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 2022-06-24 13:56 

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Kuwaiti diplomat urges exchanging Arab, regional expertise in science diplomacy...

PARIS, June 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Adam Al-Mulla stressed the importance of exchanging Arab and regional expertise in science diplomacy. He made t...

 2022-06-24 13:26 

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Energy crisis curbs German economic growth forecasts - think-tank...

BERLIN, June 24 (KUNA) -- The shortage of energy supplies, especially gas, due to the ongoing Ukraine war curbed Germany's economic growth last month, info Institute said on Friday. It said in a report that its index of the growth of Europe's bigg...

 2022-06-24 11:47 

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OPEC crudes' basket up nine cents to USD 111.09 pb...

VIENNA, June 24 (KUNA) -- Price of OPEC's basket of oil increased by nine cents to USD 111.09 per barrel on Thursday against USD 111 pb on Wednesday, the organization said Friday. Bulletin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) sa...

 2022-06-24 11:08 

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Kuwait oil falls to USD 110.81 pb - KPC...

KUWAIT, June 24 (KUNA) -- The price of Kuwaiti oil went down by 15 cents to USD 110.81 per barrel on Thursday, compared with USD 110.96 pb a day earlier, said the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) on Friday. Globally, Brent crude plummeted by USD 1.69 to...

 2022-06-24 10:40 

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N. Korea adds "important action plan" to frontline army units...

TOKYO, June 24 (KUNA) -- North Korea has decided to add "an important military action plan" to the operation duties of its frontline military units and strengthen the country's war deterrent, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) repo...

 2022-06-24 10:36 

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Kuwait affirms firm support to UNRWA...

NEW YORK, June 24 (KUNA) -- The state of Kuwait has affirmed its firm support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and its objectives, as it is a cornerstone of stability in the region. This came i...

 2022-06-24 10:10 

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

KUWAIT, June 24 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Friday a cable of congratulations to President of Slovenia Borut Pahor on the occasion of his country's National Day. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mis...

 2022-06-24 10:07 

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Kuwait Amir congratulates Qatar Amir on ascending throne 9th anniv....

KUWAIT, June 24 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable to the Qatatri Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, congratulating him on the ninth anniversary of ascending the throne. His highness praised the development, g...

 2022-06-24 09:04 

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US Senate passes significant bill to address gun violence...

WASHINGTON, June 24 (KUNA) -- The US Senate late Thursday passed a bipartisan bill to address gun violence that amounts to the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades. The final vote was 65 to 33 with 15 Republicans joining Democrats in supp...

 2022-06-24 09:03 

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Today in Kuwait's history...

KUWAIT, June 24 (KUNA) -- 1904 -- Kuwait's 7th Ruler Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah approves appointment of Stuart Knox, the first British Political Agent, arriving in Kuwait in August 1904. 1956 -- Kuwait Medical Mission heads to Saudi Arabia to accompany K...

 2022-06-24 02:49 

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

AMMAN -- UN Refugee Agency and Kuwaiti charity renew partnership for aiding Syrian refugees in Jordan. NEW YORK -- UN Secretary General says perspective of political solution for Palestine is "more far away than ever." BRUSSELS -- The European Cou...

 2022-06-24 02:25 

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Algeria's Sonatrach revenues projected at USD 50 bln....

ALGIERS, June 23 (KUNA) -- CEO of Sonatrach (S.P.A.) Toufik Hakkar on Thursday expected the company's annual revenues to hit USD 50 billion by the end of 2022. The total value of the company's exports in the last year grew by 75 percent on annual ...

 2022-06-24 00:50 

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US provides further USD 450 mln security assistance to Ukraine...

WASHINGTON, June 23 (KUNA) -- The US pledged on Thursday an additional USD 450 million in security assistance for Ukraine, according to the White House. The package contains "weapons and equipment including new high mobility artillery rocket systems, ...

 2022-06-24 00:37 

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EU leaders reaffirm strong military and economic support to Ukraine...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) -- The European Council (meeting of EU leaders) Thursday firmly reiterated that the European Union will continue to provide strong support for Ukraine's overall economic, military, social and financial resilience, including hu...

 2022-06-24 00:18 

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Kuwait underlines commitment to continue humanitarian aid for Yemen...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Thursday expressed its strong commitment to support and assist Yemen in humanitarian aid programmes to overcome the current humanitarian challenges facing the war-torn country. This was expressed by Ghazi Al Mutawa, Acti...

 2022-06-23 23:08 

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UN chief: Perspective of Mideast peace is "more far away than ever"...

NEW YORK, June 23 (KUNA) -- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres regretted Thursday that the Palestinian question is losing its urgency status and taking a back seat at the international stage which is now preoccupied with the war in Ukraine and other ev...

 2022-06-23 22:44 

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Kuwait's Ministry of Education hosts Arab Reading Challenge winners...

 2022-06-23 22:34 

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UN refugee agency, Kuwaiti charity renew Syrian refugee relief partnership...

AMMAN, June 23 (KUNA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Jordan and Kuwait's Sheikh Abdullah Al-Nouri Charity Society renewed on Thursday their partnership deal, which provides relief for nearly 2,100 Syrian refugee families worth...

 2022-06-23 21:55 

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EU leaders agree on candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) -- European Union leaders Thursday agreed to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. President of the European Council, Charles Michel. tweeted this evening. "A historic moment. Today marks a crucial step on your pat...

 2022-06-23 20:03 

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Chinese, Iranian FMs holds phone conversation on ties...

TOKYO, June 23 (KUNA) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday discussed their ties, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. In their phone conversation, Amir Abdollahian brie...

 2022-06-23 18:52 

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Chinese, Iranian FMs holds phone conversation on ties...

TOKYO, June 23 (KUNA) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday discussed their ties, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. In their phone conversation, Amir Abdollahian brie...

 2022-06-23 18:48 

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Lebanese Pres. designates Najib Mikati to form new gov't...

BEIRUT, June 23 (KUNA) - Lebanese President Michal Aoun, on Thursday, designated former Prime Minister Najib Mikati to form the new government. The Presidency Director-General, Antoine Choucair, announced that President Aoun, after consulting Parliament S...

 2022-06-23 17:15 

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EU, Norway agree to strengthen energy cooperation...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) - The European Union and Norway Thursday agreed to develop an even deeper long-term energy partnership following a meeting in Brussels between the European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, EU Commissioner for ...

 2022-06-23 17:14 

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UK railway union' second strike causes major travel disruptions...

LONDON, June 23 (KUNA) -- The British railway and shipping union's strike on Thursday, for the second time this week, has caused major disruptions to the movement of main trains and, to a lesser extent, London (underground) trains. The union's gen...

 2022-06-23 17:05 

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EU, Western Balkans leaders discuss ways to strengthen relations...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) -- Leaders of the European Union and Western Balkans Thursday held an almost four hour comprehensive discussion at their meeting in Brussels to discuss challenges of the current geostrategic situation and ways to further strengthe...

 2022-06-23 16:17 

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Russian Pres. praises BRICS group status, influence globally...

MOSCOW, June 23 (KUNA) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the status of the "BRICS" group is constantly being strengthened and its influence is steadily expanding globally. In a speech before the BRICS virtually summit, Putin a...

 2022-06-23 16:05 

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US needs realistic standards to reach nuclear agreement with Tehran -- Iran...

TEHRAN, June 23 (KUNA) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian called on the US to resolve to realistic standards to reach a nuclear agreement between Iran and the 4+1 group in Vienna. In a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart S...

 2022-06-23 16:04 

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European Parliament approves gas storage plans...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) - The European Parliament Thursday backed a legislative proposal that sets a mandatory minimum level of gas in storage facilities in EU countries at 80 percent by 1 November 2022 as a response to Russia's war against Ukraine. ...

 2022-06-23 15:13 

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Cavusoglu: Turkiye against "illegal" buying, selling of Ukrainian grain...

ISTANBUL, June 23 (KUNA) - Turkiye is against the illegal buying and selling of Ukrainian grain by any country, including but not limited to Russia and to be sold to other countries, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Thursday. During a press ...

 2022-06-23 14:17 

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European Parliament endorses extension of COVID 19 certificate...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) -- The European Parliament meeting in Brussels Thursday endorsed the deal with EU member states to extend the legal framework of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for another 12 months. The parliament backed the agreement, reached ...

 2022-06-23 14:15 

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EU mobilizes 1 mln euro in humanitarian aid following devastating quake in Afghanistan...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) -- The European Commission Thursday announced the allocation of 1 million euro (USD 1.05 million) in humanitarian funding in response to the powerful earthquake that struck southern Afghanistan early yesterday. Janez Lenarcic, EU ...

 2022-06-23 13:53 

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Kuwait University, UNHCR, engineering firm sign LOI on humanitarian projects...

KUWAIT, June 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait University (KU), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the PACE engineering and architectural consultancy firm signed on Thursday a letter of Intent (LOI) on joint humanitarian projects. The signing of...

 2022-06-23 13:50 

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Dhaman: Arab countries attract over 14,000 foreign projects in 19 years...

KUWAIT, June 23 (KUNA) -- The Arab Investment & Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (Dhaman) said Thursday Arab countries have attracted 14,443 foreign projects with a total capex of USD 1.3 trillion over the last 19 years. The corporation said in its 37t...

 2022-06-23 12:58 

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Iraq Kurdistan's gov't keen on bolstering tourism - official...

IRBIL, June 23 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi Kurdistan region is keen on bolstering tourism in its region, said an official on Thursday. Speaking to KUNA, Minister of Municipalities and Tourism in Sasan Awni said that the government in the region was eager to diver...

 2022-06-23 12:32 

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Kuwait Amir congratulates Duke of Luxembourg on nat'l day...

KUWAIT, June 23 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent on Thursday a cable of congratulations to Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri on the occasion of the National Day of his country. His Highness the Amir wished him ever...

 2022-06-23 12:29 

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European Council chief confident on candidate status for Ukraine...

BRUSSELS, June 23 (KUNA) -- President of the European Council Charles Michel Thursday expressed confidence that EU leaders will later today grant EU candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova. "This is a decisive moment for the EU. This is also a geopol...

 2022-06-23 12:22 

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Japan, Bahrain sign investment agreement...

TOKYO, June 23 (KUNA) -- Japan and Bahrain on Thursday signed an investment agreement that is expected to help bolster economic ties between the two countries, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. The deal, called the Agreement between Japan and Bahrain fo...

 2022-06-23 11:23 

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Kuwait strongly condemns, denounces terror attacks in Mali...

KUWAIT, June 23 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait strongly condemned and denounced the acts of violence and terror occurring in Mali, which led to the deaths of scores of innocent people. A statement by the Foreign Ministry on Thursday reflected the State of ...

 2022-06-23 11:22 

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Parliamentary consultation kicks off in Lebanon to designate PM...

BEIRUT, June 23 (KUNA) -- Parliamentary consultations, presided over by President Michel Aoun, began on Thursday to choose a new Prime Minister for Lebanon. The consultations started with President Aoun meeting with Deputy Speaker of the parliament Elias ...

 2022-06-23 10:47 

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S. Korea DM stresses stronger ties with US amid N. Korean threats...

TOKYO, June 23 (KUNA) -- South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup on Thursday reaffirmed his country's commitment to further strengthening its alliance with the US, pointing to the "very grave" security threats from North Korea, Yonhap News ...

 2022-06-23 10:21 

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Iran pres. urges closer economic coop. with Russia...

TEHRAN, June 23 (KUNA) -- Iranian President Ebrahim Rais on Thursday said it is necessary for his country to promote economic cooperation with Russia, while commending continued meetings and talks between both sides. He was quoted by Iranian state TV as s...

 2022-06-23 09:45 

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Kuwait oil dips by USD 5.16 to USD 110.96 pb - KPC...

KUWAIT, June 23 (KUNA) -- The price of Kuwaiti oil plunged by USD 5.16 to USD 110.96 per barrel on Wednesday, compared with USD 116.12 pb a day earlier, said the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) on Thursday. Globally, Brent crude plummeted by USD 2.91 t...

 2022-06-23 08:59 

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Today in Kuwait's history...

KUWAIT, June 23 (KUNA) --1972 -- State of Kuwait stopped begging the local currency, Dinar, to the Sterling Pound after floating of the British currency. The Dinar was begged to the US Dollar. 1987 -- Kuwait Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah signed a de...

 2022-06-23 02:49 

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

KUWAIT -- His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah says the National Assembly will be dissolved in the coming months. ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman agree to deep...

 2022-06-23 02:07 

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Turkiye, Saudi Arabia to open new era of cooperation...

ISTANBUL, June 22 (KUNA) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman agreed on Wednesday to deepen consultation and cooperation on regional issues to strengthen stability and peace. During their meeting, t...

 2022-06-23 01:47 

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US, EU committed to reducing dependency on Russian fuel supplies...

WASHINGTON, June 22 (KUNA) -- The US-EU Task Force on European Energy Security met virtually on Wednesday convened by the co-chairs Amos Hochstein US Senior Advisor for Energy Security, and Bjorn Seibert - Head of Cabinet of the European Commission Presid...

 2022-06-23 01:36 

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt proceed to Arab Futsal Cup quarterfinals...

RIYADH, June 22 (KUNA) -- Egypt and Saudi Arabia won crucial encounters against Algeria and Libya, respectively, on Wednesday to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Arab Futsal Cup 2022, being held in Dammam city, eastern Saudi Arabia, between June 20 an...

 2022-06-23 00:40 

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Biden urges Congress to pass 90-day fuel tax halt to bring down prices...

WASHINGTON, June 23 (KUNA) -- US President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Congress to approve suspending the country's fuel tax for 90 days and on refineries to increase their output in a move aimed to bring down the surging cost of the commodit...

 2022-06-23 00:20 

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EU calls for international assistance for quake-stricken Afghanistan...

BRUSSELS, June 22 (KUNA) -- The European Union Wednesday expressed full solidarity with the Afghan people following a powerful earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan overnight and said the country needs international assistance. "International ass...

 2022-06-22 23:21 

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UK railway union plans second strike as gov't talks over sacking of thousands fail...

LONDON, June 22 (KUNA) -- Britain's Railway and Maritime Transport (RMT) workers' union said on Wednesday it would hold a second strike tomorrow after the failure of its negotiations with transport authorities regarding wage increases and expected...

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