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    Kingdom’s groundwater ‘will run out in 13 years’ Saudi Gazette - Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Groundwater in the Kingdom will run out within the next 13 years, according to a water expert at King Faisal University. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, a faculty member at KFU, … More »Kingdom’s groundwater ‘will run out in 13 years’

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    Groundwater in the Kingdom will run out within the next 13 years, according to a water expert at King Faisal University. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, a faculty member at KFU, made the comments in the wake of a sobering report issued by the World Bank on global natural water scarcity, particularly in Gulf countries that have some …

  • EU seeks to double aid at London donor meeting Reuters Middle East - Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    (Updates with quote, clarifies aid offer) BRUSSELS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The European Union aims to significantly increase its aid for Syrian refugees at an international … More »EU seeks to double aid at London donor meeting

    (Updates with quote, clarifies aid offer) BRUSSELS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The European Union aims to significantly increase its aid for Syrian refugees at an international donor conference on Thursday, officials said, although much will be spent outside Syria barring an end to its civil war. European governments and EU …

  • EU to commit around 2 bln euros in Syrian aid at donor … Reuters Middle East - Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The European Union is set to promise some 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in Syrian refugee aid at an international donor conference on Thursday, officials said, although … More »EU to commit around 2 bln euros in Syrian aid at donor …

    The European Union is set to promise some 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in Syrian refugee aid at an international donor conference on Thursday, officials said, although much will be spent outside Syria barring an end to its civil war. European governments and EU institutions in Brussels are seeking to respond to …

  • 'Airlift' enters Rs.100 crore club in India IANS - Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Mumbai, Feb 1 (IANS) Actors Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur-starrer "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war, … More »'Airlift' enters Rs.100 crore club in India

    Mumbai, Feb 1 (IANS) Actors Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur-starrer "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war, has entered the Rs.100 crore club in just 10 days since its release. Directed by Raja Krishna Menon, "Airlift", which released on January 22, minted Rs.19.26 …

  • Exodus and largest 'Airlift' in recorded history: … IANS - Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    As a young Director in UN Division of India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in 1990, when the world was not networked as it is today, I have vivid recollections … More »Exodus and largest 'Airlift' in recorded history: …

    As a young Director in UN Division of India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in 1990, when the world was not networked as it is today, I have vivid recollections of following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait along with my colleagues in our office on a short-wave radio which carried the BBC hourly bulletins. At lunch …

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed a late decision by the main Syrian opposition coalition to take part in UN-backed talks
    Anti-IS alliance to meet in Rome AFP - Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group is to meet next week in Rome, the State Department said, confirming Secretary of State John Kerry will attend. … More »Anti-IS alliance to meet in Rome

    US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed a late decision by the main Syrian opposition coalition to take part in UN-backed talks

    The US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group is to meet next week in Rome, the State Department said, confirming Secretary of State John Kerry will attend. Kerry is due in Rome on Tuesday for the conference. According to the State Department, the members of the coalition to be represented will include …

  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, seen in England on December 14, 2015, calls for world leaders to commit $1.4 billion at the London conference
    Malala urges Syria conference to give millions for e … AFP - Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    A petition launched by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai urging a Syria donors' conference to give millions of dollars for educational causes had reached over … More »Malala urges Syria conference to give millions for e …

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, seen in England on December 14, 2015, calls for world leaders to commit $1.4 billion at the London conference

    A petition launched by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai urging a Syria donors' conference to give millions of dollars for educational causes had reached over 70,000 signatures Thursday. Addressed to US President Barack Obama, the petition, published on the change.org website, calls for world leaders to commit …

  • 'Airlift' took artistic liberties: External affairs … IANS - Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Akshay Kumar's latest Bollywood offering "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Gulf war, took … More »'Airlift' took artistic liberties: External affairs …

    New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Akshay Kumar's latest Bollywood offering "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Gulf war, took artistic liberties with actual events, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday. "One, the fact that such a theme has been selected for a film shows …

  • Artillery casings are seen on the ground after Syrian pro-government forces retook the town of Sheikh Miskeen in southern Daraa province from rebel forces on January 26, 2015
    Syria conference to urge doubling of financial contributions: … AFP - Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    A Syria donors' conference in London next week will urge participating countries to double the amount of money they are giving to tackle the humanitarian crisis, Downing … More »Syria conference to urge doubling of financial contributions: …

    Artillery casings are seen on the ground after Syrian pro-government forces retook the town of Sheikh Miskeen in southern Daraa province from rebel forces on January 26, 2015

    A Syria donors' conference in London next week will urge participating countries to double the amount of money they are giving to tackle the humanitarian crisis, Downing Street said Wednesday. On a call between the leaders of Britain, Germany and Norway, they agreed "that all countries in attendance should look to at least …

  • Films like 'Airlift' come once in an actor's … IANS - Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Mumbai, Jan 27 (IANS) Akshay Kumar is overwhelmed with the response to his latest film "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait … More »Films like 'Airlift' come once in an actor's …

    Mumbai, Jan 27 (IANS) Akshay Kumar is overwhelmed with the response to his latest film "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war. The actor says such type of films come "almost once in an actor's lifetime".

  • 'Airlift' mints Rs.44.30 crore on opening we … IANS - Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Mumbai, Jan 25 (IANS) Actors Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur-starrer "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait … More »'Airlift' mints Rs.44.30 crore on opening we …

    Mumbai, Jan 25 (IANS) Actors Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur-starrer "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war, earned over Rs.44 crore at the box office on its opening weekend.

  • Delink terrorism from religion: India to Arab countr … IANS - Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    Manama/New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday made a strong pitch to delink terrorism from religion as India and the Arab League member … More »Delink terrorism from religion: India to Arab countr …

    Manama/New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday made a strong pitch to delink terrorism from religion as India and the Arab League member states condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. "As the spectre of terrorism and religious hatred raises its ugly head across the world, …

  • Akshay humbled by 'Airlift' response IANS - Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    Mumbai, Jan 24 (IANS) After the successful takeoff of his film "Airlift", Akshay Kumar has thanked his fans for the love and support showered on the Raja Krishna Menon … More »Akshay humbled by 'Airlift' response

    Mumbai, Jan 24 (IANS) After the successful takeoff of his film "Airlift", Akshay Kumar has thanked his fans for the love and support showered on the Raja Krishna Menon directorial. The film, which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war, released on January 22, and on the opening …

  • 'Airlift' mints Rs.12.35 crore on opening da … IANS - Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS) Action star Akshay Kumar's latest film "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait … More »'Airlift' mints Rs.12.35 crore on opening da …

    Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS) Action star Akshay Kumar's latest film "Airlift", which revolves around the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war, earned over Rs.12 crore at the ticket window on its opening day.

  • 'Airlift' to release across 70 screens in Middle … IANS - Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Mumbai, Jan 21 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar is "delighted to inform" that his forthcoming film "Airlift" has been cleared for release in the UAE. The "Khiladi" actor also … More »'Airlift' to release across 70 screens in Middle …

    Mumbai, Jan 21 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar is "delighted to inform" that his forthcoming film "Airlift" has been cleared for release in the UAE. The "Khiladi" actor also adds that the film, which is based on Kuwait-based Indians' evacuation during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, will be releasing across 70 screens in …

  • Cabinet briefed on ISRO agreement with Kuwait instit … IANS - Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The union cabinet was on Wednesday briefed about an agreement state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Space … More »Cabinet briefed on ISRO agreement with Kuwait instit …

    New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The union cabinet was on Wednesday briefed about an agreement state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Space signed with the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) to jointly explore and use outer space for peaceful purposes. "The agreement will enable the …

  • UK's Cameron hopeful Iran will attend Syrian donor … Reuters Middle East - Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Prime Minister David Cameron is hopeful Iran will send a representative to next month's Syrian donor conference in London, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday following … More »UK's Cameron hopeful Iran will attend Syrian donor …

    Prime Minister David Cameron is hopeful Iran will send a representative to next month's Syrian donor conference in London, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday following a call between the British leader and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The Feb. 4 meeting being hosted by Britain, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United …

  • 'Airlift' team promotes film at Air India of … IANS - Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The team of the forthcoming film "Airlift" -- which delves into the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war -- paid … More »'Airlift' team promotes film at Air India of …

    New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The team of the forthcoming film "Airlift" -- which delves into the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war -- paid a promotional visit to the office of airline company Air India, which played a crucial role in evacuating a record-breaking number of people during the war. …

  • Akshay 'honoured' to meet Operation Raahat c … IANS - Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who stars in "Airlift" -- a film on Kuwait-based Indians' evacuation in 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq … More »Akshay 'honoured' to meet Operation Raahat c …

    Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who stars in "Airlift" -- a film on Kuwait-based Indians' evacuation in 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq -- says he was honoured to meet former army chief Vijay Kumar Singh who played a key role in the evacuation of Indians from Yemen last year.

  • A picture released on January 13, 2016 by the public relations arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Sepah News, shows US Navy patrol boats sailing after their release by Iranian authorities
    Navigational error to blame in Iran incident: Pentagon … AFP - Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    A navigational error caused two US Navy vessels to stray into Iranian waters, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday, as opponents of the Obama administration voiced … More »Navigational error to blame in Iran incident: Pentagon …

    A picture released on January 13, 2016 by the public relations arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Sepah News, shows US Navy patrol boats sailing after their release by Iranian authorities

    A navigational error caused two US Navy vessels to stray into Iranian waters, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday, as opponents of the Obama administration voiced increasing anger over the US response to the incident. Carter provided no detail but said "a navigational error of some kind" led to the two small patrol …

  • Akshay pays respect to Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jo … IANS - Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Mumbai, Jan 14 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar, who will be soon seen in "Airlift", based on the evacuation of Indians based in Kuwait during the Iraq-Kuwait war, has expressed … More »Akshay pays respect to Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jo …

    Mumbai, Jan 14 (IANS) Actor Akshay Kumar, who will be soon seen in "Airlift", based on the evacuation of Indians based in Kuwait during the Iraq-Kuwait war, has expressed his respect to Jordan and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah on their efforts to protect refugees at a time when the world was once again experiencing a major refugee …

  • Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari holds a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on January 6, 2016
    Iraq receives Saudi envoy credentials despite anti-Riyadh … AFP - Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari received the new Saudi ambassador's credentials on Thursday despite calls for his expulsion after Riyadh executed a leading … More »Iraq receives Saudi envoy credentials despite anti-Riyadh …

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari holds a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on January 6, 2016

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari received the new Saudi ambassador's credentials on Thursday despite calls for his expulsion after Riyadh executed a leading Shiite cleric. Thamer al-Sabhan is the first Baghdad-based Saudi ambassador in a quarter century, after relations were cut following ex-president Saddam Hussein's …

  • Kuwaiti MPs take part in a parliament session at Kuwait's National Assembly in Kuwait City on January 13, 2016
    Kuwait passes law tightening online media controls AFP - Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Kuwait's parliament on Wednesday passed legislation to regulate all web-based "professional" media, a day after a controversial cybercrimes law came into effect. All … More »Kuwait passes law tightening online media controls

    Kuwaiti MPs take part in a parliament session at Kuwait's National Assembly in Kuwait City on January 13, 2016

    Kuwait's parliament on Wednesday passed legislation to regulate all web-based "professional" media, a day after a controversial cybercrimes law came into effect. All forms of electronic media like Internet-based news services, bulletins, publications, newspaper and television station portals and commercial services are …

  • Kuwait's Shi'ite MPs boycott parliament amid … Reuters Middle East - Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Shi'ite Muslim lawmakers boycotted a Kuwaiti parliament session on Wednesday, witnesses said, as sectarian tensions rose over death sentences imposed by a Kuwaiti … More »Kuwait's Shi'ite MPs boycott parliament amid …

    Shi'ite Muslim lawmakers boycotted a Kuwaiti parliament session on Wednesday, witnesses said, as sectarian tensions rose over death sentences imposed by a Kuwaiti court on two men convicted of spying for Iran. Traditionally good relations between Kuwait's Sunni Muslim majority and the Shi'ite minority came under strain …

  • All nine Kuwaiti Shiite lawmakers stayed away from the national assembly, which held a secret debate on the impact of regional conflicts on Kuwait, following attacks on Sunni-ruled ally Saudi Arabia's diplomatic missions in Iran
    Kuwaiti Shiite lawmakers boycott parliament AFP - Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Kuwait's Shiite lawmakers boycotted parliament Wednesday, a day after a mass sentencing of members of the minority to prison or death for belonging to an Iran-linked … More »Kuwaiti Shiite lawmakers boycott parliament

    All nine Kuwaiti Shiite lawmakers stayed away from the national assembly, which held a secret debate on the impact of regional conflicts on Kuwait, following attacks on Sunni-ruled ally Saudi Arabia's diplomatic missions in Iran

    Kuwait's Shiite lawmakers boycotted parliament Wednesday, a day after a mass sentencing of members of the minority to prison or death for belonging to an Iran-linked cell. All nine Shiite lawmakers stayed away from the national assembly, which held a secret debate on the impact of regional conflicts on Kuwait, following …