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KUWAIT CITY:

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)

BAGH­DAD:

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)

BAGH­DAD, Iraq:

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)

LUX­EM­BOURG:

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)

TEHRAN:

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)

TEHRAN:

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)

MANILA, Philip­pines:

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)

MANILA:

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)

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