Kuwait ruler appoints new cabinet with new oil, finance and defense ministers

Monday, 11 December 2017

The Kuwaiti ruler swore in a new government on Monday, handing the defense ministry to his eldest son and appointing new oil and finance ministers. The move comes weeks after the previous government, which had been formed a year ago, resigned following a dispute with members of parliament who filed a no-confidence motion against a senior minister. Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah issued a decree naming the new line-up with Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah staying on as prime minister. Sheikh ...

Kuwait: Exit strategy of global cuts to be discussed before June

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Kuwait’s oil minister Essam al-Marzouq said on Sunday that OPEC and other oil producers will study before June the possibility of an exit strategy from the global oil supply-cut agreement. “There are still meetings every couple of months for the ministerial monitoring committee, and there will be a study formed for the possibility of an exit strategy... before June,” he told reporters. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC ...

Gulf Cup to return to Kuwait after FIFA lift ban

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Kuwait will host this month’s Gulf Cup of Nations soccer tournament, instead of Qatar, after FIFA lifted a two-year ban on the country’s football association. The transfer would go up for final approval by the Gulf Football Associations on Monday. FIFA suspended Kuwait from participating in international football competitions in October 2015 over a government bill which it said interfered in the independence of the country’s FA and fell foul of FIFA ...

Oil-for-food program imposed by UN on Iraq following Kuwait invasion ends

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Saturday announced the end of Iraq's obligation of the Oil-for-Food program within Chapter VII of the United Nations charter, according to kurdistan24 website. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, prompting the UN Security Council to place Iraq in Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which includes sanctions and considers the country a threat. The Oil-for-Food Program established by the United Nations in 1995 under the UN Security Council Resolution 986. The program was ...

Yanni tweets: Saudis will help country ‘take its rightful place in the world’

Friday, 8 December 2017

It has been six days of breathtaking performances by pianist and composer Yanni in Saudi Arabia. The experience has been overwhelming for the maestro, which is evident from his tweets. On Friday Yanni tweeted: “KSA: An amazing culture in the mist of a wondrous change at an incredible rate! So many bright minds, men and women, young and old alike, from all walks of life, who love their country, and can, and will, help this nation rise and take its rightful place in the world!...Yanni” ...

Kuwait’s summit and the axis beyond the GCC

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Not much was expected from the Gulf summit in Kuwait. For the Kuwaiti mediator, the meeting alone was an accomplishment regardless of the size of representation. The crisis with Qatar is escalating due to stubbornness and intransigence. What Qatar did during the past five days did not reflect any serious efforts to reach a decisive solution. Qatari platforms are all working against the coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, and there’s fuss regarding its role in assassinating former ...

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Outrage after Egyptian worker brutally beaten by Kuwaiti national

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Kuwait’s Interior Ministry arrested a Kuwaiti national who brutally assaulted an Egyptian man at his workplace in an incident that triggered huge anger among social media users. A Kuwaiti man was seen severely beating Egyptian expat Wahid Mahmoud Refaie, a worker at a shop for motorcycle spare parts, in CCTV footage that went viral on Tuesday. “It’s the staff’s lunch time now,” was all the Egyptian worker said when the Kuwaiti customer got too enraged and brutally ...

Kuwait’s international ban lifted after more than two years

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Kuwait can return to international football following an absence of more than two years after FIFA lifted a ban on the country’s football association on Wednesday. Kuwait was suspended in October 2015 over a government bill which the global soccer body said interfered in the independence of the country’s FA and fell foul of the FIFA statutes. FIFA said in a statement that the lifting of the ban followed official confirmation “that the Kuwait Parliament ...

Saudi foreign minister lands in Kuwait, Qatar confirms GCC summit participation

Monday, 4 December 2017

Uncertainty continues to prevail on whether GCC countries will be attending the 38th GCC summit which is set to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kuwait had invited the GCC countries and while Qatar confirmed its presence, the boycotting countries did not. On an earlier occasion, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain had said that they refuse to participate in any summit which includes Qatar. However, according to an Al Arabiya Channel correspondant on  Monday,  the Saudi Minister of ...

GULF TOP STORIES: Dubai Police world record, Saudi crown prince on global list

Sunday, 3 December 2017

A roundup of top stories from the Gulf in the past 24 hours UAE WORLD RECORD: Dubai Police set a new Guinness World Record by forming the largest UAE flag with 143 cars in the form of a smiley emoji, breaking the previous record set up in Dubai by Pepsi with 121 cars in 2015. Saudi Arabia MBS: Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, figures on the list of the “Bloomberg 50.” Bloomberg compiled the list of leading figures from “finance and ...

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