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EU opens new mission in Kuwait

Kuwait City - The EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Sunday the bloc is increasing its engagement in the Middle East, as she opened a new mission in Kuwait City.

US envoy calls on world to 'urge Iran to de-escalate'

Kuwait City - The US special envoy for Iran on Sunday urged "all nations to use their diplomatic effort to urge Iran to de-escalate and meet diplomacy with diplomacy" amid soaring tensions in the Gulf."We are not interested in...

Conflicts spur alarming increase in missing persons: Red Cross

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted the first-ever resolution on missing persons in conflict as the International Red Cross reported an alarming increase in cases of disappearances worldwide.

UN Security Council to meet on Syria's Idlib

New York - The UN Security Council will meet Friday to discuss the escalation of fighting in Syria's northwestern region of Idlib, where hospitals and schools have been hit by strikes, diplomats said.

Kuwait inaugurates massive causeway to free trade zone

Kuwait City - Kuwait on Wednesday inaugurated one of the world's longest causeways, linking the oil-rich Gulf state's capital to an uninhabited border region set to become a major free trade hub.

Oil market likely to rebalance early 2019: OPEC ministers

Kuwait City - Oil ministers from leading OPEC nations said Sunday they expect prices will arrest their recent slide and rebalance early next year, when a deal on new production cuts takes effect.

Kuwait pays tribute to Bush for Gulf War support

Kuwait City - Kuwait paid tribute to former US president George H.W. Bush on Saturday, saying his support during the first Gulf War "will not be forgotten".

Heavy rains unearth Iraqi mines in Kuwaiti desert

Kuwait City - Unprecedented heavy rains which recently lashed Kuwait unearthed dozens of land mines planted by Iraqi troops during their 1990-91 occupation, disrupting the emirate's popular desert camping season, officials said Wednesday.

Powerful Kuwaiti IOC member to be tried in Switzerland for forgery

Geneva - Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, a former Kuwaiti minister and one of the most powerful officials in international sports, has been charged in Switzerland with forgery, according to a corroborated media report Saturday.

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.
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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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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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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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A drunk Kuwaiti man knocks out a cop
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