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KUWAIT CITY:

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a ca­ble of con­do­lences on Mon­day to Por­tuguese Pres­i­dent Marcelo Re­belo de Sousa, ex­press­ing his deep­est sym­pa­thies for the vic­tims of for­est fires that rav­aged the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Pe­dro­gao Grande.

In his ca­ble, His High­ness the Amir wished a speedy re­cov­ery for all those wounded in the blazes and hoped Por­tuguese au­thor­i­ties will over­come this nat­u­ral calamity.

His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles to the Por­tuguese pres­i­dent. (KUNA)

BAGH­DAD:

Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter, Haidar Al-Abadi, said on Satur­day that his planned visit to Kuwait aims at boost­ing relations be­tween the two coun­tries.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, Al-Abadi stressed that his coun­try’s relations with Kuwait have been de­vel­oped “sig­nif­i­cantly,” adding that the main ob­jec­tive of his visit is to main­tain this “de­vel­oped” re­la­tion­ship with the Kuwait govern­ment.

Al-Abadi is sched­uled to be­gin an of­fi­cial tour this week to Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait and Iran.

He added that he will dis­cuss a num­ber of top­ics dur­ing his visit to Kuwait, in­clud­ing com­pen­sa­tion of the Iraqi in­va­sion in 1990, which Iraq has been post­pon­ing. (Mid­dle East Mon­i­tor)

BAGH­DAD:

Thales (Chalet 263) is to pro­vide Kuwait’s mil­i­tary forces with flight and mis­sion train­ing so­lu­tions for 30 mul­ti­role Air­bus He­li­copters Cara­cal H225Ms that will be used in search-and-res­cue, trans­port, and ground sup­port roles. Of the 30 air­craft Kuwait has or­dered, 26 will be added to the Kuwait Air Force and six will go to

to the Kuwait Na­tional Guard. At the same time, Thales will of­fer a Re­al­ity H Full Flight Mis­sion Sim­u­la­tor (FFMS) and two trainer sta­tions for tac­ti­cal train­ing and flight pro­ce­dures. Main­te­nance for the sim­u­la­tors cov­ers three years.

Kuwait’s pi­lots will re­ceive train­ing in nor­mal nav­i­ga­tion pro­ce­dures and in­stru­ment flight as well as han­dling fail­ures and emer­gency pro­ce­dures. As the com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem, weapons and self-pro­tec­tion sys­tem and in-flight re­fu­el­ing func­tion are iden­ti­cal to those of a real he­li­copter, pi­lots will be train­ing in re­al­is­tic con­di­tions in a tac­ti­cal visual en­vi­ron­ment. (Avi­a­tion In­ter­na­tional News) KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait-based car­rier Wataniya Air­ways has won a li­cence to op­er­ate at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, mark­ing the start of air­line’s re­turn to busi­ness af­ter six years of clo­sure.

Wataniya shut down op­er­a­tions in 2011 cit­ing fi­nan­cial and re­gional in­sta­bil­ity. It was re­ported in Jan­uary that the car­rier would start up again in mid-2017.

On Sun­day, Kuwait’s Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) handed Wataniya an op­er­a­tor’s li­cence at Kuwait air­port, ac­cord­ing to state news agency KUNA.

It boosts the num­ber of na­tional car­ri­ers at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port and is also part of plans to ex­pand com­mer­cial trans­porta­tion in Kuwait, DCGA Chair­man Sheikh Sal­man Al Sabah was quoted as say­ing. (Ara­bi­anBusi­ness.com)

RIYADH:

Saudi Ara­bia said Mon­day it had seized weapons from a boat cap­tured af­ter the navy fired warn­ing shots at ves­sels ap­proach­ing a Gulf oil plat­form, at a time of ten­sions with Iran and Qatar.

Three small boats en­tered Saudi ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters at about 8:30 pm on Fri­day and “headed at speed to­wards plat­forms of (the) Saudi oil field of Mar­jan”, a govern­ment state­ment said.

Saudi naval forces fired warn­ing shots at the boats, which were car­ry­ing “red and white flags”, and cap­tured one of the ves­sels but two es­caped, the state­ment added. (AFP)

BRUS­SELS:

The Euro­pean Union is dis­cour­ag­ing Iraq’s semi-au­ton­o­mous Kur­dish re­gion from hold­ing an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum in Septem­ber.

EU foreign min­is­ters said in a state­ment Mon­day “that uni­lat­eral steps must be avoided, and that all open ques­tions must be re­solved through con­sen­sual po­si­tions” based on Iraq’s con­sti­tu­tion.

The min­is­ters did not ex­plic­itly men­tion the planned Sept 25 poll, but they did urge all par­ties in Iraq’s north­ern Kur­dish re­gion to “seek com­mon ground” and con­sider hold­ing re­gional elec­tions. (AP)

PARIS:

Qatar Air­ways is in the process of ask­ing the US De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity to visit its hub in Doha and carry out an au­dit of se­cu­rity at the air­port in light of the re­stric­tions on large elec­tron­ics de­vices in cab­ins, the car­rier’s CEO said.

“I am sure that the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Home­land Se­cu­rity will re­visit this,” Ak­bar al Baker told jour­nal­ists at the Paris Air­show on Mon­day. “The best way for them to mit­i­gate it is by do­ing an au­dit on the air­ports.” (RTRS)

NE­WARK, NJ:

Google is in­ten­si­fy­ing its cam­paign against on­line ex­trem­ism, say­ing it will put more re­sources to­ward iden­ti­fy­ing and re­mov­ing videos re­lated to ter­ror­ism and hate groups.

The re­newed ef­forts ar­rive in the wake of vi­o­lent at­tacks in the US and else­where. A van struck a crowd of peo­ple out­side a Lon­don mosque Sun­day, the sec­ond time an au­to­mo­bile was used as a weapon in that city this month, and less than a week af­ter a gun­man at­tacked GOP law­mak­ers on a base­ball field. (AP)

WASH­ING­TON:

The United States wants China to be­come more in­volved in sup­port­ing the global fight against ter­ror­ism and ef­forts to de­feat Is­lamic State, in­clud­ing in Iraq, a se­nior US of­fi­cial said on Mon­day ahead of high-level se­cu­rity talks with Bei­jing.

Su­san Thorn­ton, the US act­ing as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for East Asia, said that China has taken only a lim­ited role in counter-ter­ror­ism ef­forts, al­though it ap­peared to be be­com­ing more in­ter­ested. (RTRS)

ROME:

At least 126 mi­grants were feared dead af­ter their boat sank off the coast of Libya while mak­ing the per­ilous jour­ney to Europe, an IOM spokesman said told AFP on Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to four sur­vivors, the mi­grants left Thurs­day from Libya but their in­flatat­able boat sank sev­eral hours into the jour­ney, said In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion IOM) spokesman Flavio Di Gi­a­como. (AFP)

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