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Kuwait opposition in strong election showing

Kuwait City - Islamist-dominated opposition groups and their allies secured nearly half of the Kuwaiti parliament's seats, official election results showed Sunday, raising fears of fresh political wrangling in the oil-rich Gulf state.

Heavy turnout at Kuwait polls as opposition returns

Kuwait City - Kuwaitis turned out in large numbers Saturday for the first election contested by the opposition in nearly four years amid fresh disputes over cuts in subsidies due to falling oil revenues.

Kuwaitis vote amid disputes over subsidies

Kuwait City - Kuwaitis vote Saturday to elect the seventh parliament in a decade in the oil-rich Gulf emirate, at a time of sharp disputes over subsidy cuts due to falling oil revenues.

Kuwaitis head to polls hoping to stop austerity

Kuwait City - Kuwaitis vote on Saturday for a new parliament they hope will halt austerity measures forced by falling oil revenues in the emirate, known for its cradle-to-grave welfare system.

Government austerity tops Kuwait election campaign

Kuwait City - Candidates in Kuwait's parliamentary elections have focused their campaigns on unpopular government austerity measures as the oil-dependent Gulf country faces financial stress due to low crude prices.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Greek jets scrambled to US plane after EgyptAir crash: source

Atenas - Greece scrambled fighter jets to monitor a US passenger plane that failed to identify itself when entering Greek airspace this week, an official said Saturday, confirming media reports.

Yemen govt temporarily suspends talks with rebels

Kuwait City - Yemen's government temporarily suspended Sunday its participation in talks with Iran-backed rebels in protest at their takeover of a military base and continued ceasefire violations, officials said.

Yemen foes begin direct peace talks in bid to end conflict: UN

Kuwait City - Yemen's warring parties began face-to-face peace talks on Saturday on "key issues" in a bid to end the conflict in the impoverished Arab country, the United Nations said."All delegations are present.

UN envoy hails Yemen peace talks in Kuwait

Kuwait City - The UN envoy hailed a "constructive" first full day of Yemen peace talks Friday but called for a halt to air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition and missile fire by Iran-backed rebels.

Hard-won Yemen peace talks open with call for compromise

Kuwait City - UN-brokered peace talks to end 13 months of armed conflict in Yemen opened Thursday in Kuwait with a call for compromise between the rebel and government delegations from the impoverished state.

Yemen rebels arrive in Kuwait for delayed peace talks

Kuwait City - UN-brokered peace talks on Yemen's war were set to finally set to kick off Thursday as a rebel delegation arrived at the crucial negotiations in Kuwait after three days of delay.

Yemen rebels say to join delayed peace talks in Kuwait

Sanaa - Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies have agreed to join delayed UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait, their representatives said on Wednesday.

Kuwait says some oil output restored as strike enters day three

Kuwait City - A strike by oil workers that has slashed Kuwait's output entered its third day on Tuesday but the state oil firm said it had managed to restore some affected production. Kuwait Petroleum Corp.

Kuwait oil workers' strike sees output plunge

Kuwait City - Thousands of Kuwait's oil workers began an open-ended strike on Sunday to protest plans to cut their wages, action which saw the emirate's crude production plunge.A spokesman for the Kuwait Oil Co.

Yemen peace talks set to resume amid shaky ceasefire

Dubai - A concerted United Nations effort aimed at ending nearly 13 months of war in Yemen sees peace talks resuming on Monday, but with a ceasefire barely holding.

Kuwait sends national guard to oil units after strike call: Report

Kuwait City - Kuwait is deploying national guard units to run and protect some oil facilities after workers announced a major strike for this weekend, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Kuwait sentences two to death for 'spying for Iran'

Kuwait City - Kuwait on Tuesday sentenced two defendants to death, including an Iranian being tried in absentia, after they were convicted of "spying for Iran" and plotting attacks in the Gulf country.

Last Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate returns home

Kuwait City - The last Kuwaiti prisoner in the US Guantanamo Bay prison returned home Saturday to a family reception after 14 years of detention, the head of a detainee group said.

Another inmate leaves Guantanamo as population slowly dwindles

Washington - The trickle of detainees leaving Guantanamo Bay continued Friday with the repatriation of a Kuwaiti man, as the general overseeing the military prison denied claims the Pentagon is stalling on shutting it down.

Kuwait to send troops to Saudi for Yemen war: Report

Kuwait City - Kuwait has decided to send ground forces to take part in the war on Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels, a local newspaper reported Tuesday.

Kuwait court sentences 7 to death for Shiite mosque bombing

Kuwait City - A Kuwaiti court sentenced seven men to death on Tuesday, five of them in absentia, for their roles in a deadly Shiite mosque bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Kuwait charges 24 'linked to Iran' with plotting attacks

Kuwait City - Kuwait on Tuesday charged 24 people suspected of links to Iran and Shiite militia group Hezbollah with plotting attacks against the Gulf state, a statement by the public prosecutor said.

Kuwait mosque attack suspect admits being in IS

Kuwait City - The main suspect in a deadly attack on a Kuwaiti Shiite mosque in June confessed in court on Tuesday to being in the jihadist Islamic State group.

Kuwait DNA tests violate right to privacy: HRW

Kuwait City - A new Kuwaiti law imposing mandatory DNA tests on citizens and foreigners violates the right to personal privacy and should be amended, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
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A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Oct. 28
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