• Kuwait Times

    MPs demand expulsion of Filipino envoy, slam ‘weak’ govt response

    KUWAIT: Lawmakers yesterday strongly blasted the Philippines Embassy in the country for allegedly helping Filipina maids claiming to be abused by their local employers to flee, and also harshly criticized the foreign ministry for not taking strong action. MPs insisted that the embassy’s actions have breached all diplomatic norms and called on the foreign ministry to expel the Philippines ambassador and other diplomats involved in the allegations. Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem told reporters that he was informed by the foreign ministry that it plans to take action against the embassy, which has requested some time to amend its position. “I’d like to stress that everything that could undermine Kuwait’s sovereignty, dignity and reputation by linking the country to anomalous and bizarre incidents, as well as the unprovoked escalation by the Philippine side, will be addressed by the foreign ministry,” he vowed.

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    Morality police officer behind assault on Iranian woman identified

    The female member of Iran’s morality police who violently assaulted an Iranian woman for violating the country’s dress code was identified. Activists took to social media to share a screengrab of the policewoman from the video which documented the assault and went viral. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had appeared to criticize the incident in a speech he gave on state television on Saturday.

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    I lost legs and part of my face after a dog scratch

    Dr Jaco Nel lost both his legs, all the fingers on one hand and suffered a facial disfigurement after he was scratched while playing with his dog. He told the Victoria Derbyshire programme he contracted sepsis caused by bacteria in cocker spaniel Harvey's saliva. Despite disinfecting the small scratch, Dr Nel was in a coma for several days and had to learn to walk again.

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    Medic suspended over sepsis death

    A medic has been suspended after a mother-of-six died from a rare form of sepsis. Natalie Billingham, 33, from Tipton died 72 hours after going to A&E at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley with flu-like symptoms and pain in her foot. The trust running the hospital said it would meet her family and is conducting an internal investigation. It comes after health inspectors had to intervene in the treatment of another sepsis patient during a review. Mrs Billingham's family claim there were delays in giving her antibiotics and medics failed to examine a purple "patch" by her ankle. Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust said she had necrotising fasciitis, a rare form of sepsis which is "difficult to diagnose".

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    Egypt girl kills mother, brother as she sets house on fire for Blue Whale game

    A 17-year-old Egyptian girl caused the death of her mother and disabled brother after she burnt their house down as part of a Blue Whale game task on Friday, said a security official. The house was owned by Essmat Kamal, the girl’s father. The 49-year-old mother, Shadia, and brother, Mohammed Essmat, were burnt alive and the third sibling, Taha Essmat, was left injured. During investigations, it was learned that the teenager, Shahinaz, had poured petrol throughout the house then lit it on fire.

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    VIDEO: London man who threw acid at Muslim model jailed for 16 years

    A British man who threw acid in a horrific attack at an aspiring Pakistani Muslim model while she was driving in London, ultimately deforming her whole face. The attacker, identified as 25-year-old John Tomlin was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday after a court ruling. The incident took place when the victim, Resham Khan, was celebrating her 21st birthday. Resham is also a student at Manchester University.

  • 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