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Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has set a minimum wage for its hundreds of thousands of mostly Asian domestic workers, in a first for Gulf states which have come under widespread accusations of abuse.A decree issued by Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Sabah set the minimum wage at 60 dinars ($200) a month and also granted domestic staff a raft of other rights, Al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Thursday.Kuwait is the first country in the Gulf to regulate the work conditions of domestic staff through legislation and Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other rights groups have urged others to follow suit to tackle widespread abuses.The decree, which sets out measures to implement a landmark law adopted by parliament last year, also requires employers to pay overtime for any extra hours worked.It grants domestic workers the right to a weekly day off, 30 days of annual paid leave, a 12-hour working day with rest, ...

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Nuclear deal holding but more work needed: Iran negotiator TEHRAN: Iran's nuclear deal with world powers is holding a year after it was agreed but more needs to be done to ensure its full implementation, a top Iranian negotiator said Wednesday."The total process has been relatively satisfactory despite the difficulties that we see in the implementation," Hamid Baeidinejad told a press conference in Tehran for the first anniversary of the agreement."We belive that the deal has not been violated so far and efforts continue ...

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Iran condemns opposition rally in France TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday condemned a rally in France on the weekend by an exiled opposition group it labelled a "stinking corpse" and said it would denounce any country that backed it.The National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI) claimed that 100,000 Iranians had attended its annual rally in Bourget, near Paris, on Saturday."The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to confront this hypocritical little group and will condemn any government" that supports it, government ...

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US to send 560 more troops to Iraq: Carter BAGHDAD: The United States will send an additional 560 military personnel to Iraq to assist in its fight against the Islamic State militant group, visiting Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced Monday.The increase will bring the total authorised number of American forces in Iraq, most of whom are in advisory or training roles, to more than 4,600.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Coalition air strikes, Turkish army kill 8 Islamic State militants: Anadolu ISTANBUL: Air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes and artillery fire from Turkey killed eight Islamic State fighters in northern Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency cited the Turkish military as saying on Sunday.Ten Islamic State targets were hit in the strikes, which also destroyed one building used by the militants as a base, the agency said.It said Turkish army howitzers fired on the militants as they were preparing to open fire on Turkey on Saturday from the ...

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29 Syria rebels dead in fighting for key Aleppo road: monitor BEIRUT: At least 29 Syrian rebels were killed in clashes with regime troops overnight during a failed bid to reopen the opposition's key supply route into Aleppo city, a monitor said Sunday.The fighters from the Faylaq al-Sham Islamist faction and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front were killed trying to reopen the Castello Road, which regime forces effectively severed on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.The road was the only remaining supply route into ...

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Israel hits Syrian military targets after stray fire on Golan JERUSALEM: The Israeli army attacked two Syrian military targets on the Golan Heights after stray Syrian fire damaged the security fence along the demarcation line, a spokeswoman said Monday."In response to errant fire yesterday from Syria that hit the border with Israel, damaging the security fence, the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) responded and targeted two Syrian military targets in the central Golan Heights," an Israeli military spokeswoman told AFP.While Israel has sought to avoid being ...