• Kuwait Times

    Filipino envoy resummoned amid outrage over 'rescues'

    Embassy denies wrongdoing - 3 suspects identified - MPs slam violation of sovereignty KUWAIT: Kuwait yesterday summoned the Philippines’ ambassador for a second time yesterday in protest over “inflammatory comments” he made to a local newspaper, a foreign ministry source said. Remarks by Renato Pedro Villa, along with the “inappropriate behavior” of Manila’s diplomatic staff in Kuwait, have been deemed a threat to Kuwait’s sovereignty, the source noted. The move came following videos on social media showing a Philippines Embassy team helping Filipino domestic helpers flee their sponsors’ houses in vehicles with diplomatic license plates. Villa had allegedly confirmed to Al-Jarida daily that the

  • Kuwait Times

    Filipina kidnapped; Drunk man arrested

    KUWAIT: A man kidnapped a Filipina who was feeding chickens in her sponsor’s garden. He pulled up in a car driven by another person. The sponsor was on the balcony watching and was shocked by what he saw, then immediately went to the police station and told them what happened. Police searched the area but failed to find the culprits. The case is being investigated by detectives. Drunk man arrested A drunken Indian climbed a traffic lamppost and made himself comfortable there. Traffic police arrested him and took him to Salhiya police station, where he was charged with public drunkenness and damaging state property, Al-Rai reported. By Hanan Al-Saadoun and Agencies

  • Kuwait Times

    Saudi fitness center shut

    RIYADH: Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness center in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire. “We are not going to tolerate this,” Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al-Sheikh tweeted as he ordered that the center’s license be withdrawn. Sheikh, an adviser to powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also told authorities to investigate and prosecute those behind the video. The video, which was widely circulated on social media showed a woman with uncovered hair in what appeared to be a gym and kicking a punching bag. The General Sports Authority said the video contained scenes that could corrupt public

  • CNN

    Outrage after 'morality police' confront woman

    An amateur video shows a member of the "morality police" physically confronting a woman in Iran. The video went viral, triggering a response from the Iranian government.

  • CNN

    Arsenal: 'Wenger Out' campaign finally gets its wish

    "Wenger Out." Many Arsenal fans across the world have clamored for the club's long-term manager Arsene Wenger to step down in recent years, taking to the streets, stadiums, Twitter and, in one extreme case, even to the sky. It began as response to a downturn in Arsenal's fortunes on the pitch. After three English Premier League titles and four FA Cups between 1998 and 2005, Wenger oversaw a nine-year run without a trophy. A placard with "Wenger Out" splashed across it appeared at a protest against Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe early last year, while a couple of months later one Arsenal fan made his views clear at the WWE's annual Wrestlemania extravaganza.

  • BBC News

    North Korea's leisure time revolution

    While the majority of people in North Korea live in poverty, experts say there is a growing middle class with money to spend and free time to enjoy. From dolphin aquariums to shopping centres, this is how the country is changing to meet the demands of its most wealthy citizens. When Jayden first used the internet he was overwhelmed by what he found. "I had access to information that enlightened me. Every day was a surprise to me because I could get completely different perspectives that I'd never thought about. It made me outraged and sad," he says. Jayden (not his real name) is a North Korean defector who fled to South Korea five years ago. Only a small number of people manage to escape the

  • News

    Kuwait summons Philippines envoy over offensive remarks, diplomatic violations

    Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday summoned the Philippine’s Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa and handed him two protest notes regarding offensive statements said to have been made against the country by Filipino officials. According to the official Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA), a source in the ministry said that the notes also discuss activities of some employees in the Philippines embassy. The source also expressed regret over such actions which may hurt the friendly relations enjoyed by Kuwait and the Philippines.