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

KUWAIT -- His Highness the Amir's representative, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah delivers Kuwait's address at the UN General Assembly 77th session in New York.

GENEVA -- Kuwait says it is deeply concerned about the continuation of the armed conflict in Syria, calling on parties there to put an end to attacks on innocent civilians and human rights violations.

NEW YORK -- United Nations chief Antonio Guterres says Russia's military opreration in Ukraine shows no signs of abating, pointing to Moscow's announcement of a partial military mobilisation last night.

BRUSSELS -- NATO strongly condemns plans to hold a referendum for occupied Ukrainian territories to join Russia.

LONDON -- The Bank of England increases the interest rate from 1.75 to 2.25 percent, in the seventh such step taken within nine months - a decision viewed as intended to counter inflation. (end) sd