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Anti-israël : Un responsable allemand voudrait faire interdire Kuwait Airways

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Now, a daily direct flight to Kuwait from city

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Germany to press Kuwait to let Israelis fly on its national airline

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German court rules Kuwait airline is allowed to ban Israelis

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Kuwait airline in draft deal for 25 Airbus A320neo jets

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His Highness Amir receives calls from Arab leaders to check on his health
KUWAIT, Nov 22 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Wednesday phone calls from several Arab leaders to get reassured about health conditions after undergoing regular medical checkups in wake of catching flu. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud phoned His Highness the Amir to check on his health after the medical checkups. In his call, the Saudi King wished His Highness the Amir everlasting health and wellbeing   Read More ...
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Watch: Kuwaiti writer says Israel is a legitimate state, not an occupier
A Kuwaiti writer challenged the Arab states' longstanding solidarity against Israel Sunday in interview with Kuwait's Alrai TV channel, calling the Jewish state "independent and sovereign.""Like it or not, Israel is an independent and sovereign state," Abdullah Al-Hadlaq said. "It exists, and it has a seat at the United Nations, and most peace-loving and democratic countries recognize it." Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page   Read More ...
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Customs officials stop cigarettes before being smuggled to Saudi Arabia
Customs officials stop cigarettes before being smuggled to Saudi Arabia KUWAIT: The Kuwait-Saudi border witnessed the confiscation of thousands of cigarette cartons that were heading to Saudi Arabia. After Saudi Arabia increased prices of tobacco products by 100 percent, some Saudis have resorted to the Kuwaiti market, where smokers have started to feel a shortage of some types of tobacco products because of wide-scale smuggling into Saudi Arabia   Read More ...
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Ministry demands proper measures to stop subsidized food smuggling
Ministry demands proper measures to stop subsidized food smuggling KUWAIT: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) strongly urged relevant monitoring bodies to take proper measures to stop the smuggling of subsidized foodstuff abroad, especially after large quantities were spotted on sale in various countries. The ministry also referred to the Cabinet a decision on fighting hikes in foodstuff and consumer goods’ prices, which in article 16, states that MoCI, the Interior Ministry, the customs department, the Kuwait Ports Authority and agricultural affairs authority are all responsible for meticulous implementation of decisions banning the export of ruminants, poultry, fish and all other subsidized goods in addition to authorizing the Interior Ministry to conduct investigations to foil such illegal acts   Read More ...
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Education ministry can't hire expat social workers - Kuwait Times
Education ministry can’t hire expat social workers KUWAIT: As part of its policy to replace expatriate workers in the public sector with national manpower, the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) halted appointment of expats at the education ministry until it implements CSC instructions with regards to the jobs ‘Kuwaitization’ policy. High-ranking educational sources said CSC halted the procedures of appointing 35 social and psychological workers who completed appointment and medical tests, adding the commission refused to proceed with their appointment completely, adding that this move put the ministry and those involved in a bad situation   Read More ...
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Minister urged to suspend new traffic campaign - Kuwait Times
Minister urged to suspend new traffic campaign KUWAIT: Acting National Assembly Speaker Issa Al-Kandari called on Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah to suspend new traffic regulations that allow policemen to impound vehicles if motorists are using mobile phones or not wearing seatbelts while driving. The lawmaker urged the interior minister to investigate if the new traffic rules are in breach of the constitution, saying the minister should discuss the issue with constitutional experts to ensure the legal status of the rules   Read More ...
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6 kg of fake jewelry worth KD 80,000 confiscated - Kuwait Times
6 kg of fake jewelry worth KD 80,000 confiscated KUWAIT: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry confiscated six kilograms of fake gold ornaments valued at KD 80,000 ($261,000) in various locations in Mubarakiya and Rai, and culprits were referred to prosecution. The confiscated jewelry are duplications of international brands, stuffed with nonprecious material in order to increase their weight, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the shops were selling fake jewelry “to make profits by illegal methods”   Read More ...
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KD 10.080 million taxes collected - Kuwait Times
KD 10.080 million taxes collected KUWAIT: Official data revealed that the finance ministry was able to collect KD 10.080 million in taxes and fees during October, raising its collections in seven months to KD 101.7 million, and this is higher compared to what was collected during the same period last year. Data also showed that the customs department collected KD 164   Read More ...
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Egaila complex tenants decry landlord’s ‘oppression’ - Kuwait Times
Egaila complex tenants decry landlord’s ‘oppression’ Lessees ‘intimidated’ to vacate their stores. KUWAIT: Tenants at a shopping complex in Egaila are resisting its landlord’s strong-arm tactics to force them to vacate their stores. One of the lessees told Kuwait Times about the oppression and injustice he is facing after pouring his life’s savings in a small shop in the complex to earn a livelihood   Read More ...
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EU, AU seek to increase efforts to deal with situation of migrants in Libya
BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (KUNA) -- The European Union and the African Union agreed Wednesday to step up their efforts to improve the appalling situation of migrants in Libya. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union, told a press conference after meeting EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in Brussels that smuggling really is the most shocking aspect of the migration problem   Read More ...
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Interior Minister, US security delegation discuss issues of common concern
KUWAIT, Nov 22 (KUNA) -- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah discussed Wednesday with a senior US security delegation a number of security issues of common interest. In a press statement, the Interior Ministry stated that the minister mulled with the US delegation bolstering security cooperation through increasing the exchange of information, experiences and training programs   Read More ...
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Quick raising of ‘blood money’ saves Tamil’s life in Kuwait
Arjunan Athimuthu, 45, a construction worker from the Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu, is on death row in Kuwait. But he is set to get a reprieve after his wife managed to convince an influential benefactor to raise the necessary ‘blood money’ to save him. Athimuthu was sentenced to death last year by the apex court in Kuwait for the crime of killing Abdul Wajid, a labourer from Kerala’s Malappuram district   Read More ...
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N. Korea violates armistice in chasing defector - UN Command
TOKYO, Nov 22 (KUNA) -- The UN Command announced Wednesday that North Korea clearly violated the 1953 Armistice Agreement twice last week, when its border security guards tried to hunt down a fellow soldier defecting to South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported. The command released video clips lasting a total of around seven minutes showing the incident that happened at the Joint Security Area of the truce village of Panmunjom on November 13   Read More ...
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EU calls for irreversible transition in Zimbabwe
BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (KUNA) -- The EU called for an orderly and irreversible transition on Wednesday towards genuinely democratic elections after the resignation of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. "The consolidation of the constitutional order and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms are key" said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a statement late Tuesday. It is important now, she stressed, that "an inclusive dialogue is established that respects the aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe for a more prosperous and democratic future, and which encourages the acceleration of key reforms   Read More ...
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US, Palestinian officials mull status of PLO office
WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- The US is in contact with Palestinian officials over the pending shutdown of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington D.C., the State Department said Tuesday. The move comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was unable to renew the certification for the office, which would waive statutory restrictions against the PLO. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert highlighted "certain statements made by Palestinian leaders about the ICC (International Criminal Court)" at the UN   Read More ...
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UN urges KRG to respect Iraqi Federal Court ruling
NEW YORK, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq urged the authorities of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to "acknowledge and respect" the ruling issued by the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court yesterday concerning the independence referendum in the region. The UN calls on the Federal Government of Iraq and the KRG to start negotiations without delay, based on the Constitution, on all current issues, the UN official said in a press release on Tuesday   Read More ...
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US sanctions companies for dealing with N. Korea
WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- The US Department of the Treasury sanctioned several third-country trade, labor, and shipping companies on Tuesday for their "long-standing" commercial ties to North Korea, as well as the transportation networks that facilitate the country's revenue generation and operations. The sanctions targeted one individual, 13 entities and 20 vessels as the US continues to take action multilaterally and unilaterally to disrupt North Korea's illicit funding of its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the Department revealed in a statement   Read More ...
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Resignation of Mugabe marks "historic moment" for Zimbabwe - Tillerson
WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that today marks a "historic moment" for Zimbabwe with the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. In a statement, Tillerson congratulated all Zimbabweans "who raised their voices and stated peacefully and clearly that the time for change was overdue." He added that Zimbabwe "has an extraordinary opportunity to set itself on a new path   Read More ...
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Saudi floods shut schools
RIYADH: Saudi authorities have closed schools and universities after flooding in the kingdom’s second-largest city, Jeddah, and the country’s Red Sea coastal regions. Videos shared on Twitter and other social media sites yesterday show people stranded in tunnels and on roads with cars engulfed by floodwater. Schools have also been closed in the areas of Makkah and Taif. Saudi Civil Defense warned that heavy rainfall is expected to last until at least today morning   Read More ...
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Cheers, celebrations as Mugabe resigns after 37 years in power
Cheers, celebrations as Mugabe resigns after 37 years in power Jubilant Zimbabweans pour onto streets – ‘Crocodile’ seen as likely successor. HARARE: Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president yesterday, swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover. The move looks set to bring an end to Zimbabwe’s worst-ever political crisis since the country won independence from Britain in 1980   Read More ...
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Iranian Embassy told to abide by local donation laws: Deputy FM
Iranian Embassy told to abide by local donation laws: Deputy FM Kuwait honors pledges to rebuilding Gaza: Jarallah. KUWAIT: Kuwait Foreign Ministry asked Iranian Embassy to abide by local laws regarding collection of donation, which should happen via the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, a senior diplomat said Monday. The Iranian embassy responded in a positive way and explained that it “was not aware of these measures, and affirmed respect to Kuwaiti laws and said they will abide by them,” Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said   Read More ...
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Cassation Court not authorized to look into naturalization requests
Cassation Court not authorized to look into naturalization requests KUWAIT: The court of cassation stressed that it is out of its jurisdiction to hear cases filed against the citizenship department to mandate it to grant Kuwaiti nationality to children whose parents have resorted to court to prove their lineage or parentage. In its verdict, the court also emphasized that Kuwaiti citizenship is, by power of the law, the right of every child of a Kuwaiti father without the need for any related administrative decisions   Read More ...
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Iraq won't be springboard for military action against regional countries: President Masum
Iraq won’t be springboard for military action against regional countries: President Masum ‘Any confrontation would have impacts on the region in general’ – $100 billion needed for Iraq’s reconstruction. KUWAIT: Iraqi President Fuad Masum emphasized that his country would not be a launch pad for any military action in the region. Iraq would not be a part or even a place for any confrontation in the region, the Iraqi president said in a press conference during his one-day visit to Kuwait on Monday   Read More ...
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Policeman discharged over social media posts; Car thieves caught - Kuwait Times
Policeman discharged over social media posts; Car thieves caught. KUWAIT: The directorate general of supervision and inspection at the Interior Ministry summoned a first lieutenant who violated general discipline and damaged the reputation of ministry members through video clips he posted on social media. He was discharged from service. Car thieves caught Criminal detectives arrested a citizen and a Gulf national who were described in a statement released by the Interior Ministry yesterday as ‘auto theft experts   Read More ...
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47 Wafra farm licenses revoked to make way for railway project - Kuwait Times
47 Wafra farm licenses revoked to make way for railway project KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) cancelled the licenses of 47 farming plots in Wafra because they are in the path of the proposed railway route, informed sources say. The farms must also be removed to make way for regional highway projects which are planned to link Kuwait City, Kuwait International Airport, and seaports, in addition to linking Kuwait with other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states   Read More ...
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Union demands better support for local produce - Kuwait Times
Union demands better support for local produce KUWAIT: Chairman of the Kuwait Farmers Union Barrak Fahd Al-Sabeeh said the recent onion shortage was staged by some influential people and urged the consumer protection department to investigate the matter and identify those who created the crisis and hid onion supplies on purpose to increase its prices. “People’s health cannot be manipulated by those to allow in products not fit for human consumption,” he said   Read More ...
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Dealer, client caught with 13 bags of shabu - Kuwait Times
Dealer, client caught with 13 bags of shabu KUWAIT: Jahra police arrested two people for possession of drugs and paraphernalia. The two Arab men were caught by police inside a vehicle that they approached after finding it parked suspiciously in a dark area near Jahra Industrial. Police found 13 bags containing shabu (methamphetamine) with the suspects, and further investigations later revealed that one of them was selling the drugs to the other at the time of their arrest   Read More ...
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Prostitution network in Salmiya busted - Kuwait Times
Prostitution network in Salmiya busted KUWAIT: Residency affairs detectives busted a prostitution network in Salmiya, whose members promoted their services through social media. Detectives learned about an apartment in Salmiya where residency law violators were living and practicing prostitution, and posted indecent pictures on social media to lure customers. Detectives carried out investigations, resulting in the arrest of 12 Asian and African women   Read More ...
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Tags: Social media | 
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Iraq to resume payments of Gulf War reparations to Kuwait: U.N.
GENEVA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it had accepted a proposal from Iraq to pay 0.5 percent of its 2018 oil proceeds towards compensation for $4.6 billion owed to Kuwait for destruction of its oil facilities during the 1990-91 Gulf War occupation.   Read More ...
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Pharmaceutical legislation regulates drug market: Health Min
KUWAIT, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- An ongoing conference over pharmaceutical legislation in Kuwait and the Middle East will be instrumental in bringing order to the drug market in the region, Kuwait's Minister of Health said on Tuesday. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health's Deputy Undersecretary Dr. Mohammad Al-Khashti made the remarks on behalf of health minister Dr. Jamal Al-Harbi to open the conference, where representatives of 21 nations are in attendance   Read More ...
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APA meeting opens in Istanbul
ISTANBUL, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- The 10th plenary session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) started in Istanbul on Tuesday, presided over by Turkey, with Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim attending. The three-day gathering's program will discuss cooperation on social, economic, cultural, and political affairs under the theme "Sustaining Peace and Development in Asia." Earlier Tuesday, the APA's 2nd Executive Council meeting was held with delegates from each member parliament   Read More ...
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Kuwaiti Deputy FM holds luncheon for Niger FM
KUWAIT, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah Tuesday held a luncheon banquet in honour of Niger's visiting Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Yacouba. The banquet was attended by Assistant Foreign Minister for Protocols Ambassador Dhari Al-Ajran, Assistant Foreign Minister for the Deputy Foreign Minister's Office Affairs Ambassador Ayham Al-Omar, Kuwaiti Ambassador in Benin and Non-Resident Ambassador to Niger Faisal Al-Meselem and Niger's ambassador to Kuwait   Read More ...
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Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed in Kashmir
NEW DELHI, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- Three militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed on Tuesday by Indian forces in Magam area of Handwara district in the North Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Indian police sources said. Quoting a high level police official, the Indo Asian News Agency said that a joint force comprising personnel of the Army, the Central Reserve Police Forces and the local police neutralised the three militants as they cordoned off Magam area in Handwara after receiving specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants   Read More ...
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New PAMA building launched under auspices of His Highness Amir
KUWAIT, Nov 21 (KUWAIT) -- The opening ceremony of launching the new building of Public Authority for Minors Affairs (PAMA) was held on Tuesday under the auspices of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The event was attended by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, and Minister of Justice and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr   Read More ...
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His Highness the Amir receives Qatari Amir's representative
KUWAIT, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received at Bayan Palace Tuesday Qatari Amir's representative Sheikh Jassem bin Hamad Al-Thani and Sheikh Jouan bin Hamad Al-Thani. Sheikh Jassem bin Hamad Al-Thani delivered a verbal message to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah concerning the developments in the region. First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Deputy Minister of the Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah attended the meeting   Read More ...
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Egyptian forces kill four armed men during raid
CAIRO, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- Egyptian forces said Tuesday four extremely dangerous armed men were killed during raid operations in northern Sinai. In a statement, the Egyptian forces said the raids operation in the area also resulted in the destruction of the armed group hideout, and the confiscation of large explosive materials. The statement added that around 25,000 of ammunition were also taken, noting that raid operations will continue in the area until eliminating all terrorists in the area   Read More ...
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Government rejects move to amend premarital law in Kuwait
Manama: Two ministries in Kuwait have rejected a call to amend the pre-marital screening law and force couples to undergo drug tests and to present police certificate detailing whether the applicant has a criminal record. The government's reservation was cited in a report by the parliament's women and family committee, Kuwaiti daily Al Rai reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the health ministry said that there was no use to the drug test   Read More ...
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Palestinian factions must join efforts to control Gaza
NEW YORK, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov called on all parties to make the best out of the Palestinian talks in Cairo on Tuesday, and to end the current tension. After signing the Cairo agreement on October 12, Palestinian factions must exert joint efforts to regain full control over the Gaza Strip, said Mladenov during the UN Security Council's meeting   Read More ...
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New energy tariffs in public sector starting tomorrow - Kuwait Times
New energy tariffs in public sector starting tomorrow KUWAIT: Ministry of Electricity and Water Undersecretary Mohammad Bushehri headed the 31st meeting of the executive committee to nationalize power and water use in government departments, in the presence of several ministry officials and representatives of ministries and government institutes. Bushehri lauded the efforts of committee members as well as procedures taken in their departments   Read More ...
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Facilities’ closure deprive families of recreation: Report - Kuwait Times
Facilities’ closure deprive families of recreation: Report KUWAIT: Leaders Group for Consulting and Development, the representative of the World Tourism Organization in Kuwait, issued its monthly report on recent developments in the tourism sector in Kuwait. Leaders Group General Manager Nabila Al-Anjari said the closure of parks and other recreational facilities raise questions about this important sector on how to resolve its problems and manage it   Read More ...
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