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 2020-02-24 20:13 

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Kuwait Embassy in London celebrates Nat'l Days...

LONDON, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Kuwait Ambassador to the United Kingdom Khaled Al-Duwaisan hosted on Monday a reception to mark Kuwait's 59th National Day and the 29th Liberation Day. On this ocassion, Al-Duwaisan conveyed in...

 2020-02-24 20:10 

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Oman suspends flights to Iran due to coronavirus...

MUSCAT, Feb 24 (KUNA) - Oman's General Authority of Civil Aviation on Monday suspended all flights between the Sultanate and Iran, starting today, due to Covid 19. The suspension comes due to the recent developments of the epidemiological situation of...

 2020-02-24 20:05 

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Turkey suspends flights to Iran partially...

ISTANBUL, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Turkish Airlines suspended some of flights to Iran until Febuary 27 amid fears from outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The country's national flag carrier has taken a series of measures on trips to neighbor...

 2020-02-24 19:20 

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UAE bans citizens from traveling to Iran, Thailand...

ABU DHABI, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The United Arab of Emirates (UAE) decided on Monday to prevent it citizens from traveling to Iran and Thailand until further notice. UAE's Foreign Ministry and International Cooperation said in a press statement that this c...

 2020-02-24 19:19 

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Oman declares two confirmed corona cases...

MUSCAT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Omani Ministry of Health announced Monday that there are two confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the country. The two cases are of two Omani female citizens, who have returned home from Iran. The official Omani News Agency...

 2020-02-24 19:15 

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Kuwaiti Commerce Min. sets medical masks prices...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan issued a Ministerial Decision on Monday setting prices of medical face masks. The ministry said in a statement that the minister issued the decision on basis of a letter from the...

 2020-02-24 19:04 

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Germany alarmed due to coronavirus spread...

BERLIN, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- German Minister of Health Jens Spahn on Monday expressed his government's concern after coronavirus "spread to Europe."In a statement, the minister indicated that the appearance of the contagious disease in northern It...

 2020-02-24 19:00 

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Car rams into German parade, several wounded - police...

BERLIN, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- A driver plowed his car into a crowd at a carnival gathering in the German town of Volkmarsen on Monday, injuring several people, police said. "The driver was arrested at the scene and ambulances whisked the injured to a medic...

 2020-02-24 18:29 

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Sunday quake damage, demolishes 694 houses in Turkey...

ANKARA, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The 5.9 degree earthquake that jolted regions along Turkey's eastern borders with Iran damaged or destroyed 694 houses, Minister of Environment Murat Kurum said on Monday. Quoted by the official news agency, Anadolu, the minis...

 2020-02-24 18:07 

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(read in 2nd graf Government, sted Social)HLT-KUWAIT-CORONA-CONFERENCENo one excluded from compulsory quarantine - officialKUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The undersecretary of Kuwait's Health Ministry Dr. Mustafa Reda affirmed on Monday that all citizens wh...

 2020-02-24 18:02 

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Israel renews launching air strikes on Gaza...

GAZA, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Israeli Military carried out on Monday air strikes against some places in Gaza -- without reporting any injuries. It struck an Islamic Jihad military base in the Gazan city of Khan Younis, along with other facilities controlled by t...

 2020-02-24 18:00 

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No one excluded from compulsory quarantine - official...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The undersecretary of Kuwait's Health Ministry Dr. Mustafa Reda affirmed on Monday that all citizens who arrived from Tehran and Qom were subjected to the compulsory quarantine in order to ensure their health and protect socie...

 2020-02-24 18:00 

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Kuwait's customs on high alert amid coronavirus outbreak...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's General Administration of Customs said on Monday it has taken stringent precautionary measures after the country reported its first new coronavirus case involving people who had visited Iran. Kuwait's customs has ...

 2020-02-24 17:54 

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Chinese legislators' annual assembly delayed...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The permanent committee of China's National People's Congress, the nation highest legislative body, on Monday approved adjourning the congress annual session due on March 5. The decision was taken against backdrop of the s...

 2020-02-24 17:10 

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Spokesperson: EU-China meetings cancelled due to Coronavirus...

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Several meetings which were to be held to prepare for the upcoming EU-China summit have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an EU spokesperson said here Monday. "There are many , many meetings between EU and China a...

 2020-02-24 16:26 

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Human rights face mounting challenges -- Guterres...

GENEVA, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has affirmed that human rights are facing mounting challenges. Addressing the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Guterres called for a task plan to protect human rights, ...

 2020-02-24 16:05 

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Palestinian PM: Israel seeks to "isolate" Jerusalem...

RAMALLAH, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on Monday blamed Israel for "isolating" Jerusalem after it announced plans for the construction of 3,000 new settler homes near East Jerusalem. "We strongly condemn Netany...

 2020-02-24 15:49 

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Kuwaiti Amir receives congratulatory cables on Nat'l Day...

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Monday congratulatory cables marking the 58th National Day and 29th anniversary of Liberation Day from His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. His Highne...

 2020-02-24 15:46 

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Kuwait Army to release personnel held in disciplinary cases...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammad Al-Kheder on Monday ordered release of military personnel held for disciplinary cases, a gesture marking the national days. The military said in a statement that the decision...

 2020-02-24 15:39 

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Kuwait Ports bans ships' entry from Iraq...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Ports Authority announced Monday banning entry of ships from Iraq to the ports of Shuaiba, Shuwaikh and Doha until further notice, as part of efforts to stop the new coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading. General Manager of...

 2020-02-24 15:26 

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Afghanistan reports first coronavirus case...

ISLAMABAD, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Afghanistan's first case of coronavirus case has been confirmed in the country's western Herat province on Monday, said officials. Afghan minister of public health, Ferozuddin Feroz in a press conference in capital Kabu...

 2020-02-24 15:22 

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Kuwait begins heavy crude oil project...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) announced on Monday start of the heavy crude oil project in North Kuwait -- the company largest venture. The KOC said in a press release that the kick-off of the project was due to the personnel efforts to...

 2020-02-24 15:17 

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Iran nuclear deal meeting due in Vienna Wednesday...

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- A meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal, will take place in Vienna on Wednesday , according to an announcement here Monday. The Joint Commission will be chaired ...

 2020-02-24 15:07 

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Kuwait FM receives message from Qatari counterpart on ties...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah on Monday received a written message from Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, dealing with the close bilateral r...

 2020-02-24 15:02 

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Malaysian PM submits his resignation...

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced Monday his resignation from his post besides his own political party. The prime minister's office stated in a press release that the resignation was submitted to King A...

 2020-02-24 15:01 

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Iraq announces first infection with coronavirus...

BAGHDAD, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Health announced Monday registering first infection with new coronavirus (COVID-19), noting the case is an Iranian student in the Iraqi province of Najaf. The ministry said in a statement that the laboratory...

 2020-02-24 14:57 

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Briefing of KUNA main news for Monday until 12:00 GMT...

KUWAIT -- Kuwait celebrates on Tuesday the 59th National Day, which coincides with the 14th anniversary of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah assumption of office as the ruler of Kuwait amid celebrations of patriotism and loyalt...

 2020-02-24 14:46 

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Gold price rise to its highest level in 7 years...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Sabayik Al-Kuwait Company said on Monday that gold price rose to its highest level in seven years, stimulated by the demand for safe havens following the continued outbreak of the Coronavirus - Covid 19. It indicated in a report t...

 2020-02-24 14:28 

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China: 150 new coronavirus deaths, 409 confirmed infections...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Chinese authorities announced 150 new coronavirus deaths and 409 confirmed infections around the country on Monday. The country's National Health Committee said the death toll came up to 2,595 people until the past 24 hours, w...

 2020-02-24 14:25 

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Kuwait Education Ministry: Precautions enforced against coronavirus...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Education affirmed on Monday that all necessary measures and precautions had been taken against coronavirus (COVID-19) -- in coordination with the Ministry of Health. The ministry declared a campaign to educate stu...

 2020-02-24 14:17 

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Kuwait parliament speaker urges Gov't to prepare "full measures" against coronavirus...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim on Monday called on the government to take "full precautionary measures" against coronavirus (COVIC-19). Al-Ghanim said in a statement that he had contacted Minister of Healt...

 2020-02-24 13:26 

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OPEC basket price down to USD 58.17 pb...

VIENNA, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- OPEC daily basket price stood at USD 58.17 a barrel Friday, going down by 77 cents compared with USD 58.17 a barrel the previous day, said a statement by the oil cartel Monday. The annual average of OPEC basket price hit USD 64.04...

 2020-02-24 13:20 

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Some 31 S. Korean pilgrims to Israel infected with coronavirus...

TOKYO, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- A total of 31 South Koreans who recently made a group pilgrimage to Israel have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, South Korea's health authorities said Monday, according to Yonhap News Agency. Of 39 Catholic pilgrims w...

 2020-02-24 13:15 

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EU announces aid package to tackle Coronavirus outbreak...

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The European Union Monday announced a new aid package worth EUR 232 million (USD 251 million) to boost global preparedness, prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus. "With more than 2,600 lives lost already and the e...

 2020-02-24 13:08 

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Crown Prince exchanges greeting on nat'l celebrations...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Monday, exchanged greetings with local officials on the advent of the 59th National Day and 29th Liberation Anniversary. His Highness the Crown Prince received...

 2020-02-24 12:51 

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Bahrain confirms 1st coronavirus case - agency...

MANAMA, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Bahrain's Ministry of Health confirmed Monday the first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in after a Bahraini citizen arriving from Iran was suspected of contracting the virus, based on emerging symptoms. The patient wa...

 2020-02-24 12:47 

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Kuwaiti, Qatari artists display leadership portraits on Nat'l Days...

Photo feature by Nawaf Al-Deqbasi DOHA, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- A number of paintings by Kuwaiti and Qatari artists were exhibited at Kuwait embassy here Monday portraying the rulers of the two countries at the on Kuwait's national celebrations. Qatari artis...

 2020-02-24 12:27 

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Speaker Al-Ghanim congratulates Estonia on nat'l day...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sent a cable Monday to President of the Parliament of Estonia Henn Polluaas, congratulating him on his country's Independence Day. (end)hb...

 2020-02-24 12:20 

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Kuwait contributes to WHO's fight against coronavirus - Amb. Ghunaim...

GENEVA, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait donated USD half a million for the World Health Organization (WHO), its annual voluntary contribution and part of which to be diverted to help fight coronavirus, or COVID-19, Kuwait's top diplomat to UN in Geneva said. ...

 2020-02-24 12:12 

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EU-Kuwait trade up...

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Trade exchange between the European Union and Kuwait in 2019 showed an upward trend, according to latest figures released by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office. Total trade exchanges between Kuwait and EU in 2019 were val...

 2020-02-24 11:23 

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Kuwait celebrates 59th nat'l day under Amir's leadership...

Report by Sara Al-MukhaizeemKUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait celebrates on Tuesday the 59th National Day, which coincides with the 14th anniversary of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah assumption of office as the ruler of Kuwait...

 2020-02-24 11:17 

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Kuwait Amir congratulates Estonia on nat'l day...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Monday a cable of congratulations to the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid on her country's Independence Day. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al...

 2020-02-24 11:12 

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Crown Prince's receptions...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Monday at Bayan Palace Sheikh Dr. Ibrahim Al-Duaij Al-Sabah. (end)hb...

 2020-02-24 11:05 

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Houses in Kuwait put on colors of nat'l flag, leadership's portraits...

Photo feature by Meshari bin GhaithKUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait will be celebrating on February 25-26 the country's 59th National Day and 29th Anniversary of Liberation; occasions that spread joy and patriotic pride amongst people. Coi...

 2020-02-24 10:22 

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Kuwait confirms 3 coronavirus cases coming from Iran's Mashhad...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced Monday that preliminary tests conducted for passengers coming from the Iranian city of Mashhad resulted in three confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kuwait. A MoH statement...

 2020-02-24 09:56 

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Trump arrives in India on official visit...

NEW DELHI, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- US President Donald Trump arrived in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat on Monday morning in his first India visit amid growing trade tension and ongoing protests in the country over the amended citizenship law. Trump touched down as pa...

 2020-02-24 09:24 

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Seoul reports 7th death from coronavirus, 161 new cases...

TOKYO, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- South Korea reported its seventh fatality from the new coronavirus and 161 new confirmed cases on Monday, bringing the total infections here to 763, Yonhap News Agency reported. The southwestern city of Daegu, where 2.5 million peo...

 2020-02-24 09:24 

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CBK: USD stable at KD 0.305...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 (KUNA) -- The exchange rate of the US Dollar remained at KD 0.305, while the Euro was down to KD 0.330 compared to yesterday's, said the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) Monday. The CBK indicated that the British Pound Sterling went down to...

 2020-02-24 09:19 

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Three confirmed cases coronavirus in Kuwait - hlt ministry...

Three confirmed cases coronavirus in Kuwait - hlt ministry...

 2020-02-24 09:15 

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Today in Kuwait's history...

KUWAIT, Feb 24 --1978 -- Kuwait signs an agreement for conservation of marine environment and a protocol for regional cooperation on protecting Gulf waters from oil slicks and other damage. 1983 -- The new headquarters of Kuwait National Museum was inaugu...

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