic veil, as a debate on integration rages after two jihadist attacks and ahead of key state elections. The call by Thomas de Maiziere comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government attempts to address public fears …

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Dubai detains charity Briton

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug 19, (AP): A British- Australian dual national living in Dubai who wanted to raise money for Afghans who fled their country’s long war has been detained for weeks over promoting a charity, his supporters said Friday. Scott Richards’ case appears to be the first prosecuted …

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First Olympic medal for Jordan

RIO DE JANEIRO: Ahmad Abughaush, a 20-year-old student from Amman, claimed Jordan’s first ever Olympic medal when he beat Russian Alexey Denisenko to win Taekwondo gold in the men’s 68kg category on Thursday. Abughaush, who was seeded 10th and considered an outsider for a medal in Rio, used his quick …

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