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 2020-06-05 00:59 

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Pompeo commends Nasdaq's restrictions on Chinese firms...

WASHINGTON, June 4 (KUNA) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commended Nasdaq Stock Market for requiring auditing firms to ensure all listed companies comply with international reporting and inspection standards. President Donald Trump's Administrati...

 2020-06-05 00:42 

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Egypt records 38 new coronavirus deaths, 1,152 infections...

CARIO, June 4 (KUNA) -- Egypt reported on Thursday 38 new coronavirus fatalities, raising the death toll up to 1,126, the Ministry of Health announced. Moreover, 1,152 people were diagnosed with the deadly disease in the past 24 hours, pushing the toll up...

 2020-06-05 00:40 

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French coronavirus deaths rise 44 to 29,065...

PARIS, June 4 (KUNA)- The death toll in France from coronavirus rose by 44 on Thursday to reach 29,065, marking another slowing rate for fatalities over past weeks. The Health Ministry said in a statement that hospitalisations declined again over the past...

 2020-06-05 00:39 

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Philippines records 10 deaths, 634 new coronavirus cases...

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (KUNA) -- The Philippines on Thursday announced 10 people died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 634 others tested positive for the virus. The Ministry of Health said in a statement that total cases was 20,382 and tally of death...

 2020-06-04 23:46 

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Kuwait affirms PCR tests haven't stopped...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) - Kuwait Ministry of Health said Thursday swabs taken through the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PRC) tests have not stopped and were conducted as planned by MoH. The MoH was reacting to media and social media reports it was halting PCR ...

 2020-06-04 23:09 

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Anti-IS coalition reiterates determination to achieve enduring defeat to IS...

WASHINGTON, June 4 (KUNA) -- The foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group have reaffirm shared determination to continue the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh and ISIS, and to create conditions...

 2020-06-04 23:03 

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Turkey confirms 21 coronavirus deaths, 988 infections...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Thursday that 21 people died of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours while 988 persons tested positive for the disease. Koca was quoted by the Anadolu news agency, monitore...

 2020-06-04 22:47 

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Global Vaccine Summit pledges USD 8.8 bln to vaccinate children...

LONDON, June 4 (KUNA) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the Global Vaccine Summit, which he chaired on Thursday, succeeded in pledging around USD 8.8 billion to vaccinate 300 million children in the world's poorest nations before end of...

 2020-06-04 22:18 

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Morocco: two COVID-19 deaths, 81 infections...

RABAT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Moroccan Ministry of Health said Thursday two people died of the novel coronavirus and there were 81 new cases registered in the past 24 hours. Muath Lamrabet, coordinator of the National Center of Public Health Emergencies, told a...

 2020-06-04 21:50 

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Kuwait PM: current economic conditions require spending cuts...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) - Kuwait Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Thursday called on all authorities to understand "critical circumstances," which required spending cuts to overcome the current economic conditions. H...

 2020-06-04 21:22 

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EP cmt calls for swift lifting of controls in Schengen area...

BRUSSELS, June 4 (KUNA) -- The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee Thursday expressed concern about the current situation of internal borders controls in the passport-free Schengen travel area and their impact on people and businesses. In ...

 2020-06-04 21:10 

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Britain suffers 176 new coronavirus deaths...

LONDON, June 4 (KUNA) -- The British Department of Health said on Thursday that the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) climbed to 39,904 with 176 new fatalities. The department said in a statement that it had recorded 1,805 new infecti...

 2020-06-04 20:48 

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Algeria reports 8 COVID-19 fatalities, 98 infections...

ALGIERS, June 4 (KUNA) -- Algerian Ministry of Health said Thursday that eight persons died of the coronavirus while 98 people tested positive for the virus. Dr. Jamal Forar, spokesman of the committee tasked with monitoring and following up the coronavir...

 2020-06-04 19:37 

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NATO Chief says they're ready to step up fight against terrorism...

BRUSSELS, June 4 (KUNA) -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on Thursday at a meeting co-chaired by Italy and the United States and held via video-conference, according to a NATO pre...

 2020-06-04 19:35 

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Luxembourg reports three cases of coronavirus, no death...

BRUSSELS, June 4 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Health in Luxembourg in its latest update Thursday confirmed three more coronavirus cases raising the total to 4,027. No further death from Covid-19 was reported and the death toll remains at 110. Three patients ...

 2020-06-04 19:34 

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Iran releases US Navy veteran from prison...

WASHINGTON, June 4 (KUNA) -- US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was pleased to "announce that Navy Veteran, Michael White, who has been detained by Iran for 683 days, is on a Swiss plane that just left Iranian Airspace.""We expect...

 2020-06-04 19:22 

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France cancels traditional Bastille Day military parade...

PARIS, June 4 (KUNA) -- France has decided to cancel its regular Bastille Day military parade this year because of the coronavirus crisis, the French Presidency announced on Thursday. The parade, held on National Day on July 14, usually celebrates the Fre...

 2020-06-04 19:08 

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Kuwait's Amir Representative takes part in Global Vaccine Summit 2020...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir' Representative, Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, headed the Kuwaiti delegation in the Global Vaccine Summit (GAVI) which was held Thursday online at the invitation of the UK...

 2020-06-04 18:45 

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Foreign Minister partakes in Int'l coalition in combating ISIS video Conf. meeting...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah headed the delegation of the State of Kuwait in the ministerial group of the international coalition against the so-called (ISIS) organization, which was hel...

 2020-06-04 18:27 

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Turkey to gradually resume flights to 40 countries starting from June 10...

ISTANBUL, June 4 (KUNA) -- Turkey plans to resume international flights to 40 countries gradually as of June 10, the transport and infrastructure minister said on Thursday. The international flights from Turkey will carry passengers firstly to the Turkish...

 2020-06-04 17:55 

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Finance Min. to deal with Al-Adsani's grilling motion constitutionally...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti Finance Minister Barak Al-Shitan said that he was informed, Thursday, that MP Riyadh Al-Adsani filed a grilling motion against him. In a statement to KUNA, Minister Al-Shitan stressed that the motion will be dealt with acc...

 2020-06-04 17:51 

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IAEA provides aid to help combat coronavirus to 80 nations...

VIENNA, June 4 (KUNA) -- Dozens of Countries Receive COVID-19 Testing Equipment from the IAEA on Thursday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has so far delivered more than 250 consignments to 80 countries with supplies to help fight against th...

 2020-06-04 17:44 

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MP Al-Adsani files grilling motion against Finance Min....

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Kuwait National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said he had received a grilling motion from MP Riyadh Al-Adsani against Finance Minister Barak Al-Shitan. In a press statement, Al-Ghanim affirmed, Thursday, that all the procedur...

 2020-06-04 17:43 

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Finance Min. directs KIA to adjust gov't ownership percentage on KFH board...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Kuwaiti Finance Minister, Barak Al-Sheetan, directed the Investment Authority (KIA) in coordination with government agencies to adjust the ownership percentage of these entities over the number of government representation members...

 2020-06-04 17:29 

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Up to 1.9 million people in US file for jobless claims...

WASHINGTON, June 4 (KUNA) -- Up to 1.9 million people in the US filed for jobless benefits last week, official data showed Thursday, with the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits reaching about 21.5 million since mid March with the sprea...

 2020-06-04 17:06 

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Foreign Minister phones Yemeni counterpart...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah telephoned on Thursday Yemeni counterpart Mohammad Al-Hadrami, expressing his satisfaction for the outcome of the recently held Yemen Donors Conference to help ease the...

 2020-06-04 17:05 

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His Highness Amir offers condolences to Saudi King over demise of Saud bin Abdullah...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- His Highness Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent on Thursday a cable to Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz, expressing and extending his sincere condolences over the demise of Prince Saud bin Abdullah Al-Saud. In...

 2020-06-04 16:19 

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Netherlands reports 13 deaths from coronavirus...

BRUSSELS, June 4 (KUNA) -- Thirteen more coronavirus deaths were reported in the Netherlands on Thursday. The total death toll from coronavirus rose to 5,990, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said in a statement. Two hund...

 2020-06-04 16:05 

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OPEC's oil price up to USD 35.46 pb...

VIENNA, June 4 (KUNA) -- OPEC's daily basket price went up 51 cents to reach USD 35.46 pb Wednesday, compared with USD 34.95 the previous Tuesday, said the organization Thursday. OPEC's bulletin affirmed that the annual average price of the basket...

 2020-06-04 15:59 

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European Commission pledges 300 mln Euro to Vaccine Alliance...

BRUSSELS, June 4 (KUNA) -- The European Commission is to pledge 300 million euro (USD 336 million) to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for the period 2021-2025. The announcement will be made later Thursday by the President of the European Commission Ursula von...

 2020-06-04 15:12 

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Qatar confirms 1,581 coronavirus infections, recovery 1,926...

DOHA, June 4 (KUNA) -- Qatari Health Ministry confirmed the number of coronavirus infections reached 1,581 and 1,926 patients' recovery from the virus on Thursday. In a statement, the ministry said the total number of infections in the country has rea...

 2020-06-04 14:57 

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Norway confirms 25 more coronavirus cases, one death...

BRUSSELS, June 4 (KUNA) -- The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Norway on Thursday increased to 8,477, of which 25 cases were reported yesterday. These figures were released by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health today. One additional d...

 2020-06-04 14:42 

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 2020-06-04 14:29 

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Kuwait Prime Minister receives phone call from Yemeni counterpart...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Hamad Al-Sabah received a phone call Thursday from Yemeni counterpart Dr. Mueen Abdulmalik Saeed, expressing his utmost appreciation for Kuwait's support to Yemen security an...

 2020-06-04 14:04 

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Kuwait's coronavirus curve tilts downward, new cases 562...

KUWAIT -- Dr. Al-Sanad, speaking during his daily briefing about the local pandemic status, said total count of the infection cases reached 29,921, adding that six new de'aths were also recorded in past 24 hours, putting the whole count of fatalities at 2...

 2020-06-04 13:43 

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Kuwait's coronavirus curve tilts downward, new cases 562...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- A total of 562 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kuwait in the past 24 hours, the health ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad announced on Thursday. The latest count of infections with the contagi...

 2020-06-04 13:10 

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Seoul to ban on anti-Pyongyang leaflet campaign after threats...

TOKYO, June 4 (KUNA) -- Seoul is working on a plan to legislate a ban on sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North, the Unification Ministry said Thursday following threats by the North, Yonhap News Agency reported. The envisioned legislation is aime...

 2020-06-04 13:07 

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Netherlands to lift travel restrictions to some European countries...

BRUSSELS, June 4 (KUNA) -- People from the Netherlands will be able to visit 12 countries, including Germany, Belgium, Italy and Croatia as of June 15, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced. Later, other European countries such as Spain and France...

 2020-06-04 12:45 

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Tunisia reports no new coronavirus cases...

TUNIS, June 4 (KUNA) -- Tunisia's toll of infections and deaths with the novel coronavirus (COVID) remained unchanged at 1,087. Tunisian Ministry of Health said in a statement on Thursday 378 home analyses showed three infection cases of persons who h...

 2020-06-04 12:20 

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Belgium confirms 28 new deaths from COVID-19...

BRUSSELS, June 4 (KUNA) -- Twenty-eight more deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Belgium in the last 24 hours. The total death toll has now reached to 9,548, the Belgian public health service announced in a press release on Thursday. Up to 82 new cases ...

 2020-06-04 12:16 

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Germany: 394 new coronavirus cases, 30 deaths...

BERLIN, June 4 (KUNA) -- Germany said on Thursday coronavirus cases and deaths rose by 394 to 182,764 and 30 to 8,581 respectively. Some 600 people were also cured from the virus as recoveries have climbed to 167,800 so far, health authorities reported in...

 2020-06-04 11:52 

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COVID-19 deaths in India climbs to 6,075...

NEW DELHI, June 4 (KUNA) -- Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday that in yet another major increase in the number of COVID-19 related deaths, the nation saw total death toll climbing to 6,075 and the positive cases soaring to 216,...

 2020-06-04 11:42 

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Palestine: 4 new coronavirus infection cases...

RAMALLAH, June 4 (KUNA) -- Palestinian Minister of Health Mai Al-Kaila declared on Thursday four people contracted the novel coronavirus in Palestinian territories during past 24 hours. The minister said in a statement three cases were registered in the t...

 2020-06-04 11:41 

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China: one COVID-19 case, no deaths...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Chinese authorities on Thursday confirmed one case of the coronavirus but no related deaths over the past 24 hours. The total number of cases now rises to 83,022 with the fatalities standing at 4,634, China's National Health c...

 2020-06-04 11:03 

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Russia suffers 169 deaths due to coronavirus infection...

MOSCOW, June 4 (KUNA) -- Russia suffered 169 deaths due to infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in past 24 hours, authorities declared. Russian Emergency Center said in a statement total count of fatalities in the nation climbed to 5,384. Moroe...

 2020-06-04 10:56 

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Japan reports 48 new virus cases, total at 17,060...

TOKYO, June 4 (KUNA) -- The number of Japan's new coronavirus infections rose by 48 to 17,060 over the last 24 hours as of 4 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Thursday, the health ministry and local authorities said. The country's death toll climbed by six to 90...

 2020-06-04 10:54 

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1,473 coronavirus patients cured -- Kuwait health ministry...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Health said on Thursday 1,473 coronavirus patients recovered raising total number of persons who became cured of the contagious disease to 17,223. The ministry said in a statement to KUNA that laboratory analyes an...

 2020-06-04 09:58 

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S. Korea reports 39 new virus cases, total at 11,629...

TOKYO, June 4 (KUNA) -- South Korea added 39 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday amid a steady increase in infections linked to religious gatherings in greater Seoul, bringing the nation's total infections to 11,629, according to Yonhap News Agen...

 2020-06-04 09:50 

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Almost 20,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in US last 24 hours - tally...

WASHINGTON, June 4 (KUNA) -- The confirmed coronavirus cases in the US reached 1,851,520 and at least 107,175 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The tally showed that 19,699 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours and 995 deaths nationwid...

 2020-06-04 09:31 

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Kuwait oil price climbs to USD 34.59 pb...

KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- Price of the Kuwaiti oil rose 69 cents to reach USD 34.59 per barrel Wednesday against USD 33.90 pb Tuesday, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said on Thursday. In international markets, Brent crude price climbed 22 cents to sett...

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