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Korea, Japan fail to narrow differences in trade talks

Korea, Japan fail to narrow differences in trade talks

Geneva: South Korea and Japan failed to narrow their differences in a second round of talks Tuesday aimed at resolving their dispute over Tokyo’s export restrictions, Seoul’s chief negotiator said. The six-hour-long meeting was arranged as part of a dispute settlement process under rules of the World Trade Organization. South Korea earlier filed a complaint […]

Kuwait emir urges new prime minister to crack down on corruption

Kuwait emir urges new prime minister to crack down on corruption

Kuwait: Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has urged the newly-appointed Prime Minister, Shaikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah to crack down on corruption. “We have given you responsibility … a big responsibility … fight corruption and the corrupt … Inshallah Allah the Almighty help you for the best interest […]

2 South Koreans seized by Houthi rebels in Red Sea

2 South Koreans seized by Houthi rebels in Red Sea

Seoul: Houthi rebels in Yemen seized three boats carrying two South Koreans and 14 others in the Red Sea this week, and all of them have been confirmed to be safe, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Iran-linked militia captured them and the three vessels — two tugboats and a drilling rig — at 3:50 […]

Moon vows to maintain security cooperation with Japan despite looming GSOMIA expiry

Moon vows to maintain security cooperation with Japan despite looming GSOMIA expiry

Seoul: President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday his government will try “till the last moment” to avoid the termination of an accord with Japan on exchanging military information but he made clear that depends on Tokyo’s stance on its export restriction against Seoul. Although the agreement, known as GSOMIA, is scheduled to come to an end […]

Kuwait emir pledges zero tolerance towards corruption, deplores media spat

Kuwait emir pledges zero tolerance towards corruption, deplores media spat

By Habib Toumi Kuwait: Kuwait’s Emir has pledged that no-one regardless of their status will evade punishment related to public funds crimes and stressed that the issue was under his personal attention. “We reaffirm our relentless keenness on preserving public funds, and our commitment to protecting them, and affirm that no-one, no matter his position, […]

Kuwait designated premier declines post amid rare public feud

Kuwait designated premier declines post amid rare public feud

By Habib Toumi Kuwait: Kuwait’s caretaker prime minister has turned down a proposal by the Emir to be reappointed and to form a new government. Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak said in a statement on Monday that although it was an honor to serve the country, he felt sorry “over not being able to implement the […]

Moon’s approval rating edges up to 47.8 per cent: Realmeter

Moon’s approval rating edges up to 47.8 per cent: Realmeter

Seoul: President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating has gained 3.3 percentage points on-week amid news reports of his meeting with the heads of five major political parties and improved employment-related data, Realmeter said Monday. In the survey of 2,511 voters nationwide for five business days last week, 47.8 percent of respondents supported the president. The proportion […]

Rajapaksa elected Sri Lanka’s president

Rajapaksa elected Sri Lanka’s president

Colombo: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been elected the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka and will take the oath on Monday at the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura. The Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Rajapaksa who contested under the flower bud symbol emerged as the […]

India offers 300 tertiary scholarships for Malaysian students

India offers 300 tertiary scholarships for Malaysian students

Paris: The government of India is offering full scholarships to 300 Malaysian students to pursue their tertiary studies. Malaysia’s Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the matter was conveyed to him by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank when they met on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 40th Session of the […]

Kyrgyzstan strongly committed to protecting the environment: President

Kyrgyzstan strongly committed to protecting the environment: President

  Bishkek: Kyrgyzstan’s diplomats and state institutions have been tasked with strengthening the country’s environmental diplomacy, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has said. Attending a forum to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jeenbekov stressed full commitment by all to preserving and developing the status of Kyrgyzstan as an environmentally friendly country and […]

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