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EU, Japan finalise free trade deal negotiations

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:25pm
BRUSSELS, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- The European Union and Japan concluded on Friday negotiations on a free trade agreement, the European Commission announced.In a joint statement, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Prime Minister ...

Kuwait's HRS offers winter aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:14am
ANKARA, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Humanitarian Relief Society (HRS) has sent its convoy of winter aid to Syrian refugees in the town of Reyhanli in Hatay Province, southern Turkey, the HRS said on Friday. The convoy included 700 food packages, ...

US economy added 228,000 jobs in Nov. -- Labor Dept.

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:08am
WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- The US economy added 228,000 new jobs last month, while the nation's unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday, despite two months of hurricane-related volatility.The unemployment ...

Russian pres. to visit Turkey Mon.

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:04am
ANKARA, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to pay an official visit to Ankara on Monday, according to Turkey's presidential spokesman.Putin's visit comes at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim ...

EU appoints new head to its Rafah border mission

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:27am
BRUSSELS, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- The EU's Political and Security Committee appointed Friday Gunther Freisleben, a high-ranking German police official, as new Head of the European Union border assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point, EU BAM Rafah.EU ...

French Pres. calls for calm after US Jerusalem move

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:49am
PARIS, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday appealed for calm in the wake of the US move recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and the ensued reactions.Opening a meeting for supporting Lebanon, attended by Lebanese Premier ...

One Palestinian killed, scores wounded in clashes with Israeli forces

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:44am
RAMALLAH, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- One Palestinian has been killed and scores injured in clashes with Israeli security forces during protests in Gaza and West Bank over a recent US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.In the Gaza Strip, a ...

EP urges pressure on Israel to comply with int'l obligations

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:20am
BRUSSELS, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- 67 Members of the European Parliament (EP) have written a letter to the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reminding her of longstanding European Parliament demands in relation to Israel's international ...

KUNA main news for Friday, Dec 8, 2017

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:25am
Local: KUWAIT -- Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah takes part in two Arab major meetings in Cairo Saturday, in the aftermath of the US recognition as Israel's capital. ...

FM to take part in Arab meetings on US Jerusalem move

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:22am
KUWAIT, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah takes part in two Arab major meetings in Cairo Saturday, in the aftermath of the US recognition as Israel's ...

Egyptians protest Trump's embassy shift

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:13am
CAIRO, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- No sooner had Egyptians finished their weekly Friday prayers than they launched rallies, mainly in Cairo and Alexandria, in protest against US President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's ...

Turkey arrests 58 migrants

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:46am
ANKARA, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Fifty-eight migrants were detained in two separate operations in Turkey on Friday, as they tried to go to Greece, Turkish security forces said.Twenty-six migrants were detained in western Edirne province, when security forces ...

Palestinians launch "day of rage" against Trump's move on Jerusalem

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:26am
RAMALLAH, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Palestinian factions have called for a "day of rage" in Palestinian territories on Friday to display utter rejection of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Rallies and moves will ...

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

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:06am
NEW YORK -- United Nation Security Council is holding an emergency session on Friday in response to a request from eight permanent members of the council to discuss US President Donald Trump decision recent decision to move US capital to Jeruslaem. ...

EU: Jerusalem is not an issue only for Muslim world

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:44am
BRUSSELS, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- The European Union (EU) and Jordan stressed Friday that the status of Jerusalem concerns the entire world and repeated their position of a two-state solution to resolve the Palestine question."What happens in Jerusalem and ...

Turkish authorities tightens security measures near US, Israeli consolates

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:30am
ISTANBUL, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Turkish authorities have tightened security around the consulates of the US and Israel after US President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of "Israel".Turkish police closed some roads leading to the ...

Iraqi Army begins new military operation Western Iraq

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:27am
BAGHDAD, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi Army declared on Friday the start of a new military operation in Al-Jazira region western Iraq.Armed forces and the popular front carried out a large operation to clear the region of Nineveh and Anbar, said the ...

Tusk recommends start of transition talks on Brexit

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:20am
(With POL-EU-UK-BREXIT) BRUSSELS, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- Donald TUSK, President of the European Council, Friday said that the EU and the UK should start negotiating the transition period, so that people and businesses have clarity about their situation."As ...

US deeply concerned over violence surge in Yemen

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:34am
WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- The US voiced deep concerns over the increase of violence in Yemen, calling on "all parties there to reject the use of violence against their political opponents." State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told ...

Progress made in Brexit talks

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:23am
BRUSSELS, Dec 8 (KUNA) -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced Friday that "sufficient progress" has been made on Brexit negotiations to enter the next phase of talks on trade and security.Speaking at a press conference after ...