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EXCLUSIVE: The nuclear future of the Middle East

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The middle east is going nuclear. The UAE will be launching its first reactors by the end of this year while Egypt and Kuwait are both in discussions to build their own. Saudi Arabia is looking to build 16 reactors in the kingdom and will also be signing contracts soon. According to the director general of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), Christer Viktorsson, there are 440 nuclear reactors operating around the world in 30 countries. Currently Egypt is planning to ...

Body of Filipina maid found in freezer flown home from Kuwait

Saturday, 17 February 2018

More than a hundred relatives and supporters of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait brandished banners demanding justice as her coffin was returned home on Saturday.The family of Joanna Demafelis openly wept as the white casket was unloaded at an airport cargo terminal in the central city of Iloilo."Justice for Joanna D. Demafelis," was emblazoned on banners and on T-shirts worn by the crowd which included a congressman and local officials expressing ...

New UN draft on Syria ceasefire seeks to win Russian backing

Friday, 16 February 2018

Sweden and Kuwait on Thursday presented a revised draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria that diplomats said could win backing from Russia. The new text, obtained by AFP, specifies that the 30-day humanitarian truce would not apply to ISIS or al Qaeda. That would allow the Syrian government offensive to continue against Al-Qaeda-linked rebel groups in Idlib, the last province in Syria outside the control of Damascus. READ ALSO: Monitor: 15 Russian ...

Egyptian teacher speaks out after accusations of causing Kuwaiti student’s death

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Egyptian teacher Najlaa Mohammed, who was accused of causing the death of Kuwaiti student Issa al-Balushi at a school in Kuwait, revealed the details of the incident and provided evidence of her innocence. Najlaa told Al Arabiya.net that a few days before al-Balushi’s death, she strictly asked students in her class to take their seats, but only he didn’t. She then asked him to stand by the board but he refused, left the class and headed to the school supervisor’s office. ...

$30 bln pledged at donor conference for Iraq’s reconstruction

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A total of $30 bln were pledged on Wednesday at a donor conference for Iraq's reconstruction after the country's devastating war with ISIS, falling well short of the $88.2 bln Baghdad is seeking. The biggest pledge at the gathering in Kuwait came from Turkey, which announced $5 bln in credit to Iraq, while Kuwait's ruling emir said his oil-rich nation will give one billion dollars in loans and one billion dollars in direct investments. Saudi Arabia pledged $1.5 bln while the Kuwait-based Arab ...

Government pay P5,000 in cash gifts to repatriated Filipinos from Kuwait

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Philippines has said that repatriated overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait will receive he will receive $95 (P5,000) in financial assistance and an additional $383 (P20,000) in alternative aid.The financial assistance was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. and that the Philippines government is exhausting efforts to attend to the needs of repatriated Filipino migrant workers.“The missions all over the Middle East in particular have been instructed to sign ...

Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to bolster the country’s recovery. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with ISIS militants who seized almost a third of the country. “Kuwait will earmark $1 billion in loans to Iraq and ...

Duterte expands ban for Filipino workers in Kuwait amid murder, abuse reports

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Philippines Monday expanded a ban on its citizens working in Kuwait after President Rodrigo Duterte angrily lashed out at the Gulf state over reports of Filipino workers suffering abuse and exploitation. Authorities say 252,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, many as maids. They are among over two million employed in the region, whose remittances are a lifeline to the Philippine economy. But Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello Monday announced a "total ban" on new employment in the country, ...

Iraq says reconstruction after war on ISIS to cost $88 billion

Monday, 12 February 2018

Rebuilding Iraq after three years of war with ISIS will cost $88.2 billion, with housing a particularly urgent priority, Iraqi officials told an international donors’ conference on Monday. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait this week to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with the hardline militants who seized almost a third of the country. Iraq declared victory over ISIS in ...

Syrian, Lebanese couple investigated over Filipina found in Kuwait freezer

Monday, 12 February 2018

Interpol is tracking the employers of Joanna Daniela Demafelis, a Filipino worker whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait. The employers were identified as Nader Issam Assaf, Lebanese, and his wife, Mona Hassoun, Syrian. The body of Demafelis, who arrived to work for the couple in Kuwait in 2014, was found in the couple’s freezer at their home in Kuwait’s Hawally. Assaf, his wife and two children fled Kuwait in November 2016. The apartment’s owner only recently got a ...

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