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Kuwaiti royal to contest election, in rare move

Kuwait City - A member of Kuwait's ruling family announced Wednesday his candidacy for next month's parliamentary election, a rare move in the oil-rich Gulf state where royals normally stay away from polls.

Emir Sheik Sabah dissolves Kuwaiti parliament

Kuwait City - The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Sabah, has issued a decree today dissolving the Kuwaiti National Assembly, according to the official state news agency KUNA.

Kuwait sacks heads of Olympic committee, football federation

Kuwait City - Kuwait announced Thursday that it had sacked the board of directors of both its Olympic committee and football association.The country's General Commission for Sports announced it had named a new head and deputy head for both organisations.

Yemen peace talks on hold after rebels name governing body

Kuwait City - The UN suspended talks between Yemen's warring parties Saturday after the Iran-backed Shiite rebels and their allies appointed a council to run the country in a blow to the peace process.

Yemen government team quits talks until rebels accept deal

Kuwait City - Yemen's government delegation to peace talks left Kuwait on Monday after the rebel side rejected a draft peace plan proposed by the United Nations, its representatives said."We now leave Kuwait...

Yemen govt accepts UN peace plan, rebels reject it

Kuwait City - Yemen's government on Sunday accepted a UN-proposed plan to end fighting that has killed thousands, but the rebels rejected it, insisting that any settlement must first tackle a unity administration.

Yemen government accepts UN peace deal

Kuwait City - The Yemeni government said Sunday it has accepted a UN-proposed peace agreement to end more than a year of armed conflict, but there has been no word from the rebels.

Yemen peace talks extended for a week: Kuwait

Kuwait City - The UN-brokered Yemen peace talks have been extended for one week following a request by the UN special envoy, the foreign ministry of host nation Kuwait said on Saturday.

Yemen govt team says leaving UN-backed peace talks

Kuwait City - Yemen's government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait said it will leave on Saturday, signalling the collapse of four months of UN-brokered negotiations with Shiite Huthi rebels."Today (Friday), we are holding some farewell meetings...

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Kuwait City - Kuwait has set a minimum wage for its hundreds of thousands of mostly Asian domestic staff, the first country in the Gulf to do so, local media reported on Thursday.

Yemen peace talks to take two-week break: UN envoy

Kuwait City - Yemen's warring parties are taking a two-week break in peace talks, the UN special envoy said on Wednesday, after more than two months of negotiations that made little headway.

Yemen rebels demand consensus president in any peace deal

Kuwait City - Yemen's Iran-backed rebels said on Wednesday that they would not sign any peace deal without prior agreement on a consensus president to lead the transition.

Kuwait upholds death sentence for mosque blast ringleader

Kuwait City - Kuwait's supreme court on Monday upheld the death sentence handed down to the main convict in the Islamic State group bombing of a Shiite mosque that killed 26 people.

Yemen peace talks 'closer' to agreement: UN envoy

Kuwait City - The UN envoy said Wednesday that Yemen's warring parties were closer to agreement at peace talks in Kuwait as he headed to New York to brief the Security Council.

Yemen govt to end peace talks boycott: UN

Kuwait City - The Yemeni government delegation is to rejoin UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait with Shiite rebels who control the capital, ending a four-day boycott, the UN special envoy said on Sunday.

Yemen foes discuss military pullouts, arms handovers: UN

Kuwait City - Yemen's government and Iran-backed rebels have discussed the crucial issues of military withdrawals, the handover of weapons and the restoration of state institutions during peace talks, the UN said Thursday.

Yemen warring parties agree on prisoner swap

Kuwait City - Yemen's government and Iran-backed rebels agreed Tuesday to free half of the prisoners and detainees held by both sides, in the first breakthrough in peace talks that began last month.

Yemen foes resume direct talks after mediation: UN

Kuwait City - Yemen's warring parties resumed face-to-face talks on Monday following a two-day interruption after mediation efforts and an appeal by the UN envoy, the United Nations said.

UN envoy bids to break Yemen peace talks impasse

Kuwait City - The UN special envoy to Yemen held talks Sunday with the country's warring parties in a bid to break an impasse, a day after the government pulled out of direct negotiations.

Yemen foes discuss key issues in direct talks: UN

Kuwait City - Yemen foes discussed major political and security issues Thursday in face-to-face negotiations aimed at bringing an end to 13 months of devastating war, the UN envoy said.
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