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Pakistanis stranded in Kuwait to depart for Lahore tonight: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday came to the rescue of the Pakistani passengers left stranded at Kuwait International Airport after Lahore-bound flights were cancelled owing to unstable weather conditions. Spokesperson for the Foreign Office Dr Muhammad Faisal said some of the stranded Pakistanis have been issued boarding passes for a Lahore-bound flight set to depart tonight, while the rest would be accommodated tomorrow. He tweeted: “Due to heavy rains Kuwait declared emergency for three days…

After Gabo book purge, Kuwait bans Dostoyevsky

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaiti authorities have banned a book by Russian literary giant Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of nearly 1,000 titles blacklisted at a festival which opened Wednesday in the Gulf state. Saad al-Anzi, who heads the Kuwait International Literary Festival, told AFP the information ministry had banned 948 books including Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, a novel set in 19th century Russia that explores morality, free will and the existence of God. Dostoyevsky joins a growing list of writers banned in the…

Saudi, Kuwait, UAE to sign $10 billion Bahrain aid deal: report

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates will soon sign an agreement to provide up to $10 billion (£7.7 billion) of financial support to Bahrain, Kuwait’s Al Rai newspaper said on Thursday, quoting an unnamed Gulf diplomatic source. The agreement will be signed in Bahrain after the ministers complete their current visit to Jordan, where they are concluding a financial aid deal for that country, the newspaper reported. “A Gulf decision at the highest levels was taken to start the execution steps for a…

Kuwait emir announces visit to Washington, talks with Trump

CAIRO: Kuwait’s ruler will travel to Washington on Monday for a working visit and hold talks with US President Donald Trump, the state news agency KUNA announced on Sunday. The White House said in a statement the leaders would discuss trade, investment and security cooperation in their Sept 5 meeting. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has led mediation efforts to resolve a year-long dispute between Gulf Arab neighbors after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and transport…

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait offer $2.5 bn in aid to crisis-hit Jordan

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA:  Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have offered $2.5 billion in aid for Jordan to ease its economic crisis following a wave of anti-austerity protests, the Saudi Arabian state media announced early Monday. Jordan has been rocked in recent days by mass protests against price rises and a proposed tax hike as the government pushes measures to slash the country's debt, leading to the prime minister's resignation. A four-nation summit in the holy city of Mecca, hosted by Saudi King…

Pakistan benefits from Kuwait’s ban on import of Indian fruits: FPCCI

KARACHI: Pakistan's fruit exports to Kuwait will likely to be doubled after the Middle East country banned imports of fruits and vegetables from India, due to the Nipah virus outbreak. The ban on India would have positive effect for Pakistani fruit and vegetable exports to Kuwait, which  will eventually double in the volume, Waheed Ahmed, the vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) said. As per current situation, it is observed that at present the crops at two Indian…

Female anchor in Kuwait suspended for calling her colleague ‘handsome’

KUWAIT CITY: It’s not always the TV presenters read headlines, they become headlines as well – mostly for the wrong reasons. A female TV anchor faced a similar situation for her unlikely remark. Basima al-Shammar in Kuwait has been suspended for jokingly calling her colleague 'handsome' on air. She was covering the country's municipal elections. She tried to alert her colleague Nawaf who was fixing his hair. "Nawaf, you don't need to adjust your head garment, you're handsome as is," she said in a video that has now…