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KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait ranked 45th out of 156 coun­tries in the 2018 World Hap­pi­ness Re­port re­leased Wed­nes­day by the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment So­lu­tions Net­work for the United Na­tions.

The coun­tries’ level of hap­pi­ness is de­ter­mined through their GDP per capita, so­cial sup­port, healthy life ex­pectancy, free­dom to make life choices, gen­eros­ity and per­cep­tions of cor­rup­tion.

Among the GCC coun­tries, Oman is the hap­pi­est coun­try rank­ing 16th glob­ally, fol­lowed by the United Arab Emi­rates which ranked 20th, Qatar ranked 32nd, Saudi Ara­bia ranked 33rd and Bahrain ranked 43rd.

WASH­ING­TON:

Se­cu­rity re­searchers said Tues­day they dis­cov­ered flaws in chips made by Ad­vanced Mi­cro De­vices that could al­low hack­ers to take over com­put­ers and net­works.

Is­raeli-based se­cu­rity firm CTS Labs pub­lished its re­search show­ing “mul­ti­ple crit­i­cal se­cu­rity vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and ex­ploitable man­u­fac­turer back­doors” in AMD chips.

CTS item­ized 13 flaws, say­ing they “have the po­ten­tial to put or­ga­ni­za­tions at sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased risk of cy­ber­at­tacks.”

The re­port comes weeks af­ter In­tel dis­closed sim­i­lar hard­ware-based flaws dubbed Melt­down and Spec­tre, spark­ing widespread com­puter se­cu­rity con­cerns and a con­gres­sional in­quiry.

CTS said the newly dis­cov­ered flaws could com­pro­mise AMD’s new chips that han­dle ap­pli­ca­tions in the en­ter­prise, in­dus­trial and aero­space sec­tors, as well as con­sumer prod­ucts. (AFP)

ANKARA:

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Tayyip on Wed­nes­day threat­ened to soon crush mil­i­tants in north­ern Iraq, af­ter his for­eign min­is­ter last week said Ankara and Bagh­dad would carry out a joint of­fen­sive against Kur­dish mil­i­tants in Iraq.

“We are check­ing the ter­ror nests in north­ern Iraq at every chance. Soon, we will

stomp very strongly on the ter­ror­ists there,” Er­do­gan told lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tors in Ankara. For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu said last week that Turkey and Iraq’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment could start a joint mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion against Kur­dish mil­i­tants af­ter Iraqi par­lia­men­tary elec­tions sched­uled for May 2018. (RTRS)

BAGH­DAD:

Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi has or­dered an “im­me­di­ate” in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing of a se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cer by “undis­ci­plined in­di­vid­u­als” at a check­point north of Bagh­dad.

Brig Gen Sha­reef Is­maeel alMur­shidi, a brigade com­man­der whose forces are tasked with pro­tect­ing al-Abadi and Bagh­dad’s Green Zone, was shot dead Tues­day at a check­point out­side Samarra. State-sanc­tioned Shi­ite mili­tias play a large role in se­cur­ing the town, which is home to a ma­jor Shi­ite shrine.

The state­ment is­sued by al-Abadi’s of­fice late Tues­day did not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails about the in­ci­dent. (AP)

IS­TAN­BUL:

The bod­ies re­turned to Turkey on Wed­nes­day of 10 of the 11 women killed when a pri­vate jet crashed in Iran while re­turn­ing from a pre-wed­ding party in the United Arab Emi­rates, a tragedy that shocked Turks.

The women at­tended the hen party of Mina Basaran, the daugh­ter of Turk­ish busi­ness­man Huseyin Basaran, and were re­turn­ing home when the pri­vate jet crashed into the Za­gros moun­tains.

Mina Basaran, 28, and many of her seven girl­friends who ac­com­pa­nied her on the trip had suc­cess­ful ca­reers with some al­ready start­ing fam­i­lies. The disas­ter prompted an out­pour­ing of grief in Turkey. (AFP)

BEIRUT:

Le­banese au­thor and fem­i­nist Emily Nas­ral­lah has died fol­low­ing a strug­gle with can­cer. She was 87.

Her daugh­ter Maha Nas­ral­lah says she passed away in Beirut on Tues­day night.

Her writ­ing touched on women’s de­ter­mi­na­tion, mi­gra­tion and the ter­ror of Le­banon’s 1975-1990 Civil War. She was the au­thor of sev­eral nov­els and chil­dren’s books, and was awarded re­gional and in­ter­na­tional prizes for her work. (AP)

LA­HORE:

At least seven peo­ple were killed and 20 wounded late Wed­nes­day in a mo­tor­cy­cle bomb at­tack on a po­lice check-post near Pak­istan’s east­ern city of La­hore, of­fi­cials said.

The blast took place in the sub­urb of Rai­wind in La­hore, the main town of cen­tral Pun­jab province, near a mosque host­ing a re­li­gious con­gre­ga­tion.

“At least seven peo­ple in­clud­ing some po­lice of­fi­cials have been killed, the bomb was planted in a mo­tor­bike,” Jam Sa­j­jad, a spokesman for emer­gency ser­vices, told AFP. (AFP)

Shahid Wa­heed, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in La­hore con­firmed the at­tack and said the po­lice check-post was the tar­get.

“More than 20 peo­ple have been wounded and taken to hos­pi­tals,” Wa­heed added.

No group has yet claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. (AFP)

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