WANTED : $12 Million Reward

The United States on Tuesday offered multimillion-dollar rewards for two officials of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as the Trump administration prepared to unveil a strategy to counter Tehran’s growing regional influence.

Washington will pay up to $7 million for information leading to the arrest of Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah’s foreign operations, and up to $5 million for Fuad Shukr, a top Hezbollah military operative, the State Department said.

The rewards are the first offered by the United States for Hezbollah operatives in a decade, Nathan Sales, the US counterterrorism coordinator, told reporters.

“Today’s rewards are another step to increase the pressure on them and their organization,” said Sales.

Other extremists for whom the United States is offering rewards include Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of Islamic State, and Mohammad Jolani, the commander of al Qaeda’s Syrian branch.

Hamiyah has been on the department’s foreign terrorist list since 2015 and Shukr was added in 2013. The United States named Hezbollah as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997.

Nicholas Rasmussen, the head of the National CounterTerrorism Center, blamed the group for a litany of attacks around the world, and said it maintains a presence in “nearly every corner of the globe.”

Pointing to the arrests of two men in the United States in June for alleged activities on Hezbollah’s behalf, Rasmussen said that US intelligence agencies assess that the group is seeking an ability to strike inside “the homeland.”

Sales signaled that as part of US President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be unveiled Iran strategy, Washington would press countries that have yet to designate Hezbollah as an international terrorist group to do so.

“Additionally, some countries have chosen to designate only Hezbollah’s military wing, leaving its so-called political wing untouched,” he said, apparently referring to the 28-member European Union. “But that is a false distinction. Make no mistake. Hezbollah has no political wing. It is a single organization, a terrorist organization, and it is rotten to its core.”

Designating the group as a terrorist organization is “not merely symbolic,” he continued.

By not doing so, he said, countries “limit other governments’ ability to freeze Hezbollah’s assets, to shut down its front companies, to eliminate its fund-raising and recruiting capabilities and to prosecute Hezbolah associated networks. The United States will need allies in this fight.”

But winning support for an intensified campaign against Hezbollah could prove difficult for the administration.

The powerful Iran-backed organization is part of Lebanon’s fragile coalition government and commands enormous support for the social services it provides.

Kuwait: study the imposition of fees on some roads aimed at developing and regulating traffic

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The Assistant Minister for Roads Engineering at Kuwait's Ministry of Public Works, Ahmed Al-Hossan said that the study of imposing fees on the use of some roads aims to develop the road system and regulate traffic, and not to collect money only. 

The horse explained in an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper "Al Rai" on Monday that different alternatives will be put to the roads so that the road to which the fees are taken is not a single road. 

On the opening of road projects during the next phase, he said that the plan includes a number of openings including the completion of the western part of the road (Gamal Abdel Nasser), which will be delivered during the first quarter of next year.
He added that the road development project will be inaugurated in the south of Jaber Al-Ahmad area within six months, in addition to the development of the western part of the Fifth Ring. The opening of the project will take place during the first quarter of next year. 

He said that there are openings that include some roads on the bridge (Sabah Al-Nasser) opposite the Hall (Alhefi) in the Andalusia and Al-Bada'a roundabout, which is expected to open the right lane for the coming from the Salmiya area in April 2018 and that in June of the same year opening the second lane to Along with several other openings. 

He pointed to the horse to enter most of the projects implemented by the sector and the number of 26 projects the maturity stage, which will result in many of the opening during the near future. In this regard, he referred to a five-year agreement to be assigned to the consultant who developed the city of Abu Dhabi to follow up the projects through a modern and sophisticated system that enables the sector to overcome all obstacles before and during the implementation of the project.

US Supreme Court overturns ruling banning travel ban

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned an appeals court that canceled a previous ban on travel to the United States imposed by President Donald Trump on several Muslim-majority countries that ended.

The court has taken a decision in one of two cases to be heard, including a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to remove the ban, which was set out in an executive order issued in March.

The court did not rule on another separate appeal filed by the state of Hawaii that the court had already accepted to hear. The case also filed a challenge to a separate ban on the entry of refugees for 120 days, which has not yet expired.


MOSCOW: A Russian plane crashed in Syria and its crew was killed

MOSCOW  - A Russian Su-24 bomber crashed while taking off from the Hameimim runway in Syria, killing its crew, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The ministry explained that the cause of the accident suffered by the plane may be a technical failure, reported the agency "Sputnik" Russian, on Tuesday.

For its part, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported today that a violent explosion this morning shook the area of Humaimim in rural Jabala, which is taken by Russian forces as a base for them and warplanes and helicopters.

The observatory said: "The explosion was caused by the fall of a Russian plane, after taking off from the airport of Hameimim, causing the crash and the outbreak of fire, and rising columns of smoke from the place of fall in the vicinity of the runway.



The South Korean embassy in Kuwait said Tuesday that two Korean warships will visit Kuwait for the first time this week to mark the 38th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and Kuwait.

The two ships will arrive in Shuwaikh on the 15th of this month, the Korean embassy said in a statement. The four-day visit of the Korean ships will take place on Wednesday.

The visit was aimed at promoting the Korean wave, called the Hallyu, as well as the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and defense technology through an exhibition during the two ships' visit.

The two Korean warships will carry out maritime training missions under Admiral Yang Moo during the visit, the embassy said, noting that the visit was the first of its kind to the Korean navy since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in June 1979.

The crew consists of 630 personnel, including 138 naval officers. The Korean destroyer (Kang Jamshan), accompanied by the supply ship (Huanan), will participate in the 98-day training mission this year, which includes 10 countries: Vietnam, India, UAE, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the United States. America and Japan.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Yu Yonchul, welcomed the occasion and expressed his hope that the Korean defense technology will be introduced and developed properly and adequately to the State of Kuwait, which will enhance military cooperation between the two countries.

Junichol stressed that the exhibition and the International Defense Conference in Kuwait from December 12 to 14, which will be attended by the Korean side, is an event and an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of military and commercial cooperation between the two friendly countries.


Source : KUNA

Al - Subaih: Original certificate documented the requirement to renew the residence of expatriates

Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Hind Al-Subeeh, announced the requirement to provide the original documented certificate for the renewal of the residency of university graduates.

Al-Subeeh told Al-Anbaa that the inclusion of other groups in this condition is subject to the study now that a generalization of the application is issued.

In response to a question about the postponement of the renewal of residency for some expatriates in peripheral specialties, which are an additional burden on the labor market to the point of not being able to find a job opportunity, the Minister of Affairs replied: This is already being studied in the context of new regulatory decisions to control the labor market and disposal Of the marginal labor that is spreading in the streets to look for a job without success.

Al-Subeeh stressed that such decisions are aimed at protecting workers against any exploitation, as well as avoiding the negative effects that some weak people who resort to illegal means may have to provide a source of income for them to live in.

Al-Subeeh stressed that the labor market regulation measures are not limited to expatriate workers, but also to the owners of Kuwaiti companies, who are convinced that they have resorted to illegal methods of recruiting expatriate workers in what is known as trafficking in human beings.

And revealed that the measures taken against them include precautionary suspension of the files of owners of these companies after the decision to refer them to the General Directorate of investigations, and stop issuing any work permit to them after the decisions of the prosecution of the conviction, which was the financial fines.

Body found dead 3 days ago in Salmiya

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Bad smells emanating from one of the apartments in Salmiya on Tuesday morning revealed the body of a citizen who died at least three days ago.

In the details, the Operations Department of the General Directorate of fire received a report on suspicion of a body in one of the apartments located in the Salmiya area.

Immediately, a fire brigade set out from the Salmiya center, where firemen broke the door of the apartment after obtaining the permission of the prosecutor in the presence of the security men. The body of the citizen was found and the forensics and forensic evidence were reported.


Kuwait Football Federation (FFA) vice president Fatima Hayat confirmed on Wednesday that the women's football league will be held for the first time under the supervision of the football federation.




As part of the efforts of the Ministry of the Interior to curb the spread of crime and bring perpetrators to justice, the General Directorate of Relations and Security Information stated that the General Directorate of Investigation of Residency Affairs (the Department of Research and Investigation) has managed to control a fictitious service office that provides citizens and expatriates with domestic labor, With the amounts received from them, without any legal basis or documents.

Based on the information and investigations conducted by the Department of Investigation and Investigation of the General Directorate of Residence Affairs, the existence of a human trafficking network through a fictitious service office run by a group of individuals of different nationalities. After conducting inquiries, verifying the information, identifying the office address and taking legal action, And 7 of the women are absent from their sponsors, and the investigation with them shows the existence of some absences of absenteeism and some of them are required in the case of cases.

All were referred to the jurisdiction.

The search and investigation department was able to set up 11 companies with commercial licenses and their sponsorship (44) and found that they were closed, non-existent and not active. Security restrictions were placed on these companies and employees, Licenses) do not take necessary.

Indian Supreme Court banned the sale of crackers before the Diwali Festival

An Indian woman holds her child and watches a firecracker light up in New Delhi on October 23, 2014, the day of Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights. Altaf Qadri / AP

India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog.

The decision comes a little over a week before the Hindu festival of lights, when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory firecrackers set off day and night.

The onset of winter usually worsens the situation as cooler temperatures trap the pollutants, exacerbated by crop burning in neighbouring states.

Acting on a petition, the supreme court directed that all licences to sell firecrackers in New Delhi and neighbouring cities be suspended until October 31. 

"The court has made it clear that all licences stand banned forthwith," Haripriya Padmanabhan, one of the petitioners, told the NDTV news network after the order.

India's notoriously poor air quality causes over 1 million premature deaths every year, according to a joint report by two US-based health research institutes earlier this year.

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A 2014 World Health Organisation survey of more than 1,600 cities ranked Delhi as the most polluted.

At midday on Monday, the US embassy showed that the concentration of PM2.5 - the fine particles linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease - was at an "unhealthy" level.

The top court imposed a similar ban last November when Delhi's air quality reached "hazardous" levels after Diwali, forcing schools to shut and a temporary ban on construction.

But the November order was briefly lifted last month, allowing residents to buy firecrackers ahead of Diwali, which falls on October 19 this year.

"I guess those people will end up bursting them, so it's not a 100 per cent victory," Mr Padmanabhan said.

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