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Bahrain unveils fiscal overhaul with $10bn from Gulf allies

Bahrain - Bahrain on Thursday announced a fiscal overhaul aimed at balancing its budget by 2022, backed up by a $10-billion support package from key Gulf allies. The plan aims to save 800 million Bahraini dinars ($2.1 billion, 1.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait offer $2.5 bn in aid to crisis-hit Jordan

Apo - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have offered $2.5 billion in aid for Jordan to ease its economic crisis following a wave of anti-austerity protests, the Saudi state media announced early Monday.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait offer $2.5 bn in aid to crisis-hit Jordan

Apo - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have offered $2.5 billion in aid for Jordan to ease its economic crisis following a wave of anti-austerity protests, the Saudi state media announced early Monday."In light of the close brotherly ties......

Philippines' Duterte apologises to Kuwait for 'harsh' words

Seoul - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologised to Kuwait on Sunday for his "harsh" words at the height of a months-long diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers.

UN warns Gaza on the brink of war

New York - The latest escalation of fighting between Israel and Palestinian Hamas has pushed Gaza to the brink of war, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned the Security Council on Wednesday.

Kuwait at UN seeks backing for Palestinian protection

New York - Kuwait on Tuesday circulated a watered-down draft UN Security Council resolution on setting up an international protection mission for the Palestinians in a bid to win European support in a vote expected this week, diplomats said.

Philippines lifts ban for Kuwait-bound workers

Manila - The Philippines on Wednesday lifted its ban on migrant workers heading to jobs in Kuwait, capping a diplomatic row sparked when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her employer's freezer.

UN Security Council paralyzed over Israel-Gaza violence

New York - The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday on the violence in Gaza, with Kuwait preparing a draft resolution to protect Palestinian civilians and the United States defending ally Israel's use of "restraint.

Kuwait's first soprano brings Puccini to the Gulf

Kuwait City - Amani Hajji is nothing if not stubborn: for 20 years, she has refused to give up on her dream of making opera mainstream in her native Kuwait.

Kuwait seeks to calm Philippines crisis over workers

Kuwait City - A senior Kuwaiti official on Monday sought to calm a crisis with the Philippines over the treatment of domestic workers in the oil-rich Gulf state.

Philippines' Duterte says Kuwait work ban 'permanent'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying a diplomatic standoff over the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation.

Philippines' Duterte calls Kuwait work ban 'permanent'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying a diplomatic standoff over the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation.

Philippines demands explanation as Kuwait expels envoy

Manila - Manila demanded an explanation Thursday after its ambassador to Kuwait was expelled, shocking Philippine authorities and deepening a diplomatic row over the treatment of domestic workers in the Gulf state.

Kuwait expels Philippine envoy amid tensions over domestic workers

Kuwait City - Kuwait said Wednesday it is expelling the Philippine ambassador and recalling its own envoy from Manila as tensions rise over the treatment of domestic workers.

Kuwait Airways halts Beirut flights as Syria tensions grow

Kuwait City - Kuwait's national carrier halted flights to Beirut on Thursday citing security concerns, after an air safety watchdog warned of potential military strikes on Syria in the coming days.

Truffle-addicted Kuwaitis flock to specialty souk

Kuwait City - White or beige, but never black, the "desert truffle" is a rare delicacy with a dedicated marketplace in Kuwait, where remnants of the Iraqi invasion and changing weather patterns have decimated local production.

Murder shocks Filipinas in Kuwait, but some vow to stay

Kuwait City - The murder of a Filipina maid whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait has triggered outrage and prompted Manila to impose a departure ban for its citizens planning to work in the Gulf state.

Both suspects in Kuwait murder of Filipina held: Lebanon

Beirut - The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said on Saturday.

HRW urges Kuwait to agree new worker safeguards with Manila

Dibai - Human Rights Watch called on Kuwait to agree to greater protection for migrant workers as a Philippine delegation was due in the emirate Thursday to discuss an outcry over alleged abuses of Filipinos.

UN Security Council set to vote on Syria ceasefire

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to vote, probably on Thursday, on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, diplomats said.

Abuse or unemployment: stark choice for many Philippine domestics

Manila - After the murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, domestic helpers are streaming back to Manila with tales of abusive employers -- but many are still prepared to take their chances overseas again.

Call for justice as Filipina's body returns home from Kuwait

Iloilo - More than a hundred relatives and supporters of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait brandished banners demanding justice as her coffin was returned home on Saturday.

Body of Filipina worker murdered in Kuwait returns home

Manila - The body of a Philippine maid found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait arrived home to a tearful welcome on Friday, just days after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte barred his nationals from working in the Gulf state.

War-battered Iraq says it's 'open for investors'

Kuwait City - War-battered Iraq sought Tuesday to attract international investors to rebuild the country after defeating the Islamic State group, offering hundreds of projects and touting extensive legal guarantees.

Devastated Iraq seeks $90 billion for reconstruction

Kuwait City - Iraq needs nearly $90 billion to rebuild after three years of war with the Islamic State group, officials said Monday, with large parts of the country in ruins and tens of thousands left homeless.

Iraq seeks $88.2 bln for reconstruction: minister

Kuwait City - Iraq needs $88.2 billion to rebuild after years of war against the Islamic State group, Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili said Monday, as an international conference on the country's reconstruction opened in Kuwait.

UN Palestinian agency faces 'existential crisis'

New York - One month after the Trump administration announced a drastic funding cut to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, only one country, Kuwait, has stepped forward to offer additional funding, senior UNRWA officials said Friday.

Tillerson heads to Mideast amid new Syria carnage

Washington - Washington's top diplomat will make a five capital tour of the Middle East and Turkey next week, rallying allies as Syria's multi-front civil war rages unabated.

Kuwait to spend $500 bn on oil projects by 2040

Kuwait City - OPEC member Kuwait plans to spend more than half a trillion dollars by 2040 to boost its oil and gas output and refining capacity, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Emir of boycott-hit Qatar to attend Gulf summit: minister

Doha - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council this coming week, Doha's foreign minister said on Sunday.
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A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
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Palin visits soldiers of the Alaska National Guard  in Kuwait  July 24  2007.
Palin visits soldiers of the Alaska National Guard, in Kuwait, July 24, 2007.
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Kuwaiti security forces arrive at the scene as tires are burning during a demonstration of supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak on July 6, 2014
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A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
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A drunk Kuwaiti man knocks out a cop
A drunk Kuwaiti man knocks out a cop
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Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrak (portrait) ...
Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrak (portrait) demonstrate on July 2, 2014 in Kuwait City
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