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World leaders pledge to invest heavily in low-carbon energy

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 7:10pm
(With ENV-FRANCE-KUWAIT-SUMMIT) PARIS, Dec 13 (KUNA) -- Heads of state and government and senior officials from more than 100 countries gathered at the One Planet Summit on Tuesday to once again, underscore how shifting financial flows towards a ...

Briefing of KUNA main news for Tuesday until 00:00 GMT

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:48pm
ISTANBUL - His Highness the Amir of Kuwait arrives in Istanbul for the OIC emergency summit. JEDDAH - Nearly 85 percent of the Yemeni territory is retrieved from Houthi militias. MOSCOW - Russia shuts down its embassy in Sanaa and relocate its ...

US makes "encouraging progress" to fix Iran nuclear deal

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:47pm
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The White House affirmed Tuesday that the US Administration continues to make "encouraging progress with Congress to fix the US-Iran deal and address long-term proliferation issues." Addressing reports that the ...

Arab Media Forum honors winners of creative advertisement award

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:57pm
KUWAIT, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The Arab Media Forum honored on Tuesday the 2017 creative advertisement award winners that was co-organized by the forum, Kuwait's Ministry of Information, Kuwait Media Association and International Advertising Association ...

Tillerson says US doing "everything we can do" to reign in North Korea

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:31pm
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday indicated the US was doing all it could to reign in North Korea's nuclear disarmament.Speaking to staff at a town hall meeting, Tillerson said the US was doing all it could ...

Kuwait theatrical festival kicks off

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:26pm
KUWAIT, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- Actors, playwrights and media icons from the Gulf and wider Arab region attended the launch of Kuwait's 18 theatrical festival, which kicked off on Tuesday under the auspices of Kuwait's Information Minister Mohammad ...

Mogherini: Iran-Europe trade up by 94 pct

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:15pm
BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- After the signing of the Iran nuclear deal trade between Iran and Europe increased 94 percent in the first half of 2017, compared to the first half of 2016, according to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.Speaking ...

Federal prosecutors charge NYC bombing suspect

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:02pm
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- US federal prosecutors filed terrorism charges on Tuesday against the suspect behind the attempted early morning attack on New York's City's Port Authority Bus Terminal.The US Attorney's Office in southern New York filed ...

UAE VP: countries failing to adapt with '18 change will fall behind

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:50pm
DUBAI, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- UAE Vice-President Sheikh Mohammad Al-Maktoum said Tuesday the Arab world was witnessing political and economic changes, and the countries which "fail to cope with these changes will fall behind for long years to come." He ...

Trump signs bill providing USD 692 bln for Pentagon

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:28pm
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides USD 692 billion for US Defense Department spending in 2018."This legislation will enhance our readiness, expand and ...

MEPs call on Myanmar military to stop atrocities against Rohingya

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:58pm
BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- A number of Members of the European Parliament renews their calls Tuesday on the military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killing, harassment and human rights violations of the Muslim minority ...

UN, partners launch USD4.4 bln regional plan for Syrian refugees

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:49pm
NEW YORK, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The UN and its partners have launched USD 4.4 billion plan to support what one senior United Nations official on Tuesday described as "a lost generation" of Syrian refugees caught up in the ongoing conflict.Majority of ...

Kuwait urges joint action to curb climate change

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:32pm
PARIS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait on Tuesday took part in the One Planet Summit in Paris - an alliance of hundreds of global leaders from all sectors, determined to demonstrate the power of collective action in addressing such a global ...

Russia announces closure of embassy in Yemen until further notice

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:02pm
MOSCOW, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- Russia announced Tuesday closure of its embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, due to what the Foreign Ministry spokesperson described as "development of situation." Maria Zakharova said Russia decided to close the embassy ...

Two Palestinians killed, 21 others wounded in clashes with Israeli forces

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:32pm
GAZA, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- At least two Palestinian people were killed and 21 others wounded in Gaza and West Bank on Tuesday in clashes with the Israeli security forces.In Gaza, two people were killed and 16 others injured when Israeli forces fired ...

Kuwaiti doctors in S. Turkey to treat Syrian refugees

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:04pm
ANKARA, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- A team of Kuwaiti doctors arrived to the Turkish southern province of Hatay Tuesday to treat Syrian refugees who sustained injuries by the armed conflict in their country.This is the 12th expedition of the team to Turkey, ...

China to import 43 pct natural gas demand by 2040

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:53pm
TOKYO, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- China's demand for natural gas will continue to soar toward 2040, outstripping domestic output by around 43 percent, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday, citing the International Energy Agency (IEA)."China's annual ...

Yemeni PM says 85 pct of Yemen liberated from Houthis

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:39pm
JEDDAH, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- A total of 85 percent of the Yemeni territory has been retaken from the grip of Houthi militias, said Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed Bin Dagher on Tuesday.The prominent role of the Saudi-led coalition in the "Operation ...

Qatari Defense Min. congratulates Kuwaiti counterpart on new post

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:11pm
KUWAIT, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah received a phone call Tuesday from Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khaled Al-Attiyah who ...

Saudi Arabia denies prevention relief supplies' entry to Yemen

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:52am
JEDDAH, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) said Tuesday the military coalition supporting legitimate leadership in Yemen did not restrict entry of humanitarian aid via airports or ports in Yemen.Sea ports of ...