His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, along with the official delegation, returned to Kuwait on Monday from Saudi Arabia where he headed the State of Kuwait delegation at the 29th Arab Summit.
His Highness the Amir before returning also attended a military exercise, the “Joint Arab Shield 1.” His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received His Highness the Amir upon his comeback. (KUNA)
Iraq has executed 13 people including 11 convicted on charges relating to “terrorism”, the justice ministry said on Monday.
They included individuals responsible for car bombings, “killings of security forces personnel” and kidnappings, it said in a statement, without specifying dates, locations or other details of the attacks.
The executions are the first since the beginning of the year in Iraq, which according to rights group Amnesty International put to death at least 111 people in 2017. (AFP)
A car bomb attack targeted an election candidate in Iraq’s contested Kirkuk city on Sunday, killing one person and wounding 11, a security official said.
The blast in the multi-ethnic city, some 250 kms (155 miles) north of Baghdad,
came as war-torn Iraq gears up for legislative elections on May 12.
“A civilian was killed and 11 people were injured, including three bodyguards, in the convoy of Ammar Hadaya Kahya, a candidate for the Turkmen Front in Kirkuk,” the security source said on condition of anonymity. (AFP)
EU foreign ministers on Monday discussed how they could persuade the US not to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, but stopped short of imposing new sanctions on Tehran.
Britain, France and Germany used a meeting of the EU’s 28 foreign ministers to try to build support for expanding sanctions against Iran to punish it for its ballistic missile programme and its role in regional conflicts including Syria and Yemen. (AFP)
Iran’s ministry of education on Sunday banned the use of foreign social media networks in schools, the ILNA news agency reported, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms.
Schools must “only use domestic social networks” for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformistlinked news agency. (AFP)
Iran said Monday that EU sanctions over its human rights record were due to “differing values” but that they should not derail dialogue with Europe.
“We have certain differences of opinion with European countries and the European Union,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said at a press conference. (AFP)
A Philippine domestic worker has been hospitalised in Saudi Arabia after her employer allegedly forced her to drink household bleach, Manila’s foreign ministry said Monday.
Domestic worker Agnes Mancilla underwent emergency abdominal surgery after she was taken, unconscious, to a hospital in Saudi’s southwestern Jizan city on April 2, the ministry said. (AFP)
The Philippines government criticised on Monday Facebook’s choice of two independent online news platforms to help fight the spread of fake news, saying they are biased against President Rodrigo Duterte.
Facebook said last week it would partner with VERA Files and Rappler IQ to launch a thirdparty, fact-checking programme aimed at preventing the spread of false news on the social media platform in the Philippines. (RTRS)