KUNA main news for Saturday, March 26, 2016

Local:

KUWAIT — Samples of soil, air and water taken from various parts of Kuwait, particularly Al-Metla’e area, tested negative for uranium radioactive substances, said director of the Health Ministry’s department on radiation prevention. (Issued at 09:44 local time or 0644 GMT).

Economic:

Kuwait — Manpower and Government Restructuring Program Chief denies reports on a possible cut in financial aid to private sector’s workers.

Kuwait — NBK report: Kuwait’s trade surplus narrowed to a 10-year low in 2015 mainly due to a decline in oil export earnings. Imports remained firm however, in line with good growth in the non-oil economy. The surplus shrank from KD 20 billion in 2014 to KD 7 billion in 2015 (20% of projected GDP).

International:

KILIS, Turkey, — The International Islamic Charitable Organization in Kuwait has concluded the second stage in its winter project or campaign to come to the aid of Syrian refugees in Turkey and in Syria. (Issued at 15:33 local time or 12:33 GMT).

WASHINGTON — US forces are going to continue “to root out and defeat ISIL,” President Barack Obama said on Saturday in his weekly address, referring to the so-called Islamic State. (14:43 local time or 11:43 GMT).

CAIRO — Speaker of the Arab Parliament Ahmad Bin Jarwan has lauded Kuwait’s planned hosting of inter-Yemeni conciliation talks starting April 18th noting that the Kuwaiti role in this respect boosts optimism on reaching a solution to the crisis in Yemen. (Issued at 10:46 local time or 07:46 GMT).

LONDON — June 23rd marks conclusion of internal debates in the UK whether the nation will remain under the European Union umbrella. Report by Khaled Al-Daihani.

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