Kuwait suspends a TV presenter for calling male colleague ‘handsome’ on air

Saturday, 19 May 2018

A decision taken by Kuwait's information ministry to suspend a TV presenter has caused uproar on social media. The decision was taken a few days after MP Mohamed Hayeef complained that Kuwait TV channel one presenter Basima al-Shammar called her male colleague “handsome” on air and during live coverage of the country’s municipal elections which took place last weekend. Footage from the video which went viral on social media, shows the presenter trying to alert her colleague, ...

UN council mulls calling for Palestinian protection force

Friday, 18 May 2018

The United Nations Security Council will begin talks on Monday on a Kuwait-drafted resolution that condemns Israeli force against Palestinian civilians and calls for an “international protection mission” to be deployed to the occupied territories. The draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Friday, asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report within 30 days of its adoption on “ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian ...

Philippines lifts ban for Kuwait-bound workers

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Philippines on Wednesday lifted its ban on migrant workers heading to jobs in Kuwait, capping a diplomatic row sparked when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her employer’s freezer.The news comes days after Kuwait and the Philippines inked a deal to regulate and protect the hundreds of thousands of Filipino workers who seek higher-paid jobs in the wealthy Gulf state.The spat, simmering for months, reached its lowest point last month when Kuwaiti authorities expelled Manila’s ...

Kuwait to postpone VAT implementation to 2021, says parliament committee

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Kuwait will not implement value-added tax before 2021 but will push ahead with introducing excise tax, parliament's budget committee said in a statement posted on the assembly's website on Tuesday. "The committee said implementation of value-added tax in Kuwait will be postponed until 2021, and that the finance ministry saw the need to expedite measures for excise tax on select products such as tobacco, energy drinks and carbonated drinks," it said without elaborating. ...

Kuwait prepares plan to employ only Kuwaitis in government contracts

Sunday, 13 May 2018

As part of a move by the parliament as well as manpower planning departments, Kuwait has prepared a plan to employ only Kuwaitis in government contracts, reported Arab Times, quoting Al-Rai daily. Accordingly, Hind Al-Sabeeh, the Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, is set to hold further meetings with members of the Replacement Committee that has compiled the data, statistics and information on the subject. Khalil Al-Saleh, member of parliament ...

Saudi king receives written message from Kuwaiti emir

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz received a written message from Kuwait’s Emir Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah during a reception at the king’s palace in Jeddah on Sunday. Both leaders conveyed greetings and appreciation to one another, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The reception was attended by Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir and several other Kuwaiti and Saudi officials. ...

Kuwait, Philippines sign deal to regulate domestic labor

Friday, 11 May 2018

Kuwait and the Philippines signed a deal on Friday to regulate domestic workers, after a dispute between the two countries led to a ban on Filipino workers in the Gulf state. “A short time ago we signed an agreement between the two countries on the employment of domestic workers,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah told a joint press conference with his Filipino counterpart Alan Peter Cayetano. In February Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a partial ban on ...

Kuwait’s first soprano brings Puccini to the Gulf

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Amani Hajji is nothing if not stubborn: for 20 years, she has refused to give up on her dream of making opera mainstream in her native Kuwait.A soprano by training, and with her trademark bob haircut, Hajji is Kuwait’s first opera singer with a small but dedicated local following.The 51-year-old’s journey has not been easy. When she first enrolled in Kuwait’s National Conservatory in 1985, her parents banned her from singing anywhere outside the walls of the school.Fifteen ...

Singer claims his team was called ‘Indian dogs’ in Kuwait

Monday, 7 May 2018

Controversial Britain-born Indian singer Adnan Sami who was in Kuwait for a live performance has tweeted about an alleged incident of mistreatment by immigration officials in Kuwait. Adnan Sami claimed that his staff members were mistreated and called “Indian dogs” by immigration officials at an airport in Kuwait. The singer also tagged India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. Responding to Adnan’s tweet, Foreign Minister asked the singer ...

Kuwait blocks UN Security Council statement criticizing Palestinian leader

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Kuwait blocked the U.N. Security Council on Friday from issuing a U.S.-sponsored statement sharply criticizing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for what Washington called "vile anti-Semitic slurs and baseless conspiracy theories." Kuwait is the Arab representative on the 15-member council and two diplomats said it opposed the press statement on grounds that it was not comprehensive. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because consultations were private. Abbas issued an ...

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