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

KUWAIT - The Kuwaiti cabinet agreed, in an extraordinary meeting, on returning to pre-coronavirus regular working hours at all government bodies as of August 15.

KUWAIT - The World Bank expected Kuwait's economy to grow by 2.4 percent this year, driven by the oil sector, followed by a rise of 3.2 per cent in 2022 and 2023.

KUWAIT - His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah chaired the Kuwaiti delegation at the third international conference to support Lebanon.

KUWAIT -- The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) dispatched eight tons of baby formula to Lebanon as part of its humanitarian aid packages dedicated to the Lebanese people.

KUWAIT - Kuwait's daily coronavirus cases rose by 851 to 400,979 as deaths increased by six to 2,351, the health ministry said.

KUWAIT - Some 91.1 per cent of the people who died from COVID-19 in July were not vaccinated, Kuwait health ministry spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said.

PARIS - Countries attending a donors' conference for Lebanon, hosted by France, have collectively pledged USD 370 million in financial assistance in addition to material support, according to the Elysee Palace.

RIYADH - The Saudi-led coalition to support the legitimate Yemeni government announced that its forces had shot down an explosives-laden drone launched by the Yemeni Houthi militia towards civilian targets in the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.

LONDON - A British security agency confirmed a hijack attempt of oil tanker Asphalt princess in Gulf of Oman has ended and the vessel was secured.

GAZA - Israeli Army gunners shelled locations in South Lebanon in retaliation for launching rockets in the direction of Israeli settlements close to the Israeli-Lebanese borders. (end) ibi