Briefing of KUNA main news for Friday until 00:00 GMT

Date: 12/01/2019     Time: 2:54 AM

02 4 GEN 0388 KUWAIT /KUNA-TMO0 MDA-KUWAIT-KUNA-SUMMARY  Briefing of KUNA main news for Friday until 00:00 GMT 2769448 KUWAIT -- The Kuwaiti expedition, "Be Among the Excellent," embarked on a multi-station visit to Sri Lanka, as part of a program designed by Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) to educate the youth about diverse cultures of nations and the Fund's contributions and activities in those destinations. 2769494 LONDON -- Peter Kenneth Estlin, Lord Mayor of the City of London, will lead an economic delegation on a visit to Kuwait on Saturday to explore ways for enhanced economic and commercial relations between Kuwait and the United Kingdom. 2769446 RAMALLAH -- The Palestinian government has bore Israel full responsibility over the deteriorating situation in the occupied territories through its continuing aggression, raids and crackdowns on Palestinians. 2769490 TEHRAN -- Iran said its missile program was not violating UN Security Council resolution 2231, lashing out at France which called on Tehran to stop development of activities related to its ballistic missiles, fearing they could carry nuclear warheads. 2769425 PARIS -- Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda was charged as part of a French corruption probe into the awarding of the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo, a judicial source said. 2769495 PARIS -- French police are bracing for even more violent and larger "Yellow Vest" protests Saturday than in the previous weeks due to a radicalisation of the protesters and a more defiant position in the ranks of the demonstrators, the Interior Ministry said. 2769443 ROME -- Italian Foreign Ministry announced the opening of houses to shelter the displaced in the Albanian capital of Tirana with Italian funding through the allocation of the debts of Rome owed by Albania. 2769456 WASHINGTON -- The US began withdrawing its some 2,000 troops from Syria on Friday, almost a month since President Donald Trump announced the decision and caused concerns that the move might provide the so-called Islamic State leverage to resurge in the country. 2769479 WASHINGTON -- The US "strongly" condemned Houthis Thursday's drone attack on government air base in the Yemeni governorate of Lahij and said it "contravenes" the Hudaydah ceasefire and last month's progress in UN-led talks.