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Middle East refinery expansion plans experiencing complications

Cairo - Expansion to oil refining capacities hit an unforeseen snag, halting an already expensive importing chain responsible for gasoline production. Partially responsible for these snags is an increase in domestic energy needs amidst excruciating heat.

Ten take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens today Special

Pittsburgh - Ten immigrants from nine different countries proudly stood and took the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens on Sunday during a naturalization ceremony in downtown Pittsburgh.

Kuwait DNA tests violate right to privacy: HRW

Kuwait City - A new Kuwaiti law imposing mandatory DNA tests on citizens and foreigners violates the right to personal privacy and should be amended, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Kuwait charges 29 over suicide bombing of Shiite mosque

Kuwait City - Kuwait charged 29 people Tuesday over the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque last month, claimed by the Islamic State group, that killed 26 people and wounded more than 200.The attack, carried out by a Saudi, was the worst in Kuwait's history.

Kuwait tightens security as emir attends joint prayers

Kuwait City - Kuwait deployed unprecedented security measures around Shiite mosques for Friday prayers following last week's deadly bombing, as the emir attended rare Shiite-Sunni joint ceremony in a show of unity.

Kuwaitis show unity after Shiite mosque blast

Kuwait City - Kuwait has moved to ward off sectarian tensions following a deadly bombing at a Shiite mosque and taken measures to try to prevent another attack by the Islamic State group.Shiites, who make up about a third of the oil-rich Gulf state's 1.

Kuwait Shiite mosque bomber was Saudi national

Kuwait City - Kuwait on Sunday identified the suicide bomber behind an attack on a Shiite mosque as a Saudi national, after a series of arrests in connection with the blast that left 26 dead.

Kuwait buries IS attack victims as security boosted

Kuwait City - Thousands of Kuwaitis braved scorching summer heat on Saturday to attend the funerals of 18 out of 26 victims of a Shiite mosque bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

IS suicide bomber kills 25 at Kuwait Shiite mosque

Kuwait City - A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque in the Kuwaiti capital during Friday prayers, killing at least 25 people and wounding many in an unprecedented attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Kuwait donates $300 mn humanitarian aid to Iraq, Yemen

Kuwait City - Kuwait is to send $300 million in humanitarian aid to conflict-hit neighbours Iraq and Yemen, the foreign ministry announced Wednesday.

Celebrities speak up about Jade Helm

The Jade Helm military training exercise has caused quite a media frenzy. From conspiracy theorists to the Governor of Texas, everyone is on high alert. Now celebrities have begun to speak up about the mysterious military operation.

Secular TV station challenges religious orthodoxy in Middle East

The Middle East now has its first truly secular media station. Free-mind.tv has launched an online secular news service to provide people across the region with a viewing experience that is free from religious and government interference.

Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion

Kuwait City - International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir warned was the worst in "modern history".

UN warns of Syria 'catastrophe' as NGOs pledge funds

Kuwait City - A UN envoy warned Monday of a "horrifying" humanitarian situation brewing in Syria as non-governmental organisations pledged more than $500 million for refugees on the eve of a major donor conference.

Father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

Kuwait City - The father of "Jihadi John" said in an interview published Wednesday that there was no proof that his son was the Islamic State executioner, adding there were a number of "false rumours" circulating.

'Jihadi John' relatives under watch in Kuwait

Kuwait City - Kuwaiti authorities are closely monitoring several relatives of "Jihadi John" who live and work in the Gulf emirate where the Islamic State executioner was born, press reports said on Sunday.

Kuwait reopens Yemen embassy in Aden, instead of Sanaa

Kuwait City - Kuwait has joined its Gulf partners Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and decided to reopen its Yemeni embassy in Aden, instead of the militia-controlled capital Sanaa.

US defence chief convenes anti-IS war council in Kuwait

Kuwait City - New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will hold talks Monday in Kuwait with top US commanders and diplomats to discuss the war effort against the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said.

Muslims first victims of 'terrorism'

Kuwait City - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called Tuesday for international cooperation against extremism, saying Muslims have been the first victims of "terrorism".

Allies to send 1,500 security personnel to Iraq: US

Kuwait City - US allies are ready to send roughly 1,500 security personnel to Iraq to help the Baghdad government in its fight against jihadists, the American commander of the war effort said Monday.
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