Kuwait to continue repatriation of nationals amid coronavirus pandemic

Kuwaiti nationals residing abroad disembark from their plane on April 19, 2020 at the Kuwait International airport upon their return as part of a repatriation plan. (AFP)
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Updated 27 April 2020

Kuwait to continue repatriation of nationals amid coronavirus pandemic

DUBAI: Kuwait will continue repatriation of its citizens stranded overseas because of the coronavirus pandemic with the fourth phase of evacuations scheduled on April 29 until May 6.

The next repatriation flights will cover Kuwait citizens in the US cities of Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Washington as well as Montreal in Canada and Sydney and Pert in Australia, according to Sheikh Salman Humoud Al-Sabah, Chairman of the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation said in a statement reported by state news agency KUNA.

The repatriation flights will also sweep into other cities in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa where Kuwaiti nationals have registered to return home.


Syria’s Bashar Assad cuts tax for low-income workers

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Syria’s Bashar Assad cuts tax for low-income workers

  • It also amends other tax tranches to ‘reduce the tax burden on those with limited income’

BEIRUT: Syria’s President Bashar Assad moved on Wednesday to exempt more low-wage earners from income tax, his office said, as the economy buckles under the weight of US sanctions and nearly a decade of war.
The legislative decree, the first such amendment in years, widens the tranche of low-income workers exempt from tax to cover those earning $40 (50,000 Syrian pounds) or less per month, up from $12 (15,000 Syrian pounds). It also amends other tax tranches to “reduce the tax burden on those with limited income,” the presidency said.
Syrians have suffered from steep price hikes in recent months as the collapse of the currency drives up inflation and piles on hardship. The economy has been hit also by a financial crisis in neighboring Lebanon that has choked off a key source of dollars.
In a separate decision, the presidency also said Assad was giving a one-time grant of $40 (50,000 Syrian pounds) to all employees in state institutions including in the army. Retired public workers would get $32 (40,000 pounds).