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Jan 30, 2013

U.N.’s Ban decries “horrors” in Syria, urges end to war

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Denouncing “unrelenting horrors” in Syria’s war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed on Wednesday for an end to the violence and urged more aid to address a situation he said was catastrophic and worsening by the day.

“How many more people will be killed if the current situation continues?,” Ban said, speaking at a conference of donors in Kuwait called to drum up more pledges of financing for U.N. humanitarian efforts.

Jan 21, 2013

NBK upbeat after “turbulent” year for Kuwaiti banks

KUWAIT, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The outlook for Kuwait’s banks
has improved after a turbulent year thanks to an expected
increase in state infrastructure spending, the head of Gulf
state’s largest lender said.

Ibrahim Dabdoub, group chief executive officer of National
Bank of Kuwait (NBK), said there was cause for
optimism this year as the government adopts a more dynamic
fiscal policy and accelerates spending on mega projects.

Jan 17, 2013

Libya, Egypt make democratic gains in 2012: U.S.-based watchdog

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Countries whose leaders were overthrown in the “Arab Spring” revolts of 2011 mostly made democratic gains in 2012 but the uprisings triggered crackdowns elsewhere in the region, an annual survey of political and civil liberties around the world showed.

Libya improved the political rights of its citizens significantly in 2012 by holding successful elections and Egypt’s progress was described as “modest”, according to Freedom House, a U.S.-based advocate for spreading democracy.

Dec 27, 2012

Kuwait used “excessive force” at demos – rights group

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti security forces appear to have used excessive force to disperse several largely peaceful street protests since October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, citing activists, protesters and witnesses.

Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis have taken to the streets over the past two months to protest changes to voting rules used in a parliamentary election on December 1 that they said would skew the outcome in favour of pro-government candidates.

Dec 27, 2012

Kuwait used “excessive force” at demonstrations: rights group

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti security forces appear to have used excessive force to disperse several largely peaceful street protests since October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, citing activists, protesters and witnesses.

Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis have taken to the streets over the past two months to protest changes to voting rules used in a parliamentary election on December 1 that they said would skew the outcome in favor of pro-government candidates.

Dec 19, 2012

Arab Spring energises Gulf’s stateless

DUBAI/KUWAIT, Dec 19 (Reuters) – When Ahmed Abdul Khaleq
started campaigning for the rights of his fellow stateless
people in the United Arab Emirates, he was well aware he was
risking something most activists were not – his home.

He was right. After two months in jail for what he said was
his human rights activism and campaigning for the stateless, he
was given a choice: life in jail or deportation.

Dec 19, 2012

Kuwait vote boycott deepens rift between city and tribes

KUWAIT, Dec 19 (Reuters) – In a room scented with incense,
twelve men in long traditional robes sip sweet tea and debate
the political future of Kuwait’s tribes at one of many
“diwaniya” across the country, a tradition of evening social
gatherings older than Kuwait itself.

The issue looms large in the tribal areas after changes to
the voting system ahead of a parliamentary election on Dec. 1
sparked a boycott by opposition politicians, including tribal
leaders who said the changes would have worked to their
disadvantage in particular.

Dec 16, 2012

Kuwait emir warns critics as protest-hit parliament opens

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s ruler opened the country’s new parliament on Sunday in the face of months of street protests and political unrest, warning critics he would not accept lawless behavior and chaos on the streets.

Security forces had set up barriers that stopped several hundred opposition activists – a small crowd by Kuwaiti standards – approaching the building overnight to continue their demonstrations against what they see as a rubber-stamp assembly.

Dec 8, 2012

Kuwaitis in peaceful mass march against new-rules parliament

KUWAIT, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis
marched in the capital on Saturday in peaceful protest against a
parliament elected last week in the Gulf Arab state under voting
rules deemed unfair by the opposition.

Rule changes passed by decree in October, which reduced the
number of votes per citizen to one from four, have prompted a
spate of demonstrations and led the opposition to boycott the
Dec. 1 election.

Dec 5, 2012

Kuwaitis protest on outskirts of capital after vote

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Hundreds of young Kuwaitis chanting protest slogans gathered at a roundabout outside the Gulf Arab state’s capital on Wednesday in the latest snap demonstration since a parliamentary election on Saturday.

Police have broken up several marches outside Kuwait City since Saturday, part of protests triggered by changes to voting rules the opposition said were designed to skew elections in favor of pro-government candidates.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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      2006
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