Kuwait names new government

Updated 13 December 2012
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Kuwait names new government

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s ruler has named a new Cabinet that makes no major changes in membership and reinstates the finance minister who resigned earlier this year under pressure from opposition lawmakers.
The failure to make even nominal changes is seen as a slap at the opposition. It comes less than two weeks after Parliamentary elections boycotted by anti-government factions in protest over change to the voting law. The Dec. 1 election brought in a strongly pro-government Parliament, but opposition groups stage near daily protests in the oil-rich Gulf nation.
The official Kuwait News Agency said yesterday the new government keeps the incumbent prime minister, oil minister, and other top officials. It restores Mustafa Al-Shamali to the finance job. He resigned in May after facing questions about alleged corruption.


Turkish air strikes kill 26 militants in southeast Turkey, Iraq

Updated 19 June 2018
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Turkish air strikes kill 26 militants in southeast Turkey, Iraq

ISTANBUL: Turkish air strikes killed 26 militants and destroyed their gun positions, shelters and ammunition stores in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq this week, Turkey’s armed forces said on Tuesday.
The military said in a statement released on its Twitter account the air strikes were carried out on Sunday and Monday in Turkey’s Diyarbakir and Sirnak provinces and in the Avasin-Basyan area of northern Iraq, where the Kurdistan Workers Party militant group has bases.