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'Jihadi John' relatives under watch in Kuwait

Kuwait City - Kuwaiti authorities are closely monitoring several relatives of "Jihadi John" who live and work in the Gulf emirate where the Islamic State executioner was born, press reports said on Sunday.

Kuwait reopens Yemen embassy in Aden, instead of Sanaa

Kuwait City - Kuwait has joined its Gulf partners Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and decided to reopen its Yemeni embassy in Aden, instead of the militia-controlled capital Sanaa.

US defence chief convenes anti-IS war council in Kuwait

Kuwait City - New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will hold talks Monday in Kuwait with top US commanders and diplomats to discuss the war effort against the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said.

Muslims first victims of 'terrorism'

Kuwait City - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called Tuesday for international cooperation against extremism, saying Muslims have been the first victims of "terrorism".

Op-Ed: Guantanamo unlikely to close although Kuwaiti is released

Washington - Fawzi al-Odah 37 left Guantanamo Bay for Kuwait on Wednesday morning. It is 13 years since he left Kuwait to do humanitarian work and teach in Afghanistan. US authorities claimed originally that he had been associated with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate freed, US plans dozen more releases

Guant - The United States is preparing to release more than a dozen Guantanamo detainees as President Barack Obama works towards his long-promised goal of closing the controversial military prison, an US defense official said Wednesday.

Kuwait leaders huddle ahead of opposition rally

- Kuwait's emir consulted with his crown prince and prime minister after four nights of clashes over the arrest of a prominent opposition leader ahead of a mass rally later Sunday.

Kuwait police fire teargas to break up opposition demo

- Kuwaiti police fired teargas and stun grenades to disperse an opposition rally demanding the release of prominent dissident Mussallam al-Barrak, activists said on Thursday.

U.S. official: Kuwaiti minister helped fund Syrian jihadists

Kuwait - A prominent Kuwaiti politician has resigned after being criticized by US official David Cohen for promoting the funding of jihadists in Syria. However, he is ostensibly resigning for health reasons.

Kuwait is the main financier of Syrian terrorist extremists

According to officials in the Obama administration, the tiny oil sheikhdom of Kuwait is the leading financier of al-Qaeda affiliated militants fighting in Syria.

Kuwait signs $12 bn oil contracts, tenders others

Al Kuwait - The Kuwait National Petroleum Company on Sunday signed contracts worth $12 billion (nine billion euros) with three international consortia to upgrade two refineries and invited bids to build a new multi-billion-dollar refinery.

Oil price 'fair' despite geopolitical factors: Kuwait

Al Kuwait - Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ali al-Omair said Monday that current oil prices are "fair" despite strong geopolitical factors impacting the region.OPEC member Kuwait is the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, pumping around 3.

Syrian conflict takes centre stage at Arab summit

Al Kuwait - The Syrian conflict takes centre stage at an Arab summit starting Tuesday in Kuwait, where a regional rift over Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has been kept off the agenda.The dispute which broke out in the runup to the summit pits Qatar against Egypt, Sau...

Kuwait Airways buys 25 Airbuses, first purchase in 20 years

Al Kuwait - Loss-making state-owned Kuwait Airways Co signed contracts with Airbus Wednesday to buy 25 planes, its first order for new aircraft in more than 20 years, the official KUNA news agency reported.Under the deals, KAC will buy 15 A320neo and 10 A350-900 a...

Shell to sell Australian energy interests

London - Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell announced on Monday the sale of stakes in Australian natural gas assets for more than one billion US dollars to a Kuwaiti state company.Shell said it had agreed to sell its 8.

Eurofighter in lead to sell 28 planes to Kuwait

Paris - The European Eurofighter consortium has signed a draft agreement to sell 28 of its fighter planes to Kuwait, online French newspaper La Tribune reported on Thursday.

Kuwait Constitutional Court dissolves parliament orders elections

Kuwait - The Kuwait Constitutional Court has dissolved the Kuwaiti parliament and ordered new elections. At the same time the court rejected a case launched by the opposition challenging the ruling Emir's change in the electoral system.

Kuwaiti woman receives 11-years for tweets insulting Emir

A Kuwait woman has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for insulting her sheikdom's emir and calling for regime change on Twitter.

Kuwait opposition attacked with tear gas by police

Police in Kuwait have fired tear gas in order to disperse thousands of people protesting against the conviction of a prominent opposition politician who was arrested for insulting the country's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

Second Twitter user in Kuwait jailed for insulting leaders

A Kuwait court sentenced to two years of prison an online journalist for posting insults about the Kuwait government and the emir Sheikh Sabah on Twitter.

Kuwait's 7-month surplus is $52.2 billion

Kuwait - While many countries face budget deficits, Kuwait has over a $50 billion surplus for just seven months of the year. Kuwait had actually projected a $26 billion dollar deficit for 2012-2013 fiscal year which began on April 1.

Cobra discovered on a plane forces emergency landing

A flight was forced to make an emergency landing this week after an Egyptian cobra was discovered aboard the plane. The snake had bitten one person before it escaped in the cabin.

Kuwaiti election boycotted by much of the opposition

Kuwait - In Kuwait's parliamentary election the Shia minority made gains, mostly because the Sunni-dominated opposition called for a boycott of the elections.

Bradley Manning pre-trial hearing, on torture and mistreatment

While the deal has not yet been accepted, a military judge has approved the verbiage of Private First Class Bradley Manning's appeal, where he would plead guilty to some charges of sharing sensitive information to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Kuwait opposition to boycott elections

Kuwait - The ruling emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah, has done exactly what the opposition feared he would do, change the election laws. In response, opposition groups have said they would boycott the elections that have been called for December 1.

Five arrested at large Kuwait anti-government demonstration

Kuwait - At least five people were arrested at an anti-government protest including the son of a prominent member of the opposition. Several people were hurt. At least 5,000 were at the demonstration.

Op-Ed: Kuwait's ruler dissolves National Assembly

Kuwait - Emir Sheik Al-Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait, issuued a decree dissolving the 2009 National Assembly for the second time in less than four months. The assembly was dissolved in December 2011, after protests and allegations of corruption against some members.

Op-Ed: Kuwait Petroleum seeks $4 billion deal with Athabasca

Edmonton - Kuwait's state owned oil fund is seeking a joint venture with Athabasca oil in the oil sands. The deal will be for about $4 billion and is expected to be finalized by October

Wrong anthem played for Kazakhstan’s shooting team — Borat parody

Anyone who has seen the movie Borat, might remember his parody version of the Kazakhstan national anthem. Well the Kazakhstan shooting team was rather taken by surprise when it played for them in Kuwait.

Man decapitated by elevator

Kuwait - An Indian construction worker was decapitated by an elevator whilst working on a new build site in Kuwait, at the weekend.
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A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
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Palin visits soldiers of the Alaska National Guard  in Kuwait  July 24  2007.
Palin visits soldiers of the Alaska National Guard, in Kuwait, July 24, 2007.
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Kuwaiti security forces arrive at the scene as tires are burning during a demonstration of supporter...
Kuwaiti security forces arrive at the scene as tires are burning during a demonstration of supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak on July 6, 2014
Yasser al-Zayyat, AFP
A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
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Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrak (portrait) ...
Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrak (portrait) demonstrate on July 2, 2014 in Kuwait City
Yasser al-Zayyat, AFP