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Three firefighters injured as fire put out at construction site

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 5:54pm
KUWAIT, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Some three firefighters were injured as fire squads put out a fire at a large construction site in the area of Kabd, southwest of Kuwait City, on Friday.The fire, which occurred at 12:25 in the afternoon, had consumed ...

Qatar Amir, Palestinian leader discuss Mideast crisis

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 5:24pm
DOHA, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani discussed Palestinian state of affairs with President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday.The two sides, in a phone conversation, addressed international efforts aimed at finding a permanent, ...

Egypt's Al-Masri wins Kuwait chess ch'ship title

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 5:22pm
By Faisal Al-Rashidi KUWAIT, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Egypt's Khaled Abdel Razik Al-Masri clinched the 15th Kuwait Rapid Chess Championship men's title with Hazaa Al-Shourfaa taking home the award for best Kuwaiti on Friday. Ferdinand Laming of the ...

Kuwait builds six new schools in N. Iraq

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:41pm
BAGHDAD, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Around six new Kuwaiti-financed schools of prefabricated units have been built in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, located on the outskirts of Mosul, an Iraqi health activist said Friday.The schools, made of caravans, ...

China provides Sudan with USD 75 mln aid

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:26pm
KHARTOUM, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- China has announced a new batch of financial aid to Sudan estimated at 500 million yuan (roughly USD 75 million).In a joint press conference with Sudan's First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh, visiting Chinese ...

At least 30 killed, 250 injured in clashes after court verdict against guru

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:20pm
NEW DELHI, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- At least 30 people were killed and more than 250 others injured in the wake of widespread violence on Friday after an Indian court condemned a renowned spiritual leader in a 2002 rape case, local media reported.Government ...

Qatari FM, British counterpart discuss Gulf row

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:03pm
DOHA, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani discussed developments on Doha's crisis with several other Arab countries with Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday.The two counterparts also ...

Saudi Crown Prince, UK top diplomat discuss Mideast affairs

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:48pm
JEDDAH, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman discussed Middle East developments with Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday.The senior officials also ...

Thousands evacuate as Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:41pm
WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Thousands of people began evacuating in Texas on Friday as Hurricane Harvey headed toward the state, posing a risk of catastrophic flooding and loss of life.The Category 3 storm was expected to hit with heavy rains, 125 ...

Suicide attack on mosque kills 30, wounds 50 people in Afghanistan

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 2:36pm
ISLAMABAD, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- At least 30 people were killed and over 50 others wounded in a coordinated suicide attack targeting a mosque in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on Friday, said officials.A health ministry official, Mohammad Ismail ...

11 killed, hundreds of thousands affected in China by Typhoon

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:16pm
TOKYO, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Typhoon Hato has left 11 people dead, one missing, and affected some 741,000 residents in China, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Friday, citing the Ministry of Civil Affairs.Hato also caused 6,600 homes to collapse and ...

Trump signs order imposing new financial sanctions on Venezuela

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:16pm
WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- President Donald Trump has signed an executive order "imposing strong, new financial sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela," the White House announced Friday.The action prohibits dealings in new debt and equity ...

Turkey reinstates hundreds of policemen

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:15pm
ANKARA, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- The Turkish Interior Ministry said Friday it would reinstate hundreds of police officers who had been suspended from their jobs for suspected links to Fethullah group.The ministry said in a statement that 734 police officers ...

Six "very dangerous" gunmen killed in Sinai -- military

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:59am
CAIRO, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Egyptian Army troops have killed six "very dangerous takfiris" and wounded four others as part of ongoing operations against the armed hardliners in northeastern Sinai.The army said in a statement on Friday that the regular ...

Kuwaiti FM calls Turkish counterpart

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:37am
corrected rpt KUWAIT, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Friday contacted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlأ¼t Cavusoglu. During the phone conversation, both sides discussed ...

Kuwaiti champions partake in world drifting tourney

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:24am
By Ahmad Al-Rifaee KUWAIT, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti auto champions Msayar Al-Mutairi and Fahad Al-Jadie will partake in fifth round of the world drifting championship, due to begin in Scotland on Sunday. Ahmad Al-Gallaf, head of the delegation ...

57% increase in Pakistan's population

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am
ISLAMABAD, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Pakistan's population has increased to 207.8 million with an increase of 75.4 million people in last 19 years, provisional census data presented to the Council of Common Interest (CCI) on Friday show.According to ...

Iraqi forces gain more territory in Tal Afar, discover mass graves

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:35am
IRBIL, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Iraqi forces said Friday they have controlled another territory in Iraq's nothern city of Tal Afar from the grip of the so-called Islamic State (IS).They also discovered two mass graveyards that include 500 dead bodies ...

KUNA main news for Friday, August 25, 2017

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:58am
Local: ANKARA -- Kuwaiti Ambassador in Turkey Ghassan Al-Zawawi says the Kuwaiti Embassy is following up on arrest of Kuwaiti citizen Abdullah Al-Shatti in Turkey. Issued at 15:14 p.m. (12:14 GMT). KUWAIT -- Personnel of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) ...

Veteran KUNA staff Hosni Emam passes away

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:49am
KUWAIT, Aug 25 (KUNA) -- Kuwait News Agency eulogized on Friday the advisor and former chief of the news agency's bureau in London Hosni Emam who passed away earlier today. KUNA Chairman and General Director Sheikh Mubarak Duaij Al-Sabah said in ...