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 2020-11-24 11:37 

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Japan reports 1,506 new virus cases, total at 135,216...

TOKYO, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- Japan reported 1,506 new cases of the coronavirus over the last 24 hours as of 04:00 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Tuesday, raising the nation's total number to 135,216, the health ministry and local authorities said. The country's cu...

 2020-11-24 10:55 

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Kuwait oil price up USD 1.33 to USD 45.14 pb...

KUWAIT, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- The price of Kuwaiti oil went up USD 1.33 to reach USD 45.14 per barrel (pb) Monday after it was at USD 43.81 the day before, Kuwait Petroleum corporation (KPC) announced on Tuesday. In global markets, Brent crude contracts went u...

 2020-11-24 10:35 

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Kuwait Amir receives Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad...

KUWAIT, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received at Bayan Palace, Tuesday, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. (end)gta...

 2020-11-24 10:32 

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Tokyo stocks hit 29.5-year high on vaccine development, US transition...

TOKYO, Nov. 24 (KUNA) -- Tokyo stocks rebounded Tuesday, sending a key index to a 29-and-a-half year high following positive news about vaccine development and US President-elect Joe Biden's transition. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average on the To...

 2020-11-24 10:17 

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India registers 480 COVID-19 deaths, 37,975 positive cases...

NEW DELHI, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- India said on Tuesday that 480 people died due to COVID-19 while 37,975 cases were registered from across the country in the span of 24 hours. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that total deaths due to the coronavi...

 2020-11-24 09:25 

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S. Korea adds 349 new virus cases, total now at 31,353...

TOKYO, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- South Korea added 349 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the country's total caseload to 31,353, according to Yonhap News Agency. The country reported one additional death from COVID-19, raising the total to 510, the Ko...

 2020-11-24 09:03 

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Sudan registers three deaths, 244 Covid-19 cases...

KHARTOUM, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- Sudan said Tuesday 244 people tested positive for coronavirus while three persons died of the contagious disease in the past 24 hours. Ministry of Health said in a statement to the press total deaths rose to 1,202 and registered...

 2020-11-24 03:13 

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US transition process can begin -- GSA...

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (KUNA) -- The General Services Administration (GSA) has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the transition process. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy wrote in a letter to Biden on Monday, "...

 2020-11-24 02:57 

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Briefing of KUNA main news for Monday until 00:00 GMT...

KUWAIT -- Kuwait's Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the targeting of an oil facility north Jeddah. KUWAIT - Kuwait's Ministry of Health lists 337 more coronavirus infections, taking the caseload to 140,393. JEDDAH -- Saudi official says a proj...

 2020-11-24 02:56 

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France Covid-19 daily infections at low ebb...

PARIS, Nov 23 (KUNA) - France's Ministry of Health reported 4,452 new infection cases with the novel coronavirus (Covid19), the lowest daily figure recorded over the past two months. The country's caseload stands at 2,144,660 while deaths from the...

 2020-11-24 02:40 

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Syria suffers four virus deaths, 70 cases...

AMMAN, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The Syrian Ministry of Health said Monday that 70 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the country's caseload to 7,295. Four more fatalities over the past 24 hours raised the death toll from the...

 2020-11-24 02:03 

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Egypt logs 12 virus-related deaths, 354 cases...

CAIRO, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population said Monday that 354 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and 12 patients succumbed to the illness over the past 24 hours. The figures took the country's tal...

 2020-11-24 01:28 

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Arab Parliament strongly denounces attack on Saudi oil facility...

CAIRO, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- President of the Arab Parliament condemned as "cowardly and terrorist" the attack on an oil facility north Jeddah city, southwest Saudi Arabia, on Monday. "The criminal act of terrorism is part of design targeting vital...

 2020-11-24 01:19 

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Arab League denounces "terrorist" attack on Jeddah oil facility...

CAIRO, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The Arab League on Monday condemned an attack by Houthi militias on an oil facility in northern Jeddah city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The league's Secretary-General Ahmad Abul-Gheit said in a press statement: "It is a...

 2020-11-24 01:02 

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Muslim bloc denounces "terrorist" attack on Saudi oil facility...

JEDDAH, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday vehemently condemned a "cowardly terrorist attack" on an oil distribution facility in Saudi Arabia's western city of Jeddah. The organization said in a press stat...

 2020-11-24 00:40 

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Kuwait condemns Houthis' targeting of Saudi oil facility...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced in strongest terms the targeting by the Yemeni Houthi group of an oil facility to the north of Jeddah city, southwest Saudi Arabia, on Monday. "The persistence of such crimina...

 2020-11-24 00:18 

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EU ministers discuss debt-relief as part of recovery from Coronavirus...

BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- European Union development ministers Monday discussed the issue of debt relief, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a virtual meeting in the context of the COVID-19 global response and recovery effort. Minist...

 2020-11-24 00:14 

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Spain's King self-isolating after virus contact - media...

MADRID, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Spain's King Felipe VI is self-isolating after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19, said the Spanish TV Monday. It also noted that the monarch had suspended all official activities for 10 days. E...

 2020-11-24 00:14 

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UN chief blasts missile attack on Saudi oil facility...

NEW YORK, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the reported missile attack on Aramco oil facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for which the Yemeni Houthi militias claimed responsibility. "The Secretary-Gene...

 2020-11-23 23:45 

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NATO chief says he will work closely with Biden...

BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Monday told US President-elect Joe Biden that he looked forward to working very closely with him to further strengthen the bond between North America and Europe and to prepare next year...

 2020-11-23 23:32 

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Saudi oil facility comes under "terrorist" attack -- Official...

JEDDAH, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- A projectile hit a fuel tank at the petroleum products distribution terminal, causing an explosion, a spokesman of the Saudi Ministry of Energy said on Monday. The assault took place in Jizan, near the floating offloading platform...

 2020-11-23 23:25 

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Tunisia confirms 41 Covid-19 fatalities, 485 cases...

TUNIS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The Tunisian Ministry of Health announced on Monday 41 more deaths and 485 new cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). This brings the total number of the country's confirmed infections with the highly infectious respiratory...

 2020-11-23 23:19 

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Spain suffers 512 COVID-19 deaths, 25,886 infections...

MADRID, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- At least 512 patients succumbed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and 25,886 people tested positive for the disease in 24 hours, the Spanish Ministry of Health said on Monday. On its website, the ministry said that the overall infecti...

 2020-11-23 23:19 

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UN official commends Kuwait's knowledge-based economy efforts...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- A UN official on Monday touted Kuwait's efforts over recent years to turn its economy led by the public sector into an economy based on knowledge and innovation by putting national development strategies in place. The UN Secre...

 2020-11-23 22:55 

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Kuwait SC wins Handball Super Cup 2020/2021...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait SC, on Monday, won the Handball Super Cup 2020/2021 after defeating Al-Salmiya SC 32-21. Kuwait SC players dominated the game that took place at the Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah hall and managed to win after showing a wonderful ...

 2020-11-23 22:12 

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Morocco confirms 80 COVID-19 deaths, 2,587 infections...

RABAT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Moroccan health authorities said on Monday that 80 new Coronavirus fatalities and 2,589 infections were recorded in the past 24 hours. The new figures pushed the overall number of Covid-19-induced deaths and infections up to 5,396 ...

 2020-11-23 22:06 

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Jordan denounces Israeli plan to build 540 new settlements in Jerusalem...

AMMAN, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Jordan on Monday astringently blasted an Israeli decision to build 540 new settlements in the occupied East Jerusalem. Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Daifallah Fayez said in a statement that his country is opposed to Israeli set...

 2020-11-23 22:05 

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Italy suffers 630 COVID-19 deaths, 22,930 cases...

ROME, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Italy is still facing a rise in the daily coronavirus infections and deaths registering 22,930 and 630 respectively in the past 24 hours. After today's figures, the death toll and caseload rose to 50,453 and 1,431,795 since the ...

 2020-11-23 21:13 

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Kuwait holds military funeral for seven martyrs...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait on Monday held a military funeral for seven martyrs who had sacrificed their lives during the Iraqi invasion of 1990, and whose identified remains have been recently received from Iraq. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of...

 2020-11-23 21:05 

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Biden names pick for foreign policy, national security team...

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- US President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday his picks for Secretary of State and national security team. Biden announced that he plans to name Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Jake Sullivan as national security advisor ...

 2020-11-23 21:01 

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Turkey suffers 153 Covid-19 deaths, 6,713 cases...

ANKARA, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Some 153 patients died of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), and 6,713 people tested positive for the disease in Turkey over the last 24 hours, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Monday. Thus, the latest figures raised the deat...

 2020-11-23 20:58 

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Algeria confirms 19 Covid-19 deaths, 1,005 infections...

ALGIERS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The Algerian Health Ministry reported on Monday 19 coronavirus (Covid-19) fatalities and 1,005 new infections over the last 24 hours. The fresh infections pushed the mortality rate and total confirmed cases in this north African ...

 2020-11-23 20:48 

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New restrictions in Luxembourg to stop spread of coronavirus...

BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Health Paulette Lenert Monday announced that new restrictions will be introduced in the country from Thursday in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. They told a joint ...

 2020-11-23 19:44 

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Some 5,214 new coronavirus infections in Netherlands...

BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- About 5,214 more coronavirus infections were reported in the Netherlands Monday raising the total infections to 490,017. According to figures released by the Dutch Institute for public health and environment today, 54 more death...

 2020-11-23 19:44 

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Kuwait Cabinet hails "important, positive" outcome of Riyadh-led G20 Summit...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Cabinet on Monday praised the "important, positive" results achieved under Saudi Arabia's leadership of the G20 summit, a minister said on Monday. Ministers at the Cabinet's weekly session said the tal...

 2020-11-23 19:17 

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OAPEC: global economy begins recovery in Q3 after "fastest" seasonal contraction...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) said that global economy has begun to recover in this year's third quarter after recording a second quarter contraction, described as the "fastest" due to ...

 2020-11-23 18:12 

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Saudi Arabia COVID-19 deaths up by 16, cases by 231...

RIYADH, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Saudi Arabia's confirmed coronavirus cases climbed by 231 as related deaths rose by 16 over the past day, the health ministry said on Monday. The death toll now stands at 5,796 as confirmed cases hit 355,489, according to mini...

 2020-11-23 18:10 

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Norway confirms 1329 new coronavirus infections over weekend...

BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The total number of coronavirus cases in Norway increased to 32,767 Monday after 1,329 new cases were confirmed over the weekend. The total death toll from COVID-19 increased by five to reach 311 during. These figures were publi...

 2020-11-23 18:09 

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Iran sees further 12,460 coronavirus cases, 453 deaths...

TEHRAN, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Iran has recorded 12,460 daily confirmed coronavirus cases and 453 deaths in the past 24 hours, health authorities said on Monday. The new figures raised the total number of cases to 866,821 and deaths to 45,255, health authoritie...

 2020-11-23 18:07 

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Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine 70pct effective, trials reveal...

LONDON, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford has been proven between 70-90 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in its late stages of testing. The tests covering some 20,000 volunteers in the UK and Br...

 2020-11-23 17:48 

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US records almost 143,000 new coronavirus cases...

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The US recorded almost 143,000 new cases in the past 24 hours and at least 900 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded 142,732 new coronavirus cases and 921 deaths. The tally showed that the confirmed ca...

 2020-11-23 17:47 

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Iraq COVID-19 cases up by further 2,136, 38 deaths...

BAGHDAD, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Iraq's coronavirus deaths increased by 38 to 11,996 as the daily confirmed cases rose by 2,136, the health ministry said on Monday. This brings the caseload across the country's provinces, including the Kurdistan Region, ...

 2020-11-23 17:45 

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Bahrain lists further 114 COVID-19 cases...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Bahrain's daily confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 114, health authorities said on Monday. Some 212 new recoveries were also reported for a total of 83,829, as compared to 1,538 currently active cases, according to a health m...

 2020-11-23 17:44 

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UK-Kuwait Joint Steering Group conclude 16th session...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The UK-Kuwait Joint Steering Group concluded its 16th session remotely on Monday after talks held between on July 31 and September 1. The final meeting, co-chaired by Kuwait's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah and UK ...

 2020-11-23 16:53 

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Germany calls on Iran to abide by nuclear deal...

BERLIN, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Germany demanded on Monday that Iran adhere to the nuclear deal signed by Iran with the P5+1 group in 2015. The international community is currently recording Iran's systematic violations of the nuclear deal, Federal Minister ...

 2020-11-23 16:50 

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Kuwait Amir offers condolences to Mauritania president...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah addressed a condolence cable on Monday to the President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Ghazouani expressing his deepest sorrow over the death of Mauritanian former Presiden...

 2020-11-23 16:48 

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Kuwait PM discusses EU relations with European Council chief...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah discussed Kuwait's "distinguished relations" with the European Union in a phone conversation with European Council President Charles Michel on Monda...

 2020-11-23 15:48 

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EU: differences still remain over post Brexit trade deal...

BRUSSELS, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The European Union's chief negotiator with the UK over their future trade relationship, Michel Barnier, said on Monday that "fundamental divergences" remain after weekend talks held over the matter. "Time is shor...

 2020-11-23 15:41 

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Kuwait continues to believe in GCC - chief lawmaker...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said on Monday that his country has huge faith and continues to believe in the Gulf Cooperation Council, describing it as a "political asset with a strategic destiny....

 2020-11-23 15:16 

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UAE lists further 1,065 COVID-19 cases, two deaths...

KUWAIT, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- The UAE said its daily confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 1,065 to 160,055 on Monday. Two fatalities were recorded as the death toll increased to 554, state news agency, WAM, quoted health authorities as saying. Meanwhile, some 7...

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