UN Kuwait invasion fund pays out $1.3 billion

Updated 24 January 2013
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UN Kuwait invasion fund pays out $1.3 billion

GENEVA: UN panel that settles claims for damages from victims of Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait has paid out another $1.3 billion — bringing the total so far to $40.1 billion, AP reported.
The UN Compensation Commission did not disclose the identities of the claimants on Thursday but said the money goes toward settling two claims for damages to Kuwait’s oil fields, as well as production and sales losses.
The Geneva-based commission was established by the UN Security Council in 1991 and is funded by a 5 percent tax on the export of Iraqi oil.
It has approved $52.4 billion in total compensation to more than 100 governments and international organizations, and makes payments every three months.

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Iraqi police surrounds the office of Hezbollah in Baghdad after clashes wound 3: AFP

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Iraqi police surrounds the office of Hezbollah in Baghdad after clashes wound 3: AFP

BAGHDAD: Iraqi police surrounded the Baghdad headquarters of the pro-Iran Hezbollah Brigades militia Wednesday, after an armed clash with law enforcement left three people wounded, an interior ministry source said.
The Hezbollah Brigades, part of the Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary units that fought the Daesh group in Iraq, is also fighting on the side of Bashar Assad in Syria independent of the authorities in Baghdad.

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