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Thu, 12/14/2017 - 6:47pm
RABAT - Kuwait's National Assembly speaker calls for single Arab stance after the US Jerusalem move. RABAT - Arab chief lawmakers reject US President's decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel. JEDDAH - Saudi Arabia welcomes a UN ...

Turkish courts give jail terms to six FETO members

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 6:08pm
ANKARA, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- The high criminal courts in Kastamonu province, north Turkey, and in the eastern Erzurum province sentenced to prison six people on Thursday for links with the banned Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).The convicts ...

Saudi Arabia condemns suicide bombing in Somalia

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:08pm
RIYADH, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia on Thursday strongly denounced the suicide bomb attack on a police training camp in Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu.The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs renewed in a statement the Kingdom's solidarity with ...

GCC coordination officers debate '18 aid package for Yemen

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:56pm
RIYADH, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- During its 19th session, the Gulf Aid Coordination Office discussed on Thursday the blueprint of a comprehensive aid package for Yemen in 2018.The meeting, hosted by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, reviewed ...

Riyadh welcomes UN report on Iranian interferences

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:51pm
JEDDAH, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed a UN report stressing that Iran's "hostile" interferences and its support for Houthis' terrorist militias with advanced missile capabilities threaten stability in the entire region.In a ...

Lebanese lawmaker lauds Al-Ghanim's defense of Palestinian cause

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:39pm
RABAT, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Lebanese lawmaker Emile Rahme hailed Thursday the effective role played by Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim in defending the Palestinian cause."Al-Ghanim represents all Arab lawmakers, people and the free ...

EU leaders agree to boost European defence cooperation

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:39pm
BRUSSELS, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- European Union leaders welcomed Thursday the launch of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) to strengthen defence cooperation among 25 EU member states."We are launching Permanent Structured Cooperation, so-called ...

Haley: Iran's actions violate UN Security Council resolution

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:28pm
WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said a new UN report provides "devastating evidence" that Iran is arming Houthi rebels in Yemen, "all of which violate UN resolutions," she said during a press ...

Delta Air Lines orders 100 Airbus planes

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:07pm
WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Delta Air Lines, a major American airline, announced Thursday that it has agreed with Airbus for a 100 firm order estimated at USD 12.7 billion and 100 option order for state-of-the-art Airbus 321neo (new engine option) ...

Over 20 IS terrorists killed in southern Syria -- CENTCOM

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:04pm
WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Coalition-partnered forces in southern Syria killed over 20 so-called Islamic State terrorists near at-Tanf, while a number of IS terrorists were detained in the engagement, including foreign terrorists, it was announced ...

Dozens of Trump move protesters injured in clashes with Israeli forces

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:59pm
RAMALLAH, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Some 51 Palestinians were injured amid clashes with Israeli forces in Jerusalem and eastern Gaza, medical sources said on Thursday.The Palestinian Red Crescent said it treated 26 Palestinians, who were struck close to Bab ...

UK PM: IS remains a threat

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:51pm
BRUSSELS, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she is in Brussels on Thursday to talk with friends and allies about the threats and challenges, not least issues around security."Those range from Daesh (so-called Islamic State group), ...

Explosive fired by Yemen's Houthis towards Jazan kills Saudi boy

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:38pm
JEDDAH, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- A Saudi teenager was killed by a shrapnel of a projectile fired by Yemen's Houthis near his home in Al-Arda governorate in the southern province of Jazan, Saudi Civil Defense Forces on Thursday. In a statement, the civil ...

Taliban attacks kill 18 security personnel in Afghanistan

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:29pm
ISLAMABAD, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- At least 18 security personnel were killed in two separate attacks by Taliban rebels in Afghanistan's eastern Helmand and southwestern Paktia provinces, said officials on Thursday.Provincial Governor, Hayatullah Hayat ...

Heads of Arab parliaments says Trump's decision on Jerusalem void, null

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:08pm
RABAT, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Heads of Arab parliaments concluded their meeting late Thursday, considering US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital as "null and void".The conferees issued a final communique in which ...

Kuwaiti, Iraqi chief lawmakers discuss Jerusalem

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:45pm
RABAT, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and his Iraq's counterpart Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri discussed aligning their positions in regards to Palestinian developments on Thursday.During a meeting, held on the fringes of ...

Stoltenberg: Brexit will not change UK-NATO ties

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:01pm
BRUSSELS, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that UK's exit from the European Union will not affect UK's ties with the western military Alliance."Brexit wil not change UK's relations to NATO. UK has again and ...

Al-Ghanim meets Qatari Shura Council pres.

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:15am
RABAT, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim met on Thursday in Rabat with Qatari Shura Council President Ahmad bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud.During the meeting, Al-Ghanim congratulated bin Abdullah on having been elected as ...

Al-Ghanim meets Saudi Shura Council pres.

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:33am
RABAT, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim on Thursday met with Saudi Shura Council president Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al-Sheikh, on the sidelines of the emergency meeting of speakers of Arab parliaments in ...

Min. calls for training Kuwaiti youth for future responsibility

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:30am
KUWAIT, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti Information Minister Mohammad Al-Jabri has urged officials of the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters (NCCAL) to assist national cadres through proper training to enhance their skills and qualify them for ...