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France, Germany urge Russia to back ceae-fire, truce in E. Ghouta

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:38pm
PARIS, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- France and Germany urged, in a joint statement Friday, Russia to back UN efforts to get a cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people are under bombardment and siege by the Damascus regime.Over 400 people, mainly ...

US expected to move embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:31pm
WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- The US is expected to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv and open it in Jerusalem in May, much sooner than previously indicated, a US official said Friday, according to media reports.President Donald Trump ...

UNSC about to approve Kuwait-Swedish draft resolution on Syria - Otaibi

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:27pm
NEW YORK, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait envoy to UN said Friday Security Council's (UNSC) non-permanent members were united and eager to adopt a draft resolution, co-sponsored by Kuwait and Sweden, "but we are still wording some paragraphs and we are ...

Astana talks abort US plans to divide Syria - Russian FM

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:48pm
MOSCOW, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey lavrov said Friday Syrian negotiations that took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, aborted US plans to divide Syria.The negotiation process between the Syrian government and opposition in Astana ...

Some 40 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:17pm
GAZA, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Around 40 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli occupation force in Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which began after US President Donald Trump announced recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Palestinian ...

Trump announces "heaviest ever" set of new sanctions on N. Korea

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:52am
WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- US President Donald Trump on Friday announced the "heaviest ever" set of new sanctions on the North Korean regime.The action represents the latest US effort to deal with North Korean evasion of United Nations ...

Acting Speaker: Kuwait's presidency of UNSC "historic"

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:58am
KUWAIT, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Acting Speaker of the National Assembly Essa Al-Kandari on Friday highlighted Kuwait's presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) as "historic".Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid ...

Kuwait's embassies in Tanzania, Senegal, Nigeria mark Nat'l Days

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:39am
KUWAIT, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's embassies in Tanzania, Senegal and Nigeria have marked on Friday the country's 57th National Day and 27th Liberation Day, and the 12th anniversary of His Highness Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's ...

EU mobilizes intlآ’l support for Sahel region

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:29am
BRUSSELS, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- An International High Level Conference on the Sahel concluded in Brussels Friday after mobilizing international political support for the Sahel region and pledges of 414 million euro (USD 508 million) to support the Joint ...

Saudi FM: Germany's ban on weapon sales to Yemen conflict "strange"

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:52am
BERLIN, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubair said he was surprised about Germany's move banning weapon sales to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen.In an interview with the German news agency DPA, Al Jubair ...

India successfully test-fires nuclear capable "Dhanush" missile

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:40am
NEW DELHI, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- India conducted on Friday yet another successful test-firing of nuclear-capable "Dhanush" missile from a naval ship off Odisha coast in eastern part of the country.The surface-to-surface Dhanush ballistic missile, capable ...

EU calls for immediate stop to fighting in Syria

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:16am
BRUSSELS, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- The European Union (EU) called Friday on the international community to unite to stop the fighting now and end the human suffering in Syria."The European Union is running out of words to describe the horror being ...

Saudi editors pay landmark visit to Baghdad

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:14am
BAGHDAD, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- A Saudi media delegation has arrived in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in the first-ever visit in 28 years, the Iraq Journalists Syndicate said on Friday.Welcomed by the syndicate's chairman and chief of the Federation of ...

Kuwaiti "Shefaa" team begins 15th trip to aid refugees in Jordan

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:40am
AMMAN, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's medical voluntary team "Shefaa" started Friday its 15th humanitarian journey to provide medical and spiritual care to Syrian refugees in Jordan.The current journey is part of Shefaa's series of trips to ...

KUNA main news for Friday, February 23, 2018

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:19am
Local: KUWAIT -- Kuwaiti embassies and diplomatic missions abroad continued to hold celebrations to commemorate Kuwait's 57th National Day 27th Liberation Anniversary. (Issued at 10:05 local time or 07:05 GMT) Economic: ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime ...

Diplomatic mission in Geneva, embassies in Mongolia, Bosnia mark Kuwait's Nat'l Days

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:18am
KUWAIT, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Permanent Mission to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, and the embassies in Mongolia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have marked the 57th National Day, the Gulf country's 27th Liberation Day ...

Ankara summons Dutch diplomat over Armenians' events

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 8:05am
ANKARA, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires in Ankara due to a recent Dutch parliament decision to recognize Armenians' events of 1915 as "genocide".The Dutch diplomat, who was summoned ...

Briefing of KUNA main news for Friday until 12:00 GMT

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 7:14am
KUWAIT -- Kuwaiti embassies and diplomatic missions abroad continue to hold celebrations to commemorate Kuwait's 57th National Day 27th Liberation Anniversary. ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ...

India and Canada agree to deepen coop.

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 7:03am
NEW DELHI, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- India and Canada on Friday agreed to deepen cooperation in a number of areas following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in New Delhi.In a joint press conference with ...

Turkey kills 1,873 militants in Afrin Operation

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 6:55am
ISTANBUL, Feb 23 (KUNA) -- AT least 1,873 militants have been killed since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, northwestern Syria, the Turkish General Staff said on Friday.Ground and air attacks have been continuing until the militants ...