Kuwait gives North Korea envoy a month to leave – diplomat

Sep 17, 2017 - 7:23 PM

North Korea's diplomatic presence in the emirate is reportedly to be reduced to a charge d'affaires and 3 diplomats

Boats sail in front of Kuwait City's skyline on November 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yasser Al-Zayyat

Kuwait says most of Gulf oil spill cleaned up

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Experts quoted by Kuwaiti media estimate that as many as 35 000 barrels of crude may have leaked into the waters off Al Zour

A handout photo provided by the Kuwaiti news paper al-Anbaa on August 13, 2017, shows a general view of oil contaminated water in Kuwait's southern Ras Al-Zour area. Emergency workers are battling to contain an oil spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oilfield in the Gulf, an official said. There were no official reports on the source or size of the spill in the waters. / AFP PHOTO / AL-ANBAA / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-ANBAA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Erdogan visits Gulf in hope of easing Qatar crisis

Jul 23, 2017 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED Erdogan arrives in Jeddah to meet the Saudi leadership before heading to Qatar on Monday to speak with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani

A Qatari man sells balloons in front of the Fanar mosque at the popular Souq Waqif market, in the Qatari capital, Doha, on June 7, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell – official

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The row comes at a time when Kuwait is trying to mediate an end to the Gulf s worst diplomatic crisis in years after Sunni ruled Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar over accusations it is too close to Shiite Iran and funds extremists

Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:27 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Ankara will continue to play a constructive and active role to help solve what he described as a pointless crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech during the opening ceremony of the 'July 15 Martyrs Monument' at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 16, 2017 Murat Cetin Muhurdar/Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP

France aims to be 'facilitator' in Gulf crisis talks

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Qatar s foreign minister welcomes France s support for mediation aimed at finding a solution based on constructive dialogue and respect of state sovereignty and international law

FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET. French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani pose for a photo after a press conference in the Qatari capital Doha on July 15, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Tillerson in Qatar as leaks spark fresh Gulf tension

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait Qatar and Saudi Arabia in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis

TILLERSON IN KUWAIT. A photo provided by the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA on July 10, 2017 shows Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) receiving US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City. KUNA / Handout / AFP

Kuwait airline says U.S. laptop ban lifted

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Now our passengers flying from Kuwait International Airport to JFK in NY will be able to use all of their personal electronic devices the Kuwait Airways says on Twitter

A crisis without end? Gulf states settle in for the long haul

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Hopes of a swift resolution seem as remote as a summer downpour in the desert

LEADER. A young boy poses for a photo after writing a comment on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighboring countries, in Doha, Karim Jaafar/AFP

UK foreign minister urges Arab states to end Qatar boycott

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:46 PM

The blockade is unwelcome and we hope there will be a de escalation says Boris Johnson

'END QATAR BOYCOTT.' British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson speaks during an interview at the British embassy in Kuwait City on July 8, 2017. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Qatar responds to demands after deadline extended

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED The response is delivered by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani who made a short visit to Kuwait which is acting as a mediator to resolve the diplomatic rift

DOHA. A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows pigeons flying above the corniche in Doha. AFP photo

Qatar to respond after Arab nations extend deadline

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:55 AM

3rd UPDATE Saudi Arabia and its allies say they have decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade

CALM. A man fishes off the corniche in the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Saudis stand tough as top Gulf diplomats in U.S. for Qatar talks

Jun 28, 2017 - 10:49 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeks to help resolve the stubborn Qatar crisis amid concerns that Saudi Arabia s unyielding stance could foil the effort

IN D.C. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson poses for a photo with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani before their meeting at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

Turkey FM in Doha as UN 'alarmed' by Gulf crisis

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:25 AM

The United Nations secretary general urges the Gulf countries to find a peaceful solution to the row

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar foreign minister denounces 'unfair', 'illegal' sanctions

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for dialogue based on clear foundations over accusations that Qatar supports extremist groups

IN MOSCOW. Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow on June 10, 2017. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Cebu Pacific to stop flights to Kuwait, Doha, and Riyadh

May 24, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Service to Kuwait will end in June 2017 while service to Riyadh and Doha will end in early July

Kuwait quizzes ISIS suspect deported from Philippines

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Hussein al Dhafiri was arrested in Manila last month along with his Syrian wife Rahaf Zina on suspicion of being members of ISIS

Suspected ISIS member deported from Philippines

Apr 14, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Hussein Al Dhafiri is due to be tried in Kuwait says a statement from the Kuwaiti embassy

SUSPECTED ISIS MEMBER. Hussein Azo Aldafiri (R) and Rafah Zina Dhafiri are presented during a press briefing at the NBI. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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U.S., Britain ban laptops on flights from Turkey, Arab world

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:57 AM

3rd UPDATE Laptops tablets and portable game consoles are affected by the ban but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage

LAX ARRIVAL. An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

35 OFWs from Kuwait to be repatriated Wednesday

Feb 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

OWWA’s Repatriation Assistance Division RAD vows to assist the repatriates

File Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 5, 2017

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:35 AM

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Bello recalls Kuwait labor attaché for negligence

Feb 04, 2017 - 7:20 PM

The labor secretary issues the order to Angelita Narvaez for her inaction and lack of concern for our overseas Filipino workers

OFW's execution shows death penalty is wrong – CBCP

Jan 26, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Sadness over the death of OFW Jakatia Pawa who was executed in Kuwait should make us all advocates against the death penalty says the CBCP

DEATH PENALTY. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, opposes the capital punishment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 26, 2017

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:26 AM

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How Jakatia Pawa's execution caught PH off guard

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:33 PM

While OFW Jakatia Pawa was sentenced to death in 2010 the public got wind of the specific execution date only on Wednesday the execution date itself

GOVERNMENT SIDE. DFA spokesman Charles Jose answers questions about the execution of OFW Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kuwait hangs 7 people including royal – state media

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:51 PM

They are the first executions in the oil rich Gulf state since mid 2013

Boats sail in front of Kuwait City's skyline on November 5, 2016. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Palace: Gov't did all it could for OFW executed in Kuwait

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says the Philippine government exerted all efforts to stop the execution of Jakatia Pawa

PALACE MESSAGE. The Palace says the Philippine government is ready to assist the family of executed OFW Jakatia Pawa. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Executed in Kuwait: Who was OFW Jakatia Pawa?

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:37 PM

A mother of two 44 year old OFW Jakatia Pawa obtained a college degree then later served as a domestic worker in Kuwait

EXECUTED IN KUWAIT. Jakatia Pawa, 44, was the mother of two children. Photo courtesy of Migrante

OFW in Kuwait executed while asserting innocence

Jan 25, 2017 - 2:35 PM

UPDATED She has professed innocence since the day she was arrested in 2007 and has not changed her statement until now Senator Cynthia Villar says

Kuwait sentences parents to death for killing toddler

Jan 02, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Kuwait s interior ministry says the parents were drug addicts

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PH to help OFW jailed in Kuwait for joining ISIS

Dec 27, 2016 - 2:48 PM

Our embassy is prepared to extend legal and consular assistance to make sure that she gets due process and her rights are not violated says Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose

HELP. The Philippine government is ready to provide legal and consular assistance to the Filipina jailed in Kuwait for joining the Islamic State group or ISIS. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Kuwait jails Filipina for joining ISIS

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The ruling which is not final also calls for deporting the 32 year old after serving a 10 year jail term

Qatar, Kuwait to cut oil production from January 1

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Oil companies in the two countries say they will comply with the recent OPEC agreement

A general view taken on April 16, 2016 shows the Shuaiba oil refinery south of Kuwait City. Kuwaiti oil workers plan to go on strike on April 17, 2016 in protest to what they call the government's plan to cut their annual benefits and bonuses. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Kuwait opposition in strong election showing

Nov 27, 2016 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED The opposition and its allies won 24 seats according to official results announced by the election authority

A Kuwaiti judge (C) and his aides count the ballots at a polling station at the end of the vote in the Sabah al-Salem district on the outskirts of Kuwait city on November 26, 2016. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Max's Group plans Yellow Cab stores in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The casual dining chain operator will establish at least 22 Yellow Cab Pizza stores in the 3 countries over a 5 year period through a partnership with Qatar based Silver Group

TARGET. Max's Group targets to establish 1,000 stores globally, including 200 outside the Philippines by 2020. Image from Max's Facebook page

Kuwait sets snap polls for November 26

Oct 17, 2016 - 9:21 PM

Registration for candidates wishing to run in the election will open immediately after the publication of the decree in the official gazette expected in the coming few days a statement says

KUWAIT. Kuwaiti National Assembly guards walk inside the building in Kuwait City on October 16, 2016. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

Kuwait emir dissolves parliament

Oct 16, 2016 - 8:43 PM

UPDATED The move comes less than 24 hours after parliament speaker Marzouk al Ghanem called for snap elections in the face of mounting security and economic challenges

In this file photo, Kuwaiti MPs take part in a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Results: September 2016 Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations (Middle East)

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Check the full list of passers of the Electrical Engineer board exam held in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates; Al Khobar Jeddah and Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Doha Qatar and in Kuwait

OFW rights groups decry Kuwait's new medical screening system

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:14 PM

An industry experts warns that this new scheme will slow down deployment to Kuwait in the next few months

Yemen peace talks on hold after rebels name governing body

Aug 07, 2016 - 12:14 AM

UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed says he would continue to consult with Yemen s warring parties to arrange further negotiations

A handout picture released by Kuwait's ministry of information on July 17, 2016, shows the UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (C), speaking during a meeting of the Yemeni Peace Talks with delegations in Kuwait City. Kuwait Ministry of Information/Handout/AFP

Proud Kuwaiti soldier refuses to carry Olympic flag at opening

Aug 01, 2016 - 5:38 PM

With Kuwait banned from the Rio Olympics legendary shooter Fehaid al Deehani has made a stand against carrying the neutral team flag

LOYAL SOLDIER. "I am a military man and I will only carry the Kuwait flag," says Fehaid al-Deehani. Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP

Yemen gov't accepts UN peace plan, rebels reject it

Jul 31, 2016 - 8:34 AM

3rd UPDATE The rebels insist there must be a new government explicitly demanding the removal of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi

A handout picture released by Kuwait's ministry of information on July 17, 2016, shows the UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (C), speaking during a meeting of the Yemeni Peace Talks with delegations in Kuwait City. Kuwait Ministry of Information/Handout/AFP

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Aside from a new minimum wage of 200 a month domestic workers will also have a weekly day off and 30 days of annual paid leave among others

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) talks with MPs during a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Kuwait said it plans to tap the international debt market through bond issues to finance its budget deficit after recording a first shortfall in 16 years. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

IMF: Oil exporters must do more to balance budgets

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The International Monetary Fund says deep structural reforms are needed to create jobs for the growing labor force

epa05329527 (L-R) Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al Khalid al Sabah, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash and Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani pose during the family photo of the 4th meeting of the strategic dialogue Russia-Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in Moscow, Russia, 26 May 2016. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Yemen gov't temporarily suspends talks with rebels

May 01, 2016 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED The government says the rebels must first stop their ceasefire violations and withdraw from a military base

Yemen's United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed holds a press conference at the ministery of information in Kuwait City on April 30, 2016. Yemen's warring parties began face-to-face peace talks on "key issues" in a bid to end the conflict in the impoverished Arab country, the United Nations said. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

IMF urges Gulf states to adapt to lower oil prices

Apr 25, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Given falling revenues from oil exports the International Monetary Fund says affected countries must cut spending and implement other measures

A lone gas flame is seen in the desert at Khurais oil field, about 160 km from Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 23 June 2008. A top executive at Saudi Aramco said that the company's plans are on track for its Khurais project south of Riyadh which puts put 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), Gulf Daily News reported. A statement said the project is valued at $10 billion and would be on time giving another major boost to capacity from the Khursaniyah oil field. The processing facility will handle oil from the Abu Jifan and Mazalij fields, as well as Khurais. EPA/ALI HAIDER

PAL seeks DFA's help on squabble with Kuwaiti government

Apr 14, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Philippine Airlines says Kuwait is preventing it from exercising its rights which are clearly granted under a bilateral air services deal

CAPTIVE NICHE. With more than 190,000 Filipino workers in Kuwait and about 300,000 in Jeddah, PAL has a captive market