Osaka earthquake: 4 dead after 6.1-magnitude tremor


Four people have died and more than 300 others were injured after a powerful earthquake shook the Japanese coastal city of Osaka and nearby areas during the morning rush hour on Monday.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck shortly after 8 a.m. north of Osaka at a depth of about 13 kilometers, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The strongest shaking was north of Osaka, but the quake rattled large parts of western Japan, including Kyoto.

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Egyptian actor dies following World Cup match


Egyptian actor Maher Essam died of a stroke after suffering a cerebral artery hemorrhage following Egypt’s defeat in their first Russia World Cup match against Uruguay, Essam, 38, died on Sunday morning after being in a coma since the airing of the match on Friday afternoon.

Egypt’s Actors Syndicate announced that the actor was rushed to Imbaba Hospital following the incident on Friday, and was later moved to another specialized hospital when his condition got worse.

Egyptian actor Sherif Idris said that Essam’s artery erupted due to his heightened reaction to the World Cup match, Essam suffered a similar incident in April 2014, and stayed in a coma for weeks.

The actor made appearances in films with people like Adel Imam and Athar al-Hakim, Essam’s funeral will be held on Sunday.



MOI: Syrians, Yemenis no longer exempt from Kuwait deportation


Kuwait is to drop the deportation exceptions it had extended to Syrian and Yemeni expatriates who had broken the law, explaining that the higher interests of the country were much more significant than any other considerations.

Anyone who breaks the laws or commits a felony should be deported as per the interests and security of Kuwait, the committee tasked with studying the cases of expats on the deportation list, said. “Whoever does not respect the laws of Kuwait will be deported, even if there is an armed conflict in his home country.

In the past, Syrians and Yemenis on the deportation list used to be pardoned by the interior ministry in consideration of the difficult humanitarian situation in their country,” a source familiar with the work of the committee said.


UAE announces new visa rules for residents, jobseekers and tourists


The cabinet of the United Arab Emirates, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the U.A.E. and ruler of Dubai, adopted a number of strategic decisions over foreign workers’ insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package of visa facilitation.

= UAE Cabinet announces decision to abolish mandatory bank guarantee for labour recruitment and replace it with a low-cost insurance system.

= New visa facilitation procedures for visitors, residents, families & people overstaying their visa also adopted.

= UAE exemption of transit passengers from all entry fees for first 48 hours approved. Transit visa extension for up to 96 hours for a fee of Dh50.

= Cabinet decision grants people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” stamp on their passport.

= New 6-month visa to be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. Temporary visa to enhance the UAE’s position as a land of opportunities, a destination for talents and professionals.

= UAE grants those who entered country illegally a chance to leave voluntarily with a ‘no entry’ stamp for 2 years, if they present return ticket. 

= UAE Cabinet allows individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa to do so for a fee, without having to leave and re-enter the country.  

= UAE Cabinet adopts resolution on empowering ‘People of Determination’, enabling them to equal access the job market.  

H.H Amir congratulates Citizens, Expatriates on Eid Al-Fitr


His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated all citizens and expatriates on Eid Al-Fitr, said the Amiri Diwan on Wednesday.
The Diwan, in a statement, also congratulated His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince and His Highness the Prime Minister on the advent of the joyous occasion, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow peace and security on the Arab and Muslim nations.

Interior min. stresses coop. importance to resolve deportation issues


Kuwait: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah stressed Tuesday the importance of boosting cooperation with the Public Prosecution and diplomatic missions to resolve deportation issues.
Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah made his remarks while meeting with Attorney General Mohammed Rashid Al-Duaij, head of the committee specialized in studying all cases of prisoners awaiting deportation, the ministry said in a press statement.
The minister discussed with Al-Duaij the new regulations aimed to resolve some existing issues in the deportation prison and alleviate their impacts, reiterating the significance of cooperating and coordinating with the Public Prosecution to achieve the desired goals.
For his part, Al-Duaij affirmed there are not any exception when it comes to lifting judicial deportation from any prisoner, unless under the mandatory legal rules and regulations, stressing the importance of enforcing the law fully and not selectively.


Trump meets Kim Jong Un in Singapore

DfdkNPrXUAEecbqSingapore: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a “comprehensive” document on Tuesday following a historic summit in Singapore aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Before signing what Trump described as a “comprehensive letter”, Kim said the two leaders had a historic meeting “and decided to leave the past behind. The world will see a major change.” Trump said he had formed a “very special bond” with Kim and that relationship with North Korea would be very different.

“People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very dangerous problem for the world,” Trump said. Asked whether he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said: “Absolutely, I will.”

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